Coronavirus: Brazil réautorise the arrival of foreigners by air

Coronavirus: le Brésil réautorise l’arrivée d’étrangers par avion

Brazil has re-opened on Wednesday its borders to foreigners arriving by air, according to a decree published in the official Journal, a measure that aims to boost the tourism industry in brazil, devastated by the pandemic of sars coronavirus.

The decree was extended for 30 days the prohibition of entry for aliens arriving by land or sea, but indicates that “the arrival of foreigners by air will no longer be prohibited.”

Foreign visitors who stay less than 90 days in the country however, will have to prove that they are covered by health insurance the time of their stay on site.

Brazil, which has more than 210 million inhabitants, had closed its air borders to foreign travellers on march 30, at the time where the epidemic of coronavirus ravaging Europe and Asia and had just arrived in South America.

It has since become the second pay most affected by the virus, behind the United States and its tourism industry has incurred a loss of 122 000 million reals, according to estimates by the national Confederation of commerce of goods, services and tourism (CNC).

In this context, the international monetary Fund (IMF) has said they expect that the first economy in Latin America recorded a fall of 9.1% of its GDP this year.

Brazil, whose citizens have been banned from entry into the United States and in the european Union, has passed on Wednesday the cap of 90 000 people died of the coronavirus and exceeded the threshold of 2.5 million cases of contamination.

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