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Visa waiver for travel between Brazil and UAE awaits sanction

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Staff Writer | December 4, 2017
Travel between Brazil and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) may become less bureaucratic.
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The Federal Senate approved a visa exemption agreement between the two countries on Thursday. The text now awaits presidential sanction.

According to the agreement, citizens will be allowed entry, exit and transit in the two countries without a visa for up to 90 days each year for business and tourism trips.

The measure benefits ordinary, diplomatic and special passports, and was signed in March by the UAE Foreign Minister, Sheikh Abdullah Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, on a visit to the Itamaraty (the headquarters of Brazil's Foreign Ministry).

The country will also open an office of the Dubai Chamber of Commerce in São Paulo (SP), the eighth of its kind in the world.

Australian tourists will be able to issue electronic visas to enter Brazil before the end of this year. The documents should be issued within 72 hours, which greatly facilitates the process.

The Ministry of Tourism plans to extend the benefit to three other countries (Japan, the United States and Canada) in this first phase. According to data from the World Tourism Organization, the change should increase tourist inflows from other countries by up to 25%.