Brazil has officially reopened its border for international tourism effective immediately from July 29, 2020.
The Brazilian government made the surprising decision to lift the current travel ban that has been in place since March.
The current ban was to expire at midnight on July 29, and most believed that the epidemiological situation would prolong it.
However, the government lifted the ban and lifted all restrictions on foreigners arriving by air.
Since Brazil is the second most affected country in the world by Covid-19, many believed that it would be one of the last nations in South America to open, especially with its neighbors like Argentina and Colombia, which are still very tightly closed.
The new rules allow international tourists to travel by air, but not yet by land or sea.
“The foreign passenger on a visit to the country for a short stay, of up to ninety days, must present to the transport company, before boarding, proof of purchase of health insurance valid in Brazil and with coverage for the entire period of the trip, under penalty of being prevented from entering the national territory by the migratory authority due to provocation by the health authority ,” says the official government regulation that was released on 29th July.
As this story is just being released, we will likely update this article as more official information becomes available. So far we know the following:
Countries are allowed to visit Brazil:
All nations that could normally visit Brazil “pre-covid” are allowed to visit again.
Entry Requirements for Brazil:
- A valid Visa. (If your country requires a Visa to visit Brazil)
- Proof of travel insurance. You must have proof of travel health insurance that covers covid for the duration of your trip. You will need to show proof of this before departing at the airport, and again upon arrival.
- Arrivals should expect temperature checks, as Brazil has recently been testing new temperature screening systems since May.
Are there test and / or quarantine requirements for entering Brazil?
- No. At this point, the government has not announced any mandatory tests or quarantines for tourists visiting Brazil.
Are all airports in Brazil open again?
- No. There are still bans on international flights that land at airports in 5 states of Brazil. The 5 states are:
- Mato Grosso do Sul
- Rio Grande do Sul
- The airports in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo are both open to international arrivals, along with many other capitals that are not in the 5 states listed above
Since the pandemic began, Brazil has had a total of 2,555,518 cases, of which 677,911 are currently active. The total number of deaths registered in the country was over 90,000. (Source: World Health Organization)
Brazil’s reopening news is constantly changing and constantly updated. We do our best to keep this article up to date with the latest information. However, the decision to travel is ultimately your responsibility. Contact your consulate and/or local authorities to confirm your nationality and/or changes in travel requirements before you travel.
(Sources: Government of Brazil / CNN Brazil)
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