Starting this summer, all you need is a passport to visit Brazil

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Has exploring the Amazon rainforest or relaxing on the beaches of Rio been on your travel bucket list? Then we’ve got good news: traveling to Brazil will soon be easier than ever!

Beginning June 17, the country that hosted the 2016 Summer Olympics will allow visa-free entry for citizens of the United States, according to a news release from the Brazilian Tourist Board (Embratur). It’ll be easier than ever to attend festive Carnaval celebrations in South America!

In 2018, Brazil introduced $45 e-visas, which replaced traditional visas that cost $160. The easier and cheaper e-visa process increased tourism by 35 percent in less than a year, according to the announcement from the Brazil tourism board. Now, in an effort to grow tourism even more, the South American country is dropping visa requirements altogether for citizens of the United States citizens as well as those from Canada, Australia and Japan.

Travelers will be able to stay in Brazil for 90 days from the date of first entry into the country. They’ll also be able to extend their stays as long as the stays don’t exceed 180 days every 12 months, counted from the date of the first entry into the country.

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“This is one of the most important achievements of the Brazilian tourism industry in the last 15 years,” said minister of tourism Marcelo Alvaro Antônio in the announcement, “and we are confident that it will be extremely beneficial to the country.”

Are your travels taking you elsewhere instead? You may have heard that Europe will be requiring visas for American tourists. You can relax for now — a passport is all you currently need to visit most European countries.

By 2021, though, American tourists will need additional authorizations before traveling to the Schengen Area, which is made up of 26 European countries that don’t have internal borders. The area includes popular tourist destinations such as Spain, France, Greece, Italy, Germany, Sweden, and Norway.

If you’re making summer travel plans worldwide and curious about whether you need extra documentation, check in with the State Department to figure out what countries require visas. Safe travels!

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