On arrival, all international travelers must produce a completed and signed Accompanied Baggage Declaration form (Declaração de Bagagem Acompanhada – DBA) for Customs. Upon entering Brazil, travelers are allowed duty free, their clothing, personal belongings and "other articles" (which may include radios, cell phones, CD/DVDs, video and still cameras, etc.) which are "reasonable" for the visit. (Quantities must be compatible with the duration of the stay and be for personal use only). Guidelines indicate that the total value of "other articles" should not exceed USD $500 (or the equivalent in other currency). Basically, if you are bringing items that belong to you and are consistent with the needs of a tourist-related trip, you should be fine. Check here for any updates or recent changes.
Upon arrival, tourists in Brazil are also allowed to buy merchandise at the airport duty free shops up to a value of $500 or equivalent for use while in Brazil. When leaving Brazil, there are no limits on purchases made in Brazil (exports), which are intended for personal use; however, there may be duty required at the arrival destination.
The typical lists of prohibited items are restricted from being brought into Brazil and include:
(Prohibited unless previous authorization is obtained from the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture)
- agrochemicals, animal feed
- biological materials for scientific research and other purposes
- birds (except pets)
- bulbs, seeds, seedlings or cuttings
- dairy products (i.e. milk, eggs, cheese etc.)
- eggs and egg products
- fish and fish products
- flowers and plants, or parts thereof
- fresh fruit and vegetables
- honey (royal jelly, beeswax, etc)
- insects, snails, bacteria or fungi
- meat, fresh, dried, canned or otherwise (cold cuts, ham, salted, etc) or meat products
- untreated wood.
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