The Brazilian government announced that a COVID-19 test and a health declaration form will be required for entry starting Dec. 30.

Key Points:

  • A negative COVID-19 PCR test will be required for all travelers as of Dec. 30. The test has to be taken no more than 72 hours prior to travel. Foreign nationals must also fill out a health form.
  • Entry through airports for foreign nationals is allowed, but restrictions for land and water entries have been extended for an indefinite period of time.
  • The following are exempt from the land and water entry restrictions: Brazilian nationals; foreign nationals with Brazilian residence authorization; foreign professionals working for international organizations; foreign employees with Brazilian government authorization; immediate family members of Brazilian citizens (except for Venezuela foreign nationals); individuals with a National Migratory Registration (except for foreign nationals from Venezuela); individuals on humanitarian missions; those transporting cargo in compliance with current laws; and foreign nationals in a neighboring country who need to enter Brazil to board a flight and have pre-authorization from federal police. Paraguayan nationals may also enter at land ports and airports if they meet migratory requirements.

Background: Air travel for all foreign nationals to Brazil has been allowed since July. This is the first time Brazil has required a COVID-19 test for entry.

Analysis & Comments: The testing requirement will add to the time it takes to prepare for travel to Brazil. 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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