Brazil Bans Foreigners from Arriving by Waterway for 30 Days

The measure applies to any nationality with the exception of medical need or air return connection to the country of origin


After restricting the entry of foreigners by land and air, the Brazilian government published on Thursday (26) a decree that restricts arriving in Brazil by water for 30 days.

According to the text, the prohibition applies to any nationality, and the foreigner will only have authorized disembarkation exceptionally if there is a need for medical assistance or connection by air return to the country of origin.

Salto del Guaira, Paraguay's border. (Foto: Bruno Santos/ Folhapress) - Folhapress

The measure was taken amid the pandemic of the new coronavirus. Brazil recorded 77 deaths, according to data from the Ministry of Health released on Thursday. Also, there are already at least 2,915 Covid-19 records. In the fourth, there were 2,433 cases, an increase of 19.8%.

Last week, the government restricted land access by foreigners from the nine countries with which Brazil borders. The measure is valid for 15 days.

People coming from all over the European Union and Asian countries, such as China, are also prohibited from entering Brazil for 30 days. Over the weekend, the government included Iran in the restrictions.

The ordinance published in an extra edition of the Official Gazette of this Thursday further explains that the restriction for entering waterways will not be applied in the following cases: Brazilian, born or naturalized; immigrant with permanent residence, for a fixed or indefinite period, in Brazilian territory; foreign professional on mission at the service of an international organization, as long as duly identified; foreign official accredited to the Brazilian government.

Foreigners who are a spouse, partner, child, father, or curator of a Brazilian are also excluded from the impediment; whose entry is authorized explicitly by the Brazilian government because of the public interest; and for holders of the National Migration Registry.

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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