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Mexico to impose tougher visa requirements on Brazilian tourists

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A rule forcing Brazilian tourists to request physical visas before entering Mexico will come into effect this month, Mexican authorities say. 

As we explained in October 2021, the move is a response to the growing number of Brazilians entering Mexico in order to cross the U.S. border illegally. 

In 2000, Brazil and Mexico signed an agreement to lift tourist visa requirements. The measure came into effect in 2004 and was suspended shortly after, before being reinstated in 2013. In November 2021, passengers were required to obtain online visas up to 30 days before their trip. 

But thousands of Brazilian travelers faced problems due to persistent server issues, which led the Brazilian government to ask its Mexican counterparts to solve the issue in June. 

In the 2022 fiscal year, almost 43,000 Brazilians were arrested in the U.S. after immigrating illegally, per data from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection.