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Canadians Get Visa Waivers for 2016 Olympics

It is hard to imagine summer while we are still in the early stages of winter, but warmer temperatures will arrive eventually. If you are looking forward to summer 2016, you have something else to be excited about this year, as the summer Olympic Games will take place in Rio, Brazil between August 5 and August 21. The Paralympic Games will also be held in Rio from September 7 to September 18.

Recently, the government of Brazil passed a bill allowing citizens of certain nations to enter Brazil without first obtaining a visa. Residents of Canada, the United States, Australia, and several other countries will be permitted to enter Brazil for a maximum of 90 days without a visa.

Furthermore, residents of these countries will be allowed to enter even if they do not have tickets for an Olympic event. According to a Fox Sports report, the Brazilian government is interested in promoting summer tourism in the country, regardless of whether it is connected to the Games. Although the Games end on August 21, foreign citizens covered by the bill can enter without a visa through September 18, 2016.

Part of the motivation for the visa waiver stems from Brazil’s desire to boost its flagging economy, which has struggled to recover after a deep recession. Experts believe the visa waiver could boost summer tourism in Brazil by 20 per cent.

Canadians can begin traveling to Brazil without a visa beginning June 1, 2016.

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