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Scroll through our homepage below for the latest COVID-19 advice for Australians in Brazil.
**COVID-19 and Travelling to Australia**
Passenger Caps for Flights
To maintain the integrity of the national quarantine system, on 13 July 2020 the Australian Government put in place a national framework to manage passenger arrivals into Australia. This includes caps on the number of passengers coming into Australia.
If you’re an Australian in Brazil and you wish to return home, there are limited commercial flight options available. Keep in regular contact with your airline or travel agent to seek updates on flights to return home that may become available at short notice.
Following a decision by the National Cabinet on 8 January 2021, international arrival caps will be reduced until 15 February, subject to further review. This could affect your flight into Australia. If you’re scheduled to fly home to Australia in the coming weeks, confirm your itinerary and travel plans with your airline or travel agent.
The availability of flights, cost, and to whom seats are offered, remain matters for the airlines – not the Australian Government – to decide. We stress you should confirm your full itinerary with your airline or travel agent and remain alert to possible disruptions.
Negative COVID-19 test
If you are travelling to Australia on flights departing on or after 22 January (local time at departure point), you will be required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result at the time of check-in. Some airlines already have pre-departure requirements in place. You should contact your airline to confirm requirements if you are flying earlier than 22 January 2021.
Anyone who has a negative test result and enters Australia, must still complete mandatory 14-day quarantine at designated facilities at your port of arrival.
The Australia Department of Health has provided FAQs on pre-departure testing requirment for incoming international passengers here.
When you arrive in Australia, you will be subject to 14-days quarantine on arrival and you may have to contribute to the cost of quarantine.
Contact your state or territory government health department for the latest information on their specific arrangements and costs.
Flight Options from Brazil to Australia
If you are looking to return to Australia, limited commercial flight options exist but availability and prices are volatile. You should be prepared for possible delays, disruptions or cancellations.
Masks are now mandatory for all international and domestic flights, including within airports. The Australian Department of Health has provided FAQs on mask-wearing requirements for incoming international passengers here. Many airlines have also introduced safety measures and requirements related to COVID-19. Make sure to check these requirements with your airline before your flight.
Given the current fluid situation, please check available options with your airline or travel agent, and reconfirm with your agent or airline the day before your scheduled departure.
Effective 26 May 2020, entry into the United States (US) is suspended for all foreign nationals who have been present in Brazil (including in transit) during the 14-day period preceding their entry or attempted entry to the US (see further information here). A number of European countries also have entry restrictions in place if you are travelling from Brazil. Check the relevant Smartraveller country page before travelling.
Direct flights from Brazil to the UK are currently prohibited. Visitors who have been in or transitted through Brazil in the previous 10 days can't enter the UK. British and Irish nationals, and third country nationals with UK residence rights arriving in the UK from Brazil will need to self-isolate along with their households on their return.
Emirates has announced it will suspend flights between Dubai and Sao Paolo from 1-10 February inclusive. The last flight departing Dubai for Sao Paulo will be on 30 January. The last flight departing Sao Paulo for Dubai will be on 31 January. See here for further details. If you have an existing booking to these destinations, we encourage you to contact the airline or your travel agent.
Since 20 March 2020, only Australian citizens, permanent residents and immediate family members can travel to Australia. New Zealand citizens who live in Australia as Australian residents are also exempt, as are New Zealanders transiting to New Zealand.
All non-Australian citizens and non-permanent residents require a valid visa and travel exemption for travel to Australia.
It is your responsibility to meet Australian Government entry requirements and secure your exemptions prior to your travel. Visit www.homeaffairs.gov.au and www.covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au for further information.
You should have plans for your accommodation following the quarantine period. Consider how best to be prepared regarding your health, social well-being and financial situation once back in Australia.
If you cannot leave Brazil or prefer to stay where you are, make plans to remain for an extended period. Ensure you have a safe place to stay, follow the advice of local authorities and minimise your risk of exposure to COVID-19. Stay in touch with family and friends so they know you are safe. Subscribe to Smartraveller for the latest advice.
(COVID-19) and Registration for Australians in Brazil
If you are an Australian citizen/Permanent Resident seeking to return home particularly in the first quarter of 2021, please register with us online by heading to https://covid19.dfat.gov.au .
