Brazil has again extended the suspension of inbound travel for foreign nationals to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Key Points:

  • For the 15-day period that began June 20, foreign nationals will not be allowed to enter the country by air, land or water.
  • Exemptions are available 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:
    • Possess a Seaman’s Book granted under International Labor Organization Convention terms;
    • 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
    • Possess an entry visa if required.

Background: Brazil suspended inbound travel from most of Europe and some Latin American and Asian countries in the third week of March. Air travel was then suspended for all foreign nationals at the end of March. The suspension has been extended a number of times since then.

Analysis & Comments: Employers should anticipate continued disruptions to employee mobility and arrange travel schedules for affected travelers accordingly. 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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