Embratur wants to end the visa requirement for Americans to go to Foz through Argentina 11.10.2016

Embratur wants to end the visa requirement for Americans to go to Foz through Argentina

The entry would be for specific periods, allowing them to visit the Iguaçu Falls, for example. Argentina no longer requires visa for North-Americans.


Embratur (the Brazilian Institute of Tourism) pleads that Congress changes the legislation so that US citizens can get into Foz do Iguaçu for specified periods from Argentina, where Americans are no longer required a visa. With the end of the requirement, the tourist flow increased greatly in the neighboring country, but Brazil is not benefited, according to Embratur.


The matter was discussed in Embratur meetings with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs during the International Tourism Fair (FIT) in Buenos Aires this week. The intention is to set strategies to increase the tourist flow between the neighboring countries and Brazil, which also includes facilitating the entry of foreign tourists that arrive in Argentina to Brazil.


At the meeting, the superintendent of Social Communication of Itaipu and secretary of the Economic Development Council of Foz do Iguaçu (Codefoz), said that "the American who comes to know the Argentine side Iguaçu Falls cannot go to the Brazilian side because of the visa requirement. This small change could bring a great gain to the economy of Foz do Iguaçu."


Argentina ceased to require an entry visa for US citizens in late 2015. In the first three months of 2016, tourist movement in that country had an increase of 25% compared with the same period last year.


Regarding the increase in the arrival of visitors from neighboring countries, the tourism entrepreneurs reported that one of the main problems to attract more tourists is the delay in service in the Brazilian customs for Argentines, Uruguayans and Paraguayans going to the Brazilian coast and reaching the country by road.


"We had reports of travelers who spent eight hours to cross the border. We have to improve that," said the ambassador Sergio Danese, who recently took over the Embassy of Brazil in Argentina. One solution to the problem, in the opinion of entrepreneurs, would be to establish assignment agreements between the police forces of the states where there are borders and the Federal Police, in order to open new checkpoints.


"Our effort will be in order to bring even more tourists than the two million who came in last season. But foreigners must come here confident that they will be allowed access to enjoy our wonderful destinations. We need to improve our infrastructure," commented the president of Embratur, Vinicius Lummertz.


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