October 24, 2019 / 6:24 PM / a month ago

Brazil says it will no longer require visas from Chinese, Indian citizens

FILE PHOTO: Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro looks on during a ceremony ahead of Aviator's Day at Brasilia Air Base in Brasilia, Brazil October 18, 2019. REUTERS/Adriano Machado

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said on Thursday the South American nation will drop its requirement that visiting Chinese and Indian tourists or businesspeople obtain visas.

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. But the announcement, made during an official visit to China, is the first he has made expanding that policy to the developing world.

Earlier this year, the Brazilian government ended visa requirements for tourists and businesspeople from the United States, Canada, Japan and Australia. Those countries, however, have not in return dropped their visa requirements for Brazilian citizens.

Reporting by Marcelo Rochabrun; Editing by Dan Grebler

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