Brazil has been one of the countries hit the most by the pandemic. It has reported over 21.4 million coronavirus infections. Also, it holds the second world’s highest death toll.
It has implemented little to no restrictions to prevent the virus from spreading. Moreover, it has been affected by the more contagious Gamma variant. Hospitals also struggled with a lack of intubation, oxygen, and medication.
The good news is that the number of new positive cases is now dropping. There are around 17,000 new contaminations daily, compared to the moving average of 75,000 infections a day by the end of June.
October 1 – Brazil to administer booster shots to people over 60
On Tuesday, September 28, Brazils’s Health Minister Marcelo Queiroga announced that all over-60-years-old people would receive the third booster shot of the COVID-19 vaccine.
The decision came along with the progress in the vaccination program in the country. At the moment, only people over 70 years old and health care workers are eligible for the booster dose. So far, about 600,000 booster shots have been administered.
Under the new settlement, as many as 7 more million Brazilians could get the third jab, Queiroga added.
Until today, Brazil has registered over 21.4 million COVID-19 cases, which have resulted in nearly 600,000 fatalities.
At the moment, there are 405,134 active cases with an average of 16,985 new infections daily.
The CDC marks Brazil as a country with high transmission of COVID-19 – dark orange. Traveling there now should be reconsidered. If you must travel to Brazil, make sure you are fully vaccinated.
Vaccination progress in Brazil
Brazil started vaccinating its residents in mid-January. Even though the campaign suffered from vaccine shortages, the country’s de-centralized health care system helped the number of inoculated people to quickly pick up.
According to Bloomberg’s COVID-19 Vaccine Tracker, Brazil has now even exceeded the U.S. in the number of people who have received at least one dose. So far, 71.1% of Brazilians have received their first shot, compared to the 63% of the population in the U.S.
More than 42.7% of Brazilians have been vaccinated fully.
Who can enter Brazil?
Brazil is open for most international travelers and has rather relaxed entry restrictions.
All arrivals must present a negative COVID-19 test no older than 72 hours. Also, they have to fill out a traveler’s health declaration form. Children under two are exempt from the requirements.
Unluckily, Brazil has halted all flights to and from the U.K. over the fear of the dangerous Alpha variant. U.K. nationals and people who have been in the U.K. in the past 14 days cannot enter Brazil. But there are exceptions, including some business travelers and residents and family members of Brazilians. Those have to quarantine for 14 days after arrival.
The same applies to flights arriving or transiting from India and South Africa.
Why visit Brazil even in pandemic times?
The pandemic is not really the right time to travel the world. Nevertheless, if you are still planning on visiting Brazil this autumn, you definitely will not regret it.
Apart from relaxed entry restrictions and measures, there is also plenty to see. From some of the best beaches on the planet and insane natural attractions to incredible wildlife and modern cities. Brazil has simply got to offer something for everyone.
Excited? So pack your backs, and set off exploring this beautiful country. And remember, protect yourself, stay safe, and be healthy!