Brazil will demand evidence of vaccination for foreigners visiting Brazil, says Covid

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Brazil is the country most affected by the pandemic

Brazil’s Supreme Court has decided that all foreigners must present a Covid-19 certificate of vaccination to be allowed to enter Brazil.

This ruling nullifies regulations that were previously issued by the national healthcare agency and requiring only negative PCR tests for foreigners.

According to the judge, it is impossible for all visitors to be checked and the Omicron variant spreads.

Non-vaccinated visitors have found the country to be attractive thanks to its lenient measures.

It is believed that the ruling represents another loss for President Jair Bolsonaro. He has been repeatedly weakening efforts to contain the spread virus in one the worst-hit nations by the pandemic.

According to the president, he is not vaccinated and has denied Anvisa’s requests for proof of vaccination from his visitors.

Judge Luís Roberto Barroso said exceptions would be made for those coming from countries that had been unable to vaccinate most of their populations. The quarantine period for these people will be five days.

It’s not clear yet when these new requirements will take effect.

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It comes before the busy summer season in which cities will host Carnival parades and New Year’s Eve parties.

Omicron’s variant has caused many celebrations to be cancelled. Rio de Janeiro’s famous Copacabana fireworks show on 31 December was canceled for the second consecutive year.

Brazil has had 22 million Covid-19 cases and 616 000 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic. More than 65% of Brazil’s population is fully vaccinated.

Four cases have been confirmed in the country of Omicron.

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