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The Government published the Ordinance No. 01, on July 29th, 2020, exceptionally and temporarily restricting the entrance of immigrants in Brazil by sea and land transportation, regardless of their nationality, for 30 (thirty) days. The measure is necessary due to the technical recommendation of the National Health Surveillance Agency (ANVISA) to combat the pandemic caused by COVID-19. The restriction on foreigners entering the country does not apply to:
Brazilian, born or naturalized;
Immigrant with permanent residence, for a fixed or indefinite period, in Brazilian territory;
Foreign professional on a mission at the service of an international organization, as long as duly identified;
Foreign employee accredited by the Brazilian Government;
Foreigner in the condition of:
a) spouse, partner, son, father or guardian of a Brazilian;
b) whose entry is authorized explicitly by the Brazilian Government in a clear public interest or for humanitarian reasons;
c) bearer of the National Migration Registry.
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Immigration offices, as well as the Labour Department, continue to be closed due to the pandemic, so all the immigration processes (like first-time visas, renewals, ID cards issuance, etc.) still cannot be processed. The Government maintains the expiration dates of the documents for immigrants and residents waived until further notice.
The National Institute of Migration (INM) continues to be open to the public as it is considered essential for national security. However, as a safety measure due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they currently have the minimum staff working at their offices. As a result, overall immigration approval times could vary due to the current workload of the immigration authorities. The Federal Government informed that specific timeframes applicable for Immigration processes are temporarily suspended from June 1st until the Health Ministry deems safe. The processes that were due on these dates will be exempt and considered as non-working days. This agreement covers Temporary and Permanent Visa holders.
The Government of Curacao has announced that as of Thursday, August 6th, 2020 Curacao’s borders with Aruba will be closed due to the significant increase in COVID-19 cases in Aruba.
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As the effects of COVID-19 are felt around the world, short and long term real estate is being impacted in different ways. In the near-term, real estate executives are concerned with preserving value and liquidity, keeping tenants and visitors safe, increasing cleaning measures, and complying with governmental agency requirements. Now regarding rent prices, even when asking prices have not seen many changes, most landlords are willing to negotiate a decrease in the rent payment for current and new tenants in approx. 10%.
Even when most of the world is considering remaining or lowering down rent prices in the real estate market, Venezuela walks another path; rent prices increase had been noticed due to high inflation rates in local and USD currency. The increase is calculated between 10 to 15 % in USD. This is due to the high cost of maintenance in most condominiums, improving electrical and water services, installing electrical generators and water wells, etc.