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Brazil: judge makes vaccination certificate compulsory to enter the country

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To avoid an acceleration of the pandemic, a judge of the Supreme Court of Brazil has decided to make the vaccination certificate compulsory for all foreign travelers who wish to enter the territory.

A strengthening of entry conditions linked to the spread of the Omicron variant, and the fear that it will develop rapidly in Brazil. Until now, only a PCR or antigen test of less than 48 hours was required to enter the territory. This Saturday, Luis Roberto Barroso, judge of the Supreme Court, decided to make the vaccination pass compulsory to enter Brazil, but this measure has yet to be adopted by the other nine judges of the Court.

The federal government rejected, last week, the vaccination pass obligation for foreign travelers, preferring instead the establishment of a five-day quarantine for unvaccinated travelers, at the end of which a PCR test will be mandatory , measure recommended by Anvisa, the Brazilian health security agency.

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Persons who have, for example, a medical contraindication, but also those who come from a country where the vaccination campaign was not sufficiently large and where the doses are lacking, will be exempt from showing proof of vaccination, or for “exceptional humanitarian reasons”. In these cases, they will have to undergo the period of isolation, said Luis Roberto Barroso.

As of tomorrow, Monday, December 13, vaccination posts will be installed in the three Brazilian airports with the most international transits, in Brasilia, Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, to encourage travelers to be vaccinated, indicates CNN Brazil.

Travelers who have passed through South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia or Zimbabwe in the 14 days preceding their trip to Brazil are prohibited from entering the territory. The Brazilians in this situation will be able to return, but will have to be isolated for two full weeks.

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Proposals of the federal judge which earned him to be treated of “imbecile” by President Jair Bolsonaro, still opposed to vaccination. The vaccination campaign started very late, due to his government’s policy, but around 65% of the 200 million Brazilians are now vaccinated. Brazil, however, remains the second country most bereaved by the coronavirus after the United States, with more than 600,000 deaths since the start of the pandemic.

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