Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff on Tuesday night signed a bill waiving visa requirements during the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics despite warnings from the country’s Defense Department about possible terrorist threats during the games. The bill was passed earlier this month by Congress. It exempts foreign tourists from visa requirements during 90 days ending September 18, 2016, a period co-inciding with the Rio Olympics. The measure is expected to boost tourist visits to Brazil by 20% next year. However, security experts in Brazil’s Defense Department have warned that, following terrorist attacks in France and Mali, risks to the Rio de Janeiro games have increased.
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