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Update on the conditions for entry into Brazil

Ordinance nº 670


Dear clients,


Early this week, the Brazilian Government published a new Ordinance (No. 670) in the Official Gazette, which updates the exceptional measures and restrictions for the entry of travelers into Brazil during the Covid-19 pandemic. The main update brought by this new regulation refers to the waiver of Covid-19 testing prior to travel for those travelers entering by air who present proof of complete vaccination before boarding, although the presentation of a negative test for Covid-19 remains mandatory in cases where the requirement for vaccination is either waived or not-applicable. Additionally, filling the Traveler’s Health Declaration (DSV) is no longer required prior traveling to Brazil.


Therefore, all those traveling to Brazil must present, upon boarding, a documentary proof of complete vaccination (printed or digital) for COVID-19, that is, whose application of the last dose or single dose has occurred at least 14 (fourteen) days before the departure date. In case the travelers fit into one of the exceptions listed on this ordinance, they must present a negative Sars-Cov-2 test.


We list below in more detail the main points brought by the new regulation:


Entry by air transportation:


Brazilians and foreigners are authorized to enter Brazil by air transportation considering the following orientations (I, II):

I – Present proof of complete vaccination for COVID-19 (either printed or electronically), that is, whose application of the last dose required or single dose has been taken at least 14 days prior boarding.

The following categories of travelers are exempt from this measure:

· Brazilians and foreigners residing in Brazilian territory who are not fully vaccinated;

· Travelers contraindicated to vaccination due to particular health conditions, provided that it is certified by a medical report;

· Travelers considered non-eligible due to their age. See the criteria for vaccination non-eligibility in Brazil Ministry of Health’s website (in Portuguese only): https://www.gov.br/saude/pt-br/coronavirus/vacinas/plano-nacional-de-operacionalizacao-da-vacina-contra-a-covid-19;

· Travelers from countries with a proven low vaccination coverage, according to data published by the Brazilian Ministry of Health online;

· Travelers on humanitarian grounds, as long as their situation has been duly registered by the Civil House of the Presidency of the Republic and consensually approved by the Ministries signatory to this Ordinance;

· Brazilians and foreigners residing in Brazilian territory who are not fully vaccinated.

II – To the exceptions listed above, it´s mandatory to present a negative result of a test for COVID-19 before boarding. The following criteria must be observed:

· The test presented must be either a RT-PCR laboratorial test type or an antigen-type test, performed within 24 hours before board;


· The document must be presented in Portuguese, Spanish or English;


· The test must be performed in a laboratory recognized by the health authority of the country of departure;


· In the event of a flight with connections or stopovers where the traveler remains in a restricted area of the airport, the 72-hour period will be considered in relation to boarding the first leg of the trip;


· The traveler who undergoes migration in a third-country during a connection or stopover that exceeds 72 hours since the RT-PCR test or 24 hours since the antigen-type test was taken must present negative result of a new test for COVID-19 at check-in for departure to Brazil;


· Children under the age of 2 years are exempt from presenting the test for COVID-19;


· Children aged between 2 to 12 years old who are traveling unaccompanied must present a negative COVID-19 test, in accordance with the criteria set above;


· Children under the age of 12 who are traveling with a companion are exempt from having a negative COVID-19 test as long as all companions present a proof of a negative COVID-19 negative test, in accordance with the criteria set above;


· Travelers who had COVID-19 in the 90 days prior to boarding, counted from the date of the first symptoms, who are now asymptomatic and who persist with a detectable test for the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus (COVID-19), may still enter Brazil as long as they present: two detectable RT-PCR results, with an interval of at least 14 days in-between, the last one performed within 24 hours before boarding; an antigen test with negative or non-reactive result, taken after the last detectable RT-PCR; and a medical certificate declaring that the individual is asymptomatic and able to travel, in either Portuguese, Spanish or English, including the identification and signature of the physician and the date of travel to Brazil.


