Brazil Customs, Currency & Airport Tax regulations details

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Import regulations:

Free import.
1. All passengers (quantities must be compatible with the duration of stay and be for personal use only):
- clothes and other articles for personal use of passenger;
- books and periodicals;
- any other articles with a total value not exceeding USD 500.- or equivalent in other currency.
2. In addition all international passengers may purchase up to USD 500.- (or equivalent in other currency) on articles available in the duty free shops on arrival at Brazilian airports. Quantities are limited to:
- alcoholic beverages (only to those age 18 years and older): 24 units of aloholic beverages, with a max. of 12 units per type of beverage. Note a unit can be classed as either 0,75 liter or 1 liter bottles;
- tobacco products (only to those age 18 years and older): 400 cigarettes, 25 cigars, 250 grams tobacco;
- 10 units of makeup items;
- 3 units of watches, toys, games, electric or electronic equipment.
Prohibited (unless previous authorization from Ministry of Agriculture has been obtained):
- fresh fruit and vegetables;
- meat, fresh, dried, canned or otherwise (cold cuts, ham, salted, etc.) or meat products;
- dairy products (i.e. milk, eggs, cheese etc.);
- honey (royal jelly, beeswax, propolis, etc.);
- eggs and egg products;
- fish and fish products:
- flowers and plants, or parts thereof;
- bulbs, seeds, seedlings or cuttings;
- insects, snails, bacteria or fungi;
- birds;
- animal feed;
- earths;
- untreated wood
- agrochemicals;
- biological materials for scientific research and other purposes;
- semen, embryos, biological or veterinary products.

Arms and Ammunition regulations:

Prohibited unless the passenger has a special authorization from the Ministerio of Exercito in Brazil. The authorization must be obtained prior to the departure for Brazil.
Passenger must declare firearms/ammunitions on arrival and it will be retained by Customs until a representative of the Ministerio of Exercito comes to the airport to authorize its entry in the country.

Export regulations:

Free export of personal effects and objects for personal use.

Crew members customs regulations:

Resident and non-resident crew may import clothes and other articles for personal use of passenger;
for their own use and compatible with the duration of their stay.


Within 15 days prior to the issue date of the International Veterinary Certificate/Pet Passport cats and dogs must be submitted to a broad-spectrum treatment against internal and external parasites with products authorized by the Veterinary Authority, identifying the active ingredients.
The animal must be examined within 10 days prior to the date of issue of the International Veterinary Certificate/Pet Passport showing no clinical signs of infectious or parasitic diseases and is fit for transport.
The International Veterinary Certificate/Pet Passport is valid for 60 days from the date of issuance.
The Health Certificate, if not in Portuguese, may be required to be translated by a sworn translator. For further information see: .
Animals older than 90 days must have a rabies vaccination certificate issued 30 days prior to the intended date of arrival. The certificate must be valid and the validity period must be specified in the certificate. Not applicable if arriving from countries declared rabies free by the OIE (World Organization for animal health). Pets may enter as passenger's checked baggage, in the cabin or as cargo. Copy of airwaybill for animals arriving as cargo is required.
Non-compliance will result in deportation to country of origin at the expense of the importer.

Baggage Clearance regulations:

Baggage belonging to passengers with a connecting flight booked on a separate ticket through Sao Paulo Guarulhos (GRU) must be collected and re-checked in for the connecting flight.

Baggage is cleared at the airport where the passenger disembarks from international flights.

Exempt: baggage of transit passengers with a destination outside of Brazil.


Currency Import regulations:

Same regulations as for export apply.

Currency Export regulations:

Local currency (Brazilian Real-BRL) and foreign currency: no restrictions up to BRL 10,000. - or equivalent.
Amounts higher than BRL 10,000. - or equivalent: must be declared.

Airport Tax

No airport tax is levied on passengers upon embarkation at the airport.

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