• IMPORT

     

    Free Import


    • 400 cigarettes or
    • 25 cigars or
    • 250 grammes of tobacco
    • 24 units of alcoholic beverages – units classified as either 75cl or 1 litre bottles
    • 10 units of makeup items
    • Clothes and other articles for personal use
    • Books and periodicals
    • Local and foreign currency greater than BRL 10,000 will need to be declared when entering or leaving the country

    Prohibited

    • Illegal drugs
    • Guns, explosives and ammunition
    • Knives and deadly weapons
    • Fresh fruit and vegetables
    • Plant and plant products
    • All species of birds
    • Pets and animals – unless authorised
    • Dairy products including milk, egg and cheese
    • Fish and fish products
    • Cigarettes or alcoholic beverages of Brazilian origin
    • Counterfeit money and goods
    • Hazardous materials
    • Pornographic material

    Restricted

    • Flower, plants and plants products will require permission from the Ministry of Agriculture before being granted admission into the country.
    • Meat, egg or fish products will all also require permission from the Ministry of Agriculture before entering the country.
    • Cats, dogs and other animals being imported will need an international health certificate from the country of origin which was issued less than 10 days prior to their arrival. Pets 90 days or older will also require a Rabies vaccination certificate issued 30 days prior to the intended date of arrival.

     

    EXPORT

     

    Free export

    • No information available

    Prohibited

    • Illegal drugs
    • Guns, explosives and ammunition
    • Knives and deadly weapons
    • Fresh fruit and vegetables
    • Plant and plant products
    • All species of birds
    • Pets and animals – unless authorised
    • Dairy products including milk, egg and cheese
    • Fish and fish products
    • Cigarettes or alcoholic beverages of Brazilian origin
    • Counterfeit money and goods
    • Hazardous materials
    • Pornographic material

    Restricted

    • No information available

     

    For further assistance please contact the Brazilian Customs authorities directly. They will provide the latest information about customs regulations and export-import procedures.

    Brazilian Customs contact information 

    Website: http://www.receita.fazenda.gov.br/

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    Checking your luggage – domestic flights

    For aircraft with more than 31 seats, each passenger (adult or child) is entitled to a free baggage allowance of 23 kg (50 lbs). The passenger can transport more than one piece of baggage provided that their total weight does not exceed the 23kg (50Ibs)-weight-limit.

    If the weight exceeds the free baggage allowance, you will need the airline approval to transport your baggage and you may be charged an extra fee as well.
    Sporting goods in general (surfboards, bicycles, etc), musical instruments and other types of special equipment must be included in the free baggage allowance, the same way it occurs for ordinary pieces of luggage. For further information, contact the airline.

    IMPORTANT TIPS:

    • Identify your baggage for easy recognition during disembarkation at your arrival.
    • Do not carry baggage that is not yours or baggage which content is unknown.

    • Do not check baggage containing valuable items such as jewelry, cash and electronics (telephones, laptops, camcorders, etc.). These objects must be carried preferably in your carry-on baggage.

    Checking your luggage - international flights

    Brazilian regulation applies to flights leaving Brazil. For flights leaving other countries the standards established by the local authorities must be applied.
    Depending on your destination, free baggage allowance will be determined according to the Piece Concept or the Weight Concept.

    Piece concept

    According to the Piece Concept, each passenger is allowed to check two bags of up to 32 kg (70 lbs) each. To know about the dimensions permitted and about infants’ baggage, contact the airline company.

    Weight concept

    According to the Weight Concept, each passenger is allowed to check pieces of baggage which do not exceed a total weight of:
    • 40 kg (88 pounds) for first travel class passengers.

    • 30 kg (66 pounds) for intermediate travel class passengers.
    • 20 kg (44 pounds) for economy travel class passengers.

    • 10 kg (22 pounds) for infants not occupying a seat.
    For further information about infants’ baggage, contact the airline company.

    IMPORTANT TIPS:

    If you need to travel to another location inside Brazil before starting the international leg of the flight observe the following instructions:
    • When there is one transportation contract for tickets involving domestic and international flights even if flights are handled by different airline companies passengers are entitled to the international destination free baggage allowance.

    • When the tickets are not combined, i.e., when there are different air transportation contracts, passengers are entitled to the domestic free baggage allowance in the domestic portion of the airport and to the international free baggage allowance in the international portion of the airport.

    To transport animals on international flights, contact the airline company.

