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Brazilian government to make Rio Olympics more accessible

Dilma Rousseff

Dilma Rousseff


It will be easier for certain foreigners to enter Brazil during the period leading up to and including the Olympic Games in Rio, the Brazilian government announced. The move is expected to improve Brazil’s economy by boosting tourism, Reuters reported.

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and the government have not yet announced which countries will be impacted by the waiver, but it is expected to apply to citizens from countries who have previously hosted the Games. That list includes the United States, Canada, Australia, and Japan.

From June through Sept. 18th (the Closing Ceremony of the Paralympic Games), foreigners will be able to stay in Brazil for up to 90 days without a visa. This is true regardless of whether they have tickets to Olympic events, according to the report.

Brazil previously implemented these policies during the World Cup in 2014; however, only tourists with tickets to events were included under the visa waiver.

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