Brazil announces updated COVID-19 entry requirements

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Brazil has announced a new order regarding the entry of international travelers amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic following a recent Supreme Court ruling in favor of requiring proof of vaccination .

As a result, visitors must now present proof of COVID-19 vaccination approved by Anvisa, Brazil’s National Health Surveillance Agency, a negative test result taken within 72 hours of boarding and a Traveller’s Health Declaration. According to the latest requirements, Brazilians and foreigners residing in the South American country who left before December 14 will be exempt from providing proof of vaccination against COVID-19 or quarantine upon their return.

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According to the latest order, people who meet the following conditions will be exempted from providing proof of vaccination to enter Brazil:

—Travelers with health conditions that contraindicate vaccination against COVID-19, provided it is substantiated by a medical report

—People ineligible for vaccination due to their age, according to the criteria defined by the Ministry of Health in the National plan for the operationalization of vaccination against covid-19 and published on the website of the Ministry of Health

—Those from countries with low vaccination coverage disclosed by the Ministry of Health and published on the ministry’s website

—To receive people in a situation of vulnerability resulting from a migratory flow caused by a humanitarian crisis to carry out emergency assistance measures in Brazilian territory, in accordance with the means available, provided that the situation of vulnerability is recognized by an act of the President of the Republic, in accordance with the sole paragraph of art. 3 of Law No. 13.684 of June 21, 2018 and in accordance with current immigration legislation

—The entry of a traveler into the country in a situation of vulnerability to carry out cross-border humanitarian actions previously authorized by the local health authorities

—Traffic of border residents in twin cities, upon presentation of a border resident document or other supporting document, provided that reciprocity in the treatment of Brazilians by the neighboring country is guaranteed, except in border places where planned measures are applied in the Object;

— Goods transport workers, including the driver and the assistant, provided that these workers prove that they have adopted personal protective equipment (PPE) and the contagion mitigation measures explained by Anvisa

Currently, the US State Department has issued a Level 3 travel advisory for Brazil, recommending that Americans reconsider travel due to COVID-19. The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has also issued a level 3 travel health advisory for the country, indicating a high level of the virus.

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