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American passport holders got good news recently for travel to three countries: China, Vietnam, and Brazil.

China allows Americans a 72 hour visit to several cities without a prior visa as long as you fly into China from one country and fly out to another country. My brother and I used this transit visa to hike the Great Wall of China near Beijing.

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Soon (no exact date given) China will lengthen these transit visas to six days (144 hours.) That is great news as we would have loved a few extra days to see Beijing.

In OctoberVietnam cut the price of a single entry visa from $45 to $25. Other visas are more expensive. Americans either need to get their Vietnam visa in advance of travel or pay a company to provide a letter that allows for a visa on arrival. I will have a review of a visa-letter company soon because I am going to Vietnam next week.

Last week, Brazil announced that Americas, Canadians, Japanese, and Australians do not need a visa for travel from June 1 to September 18, 2016 for stays up to 90 days. I am not sure if you just need to enter by September 18 and can get a 90 day stamp that runs through December or whether you need to exit Brazil by December 18.

The normal visa costs Americans $160.

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