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Brazil: COVID-19 Entry Requirements Travelers Need To Know

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Brazil is a tropical paradise for its 6.5 million yearly visitors and well known for having the longest beach in the world. From its exciting culture, idyllic beach vacations and exotic jungle explorations, the country has something for every traveler.

Here are the latest COVID-19 entry requirements for travelers and everything you need to know before your trip to Brazil in 2021.

The Redeemer Monument and the Corcovado Mountain in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The Redeemer Monument and the Corcovado Mountain in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Countries That Are Permitted Enter Brazil

Travelers from ALL countries are permitted to enter Brazil under regular visa requirements.

Passengers from Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa, and Zimbabwe are temporarily banned due to variants.

Aerial view of the famous cable stayed bridge located at Sao Paulo city, Brazil
Aerial view of the famous cable stayed bridge located at Sao Paulo city, Brazil

Quarantine Entry Requirements 

As of December 17, 2021, unvaccinated residents will need to quarantine for 5 days upon arrival to Brazil.

COVID-19 Testing Entry Requirements

Testing Required.

All passengers are required to show proof of a negative RT-PCR test, taken no longer than 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point – or – a negative Antigen test performed no longer than 24 hours before the first embarkation point.

Tests must be in English, Spanish or Portuguese. Passengers under 12 years of age, providing they are traveling with an adult with a valid test, are exempt. Proof of recovery with two past positive tests is also permitted.

Vaccination Entry Requirements

Vaccination Required.

All international travelers need to show proof of vaccination before entry.

Fully vaccinated means they've received the full dose and at least 14 days have elapsed from the first embarkation point.

Tourists at Iguazu Falls, Foz do Iguacu, Brazil

COVID-19 Travel Insurance Entry Requirements 

Travel insurance that covers COVID-19 is highly recommended for all travelers visiting Brazil.

Health Form

All passengers must fill out the Online Health Form before arrival

Praia de Iracema Beach from above, Fortaleza, Ceara State, Brazil
Praia de Iracema Beach from above, Fortaleza, Ceara State, Brazil

Permitted Airports and Borders

Land Borders

All land borders are closed for entry with the exception of Brazilian nationals.

Arriving By Air

Passengers are permitted to enter Brazil by air.

COVID-19 Health Requirements While in Brazil

All visitors must abide by the following COVID-19 health requirements while in Brazil:

  • Wearing a mask is mandatory in all commercial establishments, offices, schools and places of worship
  • Follow all social distancing markers and guidelines
  • Follow all hand washing/sanitizing signs and guidelines

Transiting Through Brazil

As of December 17, 2021, passengers are allowed to transit through Brazil provided that they have proof of vaccination. The certificate must be in English, Spanish, or Portuguese.

COVID-19 Vaccine Entry Requirements 

As of December 2021, Brazil has now made proof of vaccination mandatory for foriegn arrivals.

Visa Entry Requirements For Brazil During COVID-19

All travelers arriving in Brazil must follow all regular visa requirements. 

The countries listed below DO NOT need a visa for stays up to 90 days. 

 (Image: Wikipedia)

All other countries must apply for a visa at the Brazilian embassy/consulate in their home countries. 

Brazil Covid-19 Entry Requirements:

  1. Get travel insurance that covers COVID-19 for the duration of your trip to Brazil
  2. Check if you need a visa to enter Brazil
  3. Provide proof of vaccinatio
  4. Take a 72-hour RT-PCR test or a 24-hour antigen test
  5. Follow all COVID-19 health protocols in Brazil

Countries That Have Reopened For American Tourists

Countries That Have Reopened For Canadian Tourists

COVID-19 Entry Requirements By Country: Travelers Guide

Travel Insurance That Covers Covid-19

Sources: Brazil Government / Brazil Decree 

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Originally published on August 22, 2020 with updates


Saturday 18th of December 2021

Dear Kashlee/Trevor,

You state the following:

"All international travellers need to show proof of vaccination before entry. Unvaccinated visitors will need to quarantine for 5 days upon arrival."

Last week there was a ruling of the Federal Supreme Court that mandates international travellers to be vaccinated. The ruling says that unvaccinated travels are not allowed to enter Brazil at all.

Are you aware of this? Do you know exactly starting from what date this new measure will be in effect?

Kashlee Kucheran

Sunday 19th of December 2021

Yes, you are correct, The article has been updated to reflect the new rule. It is in effect as of the 17th of December


Friday 3rd of December 2021

It is unclear if travel insurance is recommended OR required. I do have one, but I need to know if they will ask to see it.

Kashlee Kucheran

Friday 3rd of December 2021

My understanding is insurance is recommended but not a mandatory part of entry


Wednesday 20th of October 2021

Please update this, seems like Brazil now accepts antigen tests taken 24 hr before flight to Brazil. Thanks.

Finbarr Oneill

Friday 7th of May 2021

im travelling from ireland next november to rio de janeiro . whats the situation at the moment. i know its 5 months away and alot can change. thanking you


Saturday 26th of December 2020

do they offer tests upon arrival in the airports and what kind of tests are they ?

Kashlee Kucheran

Sunday 27th of December 2020

No, the requirement is to bring proof of a negative PCR test with you, testing on arrival is not an option for entry