Brazil president sanctions visa waiver for 2016 Olympics

  • Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has agreed to suspend visa requirements for foreigners during the 2016 Olympic Games in the city of Rio de Janeiro. The "exceptional, unilateral visa waiver" is specifically aimed at citizens from countries and regions "with a strong Olympic tradition, which have hosted the Games in the past and pose no migration risk or national security risks, for the duration of the Olympics," said Brazilian government in a statement on Wednesday. The countries and regions that will benefit from this measure will be defined through a joint order of the ministries of tourism, justice and foreign affairs. (Source: IANS)