Customs and Immigration
most important thing when you get to Brazil is to have a valid visa
with at least 6 months remaining before it expires, if the Brazilian
authorities require a visa for visitors from your country. If a
passenger does not have appropriate documentation on arrival (passport,
visa), he/she will be deported. Visas are not issued on arrival in
Brazil. Always confirm visa requirements prior to your travel. Consult this page for more information.
you arrive, you will need to clear both Brazilian immigration and
customs. Your airline should distribute both immigration and customs forms
for you to fill out before your arrival. However, it is recommended
that you download and fill the forms before you travel. See links and explanations below.
In São Paulo (Guarulhos Airport, GRU) both
immigration and customs are on the lower level of the airport. When
you leave you arrival flight, you walk through the terminal, and then
downstairs to immigration Notice that at immigration there will be
separated lines for Brazilian citizens and for foreign visitors. At
immigration you will have to exhibit your passport and the immigration
form you filled. Besides having your passport stamped, you will receive
back half of your immigration form, stamped and sometimes with some
written comments. You should carefully keep this form because it should
be shown when you leave the country.
clearing immigration, you will pick up your baggage (if you checked
any). The baggage delivery belts have clear indications of the
you will head to customs, passing through the tax-free shop. If you are
interested in buying anything when you arrive to Brazil, then it is
recommended that you leave your baggage with attendants (they will give
you a receipt) and then you will do your shopping. After shopping you
should pick up your baggage and then you will go through customs.
are two different doors to customs, as in most airports: the green line
("Nothing to declare") for those who are carrying only permited items
(clothes, books, personal equipment, etc.) and the red line ("Goods to
declare") for those who are bringing to Brazil some special items, that
will be described below. At this point you may be asked to hand to the
officers the customs form and to open your luggage for inspection.
After passing customs, you will exit to a public area where you can use an ATM machine or exchange money (if needed) and then arrange your transportation to your hotel or hostel.
The official Brazilian immigration form can be downloaded in PDF or
Word format. The form has an A4 format, using landscape
Brazilian immigration form, PDF format
Brazilian immigration form, DOC format
Click the image above to see an enlarged version.
can fill the form before printing it, or you can print it and then fill
it by hand. You can print it either in A4 or Letter size paper.
In case of handwriting, please write in CAPITALS only and without erasures. We
strongly recommend that you download the PDF format and use any PDF
editor to fill the form. Both the left and right sides of the form
should be filled (the fields inside the blue rectangles shown below).
There are explanations about the way of filling the form, in Portuguese, Spanish and English, at this page of the Brazilian Federal Police.
At immigration you will have to exhibit
your passport and the immigration form you filled. Besides having your
passport stamped, you will receive back the right-hand half of your immigration form,
stamped and sometimes with some written comments. You should carefully
keep this form. This card must be presented to officials upon departure from the country.
you don't have your passport stamped or lose your copy of the entry
form, you'll have to be specially cleared by the Federal Police before
being allowed to leave the country and you could be fined.
American citizens are both photographed and fingerprinted as part of
their immigration clearance process. This is because Brazil practices diplomatic reciprocity
and processes American citizens entering Brazil the same way the U.S.
processes Brazilian citizens entering the United States. This is most
assuredly NOT the place to demonstrate any displeasure with this
process. If a tourist shows disrespect towards the officials, he/she
can be arrested, fined (thousands of dollars) and ejected from the
Duty Free Shop
you arrive to Brazil (and also when leaving the country) you will be
able to buy goods at the tax-free shop. On presentation of your
passport and ticket, you will be allowed to purchase up to US$500 worth
of duty free products, including drink and tobacco.
the Guarulhos airport, even in case you don't want to buy anything at
the Brazilian tax-free shop, you will need to pass by it to reach the
entering Brazil do not have to complete a customs form and they can
just pass through the "Nothing to declare" (green line) through
In some cases, however, you should fill the EDBV customs form, available at this link and present this form and your luggage for inspection at the "Goods to declare" channel (red line) of customs.
The following questions will allow you to determine your situation.
Are you bringing in your baggage:
1. animals, vegetables or their parts, seeds, animal or vegetal-products, veterinary or toxic products?
2. medical products, in vitro diagnosis products, cleaning products, biological material?
3. medicaments, except those for personal use, or food of any kind?
4. firearms or ammunition?
5. goods for commercial or industrial purposes or those to be submitted to customs clearance procedures by their ultimate owner?
goods worth over R$ 3,000.00 (air or maritime travel) or any value
(land, river or lake border crossing), for temporary admission?
7. goods subject to taxation (see General Information section)?
8. currency (cash, checks or traveler’s checks) in an amount over R$ 10,000.00 or its equivalent in a foreign currency?
you have answered NO to all questions, you don't have to fill the
customs form, and you may choose the NOTHING TO DECLARE channel.
If you have answered YES to any of the above questions, you should fill the EDBV customs form and choose the GOODS TO DECLARE channel.
can find detailed information in English about Brazilian Customs
regulations and the available electronic forms and smartphone
applications at this link.
According to the Brazilian Customs regulations, there is no need to declare the following items:
* books, leaflets and newspapers.
* clothing and traveller’s objects for personal or professional use.
* goods acquired abroad, valued at up to US$500 (this applies to new goods in their original cases).
* goods purchased in duty free shops upon arrival in the country.
RESTRICTIONS AND PROHIBITIONS
cannot bring to Brazil non-industrialized vegetable and/or animal
products. It is strongly advisable to avoid bringing any kind of food.
If you are carrying any medication, you should also bring its
prescription signed by a doctor, with your name and directions of use.
* narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances and similars
* alcoholic beverages and tobacco products, for travellers under 18 years of age
* cigarettes or alcoholic beverages of Brazilian origin, purchased abroad
* counterfeit or pirate goods
subject to sanitary inspection or of animal / vegetal origin will only
be released after authorization from the National Health Surveillance
or the Ministry of Agriculture.
you bring to Brazil several identical items that suggest you are going
to sell them, or if you bring many new things, worth more than US$500,
you should fill the customs form and present the form and goods to the
newly acquired goods that have been bought abroad, on board of vessels,
aircrafts or in duty free shops abroad valued at over US$500 are
taxable. The exemption limit is personal. Passengers travelling with
family members (spouse and children) cannot combine their personal
exemptions. The customs duty / tax is 50% on the value exceeding the
exemption limits above mentioned. The tax will be assessed by the
customs officials and its payment is a condition for the release of the
(CASH, CHECKS OR TRAVELER’S CHECKS) IN AN AMOUNT OVER R$10,000.00 (about
is no limit on the amount of money any individual can bring into Brazil
but if you're carrying R$10,000 (ten thousand reais) or more, or its
equivalent in cash, checks, traveler's check, currency or any
combination thereof, you are required to declare thiswhen you enter
Brazil. This is not for tax reasons. They just want to know.
If you are bringing to Brazil a large amount of cash you should fill the EDBV customs form and choose the GOODS TO DECLARE channel.