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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.

Brazilian couple at an outdoor cafe in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Sugarloaf Mountain in the background

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.

Colorful houses in the historic center of Salvador in Bahia, Brazil

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.

women wearing a mask with her luggage while on her smartphone at the airport

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.

Aerial view of the Iguazu Falls. View over the Garganta del Diablo the Devil's Throat

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.

Street Carnival in Olinda, on the (Ladeira da Misericórdia), Pernambuco state, Brazil.

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.

Bird's eye view of park and skyline in Sao Paulo, 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.

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

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Jo

Monday 20th of December 2021

The decree went through and is effective as of Dec 20th...

Need proof of vaccination + PCR (unless vaccine exempted).

If exempted, need 14 day quarantine + another PCR in the end.

covidvaxinfo

Friday 17th of December 2021

and how exactly would Brazil enforce a 5-day quarantine? It's Brazil, not Asia/Australia.

Ricko

Thursday 16th of December 2021

another country owned by the UN/WHO and the globalist. Tell us something we didn't know?

Sanjay

Wednesday 15th of December 2021

Well drop the test requirement for vaxinated at least. Why test the vaxinated? Don't trust your vaxines?

All junk science of quacks to kill tourism and travel.

Elisa

Friday 17th of December 2021

@Sanjay, vaccinated people can still get and spread the virus, everybody should know that by now. There's still (too) much tourism by the way, the European cities are crowded with people. It's like there's no pandemic at all...

Dee

Wednesday 15th of December 2021

One less option for the irresponsible and reckless. Costa Rica, Colombia, now Brazil. Hopefully, the few remaining countries follow suit.

Jo

Monday 20th of December 2021

@Dee, so much for the jabs being the way to go back to "normal". Look at the situation now

Christian

Friday 17th of December 2021

@Dee, i am sorry to disappoint you, but Costa Rica has no entry requirements.

Raja

Thursday 16th of December 2021

@Dee, one less options for the "reckless", and three more boosters for you, please.