    Carry-on baggage - domestic flights

    Carry-on baggage does not generate additional costs.
    It must be accommodated in the overhead bin or underneath the seat inside the aircraft and shall meet the following requirements:

    • Its total weight cannot exceed 5 kg (11 pounds) and the sum of the baggage dimensions (length + width + height) may not exceed 115 cm (45 inches).

    • Objects be properly Passengers’ items must not disturb or endanger other persons on board, especially regarding their physical integrity. 

    IMPORTANT TIPS:

    • Carry-on bags must not contain cutting or piercing objects (nail scissors, knives, etc). Such items have to be transported in checked baggage.
    • After purchasing your ticket, the airline must inform you about the place at which you will be making checking procedures. If you are required to check at international boarding areas you will be subjected to international restrictions for transporting liquids in your carry-on luggage.

    Can I take the baby stroller (0-2 year-old children) on the seat in the cabin during domestic flights?
    Yes, provided that the chair fits to the airplane seat and is certified for aviation use by a member state of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). In this case, since the infant will not be transported on the lap, you must buy him/her a ticket. For further information, contact the airline company.

    Carry-on baggage - international flight

    Contact the airline company to fully comprehend about carry-on baggage procedures adopted by the destination country. Depending on the place you will travel to free baggage allowance will be determined according to the Piece Concept or the Weight Concept.

    Piece concept

    According to the piece concept, carry-on baggage must be accommodated in the overhead bin or underneath the seat in the aircraft, and the sum of its dimensions cannot exceed 115 cm (45 inches).

    Weight concept

    According to the weight concept, carry-on baggage must be accommodated in the overhead bin or underneath the seat in the aircraft. The weight and dimensions of the carry-on baggage are defined by the airline.

    Restrictions for transporting liquids - international flights For international flights, there are liquid restrictions for carry-on baggage:
    • All liquids, including gels, pastes, cream, aerosol and alike, must be transported in 100 ml containers, stored in transparent sealed plastic packages with a maximum capacity of 1 liter, not exceeding the dimensions of 20 x 20 cm;
    • Liquids in containers with a capacity greater than 100 ml cannot be transported, even if the container is only partially full;
    • Containers must be properly packaged (but kept loose) inside a completely sealed transparent plastic bag;
    • The plastic bag must be presented at the time of boarding inspection. Only one plastic bag is permitted per passenger. These restrictions also apply to domestic passengers boarding at international boarding areas.
    In cases of connection flights to other countries, the airline must inform passengers about possible package keeping.

    Restrictions for transporting liquids - international flights

    For international flights, there are liquid restrictions for carry-on baggage:
    • All liquids, including gels, pastes, cream, aerosol and alike, must be transported in 100 ml containers, stored in transparent sealed plastic packages with a  maximum capacity of 1 liter, not exceeding the dimensions of 20 x 20 cm;

    • Liquids in containers with a capacity greater than 100 ml cannot be transported, even if the container is only partially full;
    • Containers must be properly packaged (but kept loose) inside a completely sealed transparent plastic bag;

    • The plastic bag must be presented at the time of boarding inspection. Only one plastic bag is permitted per passenger. These restrictions also apply to domestic passengers boarding at international boarding areas.

    In cases of connection flights to other countries, the airline must inform passengers about possible package keeping.

    IMPORTANT TIPS:

    • For passengers who are boarding or making connections, liquids purchased at duty free shops or on board of aircraft may exceed the limits here detailed, provided that they are placed in sealed plastic containers and the passenger makes the purchase receipt available (the receipt date shall be the same of the initial flight date).

    • Medicines with prescription, infant ́s food and liquids for special diets may be carried in sufficient quantity for the whole flight (including stopovers) and must be presented during security inspection.

    Prohibited items for carry-on baggage

    In domestic and international flights, carry-on baggage must not contain, among other things:
    Category 1 - weapons - weapons or replicas/imitations, parts of guns, signaling guns, brass knuckles and metal devices capable of generating electric current.

    Category 2 - sharp objects and items used for cutting - sabers, scissors, daggers, swords, knives, jack-knives with blades longer than 6 cm, razors, skate blades, tools (drills, saws, harpoons, arrows, axes, ice picks, utility knives, screwdrivers), hypodermic needles (unless there is a prescription), knitting and weaving needles.

    Category 3 - blunt objects - tools such as hammers, pliers, wrenches; sporting goods (paddles, skates, fishing rods, sticks, truncheons and cue sticks, and instruments for billiards, baseball, polo, golf , hockey games), socket sets and equipment to practice martial arts.

