Details about visa for Brazil and customs information
IMMIGRATION AND VISAS
A passport is necessary for all visitors except for the following:
1. Travelers with a National Identity Card issued to citizens of Brazil.
2. Passengers provided by the United Nations with either a ‘Laissez-Passer.’
3. Travelers with a National Identity Card issued to Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, and Uruguay.
4. Citizens of Argentina with a National Identity Card; a National Identity Document; or a ‘Libreta de Enrolamiento’ (for men) or a ‘Libreta Civica’ (for women).
5. Tourists with the Seaman Book while they are on service.
6. Travelers with travel documents issued to refugees and people without nationality or citizenship.
7. Citizens of Bhutan, Republic of Central Africa, and Chinese Taipei with a ‘Laissez Passer’ that is issued by the Brazilian authorities.
8. Travelers with ‘Kinderausweis,’ a German identity document issued to children aged 15 years old or younger. If children are aged less than ten years old, the document does not need to contain a child’s photo.
Passports and alternative documents, or either of them, must be legitimate for the intended period of visit at least.
a. Expired passports with no time limit that are issued to citizens of Brazil are accepted.
b. Residents of Brazil may enter with travel documents that are valid on arrival.
The Brazilian Government does not accept passports issued by Bhutan, the Republic of Central Africa, or Chinese Taipei. Travelers with such passports should have a ‘Laissez Passer’ issued by the Brazilian authorities. The visa should be stamped in their ‘Laissez Passer’ and not in their national passport. Travelers who do not abide by such rules will be denied entry or deported to their home country.
When departing from Brazil, children of Brazilian nationality aged 17 years or younger are subject to the following rules:
1. If they are traveling alone or in the company of a relative other than a parent, they are required to have authenticated permission.
2. If they are traveling with one parent, a Brazilian citizen, they must have authenticated permission from the other parent.
3. If they are traveling with one parent, a resident of Brazil, they must have authenticated permission.
In all cases, two original authenticated permits with a photo of the child are required.
Before arrival: Travelers are kindly requested to contact the nearest representation of Brazil.
All travelers must hold a visa except the following:
1. Citizens of Brazil.
2. Travelers with ordinary passports coming for tourism and staying for no more than 60 days provided they are Venezuela citizens.
3. Travelers with ordinary passports coming for tourism and staying for no more than 90 days, provided they are citizens of Andorra, Bahamas, Barbados, Guatemala, Guyana, Lichtenstein, Malaysia, Namibia, or Panama.
4. Travelers coming for tourism or business and staying for no more than 90 days provided they are:
- Travelers with British passports regardless of endorsement on passport concerning their citizenship).
- Travelers with standard passports provided they are citizens of Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Bulgaria, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Finland, San Marino, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, France, Germany, Greece, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Republic of Ireland, Israel, Italy, Republic of Korea, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Monaco, Morocco, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Trinidad & Tobago, New Zealand, Norway, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Tunisia, Turkey, Uruguay, and Vatican City.
- Travelers with passports issued by Hong Kong or by Macao.
5. Travelers with diplomatic and official passports provided they are:
- Citizens of Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Republic of Ireland, Luxembourg, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and Vatican City.
- Travelers are staying for no more than 90 days for citizens of Angola, Belize, Bolivia, Bulgaria, Chile, Congo (Brazzaville), Costa Rica, Cote d’Ivoire, Croatia, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Finland, France, Ghana, Haiti, Hungary, Iceland, India, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Republic of Korea, Lithuania, Malaysia, Mexico, Mongolia, Morocco, Namibia, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Panama, Philippines, Poland, Russia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, South Africa, Suriname, Thailand, Trinidad & Tobago, and Ukraine.
- A maximum visit of 14 days for citizens of Indonesia.
6. Travelers with diplomatic passports provided they are citizens of Argentina, Austria, Colombia, Ecuador, Israel, Italy, Paraguay, Peru, Spain, Sweden, Tunisia, or Uruguay.
7. Travelers with official or service passports staying for no more than six months provided they are citizens of Austria and Peru.
8. Travelers with official or service passport, staying for no more than three months provided they are Argentina, Colombia, Ecuador, Israel, Italy, Paraguay, Peru, Spain, Sweden, Tunisia, or Uruguay.
9. Travelers with diplomatic passports staying for no more than six months provided they are Cuba’s citizens.
10. Travelers with diplomatic passports staying for no more than 90 days provided they are Pakistan and Vietnam citizens.
11. Travelers with diplomatic and service passports staying for no more than 90 days provided they are:
- Citizens of Algeria, Benin, Cameroon, Cape Verde Islands, Guatemala, Guinea-Bissau, Republic of Moldova, Mozambique, or Sao Tom & Principe.
12. Travelers with diplomatic, official, or service passports provided they are:
- Staying for no more than 30 days for Botswana citizens, the People’s Republic of China, and Guyana.
- Staying for no more than 90 days for Albania, Armenia, Barbados, Belarus, Egypt, Gabon, Honduras, Romania, Senegal, and Venezuela.
