Brazil Tourism Update: July 2022

Brazil has been a hot topic throughout the pandemic as the media has hung onto every controversy.

Yet behind the bold Bolsonaro rhetoric, lives a country and community who have pulled together to get through the hardest of times and are now on the trajectory toward a healthy future.

Out of Brazil’s 200 million citizens, approximately 70 million live hand to mouth, as such, managing COVID-19 infections has been an astronomical challenge. Lockdowns, in such a delicate society, were not a luxury the population could afford, for many communities it came down to a choice between starvation and infection. Far from irresponsible, the locals in these stoic communities took matters into their own hands to limit the spread as best they could by introducing community-led restrictions, whilst keeping business open and mouths fed.  In these circumstances infections still raged but, without local intervention, it could have been even worse.  

Today, thankfully, vaccinations are accelerating through the population, with 76% of the total population now fully vaccinated. Brazil now has the capability of producing its own Astra Zeneca and continues to import Pfizer as the front-line defence and everyone in the country now has access to these vaccinations.

Current requirements to travel to Brazil

Currently, the infection and death rate of COVID-19 is heading toward the lowest since the pandemic began and, as we report, decreasing.  This is despite being open to tourism.

Australian Nick Macciocca, Chimu’s operations manager, lives in Brazil and has witnessed the effects the pandemic had on Brazil first-hand. After the country encountered a formidable battle with the virus, he now reports on signs of positive change in tourism within the nation.

“Here in Rio de Janeiro, tourist numbers are increasing steadily, and in Copacabana and Ipanema I am hearing American accents everywhere. Vaccinated travellers from the US are arriving in significant numbers, as well as visitors from France, Germany, and Scandinavia. There are more and more each day,” said Nick Macciocca.

Brazilians watch the sun set on a difficult journey

Though Brazil’s borders have been open since June 2020, initially entry was granted only to visitors from countries with low cases and deaths from COVID-19. Travellers from the US and neighbouring Latin American nations were not granted entry until October 2020. Land borders have now been opened to fully vaccinated travellers but sea borders remain closed.

tourists in Brazil September 2021

Currently measures are still in place to continue in limiting the risk of COVID-19 spreading. However, mandatory mask requirements are being lifted. At a local level, many city councils are implementing their own requirements, and as of 1st of September 2021, in Rio de Janeiro, clients of gymnasiums, cinemas, theatres and sporting events need to show proof of vaccine to enter.

What Happens If I Get COVID in Brazil?

If you test positive for COVID while travelling in Brazil, you’ll need to isolate for a period of 5-10 days. If you have no symptoms on day 5 and test negative, you’re free to resume normal activities. If you do have symptoms and test negative on day 7, you can resume activities 24 hours after you last displayed symptoms. However, if you test positive on days 5 or 7, you’ll need to isolate for ten days.

You can isolate in accommodation of your choice, but you’re responsible for the costs. This is why it’s highly recommended to have travel insurance that covers COVID quarantine before travelling overseas.

In an emergency, you can contact your country’s consulate in Brazil for immediate assistance.

Tourism in Brazil

Whilst not yet back to pre-pandemic levels, international tourism in Brazil is rebounding and welcoming travellers from the US and Europe, whilst Brazilians continue to make the most of their domestic tourism gems and travel locally during their days off.

Beach Life epitomises life in Brazil | Ipanema, Rio September 2021

With tourism a critical element to income, especially for many living on low incomes, international tourists have been welcomed back with open arms. The Cariocas in Rio love nothing more than seeing foreign visitors enjoying their beautiful city, and are aware, more than ever, of just how beneficial tourism is to their livelihoods and way of life.

To help the country rebound, the federal government have allocated a significant budget to improving the tourism sector in Brazil as global travel restrictions ease and are already running major advertising campaigns in Europe.

With the Brazilian real devalued almost by half, the country is also incredibly cheap for foreigners to visit right now. With smaller crowds and economic touring options, it’s a traveller’s playground.

Chimu Adventures are glad to help welcome Aussies back to this beautiful country. Brazil is ready and waiting so contact us today to book your Brazilian adventure.

Author: Meg Hall