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Guidance for travelers: ordinance amends rules for entry into the country

Vaccination remains the main thrust of the policy; vaccinated are exempted from testing for Covid-19 and arrival quarantines are no longer required.



Interministerial Ordinance 670/22 was published this Friday (4/1), which establishes the new policy for restricting the international transit of travelers, resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic. The new rules are already in effect and must be observed by travelers and air, water and land transport operators.


In general terms, the new ordinance confirms vaccination as the central axis of the national border policy for all types of transport. That is, the presentation of proof of complete immunization is mandatory for all individuals eligible for vaccination and who intend to enter Brazil.


According to the ordinance, a traveler who has completed the primary vaccination schedule (two doses or a single dose, according to the immunizer) is considered to be fully vaccinated at least 14 days before the date of departure. Vaccines approved by Anvisa, the World Health Organization (WHO) or the authorities of the country where the traveler was immunized are allowed.


The text also establishes that proof of vaccination in which the vaccine data is available exclusively in QR Code format or in any other coded language will not be accepted. Certificates of recovery from Covid-19 will also not be accepted in lieu of proof of complete vaccination.


Finally, the rule, following Anvisa's recommendation, does not provide for quarantines on arrival in Brazilian territory. Such a sanitary control measure will no longer be required. On March 23, Anvisa issued a Technical Note recommending to the Committee of Ministers who signed Interministerial Ordinance 666/2022 to update the policy of restrictions for travelers entering the country. In the demonstration, the Agency considered, based on evidence and data analysis, the new epidemiological and health context in Brazil, the efficiency of the measures imposed until then and the international scenario, in order to ensure that restrictions were proportionate to the health risks. public.


Check out the new rules for each type of transport


Air Transport

- Filling in the DSV (Traveler's Health Declaration) is no longer necessary.

- Vaccinated: Brazilians and foreigners are exempt from presenting a document proving a test for Covid-19, with a negative or non-detectable result; they must only present to the airline, before boarding, the proof of vaccination, printed or electronically.

- Travelers who are not fully vaccinated, provided that Brazilians and foreigners residing in Brazilian territory, those with a health condition that contraindicates vaccination (attested by a medical report), those not eligible for vaccination due to age or coming from countries with low vaccination coverage: must present to the airline, before boarding, the document proving the performance of a test for Covid-19, with a negative or non-detectable result, such as an antigen test or RT-PCR laboratory performed one day before the moment of boarding.

- Foreigners who are not fully vaccinated remain prevented from entering the national territory (with exceptions).


Transport and land borders

- Brazilians and foreigners must present proof of vaccination at terrestrial control points. The receipt must also be presented, as a condition for boarding, to those responsible for international road and rail passenger transport services.

- Are exempt from presenting proof of vaccination in land transport:

  • Brazilians and foreigners residing in Brazilian territory who are not fully vaccinated;

  • cargo transport workers under the conditions established by the ordinance;

  • border residents in twin cities;

  • travelers in situations of vulnerability (humanitarian crisis);

  • travelers from countries with low vaccination coverage;

  • persons ineligible for vaccination based on age;

  • travelers with a health condition that contraindicates vaccination.

- Foreigners who are not fully vaccinated remain prevented from entering the national territory (with exceptions).


Water transportation

- Vaccinated: travelers of international origin, Brazilian or foreign, must present to the operator or person responsible for the vessel, before boarding, the proof of vaccination, printed or electronically.

- Vaccinated travelers are exempted from presenting a document proving the performance of a test for Covid-19, with a negative or non-detectable result.

- Travelers who are not fully vaccinated, provided that Brazilians and foreigners residing in Brazilian territory, those with a health condition that contraindicates vaccination (attested by a medical report), those not eligible for vaccination due to age or coming from countries with low vaccination coverage: must present to the operator or person responsible for the vessel, before disembarkation in the country, the document proving the performance of a test for Covid-19, with a negative or non-detectable result, such as an antigen test or RT-PCR laboratory, carried out one day before the moment of the landing.

- Foreigners who are not fully vaccinated remain prevented from entering the national territory (with exceptions).


Rules applicable to children

- Vaccinated children are covered by the general rules of the ordinance.

- Unvaccinated children:

  • under the age of 12, who are traveling accompanied, are exempt from presenting tests to screen for infection (Covid-19) with the new coronavirus (Sars-CoV-2), provided that all companions present documents with negative or undetectable results , laboratory-type RT-PCR or antigen test, performed up to one day before departure/entry into the country.

  • aged between 2 and 12 years, who are traveling unaccompanied, must present a document with a negative or non-detectable result, of the laboratory type RT-PCR or antigen test, carried out up to one day before the moment of departure/entry into the country.

  • Children under 2 years of age do not need to submit tests.

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