13. Travelers with diplomatic, official, service or special passports are staying for no more than 90 days for Turkey’s citizens.
14. Travelers coming for tourism or business and staying for no more than 90 days for travelers with a ‘Sovereign Military Order of Malta’ passports;
15. Travelers with a valid/expired residence permit issued to foreign residents, coming back to Brazil within two years.
- Travelers aged less than 60 years old and holding an expired residence permit must have proof of application renewal of residence permit signed and stamped by the Federal Police.
TWOV (Transit Without Visa)
TWOV is permissible for travelers continuing their trip from the same airport within 24 hours so long as the connecting flight is confirmed on the traveler’s ticket. Travelers are not allowed to leave the airport transit area.
1. All visas issued from any foreign representation of Brazil must be within 90 days after the issue. If not, the entry will be refused.
- A Single entry visa is valid for only one entry within 90 days of the visa issuing date.
- A multiple entry visa is valid for the period indicated on the visa. However, the first entry must be made within 90 days of the visa issuing date.
- Travelers holding incorrect papers will be deported to their home country at the transporting carrier’s expense. Besides, the carrier will have to pay the detention costs plus a fine of USD 2,000, which will be increased in case of repetition.
2. All travelers must have enough money for their stay in Brazil, return or onward tickets, and all documents required for their next trip. Travelers who do not respect such regulations will be denied entry upon their arrival.
3. Visa-exempted travelers may have an extension of stay.
4. A traveler may enter Brazil with a valid visa in an expired passport provided:
- The page containing the valid visa in the expired passport has not been altered or destroyed in a way that makes the visa unreadable.
- The traveler must have a valid passport of the same nationality.
- There is no handwritten comment in the passport stating that the traveler has been advised to get a new visa in a valid passport.
5. As far as the outbreak of swine flu (H1N1) is concerned, all travelers arriving from affected countries have to fill in a form and state their contact details during their stay in Brazil.
CUSTOMS AND FOREIGN EXCHANGE
1. All travelers are allowed free import of the following goods provided the imported quantities are appropriate to the period of stay and are for personal use only:
- Clothes and other objects for personal use.
- Periodicals and books.
- Any other objects with a total value of no more than USD 500 or equivalent in other currencies.
2. All international travelers may buy up to USD 500, or it is equivalent in other currencies, any articles available in the dutyfree shops on arrival at Brazilian airports. Quantities are limited to:
- Three wearable units, dolls, cards, electrical or mobile gadgets.
- Ten units of makeup items.
- Tobacco products: only travelers aged 18 years old and over are allowed 250 grams of tobacco, 25 cigars, and 400 cigarettes.
- Alcoholic drinks: only travelers aged 18 years old and over are allowed 24 units of alcoholic drinks, with a maximum of 12 units per type of drink.
A unit is defined as either 75 centiliters or one-liter bottles.
Prohibited: Travelers are not allowed to import the following articles unless they have obtained a previous permit from the Ministry of Agriculture:
- Animal feed.
- Untreated wood.
- Agricultural chemicals.
- Fresh vegetables and fruit.
- Bulbs, seeds, seedlings, or cuttings.
- For scientific research and other purposes, biological materials.
- Semen, embryos, biological or veterinary products.
- Honey and its products such as royal jelly, beeswax, etc.
- Eggs and egg products.
- Fish and fish products.
- Flowers and plants, or their parts.
- Insects, snails, bacteria, or fungi.
- Meat whether it is canned, fresh, dried, etc. or meat products.
- Dairy products, such as milk, cheese, etc.
Travelers are allowed free export of personal objects for personal use.
Crew members customs regulations
Crew members may import clothes and other items for personal use after the period of their stay, whether resident or non-resident.
To bring in cats and dogs, travelers are required to have an original certificate of International Zoosanitary that is issued within ten days from the date of departure and authenticated at a Brazilian consulate in the home country. If this certificate is not written in Portuguese, it may be required to be translated by a certified translator. Pets are permitted to enter as luggage, as freight, or in the cabin. Animals arriving as cargo require a copy of an airway bill. Besides, animals older than 90 days require a certificate of vaccination against rabies issued 30 days before arrival and valid for one year.
Baggage Clearance regulations
A traveler’s luggage should be cleared at the airport, where the traveler lands from international flights.
Luggage of transit travelers whose destination is outside Brazil.
On their departure from the airport, tourists are not obliged to pay any airport tax.
Currency Import regulations
The very same rules apply to the import of the monetary system as to the export of currency.
Currency Export regulations
There are no restrictions on exporting local currency (Brazilian Real-BRL) and foreign currencies up to BRL 10,000 or its equivalent.
Sums exceeding BRL 10,000 or its equivalent must be declared.
Arms and Ammunition regulations
Concerning firearms and ammunition, travelers are requested to consult the military attached to Brazil’s embassy or consulate for more information on entry rules to Brazil.
Wild Fauna and Flora
Brazil is one of the CITES Treaty (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species).