Unconfirmed reports out of the US seem to indicate the ban on Brazilians entering the country will be relaxed by mid-September, although passengers will still need to prove the need for travel and undergo a number of medical checks at the border.
The World Travel and Tourism Council has confirmed Rio's Tom Jobim International Airport as the first airport in Brazil to meet safety measures in preventing the spread of COVID-19. The aiport is receiving passengers from across the country and the world and is reported to be using state-of-the-art protective measures.
Rio's Christ the Redeemer statue and the Sugarloaf Mountain have now opened to tourists in what constitutes a landmark moment for the city following the coronavirus crisis. The attractions are now operating at 25% capacity.
Following the news that New Year's Eve fireworks will be cancelled in Rio, it becomes clear the city's tourism industry has been hard-hit by the coronavirus crisis.
The biggest party on earth returns to the streets of Rio in February 2021.