Health Alert: October 22,2020
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:
- For up to date information on Brazilian immigration and visa issues, please contact the Brazilian federal police.
- Review the entire October 19 Brazilian Government Announcement (in Portuguese).
- 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.