Brazil has suspended entry to foreign nationals traveling by air for 30 days as the country looks to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The ban does not apply to Brazilian nationals.

Key Points:

  • Foreign nationals will not be permitted to enter Brazil by air for the 30-day period beginning today unless they have an exception under the ban.
  • Exceptions may be available for (1) those who are landing in Brazil for medical assistance or for air return to their country of origin; (2) immigrants who have permanent residence in Brazil; (3) foreign nationals who are part of a duly authorized international organization; (4) foreign employees who are accredited by the Brazilian government; (5) close family of Brazilian citizens; (6) foreign nationals whose entry is deemed in the public interest by the Brazilian government; (7) foreign nationals who hold a National Migration Registry card; (8) cargo transportation; (9) those who are transiting through Brazil and do not leave the international area of the airport; (10) airplanes landing to refuel if restricted passengers do not disembark; (11) travelers who have permission from authorities to enter Brazil to cross a land border in order to return to their country of origin.

Additional information: Brazilian authorities have taken a number of steps to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Earlier this month, authorities imposed an entry ban on travelers from most of Europe, and several countries in South America and Asia. Last week, authorities said they would ban entry to all foreign nationals coming by water.

Analysis & Comments: COVID-19 travel restrictions have dramatically slowed business travel to Brazil and dozens of other countries around the world. Employers should identify affected employees and alter travel and business schedules accordingly.

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