    Category 4 - explosive or inflammable substances - replicas or imitations of explosive devices, detonators, flares and gunpowder, pyrotechnic material, aerosols - except for medical and personal hygiene uses -, drinks with

    more than 70% of alcohol in their composition, phosphorus - except for daily use -, flammable solids, substances which in contact with water emit gases; ammunition and projectiles; and oxygen cylinders.

    Category 5 - toxic and chemical substances – oxidizing, infectious or biohazardous material and fire extinguishers. Category 6 - other – alarms, material that may interfere with the aircraft operation due to its magnetic fields or material which use is controlled on board of aircraft.

    The list of prohibited items above is generic. It is essential to consult ANAC web site for further information. In addition, there are items which are prohibited to be transported either in carry-on or in checked baggage, such as dangerous articles.

    Checked baggage – statement of valuable items

    During check-in procedures, you can inform the airline about valuable items contained in your checked baggage. For these cases, the airline is allowed to verify the content of the bags, as well as to charge additional fare on the stated value.

    IMPORTANT TIPS:

    • It is recommended that you do not to carry valuable items in checked baggage. These objects should preferably be transported in carry-on baggage.

    It must be placed in an appropriate compartment, without causing discomfort to other passengers. Please consult the airline in advance.
    To transport animals, you must submit an animal health certificate provided by the State Secretary of Agriculture, the Animal Defense Department or even by an accredited veterinarian.

    Lost baggage

    If your baggage has been lost report the fact to the airline preferably still while at the arrival area, or within 15 days from the date of disembarkation, using an official document provided by the airline company or any other appropriate written document.

    To claim for lost baggage it is necessary to provide a proof of having sent it. If the luggage is located by the airline, it should be returned to the address indicated by the passenger.

    Bags may be misplaced for up to 30 days (for domestic flights) and 21 days (for international flights). If baggage is not localized and delivered within the periods of time just mentioned, the airline must refund the passenger.

    Damaged Baggage

    As soon as you notice your baggage has been damaged report the problem to the airline company, preferably still while at the arrival area. It is important to know that a written communication of the fact may be registered within 7 days from the date of disembarkation.

    Baggage theft

    As soon as you discover your baggage has been stolen contact the airline and report the matter through a written communication. The airline is responsible for your baggage from the moment it is checked until the moment you receive it back.

    Also notify the Police, which is the competent authority to ascertain the fact.

  • Brazilian flights:

    Infraero

     

    International flights:

    FlightStats

  • FreeCurrencyRates.com
  • Visa policy of Brazil

    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
     
    Visitors to Brazil must obtain a visa from one of the Brazilian diplomatic missions unless they come from one of the visa exempt countries. Brazil maintains a fully reciprocal visa policy.
     

    Visa exemption[edit]

    Holders of passports of the following 90 jurisdictions do not require a visa to visit Brazil up to 90 days for tourism or business purposes (unless otherwise noted). An identity document is accepted instead of a passport in some cases.[1][2]

     

    ID - May enter with an ID card.
    T - Visa-free for tourism purposes only.
    1 - For a stay of up to 30 days.
    2 - For a stay of up to 60 days.
    3 - For a stay of up to 90 days within any 180 day period (the 180 day period limitation does not apply to citizens of Croatia, Ireland, Poland, Portugal and United Kingdom).
    4 - For a stay of up to 90 days within one year period

    Out of visa exempt nationalities, diplomatic and official/service passport holders of LiechtensteinNew Zealand and Singapore passports require a visa.

    Nationals of  Spain are specifically required to hold proof of sufficient funds of at least R$170 per day, proof of confirmed hotel accommodation (paid or guaranteed by credit card) or a notary certified invitation letter from a resident of Brazil, and documents required for their next destination. Those traveling on business are exempt from these requirements when holding an original letter from their company, stating the purpose of the visit.[2]

    Only holders of diplomatic or official/service passports of AlgeriaAngolaAzerbaijanBelarusBeninBotswanaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCape VerdeChinaCongoCote d'IvoireDominican RepublicEgyptEquatorial GuineaEthiopiaGabonGhanaGuinea-BissauHaitiIndiaIndonesiaJapanJordanKazakhstanKenyaLaosMaliMauritaniaMoldovaMozambiqueMyanmarNepalNicaraguaNigeriaQatarSaint LuciaSao Tome and PrincipeSenegalSri LankaSudanTanzaniaVietnam and Zambia and of diplomatic passports of CubaIranPakistan and Uzbekistan do not require a visa.

