Brazil sure is taking an interesting approach to once again welcoming tourists…
Brazil’s borders are once again open
Like so many countries around the world, Brazil largely closed its borders back in March, in order to slow the spread of coronavirus. Unfortunately much like in the US, the strategy didn’t work very well.
Brazil has the second most confirmed coronavirus cases (2.6+ million) and also second most confirmed coronavirus deaths (91K+), after the US. The number of new cases in the country keeps increasing, and a couple of days ago (July 29) the country reported over 69K cases, the most it has recorded in one day.
Despite that situation, Brazil has as of this week opened its borders to foreign visitors. The country is welcoming tourists from around the world with no restrictions, other than that health insurance is required for the duration of the trip.
While I absolutely wouldn’t recommend planning a trip to Brazil right now, this does make Brazil one of only a few destinations that Americans can travel to without any restrictions.
The US still has a travel ban against Brazil
Back in May the US introduced a travel ban against Brazil. I’m not sure the US is really in a position to ban visitors from countries where coronavirus hasn’t been handled well, but…
With this travel ban, the United States isn’t allowing non-Americans who have been to Brazil in the past 14 days to enter. There are some exceptions, like family members of Americans, and those with essential reasons for travel.
With Brazil having opened its borders, this means that Americans are now allowed to travel to Brazil and return without any sort of testing or quarantine requirement. Again, I would highly recommend against that, but it is possible.
Brazil has reopened its borders to foreign visitors, after shutting them back in March. I can’t imagine many people will be planning trips to Brazil anytime soon given the extent to which coronavirus isn’t under control there.
In some way I almost can’t blame Brazil for reopening its borders, since it’s not like most people coming from outside the country are more likely to have coronavirus than those within the country. Then again, the much bigger issue is the lack of capacity the country has for people getting hospitalized, which is why borders should probably stay closed.