Brazil closes land and sea borders due to Covid-19 | News

The Official Gazette of the Union, an organ of the Presidency of Brazil, reported on ordinance number 518 signed on November 12 by four ministers who ordered the restriction of foreigners across land and sea borders due to the increase in infections with the pandemic of the coronavirus.

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The ordinance was signed by the Minister of State and Chief of Cabinet, Walter Souza Braga Netto, the Minister of Justice and Public Security, André Luiz de Almeida Mendonça, the Minister of Infrastructure, Tarcísio Gomes de Freitas and the Minister of Health, Eduardo Pazuello .

The new restrictions will be valid for a period of 30 days, complying with the recommendations of the National Sanitary Surveillance Agency (Anvisa) of Brazil.

However, the published document excludes air transport travelers from the prohibitions, since they must have their immigration documentation in order and are subject to more rigorous controls.

Exempt from the provision are born or naturalized Brazilians, immigrants with permanent residence, foreigners who are on mission at the service of an international organization and foreign employees accredited to the Government of Brazil.

Outside of the exceptions, the only foreign citizens who may enter during this period are those who are the spouse, partner, child or parent of a Brazilian citizen.

This November 16, the Brazilian Ministry of Health reported 13,371 new cases of Covid-19, accumulating 5,876,464 positive diagnoses since last March. Likewise, 216 new deaths were reported as a consequence of the disease.

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