Brazil requires foreign seafarers to quarantine to contain new Covid variants

Brazil’s National Health Surveillance Agency, Anvisa, recommended to the government last week that foreign seafarers entering the country lose their exemption from quarantine requirements in order to contain Covid-19 at entry points.

The government followed up with an announcement of new restrictions on the entry of maritime workers from vessels and platforms, from countries where new variants of the coronavirus are circulating.

Prior to the announcement, all maritime workers could enter Brazil if their results from a PCR test were negative and they reported no Covid symptoms.

Earlier in May, Anvisa issued guidance noting that, where there was a possible or confirmed case of Covid on a ship entering a Brazilian port, the crew of the vessel would be quarantined for up to two weeks.

Kim Biggar

Kim Biggar started writing in the supply chain sector in 2000, when she joined the Canadian Association of Supply Chain & Logistics Management. In 2004/2005, she was project manager for the Government of Canada-funded Canadian Logistics Skills Committee, which led to her 13-year role as communications manager of the Canadian Supply Chain Sector Council. A longtime freelance writer, Kim has contributed to publications including The Forwarder, 3PL Americas, The Shipper Advocate and Supply Chain Canada.
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