With cases of the Omicron variant increasing worldwide, Brazil has decided to exercise caution and will now require international travelers to obtain a Covid vaccination certificate.
A Supreme Court judge in Brazil has announced that all foreign visitors entering the country must now provide evidence that they have been vaccinated against the deadly coronavirus.
Previously, according to the restrictions of the national health authority, the authorities only required a negative PCR test for all arriving travelers. But now with the rapid spread of the new Omicron variant around the world, the judge is asking the government to exercise caution and avoid spreading.
Judge Luís Roberto Barroso claimed that it will be extremely difficult to screen all visitors. A vaccination card therefore helps to prevent the spread of the new variant, which is believed to be more easily transferable.
Barroso also added that the country will make exceptions for all travelers coming from countries that have not been able to fully vaccinate most of their population due to a lack of resources. However, these travelers will be quarantined for a period of five days.
Brazil has so far reported four confirmed cases of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus.
However, that decision did not go down well with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who has been heavily criticized for his poor handling of the deadly pandemic. Bolsonaro, who does not believe the vaccine is effective, claims he was not vaccinated himself and has dismissed reports claiming that Anvisa health authority will require incoming travelers to provide vaccination records.
It is still unclear when the new restrictions will be introduced. However, the announcement comes a few days before the upcoming New Year parties and Carnival parades. Some independent events have already been canceled for fear of the Omicron variant in the country.