Health Alert: October 8, 2020
Event: Proof of Health Insurance No Longer Required for Air Travel to Brazil
Effective October 2, the Government of Brazil no longer requires foreign travelers to present proof of health insurance valid in Brazil in order to enter. While Brazil continues to permit the entry of foreign visitors by air for a short stay of up to 90 days, restrictions remain for the entry of foreign visitors by land (unless for transit) and sea through at least October 23.
Even though Brazil no longer requires proof of health insurance, the U.S. Department of State continues to recommend that all travelers purchase insurance before departing the United States. The U.S. government does not provide health insurance for U.S. citizens overseas and does not pay medical bills. Commercial flights between the United States and Brazil operate on a regular basis. Although Brazil has opened its borders to visitors traveling by air, U.S. citizens considering international travel should be aware that Brazil remains at a Level 4 Travel Advisory (Do Not Travel) and continues to experience high daily case numbers of COVID-19.
U.S. citizens in a land border country who need to cross the border to take a flight back to the United States should see our most recent message on the land border restrictions and required steps to transit Brazil.
Actions to Take:
- Review the October 2 Brazilian government announcement (in Portuguese).
- For more information and recommendations about insurance overseas, see the U.S. Department of State website on insurance providers for overseas coverage.
- See the State Department’s Level 4 Travel Advisory for Brazil
- If you have questions, visit the U.S. Embassy webpage on COVID-19 or contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate General closest to you.
- Follow the U.S. Mission to Brazil on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and Messages from the U.S. Embassy.