Health Alert: COVID-19 Related Movement Restrictions in Brazil

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Brasilia, Brazil (May 14, 2020)

Location: Brazil

Event: COVID-19 Related Movement Restrictions in Brazil

The U.S. Mission in Brazil informs U.S. citizens that several state and local governments across Brazil have issued decrees that restrict the movement of people in an effort to combat the spread of COVID-19.  U.S. citizens should adhere to local laws and regulations at all times, including COVID-19 related restriction orders. 

While under these restrictions, jurisdictions may establish checkpoints and law enforcement authorities may require that traveling individuals provide identification documents and a justification for travel.  Some local governments have implemented vehicle restrictions, allowing travel for certain vehicles only on designated days of the week.  Some jurisdictions have implemented the mandatory use of facial masks and citizens in public without a mask may be instructed to return home.  In addition, authorities may impose fines on individuals not adhering to any of the movement restrictions. 

In all locations, essential services such as supermarkets, pharmacies, and hospitals remain open for business.  

All persons in Brazil, regardless of nationality, are subject to these restrictions as well as all local laws.  If you are detained or arrested, the U.S. government can neither secure your release nor act as your legal representative. 

Actions to take:  

For specific information about any movement restriction in your area, please monitor national and local news.  Many local and state government official social media accounts also provide information.  

Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and Messages from the U.S. Mission to Brazil.