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ORDINANCES No 661 and 662 - MEASURES FOR ENTRY INTO BRAZIL


The Ministers of State Chief of Staff of the Presidency of the Republic, Justice and Public Security, Health and Infrastructure published Ordinance No. 661 on December 9th, 2021; and Ordinance No. 662 on December 10th, 2021, providing for exceptional and temporary measures for entry into the Country, due to the risks of contamination and dissemination of Coronavirus SARS CoV-2 (COVID-19). There is no indication of validity for such a measure, which means that this Ordinance is in effect until new measures are established. AIR TRANSPORT The traveler of international origin, Brazilian or foreign, must present to the airline responsible for the flight, before boarding, a document proving the performance of a test to screen for the infection by the SARS-CoV-2 (covid-19) coronavirus, with a negative result or non-detectable, of the antigen test type, performed within 24 (twenty-four) hours prior to the time of shipment, or RT-PCR laboratory test, performed within 72 (seventy-two) hours prior to the time of shipment, observing the following criteria: I - Evidence document of conducting a Laboratory Test (RT-PCR), for screening for infection by SARS-CoV-2, with a negative or undetectable result, under the following conditions:

  • be presented in Portuguese, Spanish or English. If it is issued in another language, although it is omitted in this standard, it is recommended to present the translation of this exam in Portuguese, Spanish or English, in order to avoid any setbacks during boarding to Brazil; and

  • be issued in a laboratory recognized by the health authority of the country of origin.

