Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Brasilia, Brazil (July 8, 2020)
Event: Clarification on Required Medical Declaration to Eenter Brazil
On June 30, Brazil extended for an additional 30 days (through July 29) the decree banning foreigners from entering the country by air, land, and sea. Please see our previous message for a list of exemptions.
Please note that exempted travelers by air must arrive at the following international airports (São Paulo International Airport, Tom Jobim International Airport in Rio de Janeiro, Viracapos International Airport in Campinhas, and Brasilia International Airport) and passengers must present a medical declaration from a health authority or doctor that attests they do not have COVID-19.
The U.S. Embassy in Brasilia would like to share some clarification from the Brazilian National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa) regarding this requirement:
Traveler’s must present a medical declaration issued by a health authority or a local doctor that certifies that the passenger is not infected with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus (covid-19). Test results alone will not be accepted. The doctor’s declaration may be in English, Spanish, or Portuguese. There is no specific template for the declaration. The Brazilian Government recommends that the traveler have the medical declaration with the date as close as possible to the day of departure.
Commercial flights between the United States and Brazil continue to run on a regular basis. As flights are subject to change, please contact airlines directly for the most current schedule information. Travelers to the United States from Brazil may encounter unexpected delays during the check in and boarding process and are advised to arrive atto the airport earlier than normally recommended. We continue to encourage U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States to 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 from Brazil.
Actions to Take:
Review the June 30 Brazilian government announcement (in Portuguese) here.
Reach out to the nearest Brazilian Embassy, Consulate General, or Consulate with questions regarding the Brazilian travel ban.
Contact your airline with flight questions: United Airlines, LATAM, and Azul.
Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and Messages from the U.S. Embassy.