Brazil recently announced another 30-day extension of the entry ban on foreign nationals entering the country by land or water transportation. This ban does not apply to air travel.

Key Points:

  • The entry ban on foreign nationals entering Brazil by land or water transportation has been extended another 30 days from Sept. 24 to Oct. 23.
  • Foreign nationals are allowed to enter Brazil via air travel as long as they have valid immigration documents, including valid short stay visas.
  • Foreign nationals entering Brazil with a valid short stay visa which lasts for up to 90 days must still present the following before boarding their flights: health insurance which is valid in Brazil that covers the duration of their trip and provides a minimum of R$30,000 or about US$5,370 in coverage. It must also be signed in Portuguese, Spanish or English.
  • Previous arrival restrictions at all Brazilian airports have been lifted.
  • Regulatory authorities may issue further rules on health procedures, operations and vessels.

Additional Information: Previous exceptions to land and entry restrictions remain in place for Brazilian nationals; immigrants with definitive residence authorization; close family of Brazilian nationals (except for Venezuela nationals); foreign professionals working for international organizations; foreign employees with Brazilian government accreditation; passengers transiting through Brazil who will not leave the international area of the airport and will be permitted entry to their destination country; humanitarian travel; technical landings for refueling, provided restricted nationals do not disembark from the aircraft; and cargo transportation in compliance with current laws.

The suspension also does not apply to foreign maritime crew members who (1) possess a Seaman’s Book granted under International Labor Organization Convention terms; (2) are required to enter the country by the maritime agent to the Federal Police in order to perform certain duties while on a vessel or a platform operating in Brazilian jurisdictional waters; and (3) possess an entry visa if required.

Analysis & Comments:
Extending the entry ban on foreign nationals entering from land and water transportation will temporarily halt their movement into the country by these means. Previous entry exceptions remain in place and the ban extension does not apply to air travel. The response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop, and Deloitte will provide additional updates as information becomes available. Please check Deloitte’s COVID-19 Digital Map, available here, for information on travel restrictions and immigration changes in other countries.

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