Number of the week

The world imposes travel restrictions on Brazil

The lack of improvement in Brazil's pandemic situation has led most countries worldwide to impose travel restrictions on the country

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Photo: Carlos Santos/Rodapé BR/Shutterstock

Welcome to “Number of the Week,” where we choose a single figure that helps understand what is going on in Brazil. This week’s number explains how Brazil’s uncontrollable pandemic situation pushed countries to impose travel restrictions on Brazilians:

have low or no travel restrictions on Brazilians

Earlier this week, French Prime Minister Jean Castex announced his country has suspended all flights to and from Brazil “until further notice.” Brazilian visitors to France had already faced significant restrictions before the ban, after health officials found that 6 percent of new cases in the country were of the P.1 variant, known as the “Brazilian variant” worldwide. “We realize that the [pandemic] situation is getting worse,” Mr. Castex told the National Assembly.

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Source: Skyscanner

France is just the latest in a series of countries which have closed their borders to travelers coming from Brazil. As a matter of fact, only seven countries worldwide allow Brazilian tourists to enter with low or no restrictions at all, according to data from tourism platform Skyscanner and the International Air Transport Association (Iata).

  • Countries with no travel restrictions on Brazilians: North Macedonia and Afghanistan.
  • Low restrictions: Albania, Costa Rica, Nauru, Central African Republic, and Tonga.

By the numbers. As of April 16, a total of 105 nations had enacted moderate restrictions on Brazil. Travel to these countries is possible, providing travelers meet certain entry criteria. And another 113 countries impose “major restrictions.”

EU. All 27 members of the European Union have forbidden the direct entry of travelers from Brazil. That includes some of Brazilians’ favorite destinations, such as Portugal, Spain, France, Italy, and Germany.

U.S. Entry to the U.S. is banned for all people who have been in Brazil in the 14 days prior to arrival. Exceptions are granted to American citizens, permanent residents, parents of U.S. citizens under 21, people married to U.S. citizens, or people traveling on the invitation of the local government.

Problem neighbor. No South American neighbor allows Brazilian travelers to enter their borders freely — doors are even closed to Mercosur nations, despite the trade union allowing the free circulation of people prior to the pandemic. 

  • Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Venezuela, Peru, and Suriname have suspended direct flights from Brazil. Uruguay has not banned aerial connections, but only residents or those with family connections to the country are allowed in. Paraguay and Ecuador impose “moderate restrictions” such as requiring negative tests and quarantine upon arrival.
  • In the case of Chile, travelers face a 14-day mandatory quarantine, which costs USD 400 per person.