Originally Posted by captainkai
Has anyone had experience cruising in Brazil
on a US documented sailboat?
What are the procedures on arrival? We are getting conflicting
information about obtaining visas.
I have sailed into Brazil on a US-flagged boat last year. Key issue is that US-flagged boats (and any boats flagged in a country that is not a member
of Mercosul) are not eligible for the Mercosul customs/immigration preferential treatment. This does not seem much until you realize that there are very few boats from outside Mercosul that go to Brazil, hence it may be difficult to find bureaucrats who know what to do with you if you go to out-of-the-way places.
Start by not let people led you to confusion between the rules about the boat (which are customs
rules enforced by Receita Federal and also some rules enforced by Capitanias do Porto) with the rules about the people (which are about customs
and immigration, but the concern is mainly immigration managed by the Policia Federal).
If you tell me what are the conflicting bits of info on visas and the basics of your plans (how long, where, what are you going to do, etc) I will be happy to find out. If you send me a pm I can pass on my US phone