No Visa. No Problem… For Now!

One of the places I always dreamed of visiting was Brazil. Their culture, language, food, dances, and not to mention their incredible soccer team, always made me dream of visiting the country. Well, this past January, my dream became a reality when I visited Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

As a US passport holder, and maybe many of you can relate, we are not accustomed to having traveling restrictions. You’re probably wondering, what restrictions? Well, sorry to break it to you, but that beautiful blue book doesn’t grant us access anywhere we like. Oh no! You need a visa for certain parts of this world, and Brazil is one of them.

Brazil usually requires that any visitor entering with a US passport secure a 10 year tourist visa, which comes along with a hefty $160 application fee. Let’s be realistic, who needs a 10 year visa? We usually visit our destination once, and move on to our next destination. Although, truth be told, I would love to revisit Brazil. I even took tutoring classes to learn the language before my departure. That’s how much I love the country.

After Brazil, I was going to visit other countries, including Argentina. Although, you don’t need a visa for Argentina, US citizens have to pay a $160 reciprocity fee. Yikes! I had no idea about the fee, until I arrived at the gate.

Luckily for me, I have dual citizenship, which means I have another passport from another country, which allowed me to visit Brazil or Argentina with no visa or reciprocity fee. My passport was about $135, and there was no hassle of visa paper work, or spending the $320 just to enter these two countries. {Thanks Dad!}

Now, if you don’t have a dual citizenship that allows you to visit these countries without a visa, luckily for you, you currently don’t need it!

Fortunately, this summer due to the 2016 Summer Olympics, Brazil temporarily suspend that requirement from June 1 through September 18. The exemption from the visa requirement is valid for 90 days (it cannot be extended), and this period will count from the first visitor entry into the country. And NO, you don’t need to be attending the Olympics in order to take advantage of this. In addition to U.S. tourists, the visa waiver also applies to citizens holding passports from Japan, Australia, and Canada.

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La Boca, Buenos Aires, Argentina 2016

As for Argentina, they have currently suspended the reciprocity fee for US citizens according to the Embassy Argentina website 

This policy change came after President Obama visited Argentina, where negotiations took place for Argentina to once again be part of the US Visa Waiver Program, which will likely happen as of early 2017.

For any visa and/entry fee questions, Allied Passport & Visa Services website is a great tool that may help cut seamless transactions and endless anxiety.

How do you feel about visas and/or entry fees? Do they impact your likeliness of visiting the country? Let us know by commenting below. 

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