Government Will Publish New Vaccine Ordinance Requiring Proof of Covid-19 Vaccination Today

Unimmunized travelers will be barred from airports and borders after a decision by Supreme Court Justice

The Jair Bolsonaro government will start requiring this Monday (13) a Covid-19 vaccination certificate for those who enter Brazil via international flights or by land border. The rule was imposed after an injunction (provisional) by supreme court justice Luís Roberto Barroso, and granted this Saturday (11), in a lawsuit presented by the Rede Sustentabilidade party. The government ordinance on border control is expected to be published on Monday. The rules will take effect from once the text is released in the Official Federal Gazette, according to the press office of the Casa Civil.

The government is still finalizing the exact contents of the new rule. It is expected that the text will be released in an extra edition. Earlier the government wanted to allow, at airports, the entry of unvaccinated travelers who committed to a five-day quarantine.

At the land border, the government only wanted to require a negative Covid-19 test for those who had not received the immunization. Barroso, however, decided that those who are not immunized can only enter Brazil in more restricted situations, such as those who prove that they did not receive the doses for medical reasons or those who arrive from countries without available vaccines.

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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