Health Alert: Brazil restricts entry into country

Health Alert

U.S. Embassy Brasilia, Brazil

March 28, 2020

Location: Brazil

Event: On March 27, Brazil announced the closure of its borders, beginning on March 30, 2020 for 30 days, to individuals arriving by air who do not fall into one of the following categories:

  • Brazilian citizens, born or naturalized
  • Permanent residents of Brazil
  • Foreign professionals employed by a non-governmental aid organization recognized by the Brazilian government
  • Foreign officials accredited by the Brazilian government
  • Spouse, domestic partner, son or daughter, father or mother, or caregiver of a Brazilian citizen
  • Any person whose entrance into Brazil is deemed by the government to be in the public interest
  • Travelers in transit in one of the following categories:

o   Cargo delivery

o   International passengers making a connection who do not leave the international transit area

  • Passengers required to disembark for aircraft refueling or repairs
  • Flight crews

The announcement does not prevent individuals from departing on commercial flights.  However, given the decision to limit the entry of foreign nationals, the availability of international flights may decline.  If you are not prepared to remain in Brazil for an indefinite period, make immediate arrangements to return to the United States.

Any questions should be directed to the Brazilian Embassy, Consulate General, or Consulate nearest you.

Brazilian government announcement (in Portuguese):


Actions to Take:




United States Embassy and Consulates in Brazil: 


U.S. Embassy Brasilia
SES – Av. das Nações, Quadra 801, Lote 03
Brasília, DF – 70403-900
Phone: (61) 3312-7000
After-Hours Emergencies: (61) 3312-7400


Embassy Branch Office in Belo Horizonte

Avenida do Contorno, 4520 / 2nd floor – Funcionários

Belo Horizonte, MG – 30110-028

Telephone: +55 (31) 3338-4000



U.S. Consulate General Recife
Rua Goncalves Maia, 163 Bairro Boa Vista

Recife, PE – 50.070-060
Phone: (81) 3416-3050
After-Hours Emergencies: (81) 99916-9470

U.S. Consulate General Rio de Janeiro
Av. Presidente Wilson, 147 Castelo
Rio de Janeiro, RJ — 20030-020
Entrance at Rua Santa Luzia
Phone: (21) 3823-2000
After-Hours Emergencies: (21) 3823-2029

U.S. Consulate General São Paulo
Rua Henri Dunant, 500,
Chácara Santo Antonio,
São Paulo, SP — 04709-110
Phone: (11) 3250-5000
After-Hours Emergencies: (11) 3250-5373


U.S. Consulate General Porto Alegre

Avenida Assis Brasil, 1889 Passo d’Areia

Porto Alegre, RS – 91350-110

Phone: 51-3345-6000

After-Hours Emergencies: 51-3345-6000



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