Entry by land:


Travelers entering Brazil by land must present, when required by the border authorities or those responsible for international road and rail passenger transport services:


I – Proof of complete vaccination for COVID-19 (printed or digitally), that is, whose application of the last dose required or single dose has been performed at least 14 days prior arrival;

The following traveler’s categories are exempt from the need to present proof of complete vaccination:

· Travelers contraindicated to vaccination due to particular health conditions, provided that it is certified by a medical report;

· Travelers considered non-eligible due to their age. See the criteria for vaccination non-eligibility in Brazil Ministry of Health’s website (in Portuguese only): https://www.gov.br/saude/pt-br/coronavirus/vacinas/plano-nacional-de-operacionalizacao-da-vacina-contra-a-covid-19;

· Travelers from countries with a proven low vaccination coverage, according to data published by the Brazilian Ministry of Health online;

· Border residents in “Twin Cities”, as long as they present a “border resident ID” document or other supporting document and that there is reciprocity in the treatment of Brazilian nationals in the neighboring country;

· Travelers who carry out or directly support the transportation of cargo, including drivers and their assistants, provided that personal protective equipment (PPE) is adopted and the contagion mitigation measures established by ANVISA are observed;

· Travelers in a situation of vulnerability due to humanitarian reasons, as previously recognized by the President of Brazil, and/or whose entry is previously authorized by the local health authorities or by the Brazilian Government.

· Brazilians and foreigners residing in Brazilian territory who are not fully vaccinated;


Entry by water transportation:


Brazilians and foreigners are authorized to enter Brazil by water transportation considering the following guidelines (I, II):

I – Present proof of complete vaccination for COVID-19 (either printed or electronically), that is, whose application of the last dose required or single dose has been taken at least 14 days prior boarding.

The following categories of travelers are exempt from this measure:

· Brazilians and foreigners residing in Brazilian territory who are not fully vaccinated;

· Travelers contraindicated to vaccination due to particular health conditions, provided that it is certified by a medical report;

· Travelers considered non-eligible due to their age. See the criteria for vaccination non-eligibility in Brazil Ministry of Health’s website (in Portuguese only): https://www.gov.br/saude/pt-br/coronavirus/vacinas/plano-nacional-de-operacionalizacao-da-vacina-contra-a-covid-19;

· Travelers from countries with a proven low vaccination coverage, according to data published by the Brazilian Ministry of Health online;

· Travelers on humanitarian grounds, as long as their situation has been duly registered by the Civil House of the Presidency of the Republic and consensually approved by the Ministries signatory to this Ordinance;

· Brazilians and foreigners residing in Brazilian territory who are not fully vaccinated.


II – To the exceptions listed above, it´s mandatory to present a negative result of a test for COVID-19 before boarding. The following criteria must be observed:

· The test presented must be either a RT-PCR laboratorial test type or an antigen-type test, performed within 24 hours before board;


· The document must be presented in Portuguese, Spanish or English;


· The test must be performed in a laboratory recognized by the health authority of the country of departure;


· In the event of a flight with connections or stopovers where the traveler remains in a restricted area of the airport, the 72-hour period will be considered in relation to boarding the first leg of the trip;


· The traveler who undergoes migration in a third-country during a connection or stopover that exceeds 72 hours since the RT-PCR test or 24 hours since the antigen-type test was taken must present negative result of a new test for COVID-19 at check-in for departure to Brazil;


· Children under the age of 2 years are exempt from presenting the test for COVID-19;


· Children aged between 2 to 12 years old who are traveling unaccompanied must present a negative COVID-19 test, in accordance with the criteria set above;


· Children under the age of 12 who are traveling with a companion are exempt from having a negative COVID-19 test as long as all companions present a proof of a negative COVID-19 negative test, in accordance with the criteria set above;


· Travelers who had COVID-19 in the 90 days prior to boarding, counted from the date of the first symptoms, who are now asymptomatic and who persist with a detectable test for the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus (COVID-19), may still enter Brazil as long as they present: two detectable RT-PCR results, with an interval of at least 14 days in-between, the last one performed within 24 hours before boarding; an antigen test with negative or non-reactive result, taken after the last detectable RT-PCR; and a medical certificate declaring that the individual is asymptomatic and able to travel, in either Portuguese, Spanish or English, including the identification and signature of the physician and the date of travel to Brazil.

The sanitary conditions for the embarkation and disembarkation of passengers and crew on cruise ships operating in Brazilian ports will be defined in specific acts of the National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa).


The immigration authority may prevent entry into Brazilian territory of foreigners who do not comply with the requirements stablished in Ordinance 670 and may request technical information from other border inspection authorities, if necessary.


Failure to comply with these measures will result in civil, administrative and criminal liability, as well as immediate deportation and the disqualification of an asylum claim.


Please feel free to contact our team in case of any questions related to this matter.


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