On Wednesday 6 April 2016, the Consulate-General of Brazil in Sydney, in collaboration with the Brazilian Tourist Board (EMBRATUR) launched a new campaign to further promote Brazil as a destination for Australians at Braza Restaurant, Darling Harbour. In a bid to attract more Australian visitors and to encourage a longer stay in Brazil to fully enjoy what the country has to offer, the campaign focuses on highlighting tourist destinations beyond Rio de Janeiro, where the 2016 Olympics and Paralympics Games will be held.
“This is a huge year for Brazil in Australia, having hosted two successful events in Sydney last September: Brazil at the Harbour [a Bossa Nova evening at the Opera House] and Brazil in the City [a business event],” says Ambassador Carlos de Abreu, Consul-General in Sydney. “We are keen to share all the information needed for those who are planning their trip to Brazil and also to help agents sell not just the obvious cities and regions, but also the stunning, lesser-known destinations.”
The Consulate-General has also announced a provisional tourist visa waiver for Australian citizens for visits to Brazil occurring from 1 June to 18 September 2016. These visits must be for the sole purposes of attending the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro and tourism. Also, citizens must have valid passports with a minimum of six months’ validity and at least one blank page for arrival and departure immigration stamps.
The provisional visa waiver applies only during the above-mentioned dates and for a stay of up to 90 days. According to official statistics, more than 53,000 tickets have already been purchased in Australia to attend the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.