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Brazil adds a 5-day quarantine for unvaccinated travelers

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In the new rules announced on Thursday, Brazil will require all unvaccinated travelers arriving by plane to travel within five days Isolation.

Judgment from the ministries of Health, the judiciary, infrastructure and the chief of staff of the government were published yesterday in the official national gazette and took effect from 11 December.

The change is thought to be related to the appearance of the omicron variant, but the head of Brazil’s health regulator, Antonio Barra Torres, told Related press that the rule is “a deterrent and educational measure” designed to encourage “anti-vaccination tourism to Brazil”.

International travelers, regardless of vaccination status, are also required to take a PCR test up to 72 hours before departure and fill out a declaration of intent to enter Brazil with the country’s health authorities.

Unvaccinated travelers will be required to take a Covid test after the five-day quarantine period and must be tested at the health authority center where they are located.

However, it remains unclear how effectively Brazil can or will monitor and enforce these traveler quarantine measures, which are supposed to take place at the traveler’s accommodation.

Brazilian government, under the presidency Jair Bolsonaro – unvaccinated himself – was criticized by opponents earlier this week for not having restrictions on unvaccinated arrivals.

Health Minister Marcelo Queiroga had previously rejected calls asking travelers to provide proof of vaccinations, telling journalists: “As the president said… sometimes you lose your life rather than your freedom.”

Brazil has the world’s second highest death toll from Covid-19, with around 616,000 deaths from the virus to date.

It ranks behind the US, which currently has just under 800,000.

As of December 9, 2021, 65.5% of the population is fully immunized.

Brazil has been open to international visitors for a number of months, but was only on the UK’s red list, where it languished for five months, in October.

Countries around the world have tightened entry requirements for both vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers following the recent discovery of the omicron variant, which is believed to spread faster and become resistant more vaccines are available.

The UK has added 11 countries to its red list in two weeks, while Spain now requires proof of vaccinations for entry and the US has changed the pre-departure check deadline to 24 hours. , instead of 72.

https://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/brazil-quarantine-unvaccinated-arrivals-travellers-b1973498.html Brazil adds a 5-day quarantine for unvaccinated travelers

JOE HERNANDEZ

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