Event: Extension of Brazil’s Border Closures
On June 30, Brazil extended for an additional 30 days (through July 29) the decree banning foreigners from entering the country by air, land, and sea. This is an extension of previous border closures and includes new exemptions. Those in the following categories are exempt:
- Brazilian citizens, born or naturalized
- Permanent residents of Brazil
- National Immigration Registry Card Holders (Registro Nacional Migratório – RNM)
- Foreign professionals employed by a non-governmental aid organization recognized by the Brazilian government
- Foreign officials accredited by the Brazilian government
- Spouse, domestic partner, son or daughter, father or mother, or caregiver of a Brazilian citizen
- A foreigner of any nationality who has a visit visa granted for a short stay, with no intention of establishing residence, or of those for whom the visiting visa is waived, for the purpose of performing artistic, sporting or business activities.
- Any foreigner of any nationality who comes to the country in order to establish residence for a specific time and who has a temporary visa for the following purposes:
- research, teaching or academic extension;
- making an investment;
- family reunion; or
- artistic or sports activities with a fixed-term contract.
- Any person whose entrance into Brazil is deemed by the government to be in the public interest.
- Travelers in transit in one of the following categories:
- Cargo delivery
- International passengers making a connection who do not leave the international transit area
- Passengers required to disembark for aircraft refueling or repairs
- Flight crews
Please note that travelers by air must arrive at the following international airports and passengers must present a medical declaration from a health authority or doctor that attests they do not have COVID-19:
- São Paulo International Airport – Governor André Franco Montoro (Guarulhos), located in the Municipality of Guarulhos, State of São Paulo;
- Tom Jobim International Airport (Galeão), located in the Municipality of Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro;
- Viracopos International Airport, located in the Municipality of Campinas, State of São Paulo; and
- Brasília International Airport – Presidente Juscelino Kubitschek, located in Brasília, Federal District.
Regarding foreigners who are in a land border country and need to cross it to embark on a flight back to their country of residence may enter Brazil with authorization from the Federal Police and must follow the below steps:
- The foreigner must go directly to the airport;
- There must be an official note from the embassy or consulate of the country of citizenship; and
- The corresponding air tickets must be presented.
The announcement does not prevent individuals from departing on commercial flights. Commercial flights between the United States and Brazil continue to run on a regular basis. Flights are limited and subject to change. Please contact airlines directly for the most current schedule information.
We continue to encourage U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States to make commercial flight arrangements as soon as possible unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period. The U.S. government does not currently anticipate arranging repatriation flights from Brazil.
Actions to Take:
Review the June 30 Brazilian government announcement (in Portuguese) here.
Reach out to the nearest Brazilian Embassy, Consulate General, or Consulate with questions regarding the Brazilian travel ban.
Contact your airline with flight questions: United Airlines, LATAM, and Azul.
Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and Messages from the U.S. Embassy.