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Brazil - Clearing In When Entering from the South

By Val Ellis last modified Feb 14, 2010 08:18 PM

Published: 2010-02-14 20:18:14
Countries: Brazil

If entering Brasil from the South, try Rio Grande first. We skipped it and steamed directly from Uruguay to Florianopolis, but "Floripa" is not set up to clear foreign yachts: no customs office in town.

We cleared immigration in the Beira Mar district, at the office of Policia Federal, then steamed back south to Imbatuba (50 kms) to clear customs in a commercial port that is not set up for private yachts.

A new 2009 law requests that all yachts in transit not flying a Mercosul flag (i.e. one from Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay or Uruguay) be registered with customs and file a "Simplified Temporary Importation." This entails a "despachante" and at least 24 hours of waiting for documentation. Forget the weekends! Once you get customs cleareance (anywhere from $100 to $300 later) you can present to the Capitanaria dos Portos (under the bridge) in Floripa and ask for you entry document. The Capitanaria is only open from Monday to Friday, 8:30 to 11:30 AM

Our advice: don't skip Rio Grande!

CRUISING NOTE – Veleros da Ilha – Florianopolis - Pos: 27:36:471 S / 48:33:085 W
- Courtesy: two days – R$ 28 from the 3rd to the 7th day, double after that.
- Well-kept docks, guarded facility, large end tie, accessible to large yachts.
- Drinking water; limited fuel dock.
- Restaurant, limited chandlery.
- 15-minute walk from downtown stores, fish and produce market.

Thanks to Marie Dufour for this information.