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Chile adopts restrictive measures for travelers from Brazil

Brazilians or tourists coming from Brazil are blocked from entering 108 countries, according to a survey by the newspaper Estado de S. Paulo

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Brazilians who want to travel to Chile will have to go through a more restrictive health protocol because of the COVID-19 pandemic. While Brazil faces an increase in cases and deaths from the disease and vaccine slowly, the Chilean neighbor has already immunized more than 40% of its population and expects to vaccinate 80% by the end of the first half of 2021.

In order to avoid a setback of the pandemic control, Chilean health authorities determined a new preventive protocol for travelers from Brazil that includes a first negative PCR, a second examination in Chile, a mandatory stay in a sanitary residence for 48 hours, until the result of the second exam is ready and, if the result is negative, a quarantine of another ten days. If the result is positive, the traveler must remain in the sanitary residence until being discharged.

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As a result, Chile is yet another country to intensify health measures in the face of the worsening of the pandemic in Brazil.

According to a survey by the newspaper Estado de S.Paulo, currently, 108 countries prohibit Brazilians or travelers from the country because of the coronavirus. As the rules of each country are updated frequently, this number may fluctuate.

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Also according to the survey, among the countries that currently block Brazilians are the destinations most sought by Brazilians, such as the United States, Argentina, Spain, and Portugal. Of the ten countries to which Brazilians traveled the most in 2019, only two continue to allow Brazilians to land: Mexico and Paraguay.

Brazilians and tourists from Brazil are still accepted without restrictions in 88 countries, the majority of which are in Africa, Eastern Europe, and the Caribbean.

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