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Brasilia, Dec 14 : The Brazilian Health Regulatory Agency (Anvisa) has banned travellers who are not vaccinated against COVID from entering the country, overriding the government’s decision on the issue.
On Saturday, Brazilian Supreme Court Judge Luis Roberto Barroso ruled that the authorities must demand proof of Covid 19 vaccination from foreign visitors seeking to enter the country to prevent the spread of the new Omicron coronavirus strain. The plenary session of the court on this issue is scheduled for December 15-16.
“On Monday, Anvisa informed its border posts, especially at airports, of the need to immediately comply with the decision of the Federal Supreme Court, which ordered the requirement for vaccination certificates for travellers entering the country,” Anvisa said in a statement.
The measures were enforced immediately.
Anvisa has also begun to assess the cases of the passengers who were en route at the time of the change in the rules.
Last week, the Brazilian government headed by President Jair Bolsonaro approved new Covid 19 rules for international travelers. In addition to a negative PCR test result, the government required all unvaccinated travelers to undergo a five-day quarantine. The measures were adopted despite Anvisa’s recommendation to make Covid -19 vaccination certificates a necessary condition for entry.
Brazil is one of the world’s hardest-hit countries by the Covid 19 pandemic. The number of registered Covid 19 cases in the country for the entire period of the pandemic is estimated to be 22.18 million with 616,744 deaths. The daily number of cases is currently decreasing, with 3,355 new infections reported over the past 24 hours.
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