The Brazilian government has announced that it will extend restricted entry to foreign nationals through land and water ports of entry for another seven days, according to the Ordinance nº 615, published on Dec. 11.

Key Points:

  • The extended restrictions only apply to land and water ports of entry until Dec. 18. Foreign nationals may continue to enter Brazil though airports.
  • Exemptions to the land and water restrictions apply to the following: Brazilian nationals; immigrants with Brazilian residence authorization; foreign professionals working for international organizations; foreign employees with Brazilian government accreditation; close family of Brazilian citizens (except for foreign nationals from Venezuela); bearers of National Migratory Registration (except for foreign nationals from Venezuela); individuals participating in humanitarian actions; individuals participating in cargo transportation in compliance with current laws; and foreigners in a neighboring country who need to enter Brazil to board a flight and have authorization to do so from federal police.
  • The suspension also does not apply to: foreign maritime crew members entering by air or water transportation; people entering for a flight connection to return to their country of origin because of operational issues or termination of employment; people entering for medical assistance; or people entering to perform certain duties while on a vessel or a platform operating in Brazilian jurisdictional waters, provided they meet migratory requirements, including having an entry visa.
  • Foreign nationals from Paraguay may also be allowed to enter on land, provided they meet migratory requirements.
  • Cargo transportation, cross-border humanitarian actions previously authorized by the local health authorities and the movement of twin cities’ residents with an exclusively land-border line (except for Venezuela nationals) are exempt from the restrictions.

Background: Brazil opened air travel to foreign nationals from all countries in July.

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