Are you in another country and need to travel to Brazil? Learn about entry restrictions and updated rules on covid-19 testing, even for those who have a Brazilian passport or are a resident and are returning from an international trip
With the pandemic of coronavirus growing in Brazil and still unstable in most parts of the world, countries have been establishing some rules that involve security protocols for entry into their territories. Some nations, in an attempt to stop the spread of the virus and new variants, have even started to restrict the entry of people and flights from some destinations.
In Brazil, the situation is no different. The authorities began to adopt rules that apply to foreigners, people who have a Brazilian passport or residents returning from international flights. All safety protocols are in accordance with the National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa) and change at all times to monitor the evolution of the disease, which varies from country to country.
Check now the updated rules that are in effect for travel from international destinations to Brazil.
Since January 2021, the Brazilian government has required that all travelers, whether foreigners or residents returning from a international trip, present the negative/non-reactive RT-PCR test for covid-19, carried out up to 72 hours before boarding. The examination report must be shown to the airline at the time of check in.
Important: The RT-PCR exam is considered the gold standard for detecting the presence of the virus, so it is the ONLY type of test accepted by airlines. Quick tests done in pharmacies, with a drop of blood or PCR-LAMP, done with saliva are NOT valid for this situation.
Traveler's health statement
All persons, whose final destination is Brazil, must complete a form of Traveler's Health Statement up to 72 hours before boarding. It collects data related to people's health and the trip itself. Each country has its method of access and declaration. In Brazil, just present the receipt that is sent by email after completing the questionnaire at the time of flight.
The test and the presentation of the DSV (Declaration of Health of the Traveler) are mandatory for all travelers over 12 years old, Brazilians or foreigners, who want to embark to Brazil, regardless of their place of origin. In the case of children between 2 and 12 years old traveling unaccompanied (with proper authorization) there is also a requirement to present the test. If they are accompanied, they are exempt from the test, as long as their companions present a negative result. Children under 2 years old are exempt from taking the test.
Flights originating in the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales) and South Africa are temporarily banned in Brazil, depending on the variants of the coronavirus discovered in these two locations. However, foreigners, spouses, partners, children, parents or guardians of Brazilians and holders of the National Migration Registry will have authorized entry into the country.
Tourists or Brazilians who have been on an international trip do not need to a minimum quarantine upon arrival in the country. The only exception applies to residents who have been in the United Kingdom or South Africa in the last two weeks, who must carry out a 14-day quarantine upon arrival in Brazil, which can be done in a hotel or at home, as long as they respect social isolation. In addition to quarantine, they must present a negative RT-PCR test upon arrival in Brazil.
As of March 25, new rules for wearing masks at airports and flights came into effect in Brazil. The objective is to increase protection against the coronavirus, which is why Anvisa banned the use of bwalking, scarves, macrylic face masks, with exhalation valves, single-layer fabric and face shield type face shields will only be allowed if the person has a mask underneath.
Fabric masks made of cotton or tricoline, for example, are allowed. They must have more than one layer of protection and be well adjusted to the face, covering the mouth and nose. Surgical masks, PFF2/N95, are also authorized.
Rules at the airport have also become stricter. Passengers can only pick it up at the food court when eating, but it is mandatory throughout the trip. In-flight service remains prohibited, and only children, the elderly or people with special diets can eat on the plane.
In case of resistance to compliance with the health measure, inspectors can ask for the support of the Federal Police. Warnings and fines from two thousand reais are foreseen for those who refuse to wear the appropriate mask.
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