Brazil Duty Free Allowance

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Brazil  duty free allowances are different compared to Canada. It is important that you are aware of what you can and cannot take in and out of the country. Upon arrival, all travellers are expected present to Customs the form Declaração de Bagagem Acompanhada – DBA (it translates as “Accompanied Baggage Declaration”) duly filled in; the flight attendants always deal out copies of the form during the flight, failing to present the form would deny you access to the country, the only exception to this is if you are under 16 and travelling alone.

Brazil duty free items that are allowed to into Brazil without incurring taxes:

  • Each adult visitor may take in duty-free clothing/ toiletries for personal use alcoholic beverages (maximum 2 litres)
  • 400 cigarettes and 250 grams of tobacco and 25 cigars up to $500 U.S. worth of goods bought duty-free in Brazil
  • Still camera and/or movie camera a portable radio/ typewriter/ tape-recorder/ one pair of binoculars other items for personal use (value not exceeding US$300)
  • All international passengers may in addition purchase up to $300 U.S. worth of articles in duty-free shops at Brazilian airports
  • Commercial missions/ athletic and artistic groups may be granted higher allowances subject to prior permission from Brazilian authorities
  • Pets need to be authorized by Brazilian consulate in country of origin. Will require veterinary health certificate (Please ensure that all vaccinations are up to date.)
  • Minors may import alcoholic beverages to Brazil: if accompanied by parents or legal guardian and over the age of 14 or if unaccompanied but over the age of 10 yrs.

Goods purchased at a Brazil duty free shop upon arrival are exempt from customs duties up to an overall limit of US$ 500.00 per person.

Duty free imports that must be declared to Brazilian customs are as follows:

  • Animals uncertified by Brazilian officials
  • Plants that produces seeds,
  • Meat and cheese products
  • Weapons and ammunition
  • Some types of medicines (controlled substances);
  • Goods which exceed the amount of $500,00;
  • Money in excess of US$10,000.00 (in cash, checks or travelers checks) or the equivalent in any other foreign denomination.

For any travellers failing to declare their Brazil duty free goods and committing any crime with the Brazilian customs will be looking at high penalties up to $10,000 and running the risk of being  refused entry into Brazil another time.


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