According to a recent survey conducted on the World Health Organization’s website, as of 23 October 2020 there are 24,818 new cases and 5,298,772 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Brazil and 155,403 deaths (see here).
This means that Brazil is currently one of the top three countries with the worst hit for infections, after the US and India (see here).
Nonetheless, while the US and India have adopted restrictive measures on entry into their countries, Brazil’s response has been less extreme. Although the first Ordinances issued back in March restricted the entrance of foreign visitors by every means of transportation, since 29 July, Brazil only restricts the entrance of foreigners by road, and by other land or waterway transport. These Ordinances are normally issued with a term of validity of 30 days; the current one, which will expire on 13 November 2020 created a further exception for entrance by road or other land transportation for Paraguayan citizens.
Note that the restrictions do not apply to born or naturalised Brazilians or to the following:
In addition, these measures do not prevent:
Taking into account the fact that, in most cases, our Global Mobility community travels by air, there are currently no restrictions for foreign nationals on travel to Brazil. Therefore, foreign travellers irrespective of their nationality are eligible to enter Brazil by air, provided that the migratory requirements appropriate to their condition are complied with, including holding an entry visa when required by the Brazilian legal system.
Moreover, Brazil does not impose quarantine measures for arrivals and is open for global mobility travellers.
COVID-19 has affected the globally mobility business community in many negative ways, but it also some brought positive aspects, as the possibility of remote work has been exploited to an extent that has never been seen before. Given its relatively open borders, Brazil is well placed to become a hub in Latin America for multinational companies with a presence in the country, potentially bringing a globally mobile workforce to work and live in the country. For Brazil this could be an advantage for business development and specially for Brazilian economy.