- Children under the age of twelve who are traveling accompanied are exempt from presenting a document evidencing a laboratory test for the screening of infection by Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) provided that all accompanying persons present documents with a negative result or non-detectable, of the RT-PCR laboratory type performed up to 72 (seventy-two hours) prior to the time of shipment, or antigen test, performed within 24 (twenty-four) hours prior to the time of shipment; - Children aged two or over and under twelve who are traveling unaccompanied must present documents with a negative or undetectable result, of the RT-PCR laboratory type carried out within 72 (seventy-two) hours prior to the time of boarding, or antigen test, carried out within 24 (twenty-four) hours prior to boarding; and - Children under the age of two years are exempt from presenting a document evidencing a test for screening for Coronavirus infection, for travel to Brazil. II - The entry into national territory of individuals who had covid-19 in the last 90 (ninety) days, counted from the date of onset of symptoms, who are asymptomatic and persist with detectable RT-PCR or antigen test for SARS-CoV-2 (covid- 19), will be allowed upon presentation of the following documents: - 02 (two) detectable RT-PCR results, with an interval of at least 14 days, the last one being performed within 72 hours prior to the time of shipment; - antigen test to present a report with negative or undetectable result, after the last detectable RT-PCR result; and - medical certificate declaring that the individual is asymptomatic and able to travel, including the date of travel. The certificate must be issued in Portuguese or Spanish or English and contain the identification and signature of the responsible physician. III- In the event of flights with connections or stopovers where the traveler remains in a restricted area of the airport, the deadlines of 24 (twenty-four) of antigen performance and 72 (seventy-two) hours of the RT-PCR will be considered in relation to boarding the first leg of the trip; IV - In the event of a flight with connections or stopovers in which the traveler does not remain in a restricted area of the airport, in which the traveler performs migration, and which exceeds seventy-two hours since the completion of the RT-PCR test or twenty-four hours of the antigen, the traveler must present a document proving the performance of a new test, RT-PCR or antigen, with a negative or non-detectable result for the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus (covid-19) at check-in for boarding to the Federative Republic from Brazil; V - Presentation to the airline responsible for the flight, before boarding, of proof, printed or electronically, of the completion of the Traveler's Health Declaration (DSV), within 24 (twenty four) hours prior to boarding to Brazil, with the agreement on the sanitary measures that must be complied with during the period in the country. VI - From December 18th 2021, presentation to the airline responsible for the flight, before boarding, of proof, printed or electronically, of vaccination with immunizers approved by the National Health Surveillance Agency or by the World Health Organization or by the authorities of the country in which the traveler was immunized, whose last dose or single dose was applied at least fourteen days before the departure date. The presentation of proof of vaccination will be given to travelers considered ineligible for vaccination, according to criteria established by the Ministry of Health in the National Plan for the Operationalization of Vaccination against COVID-19, available on the website: The presentation of proof of vaccination will be given to travelers considered ineligible for vaccination, according to criteria established by the Ministry of Health in the National Plan for the Operationalization of Vaccination against COVID-19, available on the website. From December 11th 2021, travelers who do not have proof of vaccination, whose application of the last dose or single dose has occurred at least fourteen days before the date of departure, may enter Brazilian territory, provided that agree to perform quarantine in Brazilian territory, under the stipulated terms: Quarantine, for 05 (five) days, in the city of your final destination and at the address registered in the Traveler's Health Declaration (DSV). At the end of this period, they must perform an antigen test or RT-PCR and, if the result is negative or not detectable, the quarantine will be ended; and In case of refusal to perform one of the tests (antigen or RT-PCR), or in case the result of any of the tests detects the infection by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus (covid-19), the traveler will remain in quarantine of according to the criteria established by the Ministry of Health in the Covid-19 Epidemiological Surveillance Guide, available on the website. The acceptance of the quarantine terms by travelers will be expressly included in the Traveler's Health Declaration (DSV). The information of travelers subjected to quarantine measures, specified in Traveler's Health Declaration (DSV) will be forwarded to the Centers for Strategic Information in Health Surveillance (CIEVS) - National, which will send them to the CIEVS in their catchment areas, which will monitor the respective travelers. Aircraft crew members are exempt from presenting a document proving the performance of a RT-PCR laboratory test or an antigen test with a report to screen for infection by the Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19), provided they comply with the safety protocols established by the present Ordinance. From December 11th 2021, aircraft crew members who present proof, printed or electronically, of vaccination with immunizers approved by the National Health Surveillance Agency or by the World Health Organization or by the authorities of the country where the crew member was immunized, whose application of the last dose or single dose has occurred at least fourteen days before the date of embarkation, are exempt from complying with the safety protocol for aircraft crew. It is temporarily prohibited International flights to the Federative Republic of Brazil that originate or pass through the Republic of South Africa, Republic of Botswana, Kingdom of Essuatini, Kingdom of Lesotho, Republic of Namibia and Republic of Zimbabwe in the last fourteen days. This restriction does not apply to the operation of cargo flights, handled by workers dressed in personal protective equipment (PPE). It is temporarily suspended the authorization to board to the Federative Republic of Brazil of a foreign traveler, coming from or pass, by the Republic of South Africa, Republic of Botswana, Kingdom of Essuatini, Kingdom of Lesotho, Republic of Namibia and Republic of Zimbabwe, in the last fourteen days before embarkation. ** This restriction does not apply to the traveler: I - foreigners with determined residence, for a fixed or indefinite period, in Brazilian territory; II - foreign professional on a mission at the service of an international organization, as long as identified; III - foreign official accredited to the Brazilian Government; and IV - foreign: a) spouse, partner, child, parent or curator of a Brazilian; b) whose entry is specifically authorized by the Brazilian Government in view of the public interest or for humanitarian reasons; and c) holder of a National Migration Registry. ** The Brazilian traveler or immigrant who fits the above exceptions, coming from or passing through the Republic of South Africa, Republic of Botswana, Kingdom of Essuatini, Kingdom of Lesotho, Republic of Namibia and Republic of Zimbabwe, in the last fourteen days before boarding, upon entering Brazilian territory, it must remain in quarantine for fourteen days in the city of its final destination. GROUND TRANSPORTATION The traveler of international origin, when entering the country by road or any other land means, must present to the immigration or health authority, when requested:

  • Proof, printed or electronically, of vaccination with immunizers approved by the National Health Surveillance Agency or by the World Health Organization or by the authorities of the country where the traveler was immunized, whose application of the last dose or single dose has occurred, at least , fourteen days before the date of entry into the country; or

  • Document proving the performance of a test to screen for the infection by the SARS-CoV-2 (covid-19) coronavirus, with a negative result or non-detectable, of the antigen test type, performed within 24 (twenty-four) hours prior to the time of shipment, or RT-PCR laboratory test, performed within 72 (seventy-two) hours prior to the time of shipment, under the following conditions:

  • be presented in Portuguese, Spanish or English. If it is issued in another language, although it is omitted in this standard, it is recommended to present the translation of this exam in Portuguese, Spanish or English, in order to avoid any setbacks during boarding to Brazil; and

  • be issued in a laboratory recognized by the health authority of the country of origin.

