Anvisa no longer requires proof of vaccination for boarding cruises

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New measures for boarding cruise ships were approved by the National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa) this Thursday (29). From now on, the certificate of vaccination against Covid-19 will no longer be mandatory for boarding cruises; non-vaccinated people may have a negative rapid test.

Anvisa explains that the new measures were adopted due to the end of the Public Health Emergency of National Importance (ESPIN) caused by the new coronavirus.

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“Travelers will be able to choose to present proof of complete vaccination (single-dose or two-dose schedule) against Covid-19, or the result of a laboratory test of the rapid antigen type or molecular test (RT-PCR), carried out until the before boarding”, explains Anvisa.

Until then, vaccination was mandatory and could not be replaced by the presentation of a test.

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According to Anvisa, theThe requirements are valid for Brazilians and foreigners, from 3 years of age.

“Self-tests will not be accepted. The vaccines used must be those approved by the World Health Organization (WHO) or in the traveller’s country of origin”, he added.

It is also no longer mandatory from now on the use of face protection masks and compliance with social distancing among passengers.

“Anvisa will continue to recommend its use [de máscaras] on board vessels and in port terminals, including through sound warnings to be broadcast, under the terms of the new resolution approved,” said the agency.

With the new measures in place, theVessels coming from abroad will only be able to enter Brazilian ports designated by the World Health Organization (WHO), as a guarantee that there is an Anvisa inspection team at the entry points.

Isolation and quarantine

Anvisa points out that the vessels and travelers remain subject to isolation and quarantine conditions.

“The isolation time applicable to each case condition (confirmed, suspected, asymptomatic close contact) is regulated by the Ministry of Health”, he says.

The isolation time will be determined by each suspected case, which will be classified as: mild to moderate, severe, symptomatic and asymptomatic. The isolation time varies from 5 to 20 days, depending on the patient’s health status.

Source: CNN Brasil

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