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Extension of land border closure (update 22 June 2020)


01/07/2020 - 5:20 | Author: Proinde

Update 1 July 2020: Interministerial Ordinance Nº 340 of 30 June 2020 extended the ban, with wider exceptions, until 30 July 2020. Ordinances 255/2020 and 319/2020 were revoked. Read more here.

Update 21 June 2020: Interministerial Ordinance Nº 319 of 20 June 2020, extended the ban for 15 days. Please refer to our Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Brazil – Practical Guidance for detailed information.

Update 25 May 2020: Interministerial Ordinance nº 255 of 22 May 2020, extended for 30 days, with immediate effect, the ban on the entry by land of non-resident foreign nationals in Brazil. Interministerial Ordinance 204/2020 was revoked.

Published on 30 April 2020:

Brazil has slowly imposed restrictions on the entry of foreigners arriving from some countries. From late March, the federal government shut its air and land borders to all non-resident foreigners. Ban on air travel has been extended until 28 May 2020.

On 29 Abril 2020, Interministerial Ordinance n° 204/2020 extended the ban on the entry by land of foreign nationals for an additional 30 days, except for those falling into one of the following categories:

  • Brazilian citizens and resident foreigners, except Venezuelan citizens
  • Foreign professionals employed by a non-governmental aid organisation recognised by the Brazilian government
  • Foreign officials accredited by the Brazilian government
  • Spouse, partner or immediate family member of a Brazilian citizen
  • Foreign nationals whose entrance into Brazil is deemed by the government to be in the public interest
  • Bearers of the National Migration Registry (RMN)

A foreigner who is in one of the land border countries and needs to cross the border to Brazil to catch a flight back home may exceptionally be authorised by the Federal Police, upon official request from the foreigner’s consular authority and production of air tickets for the entire journey.

The land border closure does not prevent the international road freight traffic, even if the driver does not fall under any of the above exemptions and the neighbouring country gives reciprocal treatment to Brazilians. Vehicles in cross-border humanitarian actions and residents of twin cities exclusively with a land border can also enter, except for Venezuelans.

Failure to comply with the restrictions may result in civil, administrative, and criminal liabilities, repatriation or deportation and disqualification of refugee status or application, where applicable.

Read more about the measures being taken by the Brazilian authorities to deal with the ongoing outbreak of novel coronavirus at national ports and airports.

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