The Brazilian government recently banned foreign travelers from Venezuela to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Key points:

  • From March 18, for 15 days, foreign travelers from Venezuela will not be allowed to enter Brazil.
  • Entrance is restricted from both highways and land.
  • There are several exceptions to the suspension: Brazilian nationals, immigrants with permanent residence authorization, foreign professionals working for international organizations, and foreign employees with Brazilian government accreditation.
  • Additionally, the suspension does not apply to authorized cross-border humanitarian actions, and road cargo transportation in compliance with current laws.

Analysis & Comments: The new restrictions will significantly impact foreign travel to Brazil from Venezuela. 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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