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The Ministers of State Chief of Staff of the Presidency of the Republic, of Justice and Public Security, Infrastructure and Health has just published the Interministerial Ordinance No. 201, of April 24, 2020, exceptionally and temporarily restricting the entrance of foreigners in Brazil by water transportation, regardless of their nationality, for a period of 30 (thirty) days. The measure is necessary due to the recommendation of the National Health Surveillance Agency (ANVISA) in order to combat the pandemic caused by COVID-19. The restriction on foreigners entering the country does not apply to:

  • Brazilian, born or naturalized;

  • immigrant with permanent residence, for a fixed or indefinite period, in Brazilian territory;

  • foreign professional on mission at the service of an international organization, as long as duly identified;

  • foreign employee accredited by the Brazilian Government;

  • foreigner in the condition of:

a) spouse, partner, son, father or curator of a Brazilian; b) whose entry is specifically authorized by the Brazilian Government in a clear public interest; and c) bearer of the National Migration Registry.

The restriction provided for in this Interministerial Ordinance does not prevent the continuity of transport and disembarkation of loads, without disembarking crewmembers, except for medical assistance or for air return connection to the country of origin. Failure to comply with these measures will result in civil, administrative and criminal liability, as well as immediate repatriation or deportation and the disqualification of an asylum claim.

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