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INTERMINISTERIAL ORDINANCE NO. 203 - FOREIGNERS' ENTRANCE IN BRAZIL - AIR TRANSPORTATION

The Ministers of State Chief of Staff of the Presidency of the Republic, of Justice and Public Security, Infrastructure and Health published the Interministerial Ordinance No. 203, on April 28, 2020, exceptionally and temporarily restricting the entrance of immigrants in Brazil by air 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;

  • charge transport;

  • passenger in international transit, as long as he does not leave the international area of the airport and the country of destination admits his ticket;

  • technical landing to refuel when there is no need to disembark passengers of restricted nationalities; and

  • flight crew and airline employees in the country for operational purposes, albeit foreign.

Exceptionally, the foreigner who is in a land frontier country and needs to cross it to board a flight back to his country of residence may enter Brazil and go directly to the airport to receive authorization from the Federal Police, upon previous official request from the embassy or consulate of your country of residence, upon presentation of the corresponding air tickets. 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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