    Brazilian nationals must enter and leave Brazil with their Brazilian passport or Brazilian identity card, even if they also hold a passport of another country.[4]

     

    Visa types and requirements[edit]

     
    Brazilian visa

    A full list of the types of Brazilian visas can be found on a Brazilian Consulate's website.[6]

    Tourist visa[edit]

    Eligibility

    Terms and Conditions

    • Tourist visa holders are prohibited from engaging in business, work, or academic activities in Brazil.
    • For citizens of some countries, the first arrival in Brazil must take place within 90 days from the date the visa was issued.
    • This visa is good for multiple entries within the visa's duration. Even when the validity of the visa exceeds 90 days, authorized stays are for a maximum of a 90-day period per visit. If necessary, an extension may be submitted to the Federal Police in Brazil, if requested prior to the expiration of the authorized stay (special requirements apply). Tourist visa holders are allowed to stay in the Brazilian territory a maximum of 180 days over a 12-month period.
    • For citizens of some countries without diplomatic relations with Brazil, such as Western Sahara, but not Kosovo or Taiwan, a visa is issued on a laissez-passer instead of a passport.[1]

    Short-stay business visa[edit]

    People wishing to visit Brazil for a short period for the purpose of making or meeting with business contacts, attending trade fairs, speaking at conferences etc. are required to apply for a short-stay business visa, which is also valid for a stay of up to 90 days.

    Temporary residence visa/work visa[edit]

    Foreigners wishing to live and work in Brazil are required to apply for a temporary residence visa. To obtain a temporary visa for employment purposes, the worker needs to secure a job offer from a Brazilian company or government department, or a foreign company based in Brazil, and the company is required to apply to the Immigration Division of the Ministry of Labor on the worker's behalf.[7] The criteria for approval of an employment visa include suitable educational qualifications or work experience, a secured employment contract in Brazil, proof of adequate means of subsistence in Brazil, police confirmation that the worker has no criminal record, and a satisfactory medical examination. All official documents must be translated into Portuguese and 'legalized' by the consulate.[8] The application processing period is normally around 2-3 months. Employment visas are issued for a specific job, and are not transferable between employers in Brazil without permission. Visas are also issued to the employment visa holder's spouse and children.

    Permanent visas[edit]

    There are seven categories of application for a permanent visa to live and work in Brazil. These include marriage and family unification categories, as well as categories covering business executives and entrepreneurs, high level specialists, investors and retired people.

    Business people and professionals[edit]

    Permanent visas are issued to administrators, managers and directors of professional or business corporations, who are already employed by the company and are moving to Brazil on intra-company transfer. There is a minimum requirement for the parent company to invest at least US$200,000 per visa in the Brazil-based subsidiary, and to provide evidence that they are bringing value to Brazil in the form of increased productivity, technology transfer or social benefits. Visas are also issued to administrators, managers or directors of start-up companies, who are not required to meet the minimum investment or job creation criteria which apply to established companies. Researchers or other high-level specialists employed by Brazilian research institutions may also be granted a permanent visa.

    Investors[edit]

    Resident investor status is granted to foreign nationals who invest a minimum of BRL$150,000 in a new or existing Brazilian corporation assuming the investor has no criminal record. Investment funds must be submitted through the Central Bank of Brazil. Investor visas are issued for an initial 3-year period, renewable on approval of satisfactory accomplishment of the corporation's social contract, on confirmation that the corporation has created a job or jobs for Brazilian nationals, and on confirmation that the corporation has paid taxes. After renewal, Investor Visas become permanent, and remain in force as long as the corporation is in operation and the investor maintains his or her investment in the corporation above BRL$150,000. Resident investors can apply for Brazilian citizenship after 4 years if they can read and write Portuguese; prior to this they have most of the rights of citizens, except for voting rights, gun ownership rights, the ability to own large farms or beachfront property, and various minor rights. If a foreign national with a permanent residency visa applies for citizenship, it will not be approved before residing in Brazil for 5 years, and if the foreign national cannot speak Portuguese, they cannot become a citizen for 15 years. More information can be obtained by contacting your local Brazilian Consulate or at consulatebrazil.org

    Retired people[edit]

    Foreign nationals aged over 60 can apply for a permanent visa if they have a pension of at least US$2,000 per month and will transfer it to Brazil every month. Visas may also issued to dependants, but there is a requirement to transfer an additional US$1000 of pension per dependant per month. Documentary proof of the pension and a bank declaration authorizing the monthly transfer are required. Applicants for permanent residence visas are required to submit their passport, birth certificate, marriage certificate (if applicable) and a police certificate of no criminal record, issued within the last 90 days. Unfortunately, starting in 2014, retirees with serious health problems have been denied visas even if they have a sufficient pension because some have abused Brazil's free and universal health care by coming to Brazil with a retirement visa for the sole purpose of obtaining health care.

