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Brazil is open to tourists but requires a negative PCR test from all visitors

Brazil is open to tourists from almost all countries but visitors will need to bring a negative PCR test result. Insurance that covers COVID is no longer required but still advised.

Travelers coming from the U.K., or who have been there in the last 14 days are banned from entering Brazil.

For all other visitors a valid visa is required (if a visa is compulsory for your country), as well as proof of an outbound flight from Brazil within 90 days of entry, and proof of travel health insurance that covers COVID-19 treatment.

Disclaimer: Travel restrictions and governmental regulations can change rapidly and the information below might be outdated within a few hours. Therefore, double-check all information with your embassy or on official websites. Traveling Lifestyle does not take any responsibility for your decision to travel.

Brazil opening tourism – Latest Updates

Street in Brazil

April 8 – Brazil has officially become one the most unsafe countries in the world for COVID-19

Brazil’s Health Ministry has reported 4,195 COVID-19 related deaths over the last 24 hours for the very first time. With 340,000 total deaths, the country has been placed as the second most infected in the world.  

Even considering these devastating figures, the government continues to deny the impact of the pandemic and the infection risk. 

All over the country, mayors, governors and judges are forcing local governments not to implement any type of COVID-19 restrictions to protect their citizens, despite the reportedly overwhelmed hospitals and the collapse of the health system in multiple Brazilian states.

March 24

Brazil remains open to tourists from all around the world (with the exception of those coming from the UK) but at the same time travelers from Brazil are banned from entry or face severe restrictions in 116 countries.

The COVID-19 variant found in Brazil is still of concern for many foreign governments who have imposed travel bans and other harsh measures to all travelers who come from or have been to Brazil recently. (Source)

December 30

Brazil’s government has decided to impose new travel restrictions in order to slow down the spread of the 3rd wave.

From December 30, a PCR test is required for all visitors (foreigners and Brazilians) entering the country. The test must be taken no longer than 72-hours before the departure.


There are no quarantine measures and only a negative PCR COVID-19 test result is needed. Thus, if you pass the temperature check upon entry into the country and show your test results, health insurance and visa, you are free to travel within the country without any restrictions.

Brazil was also one of the first countries opening to American tourists. Check out the newest updates on the U.S. Embassy Brazil website.

Please note that not all airports in Brazil are open for international flights.

There are still bans for airports in five states. (Updated Nov 25)

  • Mato Grosso do Sul,
  • Paraíba,
  • Rondônia,
  • Rio Grande do Sul,
  • Tocantins.

However, the airports in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo are both open for international travel, providing tourists with convenient entries into the country.

COVID-19 cases in Brazil

As of April 1, the COVID-19 situation in Brazil remains more concerning than ever. The country has reported 13,197,031 cases and 341,097 deaths, 4,195 of them over the last 24 hours.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has repeatedly defended the government’s decisions to keep the economy open, saying that there is enough medical equipment to treat the virus.

While individual state governments may have stricter requirements, those requirements are generally superseded by the national government’s policies, even in cases where the policies may conflict.

Make sure your travel insurance covers Covid

As travel insurance is now required for entering the country, travelers need to take steps to make sure their insurance covers COVID-19-related procedures. There are options available that do, such as WorldNomads and SafetyWing.

It must be noted that travel insurance coverage may differ depending on nationality, so it may be necessary to double-check their limitations and exclusion policies prior to travel.

Flights into Brazil can be found for relatively cheap, despite a 90% reduction in international air travel into the country. A typical round trip ticket from New York to Sao Paulo costs about $600 if booked enough in advance, which is lower than typical rates for such a long flight.

Note that Brazil-bound flights have a “no change” policy, meaning that you cannot change the flight to a different date or time.

Traveling in Brazil

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Traveling to Brazil is a very unique experience because of many reasons. It might not be ideal during the COVID but it will still be remarkable.

Beaches are now open. Copacabana, one of Brazil’s most famous beaches, located in Rio de Janeiro is open. Shopping malls and restaurants are open in both Rio and Brasilia.

Florianopolis beaches are also opened and ready to receive tourists. It’s definitely one of the most beautiful places in Brazil!

Many of Brazil’s 27 states have reopened shops and restaurants, but the response rate is different, depending on the strain to each state’s health systems.

Cristo Redentor (Christ the Redeemer) in Rio de Janeiro is an iconic attraction in Rio de Janeiro that is now open to foreign tourists.

In light of attractions open and the differing rates of reopening for different states, tourists may have better luck seeing more in Rio de Janeiro. Rio is home to many of Brazil’s most iconic attractions, and it has reopened to a greater extent than many of the other states.

In pandemic times, being able to go to shopping malls, frequent beaches, and explore restaurants in Rio may just be the best option available.