Brazil is crediting its rollout of an electronic visa for an increase in international arrivals last year, including a 13.3% jump in U.S. visitors.

According to Brazil’s ministry of tourism, the country welcomed 538,532 U.S. visitors in 2018, the first year of operation for Brazil’s e-visa program. That was up from 475,232 in 2017 but still down from 2016, when Brazil reported over 570,000 arrivals from the U.S.

Larger gains were seen from Canada, rising from 48,951 visitors in 2017 to 71,160 in 2018, a 45.4% increase, and Australia, from 33,862 to 42,235 arrivals, a 24.7% increase. Overall international arrivals were up slightly last year, to 6.6 million, an increase of about 0.5%.

Beginning June 17, Brazil will enable visa-free entry for citizens of the U.S. as well as Australia, Canada and Japan.


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