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  31.07.2007 Formalities: Brazil
Date of Border Crossing 12.07.2007
Point of Entry São Paulo Airport (Guarulhos) and for the motorcycle; Santos (the port just south of São Paulo)
Passport and Visa Passport has to be valid for at least another 6 months and Swiss citizens do not need a visa. Important, when flying in from Europe you require an onward ticket before being allowed to board the plane. See Additional Information
Drivers License Did not get checked, but I am sure that officially you are required to have one.
Motorcycle papers The standard ownership papers are required for the various customs clearance. See Shipping a Motorcycle to Brazil
License plates Own license plates are sufficient.
How it went

On the plane you are given an entrance form, this needs to be filled out and will be stamped along with your passport. Do not loose the stamped form, as you need it to leave the country.

There is no special issue when entering at the airport. For the motorcycle see Shipping a Motorcycle to Brazil)

Point of Exit Chuy, Uruguay
How it went

Immigration: The passport just had to be stamped out, and this being a very small and quiet crossing it took, less than a minute.

Customs:Here the papers which were given to me on entry were taken and after a short while (10 minutes) a receipt was returned and that was all. Absolutely nothing like the hassel getting the bike in (see my article mentioned above)

Additional Information

Return/Onward Ticket:

For passangers coming from Europe an onward ticket is required. In my case I purchased a business class ticket for a flight from São Paulo to Buenos Aires, at Malpensa airport, in Italy. Once in Brazil, I had the ticket cancelled by going to the Airline office in São Paulo, and got a refund for the complete price (minus handling charges) via a charge back to my credit card from the Ticket agency in Italy. (Only the agent issuing the ticket can give you a refund.). With the exception of the cancellation of the flight, everything was arranged and done by e-mail, and I had the money back within 2 weeks.

Extending a Visa:

Visa extension varies place to place, in Belem, I had to go the Policia Federal where I was given an internet address where I had to register for the service and with the print out from this site, go to a branch of the Bank of Brazil where I payed the requisite fee. With this receipt I returned to the Police office and there they put the stamp in my passport. The first time I went I was told that I would need to prove financial means before they put the new stamp in my passport. In reality this was skipped, when I returned they didn't need anything. But I was informed that a valid credit card would have sufficed.

In Sao Luis, the internet registration was done by a clerk, and the whole procedure took less than 15 minutes as there is a bank in the same building, and no mention was made of financial means.

Changing money:

There are banks to change money at the arrivals lounge before you clear customs. Also once you have cleared customs and are in the terminal building there are numerous ATM which accept the usual cards and systems. (Visa, Maestro, Cirrus, etc.)

Getting to São Paulo from the International:

Once outside the terminal, turn to the right, and get a ticket at the bus agency (around 25BRL), the buses are between the Arrivals and Departures lounges. The bus to Republica/Paulista is the most common way to get to the center. (Repulica is just up from Se, and there is also metro at Republica to get to any other point.) This bus will also stop at the bigger hotels along its route.

Tourist Information:

There are tourist information booths both at the arrivals and at the departure lounges and are very helpful.


These are the details of the border crossing into this particular country. The information is correct as of the date on which the border was crossed. But, due to the stability and vagaries of the regimes involved, it is prudent that you get additional data directly from the embassy involved, preferably in your own country. Also you should keep in mind that the procedure can vary depending on exactly who is on duty. So never assume anything is a particular way, and regardless of what anyone says, the impossible is often possible if you are in the right place at the right time. Good Luck.


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