Health Alert: Suspension of Automatic Length of Stay Extensions

Health Alert: October 22,2020  

Location:  Brazil 

Event: Suspension of Automatic Length of Stay Extensions 

Effective November 3, 2020, the government of Brazil has suspended the March 16, 2020 regulations that automatically extended the length of stay for permanent residents and legal visitors in Brazil during the COVID-19 crisis.  Please note that a tourist visa (electronic or paper) is not required for U.S. citizens to travel to Brazil for the purposes of tourism, business, transit, and artistic and athletic activities, for stays of up to 90 days.  According to the new decree, the period between March 16, 2020 and November 3, 2020 will be disregarded when assessing whether a visitor’s stay exceeded the allowable length. 

Regarding the Brazilian immigration process, immigration documents that expired after March 16th, 2020 will be accepted if the immigrant has remained in Brazil and seeks regularization before March 16, 2021.  

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.  In addition, it is important to note that U.S.-based health insurance policies are generally not accepted by medical providers in Brazil.  

Actions to Take: 

Follow the U.S. Mission to Brazil on InstagramFacebook, and Twitter. 

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