Brazil has been one of the countries hit the most by the pandemic. It has reported over 20 million coronavirus infections. Also, it holds the second world’s highest death toll.
It has implemented little to no restrictions to prevent the virus from spreading. Moreover, it has been affected by the more contagious Gamma variant. Hospitals also struggled with a lack of intubation, oxygen, and medication.
The good news is that the number of new positive cases is now dropping. There are around 22,000 new contaminations daily, compared to the moving average of 75,000 infections a day by the end of June.
Stats & current COVID-19 situation in Brazil
Until today, Brazil has registered over 20 million COVID-19 cases, which have resulted in nearly 600,000 fatalities.
At the moment, there are 447,114 active cases with an average of 22,668 new infections daily.
The CDC marks Brazil as a country with a very high transmission of COVID-19 – red. Traveling there now should be reconsidered. If you must travel to Brazil, make sure you are fully vaccinated.
Vaccination progress in Brazil
Brazil started vaccinating its residents in mid-January. Even though the campaign suffered from vaccine shortages, the country’s de-centralized health care system helped the number of inoculated people to quickly pick up.
According to Bloomberg’s COVID-19 Vaccine Tracker, Brazil has now even exceeded the U.S. in the number of people who have received at least one dose. So far, 63% of Brazilians have received their first shot, compared to the 63% of the population in the U.S.
More than 30% of Brazilians are vaccinated fully.
Who can enter Brazil?
Brazil is open for most international travelers and has rather relaxed entry restrictions.
All arrivals must present a negative COVID-19 test no older than 72 hours. Also, they have to fill out a traveler’s health declaration form. Children under two are exempt from the requirements.
Unluckily, Brazil has halted all flights to and from the U.K. over the fear of the dangerous Alpha variant. U.K. nationals and people who have been in the U.K. in the past 14 days cannot enter Brazil. But there are exceptions, including some business travelers and residents and family members of Brazilians. Those have to quarantine for 14 days after arrival.
Why visit Brazil even in pandemic times?
The pandemic is not really the right time to travel the world. Nevertheless, if you are still planning on visiting Brazil this autumn, you definitely will not regret it.
Apart from relaxed entry restrictions and measures, there is also plenty to see. From some of the best beaches on the planet and insane natural attractions to incredible wildlife and modern cities. Brazil has simply got to offer something for everyone.
Excited? So pack your backs, and set off exploring this beautiful country. And remember, protect yourself, stay safe, and be healthy!