Updated June 12th, 2021.
COVID-19: Brazil Travel Updates
Updated 12th June 2021.
LATEST BRAZIL COVID-19 NEWS:
- On 15th May 2021, Brazil suspended flights arriving from India for 14 days. Source. This adds to the already suspended flights from South Africa and the UK over fears of new variants of COVID-19. Source.
Brazil Travel Restrictions (June 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 everyone regardless of whether or not they have been vaccinated. There is also no mandatory quarantine in place for most travellers. However, as a result of recent developments, entry is not currently permitted for people travelling from or via South Africa, India or the UK. This also applies if you have visited the UK within 14 days of your arrival in Brazil. Exemptions apply to resident foreigners and close family members of Brazilian nationals. If this applies to you, you will be required to quarantine on arrival in Brazil for 14 days.
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. However, 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.