Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Brasilia, Brazil

Location: Brazil

Event:  Brazil has confirmed cases of COVID-19 in all 26 states and the Federal District, and the largest number of confirmed cases in South and Central America.  As of March 30, 2020, Brazil has implemented a 30-day ban on all foreigners entering Brazil by air with limited exceptions for those that fall into one of the categories here.  Brazil closed its land borders on March 22.  Direct commercial flights to the United States are still available at this time, however, they have significantly decreased in frequency.  

By April 3, there will only be three airlines flying from Brazil (Sao Paulo GRU) to the United States, only one of which is offering daily flights.  U.S.-bound flights will likely continue to decrease over the next few weeks.  Domestic flights within Brazil also have been reduced. While the major airport in each state currently provides flights to Sao Paulo, nonstop/direct flights between Brazilian cities are extremely limited.  U.S. citizens who live in the United States (i.e., are travelling temporarily overseas) should arrange for immediate return home or be prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  U.S. citizens should contact their airline with questions pertaining to flight reservations.

Note: Only emergency American Citizen Services are available at the U.S. Embassy in Brasilia and Consulates General in Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Porto Alegre, and Recife.

Actions to Take:

  • Dial 192 for emergency services in Brazil if you have severe symptoms such as difficulty breathing.
  • Visit our Embassy webpage on COVID-19 for information on conditions in Brazil.
  • Consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date information on the disease.  For information on what you can do to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19, please see the CDC’s latest recommendations.
  • Visit the COVID-19 crisis page on for the latest information regarding foreign countries’ quarantine requirements and other global impacts.
  • Have a plan to depart from Brazil that does not rely on U.S. government assistance.
  • Check with your airlines or cruise lines regarding any updated information about your travel plans and/or restrictions.
  • Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website on the latest travel restrictions affecting travel to the U.S.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.

United States Embassy and Consulates in Brazil:   

U.S. Embassy Brasilia  
SES – Av. das Nações, Quadra 801, Lote 03  
Brasília, DF – 70403-900  
Phone: (61) 3312-7000  
After-Hours Emergencies: (61) 3312-7400  

Embassy Branch Office in Belo Horizonte
Avenida do Contorno, 4520 / 2nd floor – Funcionários
Belo Horizonte, MG – 30110-028
Telephone: +55 (31) 3338-4000

U.S. Consulate General Recife  
Rua Goncalves Maia, 163 Bairro Boa Vista
Recife, PE – 50.070-060  
Phone: (81) 3416-3050  
After-Hours Emergencies: (81) 99916-9470
U.S. Consulate General Rio de Janeiro  
Av. Presidente Wilson, 147 Castelo   
Rio de Janeiro, RJ — 20030-020   
Entrance at Rua Santa Luzia  
Phone: (21) 3823-2000  
After-Hours Emergencies: (21) 3823-2029  
U.S. Consulate General São Paulo  
Rua Henri Dunant, 500,  
Chácara Santo Antonio,  
São Paulo, SP — 04709-110  
Phone: (11) 3250-5000  
After-Hours Emergencies: (11) 3250-5373   

U.S. Consulate General Porto Alegre
Avenida Assis Brasil, 1889 Passo d’Areia
Porto Alegre, RS – 91350-110
Phone: 51-3345-6000
After-Hours Emergencies: 51-3345-6000

For further information:  

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