    Registration[edit]

    On arrival in Brazil, any holders of visas for more than 90 days duration are required to register with the Federal Police, and obtain an identity card. Upon applying, visa holders are issued a slip of paper called a "protocol" while their RNE card is processed, which may take more than two months. The Federal Police have offices in all international airports. Those intending to work in Brazil must obtain a work card from the Labor Department and a tax identification card from the Ministry of Finance.

    Citizenship[edit]

     

    Foreign nationals can apply for Brazilian nationality by naturalization if they have lived in Brazil for a continuous period of at least four years, have no criminal record, and can read and write Portuguese, among other requirements. The residency period can be reduced to only one (for nationals of Portuguese-speaking countries), two or three years in some cases, and there are fewer requirements for those who have lived in Brazil for at least fifteen years.[9]

     

  • Basic health information for travelers to Brazil

    • A yellow fever vaccination is required if travelling from or through a country suffering from the disease. Travellers entering Brazil from non infected regions are instructed to consider obtaining protection from the disease regardless. 

    • There is a high risk of Malaria throughout the year in many rural locations below 900m. Areas where the disease is most active include the nine states of the Legal Amazonia region Acre, Amapá, Amazonas, Maranhão (western part), Mato Grosso (northern part), Pará (except Belém City), Rondônia, Roraima and Tocantins. Cases of the disease are less reported in more urban areas and main cities such as Pôrto Velho, Boa Vista, Macapá, Manaus, Santarém and Maraba. The disease is generally found in areas where heavy mining and agriculture is taking place but travellers staying in other areas are still strongly advised to take care to avoid any potential risk of infection. 

    • Other insect based diseases found throughout Brazil include Dengue Fever, recent outbreaks of which have been reported from the states of Amazonas, Acre, Ceara, Minas Gerais, Espirito Santo, Parana, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Alagoas, Rio Grande do Sul, and Rio Grande do Norte. Confirmed cases of visceral leishmaniasis and Oropouche Fever have also been noted throughout the country in isolated regions and all travellers should seek out medical attention if infected by any of these diseases.

    • Hepatitis B is also present throughout the entire region and all visitors are instructed to take great care when dealing with bloody or infected needles or if engaging in sexual activity during the course of their visit. 

    • Rabies is also present in the bites from wild or infected animals throughout the country and any traveller bitten by these creatures should clean the wound before immediately seeking out medical assistance before serious symptoms develop.

    Basic security information for travelers to Brazil

    • Brazil is a country which currently has a higher than average level of crime and all travellers are strongly advised to take great care when out in busy public locations. Instances of kidnappings and violent assaults are common in Rio and other main cities throughout the country and visitors are urged to avoid public displays of affluence which could potentially attract unwanted attention. Sexual assaults are a possibility and female visitors should take special care if travelling alone after dark. 

    • Storms, flash flooding, and landslides are common in the wet season between December and March and all foreign drivers inside the country during this period are urged to avoid driving in potentially hazardous weather conditions.

    • Drug trafficking is widespread throughout Brazil and penalties for any drug related activities are severe. All travellers should take great care to avoid any participation in drugs related activity which could bring them to the attention of the police.

  • GoAbroad compiled an excellent list:

    http://embassy.goabroad.com/embassies-in/brazil

  • Domestic flights

    Animal transportation is possible in the aircraft compartment for cargo and baggage. Since the weight of the animal is not included in the passenger free baggage allowance, an extra fee will be charged.

    The airline decides if the transportation of domestic animals (dogs and cats) will be allowed in the passenger cabin. If allowed, transportation must be safe. The animal must be placed in an appropriate compartment, without causing discomfort to other passengers. Please consult the airline in advance.

    To transport animals, you must submit an animal health certificate provided by the State Secretary of Agriculture, the Animal Defense Department or even by an accredited veterinarian. 

    International flights

    Necessary informations can be found here:

    IATA´s Traveler´s Pet Corner

     

     

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    Brazil is divided into four standard time zones. 

    Time in Rio de Janeiro right now:

    Go to timeanddate.com for other time zones.