Indian and Chinese tourists will no longer need a visa to visit Brazil, the South American country’s President Jair Bolsonaro said. The aim: Bolster tourism and propel the sluggish Brazilian economy, which grew at just 1.1% in 2018. Earlier this year, Brazil ended visa requirements for travellers as well as business visitors from the US, Canada, Japan and Australia. Other South American countries that provide visa on arrival to Indians include Ecuador, Dominica and Bolivia.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said on Thursday the South American nation will drop its requirement that visiting Chinese and Indian tourists or business people obtain visas. Brazil president who’s visiting China announced that he will cancel visa requirements for tourists from China and India. Bolsonaro, a far-right politician, came to power at the beginning of the year and has made it a policy to reduce visa requirements from a number of developed countries.
Brazil is working to implement a policy facilitate a faster entry for Indian travelers into the country, the Embassy of Brazil said on Friday after President Jair Bolsonaro said the South American country intends to allow Indian travelers to visit without a visa. “The government of Brazil intends to bring in a policy to facilitate easier entry for Indian tourists and business persons from India as we want to boost people to people contact between the two countries and increase foreign investment into Brazil,” said a Spokesperson of the Embassy of Brazil here.
The Statue of Unity is a 182-metre tall statue and it has been built to pay rich tribute to Sardar patel who is also known as ‘The Iron Man of India’. Patel ensured that 562 princely states acceded to the Indian Union following the Independence. The Statue of Unity is located at Sadhu-Bet islet on river Narmada, approximately 3.5 kms south of Sardar Sarovar Dam at Kevadiya in Narmada district of Gujarat.
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The Statue of Unity has overshadows other tall statues such as Spring Temple of Buddha in China, Ushiku Daibutsu in Japan, Statue of Liberty in the US, and Christ the Redeemer in Brazil. Spring Temple of Buddha in China stands a total height of 153 metre. Ushiku Daibutsu’s height is 120 metre. The Statue of Liberty’s height is 93-metre. The height of Christ the Redeemer is 38 metre.
Earlier this year, the Brazilian government ended visa requirements for tourists and business people from the United States, Canada, Japan and Australia. China has a population of about 1.39 billion people, while India has 1.3 billion.