Brazil Bans Flights from South Africa and The UK to Prevent Entry of a New Coronavirus Variant

Ordinance also restricts passengers arriving by land or waterway

Rachel Lopes

A federal government decree published on Tuesday (26) prohibits the entry of passengers on flights from the United Kingdom and South Africa. One reason is the epidemiological impact that the new variants of the coronavirus can cause in Brazil.

"International flights to Brazil that originate or pass through the United Kingdom and South Africa are temporarily prohibited," says the text published in the Federal Official Gazette.

The decree also bars entry to people who originate or have passed through the United Kingdom and South Africa in the last 14 days .

Among the measures adopted in case of non-compliance with the ordinance, is the deportation of passengers to the country of origin.

Foreigners from other countries remain free to enter Brazil by air. However, they must prove that they are not positive for Covid-19 through the RT-PCR test. It must be within 72 hours of departure.

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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