COVID-19: Entry ban through land and water extended for foreign nationals

2 Sep 20

BRAZIL

IMPACT – HIGH

The Brazilian Government recently announced a 30-day extension on the entry ban on foreign nationals entering Brazil by land or water transportation. The ban does not affect air travel.

Key Points:

  • The temporary restriction on the entry of foreign nationals has been extended from Aug. 26 for another 30 days until Sept. 25. The extended restriction applies to foreign nationals entering Brazil by land or water.
  • Foreign nationals with valid immigration documents may enter Brazil by air, including those who have a valid short stay visa.
  • Foreign nationals traveling by air are not allowed to enter via international airports in these states: Goiás, Mato Grosso do Sul, Rio Grande do Sul, Rondônia, Roraima, Tocantins.
  • Foreign nationals entering with a short stay visa (Visit Visa) up to 90 days in duration are required before boarding, presenting a health insurance valid in Brazil that covers the entire period of stay, provides minimum coverage of R$30,000 or about US$5,370 and must be signed in Portuguese or English.
  • Further rules may be issued by regulatory authorities pertaining to health procedures, operations and vessels.
  • Air travelers should expect possible delays in travel because of new airport health protocols.

Additional information: Brazil opened air travel to foreign nationals from all countries in July. Besides the exceptions, a number of previously existing exception are available for land and water entry, including 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: 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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