Brazil has suspended entry to foreign nationals traveling from Uruguay by land. Those traveling from Uruguay by air are not affected. The move follows action taken last week to ban entry to from eight Latin American countries, most of Europe and parts of Asia.

Key points:

  • The measure was implemented to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus and will remain in effect for the 30-day period beginning March 22. This restriction may be extended at the recommendation of the National Health Surveillance Agency.
  • Exempt from the entry ban are Brazilian citizens, Uruguayan spouses or partners of Brazilian citizens, Uruguayan parents of Brazilian children, immigrants who are authorized to reside in Brazil, foreign nationals working for duly identified international organizations, foreign nationals accredited by the Brazilian government, cross-border humanitarian workers authorized by local authorities and those who are transporting Cargo.
  • As of last week, restrictions are also in place banning foreign nationals traveling from Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, China, Colombia, European Union member states, Guyana, French Guyana, Iceland, Japan, Malaysia, Norway, Paraguay, Peru, South Korea, Suriname, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and Venezuela.

Analysis & Comments: The restriction on travel from Uruguay is Brazil’s latest effort to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Overall, the restrictions will significantly impact foreign travel to Brazil. It is possible further restrictions may be announced. Deloitte will provide updates as information becomes available.

Please check Deloitte’s COVID-19 Global Travel Impact Matrix, available here, for information on travel restrictions in other countries and territories.

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