The National Health Authority (Anvisa) has lifted the mask requirement on planes and airports in Brazil. The decision was taken unanimously, five votes against zero, during a meeting of the board of directors and the measure will come into force as soon as it is published in the Official Journal.
The use of masks in airports and on domestic and international flights was part of the protective measures against Covid-19 between 2020 and August 2022, when the measure was suspended. However, mandatory wearing resumed last November as the number of cases increased.
According to Anvisa, other Covid-19 prevention measures remain in place: disembarkation checks and specific cleaning of devices. However, in the event of a suspected case inside the aircraft, airlines are required to provide a mask to the passenger showing symptoms.