Brazil Lifts Mask Mandates in Airports and on Flights

August 19, 2022

Azul Brazil

Anvisa, the National Health Regulatory Agency for Brazil, announced on Wednesday that it was no longer required to wear masks in Brazilian airports and on flights.

The new directive is effective immediately.

Masks are no longer required for passengers boarding flights in Brazil. This change comes after almost two years of stringent restrictions put in place due to COVID. Passengers are now allowed to eat onboard aircraft again, after a ban on food consumption was lifted.

The Rate of Covid-19 Deaths in Brazil Has Dropped Significantly Since 2020

The number of COVID-related deaths in Brazil has decreased significantly since the mask mandate was instated in December 2020. At the time, the country was averaging almost 750 deaths per day. Today, that number has decreased to 214 per day. This significant decrease is likely due to the fact that more people are now wearing masks and taking other preventative measures against the virus.

Anvisa does still recommend the use of face masks and social distancing to help mitigate the risk of disease transmission.

“Given the current situation, the use of masks that was adopted as a collective health measure will become an individual protection measure,” the agency said.

Good news for sure. You will see, however, a lot of Brazilians continue to wear masks as they have been very vigilant against the spread of Covid (by wearing masks).

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