If you are already registered, please ensure your circumstances are up to date.
Registering your details with DFAT does not guarantee we can facilitate your return to Australia. However, it does allow us to better understand who is trying to return home and help us with planning. In particular we would like to know if you are vulnerable, if you hold tickets and with which airlines, whether you need help to buy plane tickets via the overseas financial assistance program, and if you are able to leave quickly should there be an opportunity. You can also add anything else you’d like to let us know.
In the ‘additional information’ field of the form please provide as much of the following information as possible for each traveller/member of your family:
1. Whether you or family members are vulnerable (e.g. health, financial, employment, visa concerns or other welfare matters) and whether you might need financial assistance to purchase plane tickets home or shelter in place.
2. Your passport expiry date
3. Whether you are a dual citizen and if so, details
4. If you’re not an Australian citizen, please tell us your Australian visa status
5. If you’re not an Australian citizen, please tell us whether you require an exemption to enter Australia and whether you have an approved exemption
6. Are you living in Brazil long-term or just visiting short-term (please include details: tourist, visiting family, visiting for work)?
7. Details of whether you’ve had a flight cancelled or have a future booking (state which airline; your reservation number; and details about your booking such as dates and route)
8. If you’re trying to return to Australia, when and to which city are you trying to return?
9. Anything else you would like us to know.
COVID-19 and Embassy Consular Services
The health and safety of Australians overseas is our highest priority. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our ability to provide some services may be limited. We will continue to prioritise consular services to those in genuine need. You must make an appointment prior to visiting the Australian Embassy or the Consulate-General: refer to our Contact Us section for more detail.
For urgent consular assistance contact our Consular Emergency Centre, Canberra (Australia): +61 2 6261 3305 from overseas, 1300 555 135 from within Australia, or 061 3226 3111 from Brazil.
COVID-19 and Australians Planning to Enter Brazil
There’s a ban on overseas travel from Australia. You can’t leave Australia unless you get an exemption from the Department of Home Affairs. Find out more on its Leaving Australia page.
Brazil has extended the temporary closure of its land and sea borders, but is allowing entry by air. For more information visit https://www.smartraveller.gov.au/destinations/americas/brazil or seek advice from an embassy or consulate of Brazil.
From 30 December, you'll need to show your airline a negative COVID-19 test (RT-PCR) prior to boarding and submit a Traveller’s Health Declaration before you enter Brazil.
Last updated 18 January, 15:00 PM (GMT-3). Australian travellers should stay up to date with the latest travel advice on Smartraveller: https://www.smartraveller.gov.au/
Science: Human Trials of Australian COVID-19 Vaccine
COVID-19 vaccine trials, developed by The University of Queensland, have begun in July! Phase one of the trial will involve 120 volunteers aged between 18 and 55. The research team expect to have preliminary results after about three months and, if all goes well, they will move quickly to the next stage in the vaccine’s development.
Direct Aid Program
The Direct Aid Program (DAP) is a small grants program funded from Australia's aid budget. Successful grant recipients can support local communities with projects that reduce poverty and achieve sustainable development consistent with Australia's national interest.
For further information on the program, your eligibility to apply and updates on future funding rounds, please follow the Australian Embassy Brazil on Facebook and Instagram, or contact [email protected]
Need our help? For consular assistance, please call:
- Australian Embassy in Brazil: +55 (61) 3226 3111 (Brazil business hours)
- Consular Emergency Centre in Canberra: +61 2 6261 3305 or toll free (local call cost only in Australia) 1300 555 135
If you have trouble dialling from within Brazil, check that you are using the correct dialling and operator codes.
Contact details for the Australian Consulate-General in Sao Paulo and the Consulate in Rio de Janeiro can be found in the \'About Us\' section, and contact details for the tourist police in these cities are listed in the ‘Where to get help’ section of the Australian Government’s travel advice for Brazil.
We encourage all Australian travellers and residents in Brazil to:
To get the latest information about travelling and living in Brazil, read the:
- Travel Advice for Brazil
- Smartraveller Bulletins (information on special issues and events)
- Tips for all travellers
Lost or Stolen Passports
Has your Australian passport been lost or stolen in Brazil? Report it online or to the Embassy. You may need to obtainan Australian passport in Brazil. More information is available on the Australian Passports Office website.