Brazilian Government Eases Entry of Foreigners into The Country during Coronavirus Pandemic

Ordinance expands the list of airports for access to foreigners and creates exceptions for entry by land and sea


The Jair Bolsonaro government signed an ordinance that eases the entry of foreigners into the country by air transport during the pandemic state of emergency. The interministerial measure was published on Wednesday (29) in a special edition of the Official Gazette.

It authorizes foreigners to enter Brazilian airports, with the exception of those in the states of Mato Grosso do Sul, Paraíba, Rondônia, Rio Grande do Sul and Tocantins. The previous ordinance authorized entry only through Guarulhos and Viracopos airports, in São Paulo, Galeão, in Rio de Janeiro, and Juscelino Kubitschek, in Brasília.

Confins airport, in Belo Horizonte - Folhapress

Foreigners still need to present health insurance and prove that they are not contaminated by viral disease when entering Brazil.

The ordinance restrictions do not apply to foreigners residing in Brazil for a fixed period or immigrants with permanent residence, for a fixed or indefinite period, in Brazilian territory.

The previous ordinance from early July restricted entry by land and sea. The new measure makes exceptions for both means of access to the country for 30 days.

Foreigners who are in a land border country and need to cross it to board a flight back to their country of residence may also enter Brazil with authorization from the Federal Police.

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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