On Monday March 18, 2019, the Brazilian government waived visa requirements for visitors from the United States, Canada, Australia and Japan. It is a measure to boost tourism that was first temporarily adopted before the Rio Olympics in 2016.
When we vacationed in Brazil and Argentina in March of 2014, a visa was required for both countries at a cost of $160 each. When we inquired, we were told the $160 was a reciprocity fee. The reciprocity fee was instituted as a counterbalance to fees established by other countries for Argentine and Brazilian citizens. Argentina dropped the requirement of a visa for Private US Citizens back in 2016.
Now you can visit both of these beautiful countries as a tourist for up to 90 days without any Visa requirements. You must have a US Passport which is valid for at least 6 months. This is typical of a lot of countries. Always renew your passport well in advance of it’s expiration date.
Brazil and Argentina are both amazing places with so many awe inspiring sites. We were only there a couple of weeks and did not get a chance to see and do as much as we would have perferred. We rented a car and drove from Sao Paulo to Rio and then across to Iguazu Falls where we crossed the boarder into Argentina. Driving was quite easy. Listed below are a few of the major attractions that we visited in our short time:
- Christ the Redeemer Rio
- Sugarloaf Mountain Rio
- Copacabana and Ipanema Beaches Rio
- Iguazu Falls Brazil and Argentina
- Mercadão de Madureira and Saara Markets Rio
- Gonzaga Beach in Santos close to Sao Paulo
- Botanical Gardens Curitiba
- Eat at a Rodizio style restaurant
They speak Portuguese in Brazil and Spanish in Argentina. The beer in Brazil, that we found most places, were actual Brazilian beers such as Skol, Antarctica, and Brahma. My husband loves variety in beers whereas I am happy with a Corona. We found more imports in Argentina such as Corona. The national drink of Brazil is Caipirinha which is made with cachaça, sugar, and lime. A must try!!
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