Brazil prioritizes Taiwan on electronic visa, paving the way for crisis with China

Diplomatic telegram shows that Itamaraty intends to use electronic visa for passports issued by the Taiwanese

Diplomatic telegram shows that Itamaraty intends to use electronic visa for passports issued by the Taiwanese government

  |  Folha de S. Paulo

Telegrams obtained via the Access Act show that Itamaraty has prioritized electronic visas for Taiwan.

At the end of October, President Jair Bolsonaro said he would exempt Chinese and Indians from the need for visas to enter Brazil - in fact, citizens of both countries would be entitled to Brazilian e-Visa, a benefit that is already granted today to the residents of the United States, Australia and Japan who wish to come to Brazil. Now, diplomatic telegrams obtained by BBC News Brazil show that Itamaraty is prioritizing the implementation of the electronic visa for passports issued by the Taiwanese government - and that there is no initiative to extend the benefit to Chinese and Indians, contrary to what was said by Bolsonaro during his trip to Asia.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MRE) has been working to secure the electronic visa for Taiwanese at least since August, according to the messages. "Currently, there no initiatives to implement the electronic visa modality for travel document holders from India and the People's Republic of China," MRE told BBC News Brasil in a statement.

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