Brazilian Government Predicts that US Will Not Reverse Travel Restrictions Soon

Despite the reduction in the virus transmission curve, the White House has not yet lifted barriers to European countries


The US restrictions on the entry of people who have been to Brazil in the last 14 days will likely not be reversed in the short term. This is a political setback for Jair Bolsonaro, who preaches alignment with Donald Trump.

The opinion comes from interlocutors in the Bolsonaro government who following the restrictions closely.

According to these assistants, the language of the decree issued by the White House is very similar to the same limitations imposed on travelers who passed through the United Kingdom, Ireland, and European nations of the Schengen area. The restrictions are due to the novel coronavirus.

WASHINGTON D.C., Capitolio (Xinhua/Ting Shen)

The decree regarding the Schengen zone, an area of free movement within Europe, is from 11 March, and the one that affects the United Kingdom and Ireland is from the 14th of the same month.

Although several European countries have already registered signs of a reduction in the virus transmission curve, the USA has not yet lifted these barriers.

Government officials predict similar treatment for Brazil, with no prospect of normalization until the country shows that its coronavirus rates are controlled.

The special advisor of the Presidency for International Affairs, Filipe Martins, minimized the decree on Sunday (24) and stated that "the American government is following previously established quantitative parameters, which naturally reach a country as populous as ours".

“There is nothing specific against Brazil. Ignore the hysteria of the press,” he wrote.

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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