When passing through customs, there are two lines: "Nothing to Declare" and "Goods to Declare". Those that go through the "Nothing to Declare" line can still be selected to pass their bags through X-Ray and/or have the bags physically searched. While in the non-declared line, a light will turn green and the traveller can pass without inspection. If the light turns red, the traveller has been randomly selected for inspection.
Travellers who bring goods into Brazil for a short time and will take them out of the country must present a DBA. 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 travellers stay in the country.
Plants and pets (dogs, cats, and birds) may enter Brazil only upon presentation of the following documents, duly authenticated by the Consular Service:
Sanitary and phitosanitary certificates must certify that up to 40 days prior to boarding, no contagious disease had been detected in the place of origin. Admittance of animals other than dogs, cats and pet birds require prior approval by the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture.
The payment of customs duties precedes the property release and will be done by means of the Documento de Arrecadação Federal,, a DARF form. This can be done in any Brazilian bank including (when available) ATM machines.
In locations where the banking system does not offer conditions of payment upon arrival, the taxable items will be retained by the Customs Authority, by means of Property Retention and Guard Form (Termo de Retencao e Guarda dos Bens). This form will be filed out by the customs officers in charge of the customs procedures and a copy of this document will be given to the traveller.
The property release will occur after the traveller provides the Retention and Guard of the Property Form and the DARF.
Note to American travellers: The United States began fingerprinting Brazilian visitors and Brazil, in turn, began its own fingerprint program for U.S. visitors. This was a clunky process that caused long delays in the past, but it is now a fairly seamless process of a digital reading of a single thumb print.
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