In case of your first-time arrival in Brazil, you will have to do your clearance. First you will have to go with all crew members to the Policia Federal. You have 2 days to do the immigration at the Policia Federal, then at the customs (Receita Federal), then at the Navy (Capitania dos Portos). You have to present yourself properly dressed (trousers), if not the access can be denied.

1. First step: Federal police (immigration) – Requirements : passports of all crew and the ship’s papers.

They will give you a free individual tourist visa valid for 90 calendar days. Citizen from UE and UK cannot extend their visa.

In theory, you have to leave brazilian territory during 90 days and then, when coming back, you will have more 90 days.

You can stay 180 days/year in Brazil since the first entrance.

If you plan to leave your boat leaving the country, you can ask for a 2 years’ extension of the customs’ clearance for the boat. If you plan to stay in our marina we can give you the required documents.

  1. Second step: Customs (Receita Federal). Ship’s papers and the documents delivered by the Federal Police. You must also go there with a former document filled on the website of the Receita Federal, check the link
  2. Third step: Navy (Capitania dos Portos) with the documents delivered on the step number 1 and 2. The Navy office is opened till 4pm. Its mission is to guarantee the security alon the brazilian coast. You have to present yourself at the Navy in every port of call in Brazil.

The Customs are located in the comercial harbour of Cabedelo. Esay access by train from the Marina.

Generally speaking, the Brazilians are very welcoming and the formalities are easy. The only thing you have to keep in your mind, is that “time” hasn’t the same value compared to the othe side of the Atlantic.


  • Brazil: the same formalities have to be done in the same order you cleared in.
  • For another sailing destination in Brazil, you only have to clear out at The Navy, telling your next port of call.

Boat visa extension: Although your total stay in Brazil is limited to 180 days/year, your boat can be remain up to 2 years which allows you to go home or visit other Latin-American countries…

Before leaving, you have to go to the Navy (Capitania dos Portos) in Cabedelo with a certified declaration from the marina,  then go to the Customs (Receita Federal) in CABEDELO. The Customs will give you a free extension for your boat valid for 2 years.