Through a statement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that it is closely monitoring the situation of Brazilians who are unable to travel due to the closing of borders, and that it is providing all appropriate consular assistance.
According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, so far approximately 240 Brazilians have registered requests for assistance, 230 of which are tourists, at the Embassy in Pretoria and the Consulate General in Cape Town, South Africa.
The note also says that the stations abroad are carrying out arrangements with airlines operating in the region to allow Brazilians to board, so that there are flights to Brazil or that alternative routes be found.
Since midnight today (29), Brazil’s borders have been closed to six African countries, namely South Africa, Botswana, Swatini, Lesotho, Namibia and Zimbabwe.
The measure appears as a way to prevent the Ômicron variant from spreading in the country. The mutation was first reported to WHO by South Africa on 24 November.
This strain has been worrying authorities around the world because, according to the World Health Organization, it “has a large number of mutations, some of which are worrying. Preliminary evidence suggests an increased risk of reinfection with this variant compared to other variants of concern.”
Reference: CNN Brasil