With information from the Ministry of Health

Traveling for tourism or work interferes with routine, in many ways, and requires planning. Health care must be on the priority list of all travelers, so that diseases are avoided. When there is an international public health emergency alert in the world, care must be stepped up, as is currently the case with the new coronavirus, which already affects 25 countries, including China. To this end, the Ministry of Health, together with the National Health Surveillance Agency (ANVISA), made some recommendations to travelers to reduce the exposure and transmission of the disease.

Brazil follows the International Health Regulations (IHR), which means that Brazilian health authorities monitor and follow the recommendations defined by the World Health Organization (WHO). To date, there is no indication of restrictions on international traffic. However, after the change in WHO alert levels regarding the global risk of infection with the new coronavirus, the Ministry of Health started to recommend that trips to China should only be made in cases of extreme need.

There is no circulation of the virus in Brazil, therefore, there are no restrictions or special recommendations for travel in the national territory. If the destination of the trip is abroad, in addition to avoiding trips to China, it is necessary to check with the embassy or official websites of the destination country which measures are recommended by the local health authorities.

In general, the Ministry of Health advises to adopt standard precautionary measures:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially before eating food, after using public transport, visiting places with a large flow of people such as markets, shopping malls, cinemas, theaters, airports and bus stations. If you don’t have access to soap and water, use 70% gel alcohol;
  • Do not share personal items, such as cutlery, plates and other utensils;
    Avoid touching mucous membranes of the eyes, nose and mouth without the hands not being cleaned;
  • Protect your mouth and nose with a tissue (discard immediately after use) or with your arm (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.

However, if the person has traveled to China in the past 14 days and has experienced symptoms such as fever, cough or difficulty breathing, the advice is to seek medical attention immediately and report the recent travel history in detail, in addition to the symptoms.