FILE PHOTO: Latam Airlines employees in the company’s check-in hall at Brasilia International Airport, Brazil. May 28, 2020.. / Ueslei Marcelino / File Photo (Ueslei Marcelino /)
By Ricardo Brito and Marcelo Rochabrun
BRASÍLIA / SÃO PAULO, Jul 29 (.) – The government of President Jair Bolsonaro on Wednesday ordered the reopening of Brazil’s air borders for foreigners, who have been closed since March due to the coronavirus crisis, according to an edition of the Bulletin Officer posted late at night.
The ordinance suspends, after the adoption of protocols by travelers, the prohibition of these trips, although the measure retains some restrictions.
The initiative is known at a time when Brazil reached a record 1,595 deaths in 24 hours from COVID-19 on Wednesday, bringing the total number of fatalities in the country to 90,134. A record of confirmed cases was also recorded, with more than 69,074, totaling 2,552,265 of infected, according to the Ministry of Health.
The ordinance also maintained the restriction of entry to Brazil by roads or other land means or even by water transport.
The new rule stipulates that for foreigners to enter the country by air, certain requirements must be met. The passenger who comes from abroad, in a stay of up to 90 days, must present proof of purchase of a valid health insurance in Brazil and with coverage during the entire period of the trip.
International flights arriving in Brazil from airports in five states, according to the source, are still prohibited: Mato Grosso do Sul, Paraíba, Rondônia, Rio Grande do Sul and Tocantins.
(Edited in Spanish by Rodrigo Charme)