Selin ATAY-TDO- Brazil's president Jair Bolsonaro announced that the South American country would be dropping the visa requirement for Chinese and Indian tourists and business people.
The Brazilian government is using visa-free travel as a tool to attract tourists. The expansion to India comes as a result of the positive results of the simplified visa policy, with the tourism department seeing a 35% increase in the number of visa applications.
Bolsonaro, who came to power at the beginning of the year, had made it a policy to reduce visa requirements for several developed countries to give a push to the economy, which has faced a slowdown since 2015.
Brazil had temporarily scrapped its visa requirements for travelers to bolster tourism during the 2016 Summer Olympics hosted in Rio de Janeiro. Earlier this year, the Brazilian government ended visa requirements for tourists and business people from the United States, Canada, Japan and Australia.
As per reports, visa waivers are Brazil's part of a larger plan to open up the country to more tourists and investors and strengthen the travel industry as an essential driver of economic development.