Hamburg Marathon to bar Brazilian participants

Hamburg Marathon to bar Brazilian participants

The Hamburg Marathon, scheduled for September 13, issued safety guidelines prohibiting the participation of individuals hailing from countries with a high risk of Covid-19 spread, which includes Brazil.

The event — one of Germany’s most traditional — is expected to have 14,000 participants including both the full and half-marathon courses. The ban on participants from specific countries is the first of its kind in large sporting events since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. Large sporting events were originally forbidden in Germany until October, but due to its strict guidelines — including restrictions on participants — the Hamburg Marathon was granted an exception.

No international travel for now

With over 1.2 million confirmed cases of Covid-19 so far (second only to the U.S. with 2.5 million), Brazil is deemed one of the countries with the highest risk of Covid-19 spread in the world.

Its reputation as a coronavirus hotbed has increasingly posed challenges for Brazilians trying to travel abroad in a post-pandemic world, as travel restrictions on the country are likely to linger longer than for most countries.  New travel restrictions, alongside the drastic economic downfall brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic, have shifted Brazilians’ travel plans towards domestic destinations, as previously reported by The Brazilian Report

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