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Travel Restrictions to Enter the U.S. - Brazil

Posted May 26, 2020Lana Lee - ParalegalArticles

President Trump issued a Presidential Proclamation suspending entry for all foreign nationals of all nationalities who have been present in Brazil within the past 14 days to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. This suspension goes in effect at 11:59 pm Eastern Daylight Time on 5/26/2020. 

This travel restriction does not apply to U.S. citizens, or the following groups:

  • Lawful permanent residents of the United States (green card holders)
  • Spouse of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident
  • Parent or legal guardian of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident, provided that the U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident is unmarried and under the age of 21;
  • Sibling of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident, provided that both are unmarried and under the age of 21;
  • Children, foster children, or wards of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident, or who is a prospective adoptee seeking to enter the United States pursuant to the IR-4 or IH-4 visa classifications;
  • Individuals traveling at the invitation of the United States Government for a purpose related to containment or mitigation of the virus;
  • C (transit) or D (air or sea crewmember) nonimmigrants
  • Individuals whose entry would not pose a significant risk of introducing, transmitting, or spreading the virus, as determined by the CDC Director, or his designee;
  • Individuals who are members of the U.S. Armed Forces, as well as spouse and children of members of the U.S. Armed Forces
  • Individuals whose entry would further important United States law enforcement objectives, as determined by the Secretary of State, the Secretary of Homeland Security, or their respective designees based on a recommendation of the Attorney General or his designee; or
  • Individuals whose entry would be in the national interest, as determined by the Secretary of State, the Secretary of Homeland Security, or their designees.

This travel restriction is expected to last up to 30 days, but the proclamation does state that it shall remain in effect until terminated by the president.

Additionally, as this travel restriction does not cancel any flights, regular commercial flights to the U.S. are still available from Sao Paulo and Campinas.   

Please reach out to your designated Meltzer Hellrung Attorney if you have any questions.