Visa, Entry and Arrival to Brazil
- The Brazilian Government established by decree that from 30 July 2020 on, non-Brazilian travelers are again permitted to enter Brazil by air and may stay in Brazil for up to 90 days with a tourist visa. This was prohibited from 23 March 2020 until 29 July 2020.
- By new decree from 24 September 2020 the Brazilian Government established that non-Brazilian travelers are again permitted to enter Brazil via all Brazilian airports.
- On 5 October 2020, entry restrictions have been updated by a new ordinance that removes the health insurance requirements for non-Brazilian travelers to enter Brazil. Until then it was an indispensable requirement to show a valid health insurance for the entire stay in Brazil, covering at least R$ 30,000 and issued either in Portuguese or English. Before traveling, an insurance certificate had to be provided to the transporting airline. Brazilian Federal Police could deny entry into the country, if no adequate insurance certificate was presented upon arrival.
- Whoever counteracts the decree, may be pursued under civil, administrative and penal law in Brazil and will be repatriated immediately.
- Brazilian regulatory agencies may instal additional norms like certain sanitation protocols.
- Cases not covered by the decree, may be decided by the Department of Justice and Public Safety in Brazil.
Visa and Passport
Pursuant to regulations implemented in June 2019, no visa is required for citizens of the United States, Canada or Australia to enter the country. Travelers must present a valid passport (valid for six months) at the port of entry and will automatically be issued a tourist visa. A tourist visa allows travelers to stay in the country for 90 days from the date of their first entry, with an additional 90-day extension available upon request. In this event, travelers may remain in country for up to 180 days within a 12-month period. Entry without a return ticket may be denied.
Entry and Exit / Immigration and Departure
To enter Brazil, an entry or exit card is required. This paper card must be filled out before entry. Usually airlines, shipping companies and bus companies hand out entry cards to passengers before arrival in Brazil. At customs, monitored by the Brazilian Federal Police, you will receive a stamp and must carry the card in your passport during your stay in Brazil. When you leave the country, the card will be retained by the Federal Police. Recently, airlines have started to waive the issue of entry cards, and customs has no longer required the presentation of an entry card. However, the official requirement of the Federal Police remains the same: an entry card must be filled out and prepared for presentation upon entry.
Please note that upon arrival from an international flight, you must retrieve your baggage from baggage claim and then pass through customs with your luggage. This also applies if you have a connecting flight! Your baggage will not be checked through to your destination airport. After you have passed through customs, you can check your baggage back in at a connection check-in counter. These counters are located in Sao Paulo at the opposite end of the arrivals hall. You do not have to go up the escalators with your luggage. Unfortunately, in Rio you must check your luggage at the normal check-in counters.
If you have booked airport transfers, your guide or driver will already be waiting for you in the arrival area. After you have taken your luggage from baggage claim and passed the door of the security area, just look for a sign with your name on it. Your guide or driver will hold this sign up.
Different Time Zones
In Brazil there are 4 different time zones. On arrival in Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo or Brasilia, travelers will be on Brasilia Time (BRT, UTC-3), which is two hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time (EST).
Waste Bin for Toilet Paper
In Brazil, toilet paper is not thrown into the toilet. Please use the small trash can next to the toilet.
Short-term Border Crossings
For short-term border crossings, especially to the Argentinean side of the Iguacu Waterfalls, please take both your passport and the entry card that you presented to the Federal Police (Policia Federal) when entering Brazil.
Buckle Up, It’s the Law
As in almost all other countries, all motorists (including passengers) must wear their seat belt in Brazil. Please follow this regulation, even for short distances in your car, otherwise you may be fined.
No Meals on Domestic Flights
On most domestic flights there are only very simple snacks (e.g., chips) and water. If you have longer flights, it might be worthwhile to take some additional food with you.
Luggage Limit Per Person
In our calculation and planning of the vehicles to be used, we assume that each passenger travels with a maximum of one suitcase (up to 23kg) and one piece of hand luggage. Should you wish to take more luggage with you, please let us know as early as possible so that we can take the planned excess luggage into account when preparing our offer.
Authorization Declaration for Minors
If your child is younger than 18 years old and wants to enter Brazil from abroad, alone or accompanied by only one parent, you will need a declaration of authorization according to Brazilian law (Law 8069/90 Article 83 and Law 13.812/19).
Both airlines and bus companies require the submission of such a declaration for children under 16 years of age traveling alone or accompanied by a parent or guardian. Hotels and pousadas in Brazil can also present an authorization declaration, otherwise they are threatened with temporary closure or withdrawal of their licence (Law 8069/90 Article 250 and Law 13.812/19).
For this reason, and to avoid possible difficulties during your trip, we recommend that you draft an authorization declaration in advance. It should be signed by both parents or the one who is absent during the trip. Please make sure that your signatures are certified and that your authorization declaration is translated into Portuguese by a notarized translator.
The following link will direct you to a manual and authorization form from the Brazilian Embassy (in Portuguese), which can be downloaded as a PDF.
Before entering Brazil, please print and complete the authorization form, and sign it at a Brazilian Embassy or Consulate.
Any further questions should be directed to the Brazilian Embassy in Washington, D.C.
We wish you a pleasant journey!