COVID-19: Brazil Travel Updates
Updated 20th September 2021.
LATEST BRAZIL COVID-19 NEWS:
- 19th September 2021 – Germany relaxes travel restrictions from Brazil, which is no longer listed as a “high risk country”. Source.
- As of 20th August 2021, arrivals who have been in the UK, India or South Africa in the 14 days before their arrival into Brazil are required to complete a 14 day quarantine. Source.
Brazil Travel Restrictions (September 2021)
Can you travel to Brazil right now? SUMMARY:
Unlike other countries in South America, Brazil never closed to international arrivals and is open to individuals regardless of their vaccination status. There is also no mandatory quarantine in place for most travellers.
At present, Brazil has temporarily suspended direct flights from or via the United Kingdom. If you have visited the UK within 14 days of your arrival in Brazil, you will not be granted permission to enter. Exemptions apply to resident foreigners and close family members of Brazilian nationals, professionals working for international organisations and accredited government officials. If you fit into one of these categories, you will be required to complete a mandatory 14-day quarantine in your arrival city in Brazil.
Before you enter Brazil, you will need to:
- Take a PCR test for COVID-19 within 72 hours of boarding your flight. Once you have received the result of this test, you’ll need to provide evidence in English, Portuguese or Spanish.
- Children under two years of age will not be required to present a negative test.
- If you are travelling with children under 12 years old and you have proof of a negative test result, they will also be exempt.
- Flight crews.
- As of 20th December 2020, all those travelling to Brazil have to complete a Travelers Health Declaration form within 72 hours of boarding. This is filled out and submitted online.
There is no mandatory quarantine period in place in Brazil for most travellers. However, if you have permission to enter when coming from or via the UK, India or South Africa (or having transited through any of these countries in the last 14 days), you will be required to quarantine upon arrival for 14 days. If you start to experience COVID-19 symptoms, the Brazilian government advises that you should self isolate for 15 days.
You must wear a face mask in public spaces. This includes on the street, in parks and on public transport (including taxis).
There are extra local requirements for the mandatory use of masks in other places too, for example in gyms and shops. These additional rules apply in several cities, including but not limited to, Sāo Paulo, Belo Horizonte, Brasília and Rio de Janeiro.
Also see: Best face masks for travel.
COVID-19 Tests Required:
- You will need to provide evidence of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of boarding your flight to Brazil. The evidence must be in either English, Portuguese or Spanish.
Internal Travel Restrictions in Brazil:
Restrictions vary across different districts and cities. Self-isolation measures have been removed in some parts of Brazil, however, local lockdowns are continuing in some areas. Keep an eye on local news websites to make sure you are up to date as you travel.
Some of Brazil’s land borders are closed, except for citizens, resident foreign nationals and close family members of Brazilian nationals. This is also the case for seaports. The land border with Paraguay has recently reopened.
Provided you do not leave the international airport area and can show proof of a ticket for your onward journey, you can freely transit in Brazil by air.
If you are transiting by land to board a return flight to your home country, you will need to contact your embassy. They can make an official request on your behalf to the Federal Police which will allow you to enter Brazil with authorisation to catch your flight. Bear in mind that you will need to present your flight tickets as proof to the Federal Police.
Hotels and guesthouses:
Some hotels, private rentals and hostels are open for tourists, however, this varies depending on the area. Some public facilities may still be closed to non-residents so you’ll need to check what facilities are open locally for tourists.
Each state in Brazil is in control of its own COVID-19 restrictions so these will vary depending on where you are. There could include regulation pertaining to business opening hours, e.g. restaurants, shops and bars. Some beaches also remain closed to non-residents.
Public places which may be likely to attract big crowds could be closed with little notice.
Make sure to research the official guidance from the particular area that you are visiting for the most up to date information.