Travelers who are considered ineligible for vaccination, according to the criteria established by the Ministry of Health in the National Plan for the Operationalization of Vaccination against COVID-19, are exempt from presenting proof of vaccination, criteria available on the website. Exceptionally, foreigners who do not have proof of vaccination, and for reasons of mobility imposed by the country in which they are located, cannot return to their country of residence, may enter Brazil, since (i) obtain authorization from the immigration authority; (ii) go directly to the airport; (iii) obtain a formal request from the embassy or consulate of their country of residence, (iv) upon presentation of the corresponding air tickets for the return to their country of residence. The requirement to present proof of vaccination or test for screening for SARS-CoV-2 (covid-19) coronavirus infection does not apply: I - to the entry of a traveler into the country, by land, between the Federative Republic of Brazil and the Republic of Paraguay, provided that the immigration requirements appropriate to their condition are complied with, including that of carrying an entry visa, when this is required by the Brazilian legal system; II - the entry of a traveler into the country in a situation of vulnerability to carry out cross-border humanitarian actions, previously authorized by the local health authorities; III - to the entry of travelers in the country in a situation of vulnerability resulting from the migratory flow caused by a humanitarian crisis, in the national territory, recognized by an act of the President of the Republic, pursuant to the sole paragraph of article 3 of Law 13.684, of June 21th 2018; IV - to the traffic of border residents in twin cities, upon presentation of a border resident document or other supporting document, provided that reciprocity in the treatment of Brazilians by the neighboring country is guaranteed; V - to the traveler who carries out cargo transport or to the drivers and assistants of road cargo transport vehicles; VI - to foreigners whose entry is specifically authorized by the Brazilian Government in view of the public interest or for humanitarian reasons; and VII - to the foreign official accredited to the Brazilian Government. WATER TRANSPORTATION The waterway transport of passengers, Brazilians or foreigners, will be authorized exclusively in Brazilian jurisdictional waters of cruise liners. The authorization of the waterway transport of Brazilian or foreign passengers, of cruise liners and the operation of vessels carrying passengers, in national ports, is subject to: I - previous edition of the Ordinance by the Ministry of Health, which should provide for the epidemiological scenario, the definition of situations considered to be Covid-19 outbreaks on vessels and the conditions for complying with the quarantine of passengers and vessels; II - edition of an Operationalization Plan within the scope of the Municipality and the State, which establishes the conditions for health assistance for passengers disembarked in their territories and for the local execution of active epidemiological surveillance. III - The sanitary conditions for the embarkation and disembarkation of passengers and crew on cruise ships located in Brazilian jurisdictional waters, including those with foreign crew and without passengers on board from another country, will be defined in a specific act of the National Health Surveillance Agency. The conditions for embarking passengers on vessels located in Brazilian jurisdictional waters, with foreign crew and without passengers on board from another country, will be defined in a specific act of the National Health Surveillance Agency. The restrictions provided for in this Ordinance do not prevent the disembarkation, authorized by the Federal Police, of maritime crew for medical assistance or for connecting an air return to the country of origin related to operational issues or the termination of an employment contract, provided that the specific conditions of the standard are observed, conditioned to: I - signature of term of responsibility for expenses arising from the transshipment signed by the shipping agent; II - presentation of document evidencing the performance of a RT-PCR laboratory test, carried out within 72 (seventy-two) hours prior to disembarkation, or antigen test, carried out within twenty-four hours prior to embarkation, to screen for infection by coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 (covid-19), with negative or undetectable result; III - prior consent of local health authorities; and IV - presentation of the corresponding air tickets. The restrictions, measures and conditions provided for in this Ordinance are requirements for the entry of travelers into the country, without prejudice to others suitable for their migratory status, including the requirement to carry an entry visa, when this is required by the Brazilian legal system. The immigration authority may prevent the entry into Brazilian territory of foreigners who do not comply with the requirements set forth in this ordinance, and may request technical information from other border inspection authorities, if necessary. Failure to comply with these measures will result in civil, administrative and criminal liability, as well as repatriation or immediate deportation and the disqualification of refuge requests. Normative acts and technical guidelines may be prepared by the Ministries in order to complement the provisions contained in this Ordinance, provided that the Ministry's scope of competence is observed. The Ministries may forward to the Civil House of the Presidency of the Republic, in a reasoned manner, cases not covered by this Ordinance and requests for exceptional cases, regarding the fulfillment of sanitary determinations, to serve the public interest or humanitarian issues. The documents and other requirements necessary for entry into national territory may be evaluated by the immigration authorities, or at any time, by the other Brazilian authorities, the offender being subject to the penalties provided for in this Ordinance. Ordinance No. 660 of November 27th, 2021 is revoked. EMDOC professionals are available to answer all demands and doubts on this topic that certainly involves the mobility of many immigrants in this very delicate moment. Therefore, before leaving your country, consult the specific conditions for entering Brazil.

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