Coronavirus: transit and borders

Border traffic information.

The entry of foreigners in Brazil, in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, is governed by interministerial ordinances, which are updated monthly by the Federal Government. In its last update, Ordinance 655, of June 23, 2021 (click here to access), maintains the authorization for foreigners to enter Brazil through any airport in the country, provided that the migratory requirements are met, such as having an entry visa when it is required.

The Ordinance now allows Venezuelans and legal residents to enter Venezuela by land or air through any border point. It also allows the immigration regularization of Venezuelans and legal residents in Venezuela who entered Brazil irregularly during a pandemic, that is, as of March 18, 2020, with entry authorization.

However, the Ordinance maintains the exceptional and temporary restriction of entry into the country of foreigners of any nationality by road, other land or waterway transport, with the exception of the land border with Paraguay. These restrictions do 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 to the Brazilian Government;
  • cargo transportation.
  • foreigner who is:
    – spouse; partner; son; Brazilian parent or curator;
    – authorized to enter specifically by the Brazilian Government in view of the public interest or for humanitarian reasons;
    – holder of the National Migration Registry;