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Australians Won’t Need A Visa To Go To Brazil For The Olympics

Australians Won’t Need A Visa To Go To Brazil For The Olympics

Great news for Australians – the Brazilian government has just nixed their compulsory tourist visas in the lead up to the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro this August.

From June 1 to September 18, all Australian citizens, as well as tourists from Canada, Japan and the US, will be able to visit Brazil without a visa for the duration of the Olympics. The government are waiving the visa fees (which are currently $63AUD for Australian passport holders) to encourage more travel to the country during this busy time. This visa-free program also foregoes the hassle of having to send your passport to the consulate to get it sorted too, so big ups to Brazil for making that a little easier.

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And while we try to fathom that it’s been a whole four years since the 2012 London Olympics, we’re pretty excited for this next round. Even if you’re not a sports fan, it’s impossible to deny the swell of national pride that takes over when Australia wins a gold medal, even if it’s for the handball or whatever. You’ve gotta experience the Olympics in person once in your life – and what better place than Rio?

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While there, you could also check out that amazing treetop hotel in the Amazon or visit the beautiful Baia do Sancho beach in Fernando de Noronha, which was recently voted the best beach in the world. As the largest country in South America, Brazil is full of cool stuff to explore before and after the games. Get set, go.

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What are you waiting for? Check out Qantas flights to Brazil here.

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