According to Normative Ruling no. 117 ( Instrução Normativa no. 117 ), dated October 6, 1998, all travelers entering Brazil must present to Customs authorities the form DECLARAÇÃO DE BAGAGEM ACOMPANHADA - DBA (Baggage Declaration) duly filled out.

Travelers who are bringing into the country any of the goods listed below, should go to the "GOODS TO DECLARE" (BENS A DECLARAR) lane:

I. animals, plants, food, weapons, ammunition and some types of medicines;

II. goods which exceed the amount of $500,00;

III. money in excess of US$10,000.00 (in cash, checks or travelers checks) or the equivalent in any other foreign denomination.

For instructions about household effects belonging to Brazilians who have resided abroad for a minimum of 365 days or foreigners who are permanent residents of Brazil, please check out instructions (in Portuguese) for Bagagem (Residentes no Exterior) .

Temporary Admission

Travelers who are bringing into the country, for a short time, goods which will be taken with them out of the country, must also present to Customs authorities the Baggage Declaration- DBA- duly filled out (article 23 of Normative Instruction 117/98)

  • Please note that in some cases of Temporary Admission of Goods, a bank guarantee may be required by Customs authorities, whenever it is deemed by them that the nature, value or amounts of goods are not compatible with the purposes of the travelers stay in the country (Article 24 of Normative Instruction 117/98).

These instructions apply equally to Brazilians who are legal permanent residents abroad.

NOTE: For a list of goods that may enter the country under the Temporary Admission Regime, please consult the title Customs Procedures for Temporary Entry of Goods into Brazil .

For the complete text of Normative Instruction 164/98 ( Instrução Normativa 164, de 31/12/1998) which regulates the temporary entry of goods into the country, please consult the Secretaria da Receita Federal .

Entry of Pets - Health Requiriments

Owners of family pets, such as dogs, cats, parrots and parakeets, may enter Brazil with their animals, upon presentation of the following documents to this Consulate for legalization:

Dogs and cats:

According to the Brazilian legislation that regulates the entrance of animals in Brazil, the International Health Certificate (IHC) must be legalized by the Brazilian Consulate 7(seven) days from its issuance and the Pets must enter Brazil within 30(thirty) days from the date the IHC has been issued.

This certificate of health examination must also receive a stamp from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The veterinarian certificate must state:

    1. the good health of the animal
    2. the record of vaccines
    3. that on the 40 days prior to the day of the trip, there was no contagious diseases occurring in the area.

Parrots and Parakeets:

- A Certificate issued by the local office of the USDA, stating that the bird is free of psittacosis.


1) All documents indicated above must be issued in the jurisdiction of the nearest Brazilian Consulate and must be legalized by the Consulate within 7(seven) days from the date of issuance.

2) There is a consular fee of U$20,00 per document. Sorry, but personal checks will NOT be accepted. Money orders or cash only, please.

3) Please, send us a self-addressed, stamped envelope for the return of the documents.

4) Address of the United States Department of Agriculture (call to make an appointment):

USDA-APHIS-VS Port Veterinarian
389 Oyster Point Blvd., Suite 2
South San Francisco, CA 94080
Tel.: (650) 876-9358
Fax: (925) 876-0915

9580 Micron Avenue, Suite E
Sacramento, CA 95827
Tel.: (916) 857-6170
Fax: (916) 857-6196
Toll-free: (877) 741-3690

Source: Consulate General of Brazil

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