Health Alert: Extension of Brazil’s Border Closures

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Brasilia, Brazil (May 26, 2020)

Location:  Brazil

Event:  Extension of Brazil’s Border Closures

On May 22, Brazil decreed that foreigners are banned from entering the country by air, land, and sea for 30 days (through June 21).  This is an extension of previous border closures.  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
  • 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

The announcement does not prevent individuals from departing on commercial flights.  Regular commercial flights to the United States are still available from Sao Paulo and Campinas.  Please contact airlines directly for the most current schedule information.  

U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should 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 in Brazil. 

Actions to Take:

Review the May 22 Brazilian government announcement (in Portuguese) 

Reach out to the nearest Brazilian Embassy, Consulate General, or Consulate with questions regarding the Brazilian travel ban.

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