Brazil Requires Negative Covid-19 RT-PCR Test For All Arrivals December 30, 2020

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Brazil, a country heavily affected with the coronavirus pandemic, reopened its borders for international arrivals on July 31, 2020, first with an insurance requirement that was withdrawn in October.

The country is now battling with the second wave and will require a negative Covid-19 RT-PCR test performed no more than 72 hours before scheduled departure to Brazil, effective December 30, 2020. This also applies to Brazilians returning home.

Passengers also need to fill out an online or paper health declaration (DSV) to acknowledge that they will comply with the country’s Covid-19 prevention measures.

Here’s the announcement:

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Current situation:

The number of daily cases is creeping up again; even it is summertime in Brazi.

Daily deaths are going up again.

Conclusion

It is difficult to get the results in time for a test that should not be administered more than 72-hours of departure, and it can be rather expensive.

Also, if you have already had Covid-19, the RT-PCR test can pick up fragments of the virus’ RNA that still lingers in your body weeks or months later after you have recovered and no longer contagious.

It should be about the high season for travel to Brazil for the New Year’s and Carnival celebrations that have been canceled, although I am sure that there are impromptu and unorganized parties going on.

Unless you really want to go to Brazil in 2021, perhaps it is better to reconsider making the trip in 2022.

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