International travelers to Brazil will soon have to show proof of vaccination as one of the country’s entry requirements.
A judge in Brazil’s supreme court ruled that international tourists should provide proof of vaccination in order to enter, as reported by Al Jazeera on Sunday.
The decision was made by Justice Luis Roberto Barroso, and it will still have to be passed by the other 10 judges on the court before the ruling goes into effect.
Ruling Overthrows Previous Mandate Put Forth By Government
This new mandate will overthrow the one put in place on November 30 by the federal government, which stated that Brazil’s entry restrictions would only be a negative PCR test result for travel. In the case of any unvaccinated travelers, they would have to quarantine for 5 days upon arrival to Brazil.
In response to this, Brazil’s Sustainability Network party filed a lawsuit in the country’s highest court to support a mandate for proof of vaccination for international tourists. A proof of vaccination requirement to travel to Brazil is recommended by Anvisa, the nation’s health agency.
Push Back Comes As An Effort Not To Promote ‘Anti-Vaccine Tourism’
Justice Barroso ruled that the federal government’s proposed plan was a risk to the public health of Brazilians. “The threat of promoting anti-vaccine tourism, due to the imprecision of the regulations that require the voucher, represents an imminent risk,” he said.
Unvaccinated Arrivals Will Have To Quarantine For 5 Days
If the mandate passes in the court, then all international arrivals will be required to show proof of vaccination in order to travel to Brazil.
Barroso mentioned that there will be some exceptions to the rule, including travelers coming from countries with limited access to vaccines and persons who have an official waiver from getting the shot due to health reasons. Those unvaccinated arrivals will have to quarantine for 5 days and be tested on the last day of self-isolation.
New Mandate Challenges The President’s Stance On Vaccine Passports
This week’s news comes after several months of some of Brazil’s leadership, particularly president Bolsanaro, making public statements pushing back against any type of vaccine mandate for travel to the country.
The president has previously blocked any recommendations by Anvisa on the topic of vaccine passports for travel, including the call to mandate proof of full vaccination for the notorious annual Carnival celebrations. This year’s Carnival event is scheduled to take place from February 25th to March 5th, 2022.
What Are The Current Travel Restrictions For Brazil?
At this time, international travelers to Brazil must show either a negative PCR test result taken 72 hours prior to departure or a rapid antigen test taken 48 hours before travel. Passengers under the age of 12 are currently exempt from any testing requirements if they are traveling with an adult that has a negative Covid test.
Travelers must also complete the official health declaration form to show to the airline before departure to Brazil.
Brazil’s Vaccination Rates In December 2021
According to the latest reports on Our World in Data, approximately 65% of Brazil’s population is fully vaccinated against the virus. In a report this week by PC Mag.com, Brazil’s Ministry of Health website was hacked. The site is now back up and running.
When it comes to infections and hospitalization rates across the country, numbers have gone down significantly since their highest peak in March and April of this year.
Brazil is currently listed at Level 3 of the CDC’s travel health list.
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