The Brazilian government has banned foreigners from a number of South American, European and Asian countries in effort to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Key points:

  • Foreign nationals traveling from Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Guyana, French Guyana, Paraguay, Peru and Suriname will not be allowed to enter Brazil by highways or land for the 15-day period beginning March 19. This time frame may be extended at the recommendation of the National Health Surveillance Agency.
  • Foreign nationals traveling from Australia, China, European Union member states, Iceland, Japan, Malaysia, Norway, South Korea, Switzerland and the United Kingdom will not be allowed to enter Brazil through airlines for the 30-day period beginning March 23. This time frame may be extended at the recommendation of the National Health Surveillance Agency.
  • Exemptions are available for Brazilian nationals, immigrants with permanent residence authorization, foreign professionals working for international organizations, and foreign employees with Brazilian government accreditation.
  • Additionally, the suspensions do not apply to authorized cross-border humanitarian actions, and road cargo transportation in compliance with current laws.

Background: The additional restrictions follow Brazil’s announcement Wednesday that travelers from Venezuela will not be allowed to enter Brazil by highways or land from March 18 until April 1 (15 days) extendable in case of authorities recommendation.

Analysis & Comments: The new restrictions will significantly impact foreign travel to Brazil from eight Latin American countries, most of Europe and parts of Asia. It is possible further restrictions may be announced. Employers should account for affected travelers and rearrange travel schedules accordingly. Significant delays may occur for consular and in-country processing.

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