New year, new rules. Brazil has been one of the few countries around the world to remain mostly open without major restrictions throughout the pandemic, but as of December 30th, there’s been a slight change to the details, making entry into the boundlessly gorgeous country just a bit more of a process.
Mainly, you’ll need a negative covid-19 test taken with 72 hours of departure, and you’ll also need to fill out a health form. Plus, flights from some countries have temporarily been suspended. Don’t worry, we’ve got all the deets.
Brazil Changes Entry Requirements
As of December 30th, 2020, and yes that means applying to travel in 2021, you’ll need a negative covid-19 PCR test result taken no more than 72 hours prior to departure to visit or transit through Brazil. If you don’t, you won’t be allowed to board your flight to Rio De Janeiro, Sao Paulo, or any other Brazilian gateway.
Flights between the UK to Brazil are also suspended.
Children under 2 are not required to take a covid-19 test to enter Brazil, and children under 12 accompanied by an adult also don’t require a negative covid-19 PCR test, but any accompanying adults absolutely do. As always, double confirm rules with Brazilian authorities and or airlines in advance of travel, since restrictions are likely to change.
Unlike LAMP, and other relatively quick tests, a PCR test typically require 24-48 hours to return the test result, so booking a test ASAP that fits into the timeline of your travel is key. With a surge in testing demand, it’s good to get on the books well in advance of travel, rather than scramble to find a last minute slot.
If your flight was to depart at 12PM on Friday, you’d want to book a test at 12:01 PM or later n Tuesday, or Wednesday, to receive the results in due time, but still have it fresh within 72 hours as required. Thursday could work, but only if the test was guaranteed in under 24 hours, and was taken 24 hours before you plan to check in.
Brazil requires the negative covid-19 test result to be within 72 hours from your first point of embarkation, aka the first flight in your journey. So if you have a connection, base the test times around the time of check in for your first flight, which is where all docs will be confirmed.
Brazil’s Traveler Health Declaration
In addition to a negative covid-19 PCR test, all arrivals and transits in Brazil must also fill out a ‘Travelers Health Declaration’ and present it to authorities on arrival. Despite the changes to entry, there’s still no quarantine in effect, which means anyone willing to get a negative covid-19 test is mostly still able to enjoy this captivating country.
Many travelers are taking the first quarter of 2021 off, allowing time for health authorities to ramp up vaccinations and reduce the dreadful virus figures emerging daily, but thousands will continue to arrive in Brazil daily, anyway.
If positive news of beating back the virus does emerge in the near future, it’s largely expected that Brazil will be among the first to roll back these covid-19 related entry restrictions, and go back to a more open entry system, without a negative covid-19 test result required. Until then, it’s better to know than be denied boarding, right?