Anvisa drops recommendation to ban African travelers – News

a infinite On Friday (7), the (National Health Surveillance Agency) issued a new recommendation regarding flights coming from six countries in Africa, a continent where micron variable It was identified for the first time. By recommendation, travelers from South Africa, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Namibia and Zimbabwe, who are prohibited from entering Brazil, will be able to enter the country, provided they meet the specific guidelines for other travelers of international origin.

The new direction still needs to be assessed and validated by the Ministries of Health, Justice and Infrastructure, coordinated by the Civil House. Until then, it’s worth Restricting flights from African countriesIt has been since the end of November 2021.

“The recommendation was made given the epidemiological scenario at the time regarding the novel variant of Sars-CoV-2, which was initially identified in South Africa. At that time, the WHO identified variant B.1.1.529 as a variant of concern, and called Ômicron,” the agency justified.

According to Anvisa, since the micron variant is already prevalent in Brazil and has been identified in 110 countries in all six WHO regions, there is no need for passenger flows from African countries to remain halted. In making the decision, the agency also took into account the ongoing progress of vaccination against Covid-19.

“We emphasize that the epidemiological scenario still requires concern and caution, and that mitigation measures remain essential tools to protect the health of the Brazilian population,” asks Anfisa, in the technical note presenting the new recommendation.

If the federal government includes the guidelines, travelers from Africa will be subject to the rules for other travelers. This means that they need to take pre-departure tests and complete a DSV (Passenger Health Declaration) and Provide proof of vaccination Against Covid-19 or to carry out a quarantine after disembarking in Brazil.

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