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I'm a Polish citizen living in Brazil. When travelling in Brazil I'm usually using a government issued ID with RNE number (Registro Nacional dos Estrangeiros - National Registry of Foreigners). I have a passport, but I prefer to leave it at home.

Next week I'm going to catch a domestic flight (São Paulo - Recife) with LATAM airlines. Their website has a section with valid documents needed for domestic travel, and for foreigners it mentions:

  • Overseas passport.
  • National Alien Registration (Registro Nacional de Estrangeiro, RNE) or Alien Identity Card (Cédula de Identidade de Estrangeiro, CIE).
  • Diplomatic or consular identity.
  • Any other legal travel document issued pursuant to international agreements signed by Brazil.

However, when I'm trying to check-in on LATAM's website, it only allows me to use my passport as a travel document:

check-in screen

Is their website wrong, not allowing me to put a valid travel document? Can I be sure that when I go to the airport, I'll be able to check-in only with my RNE?

  • Living in Brazil you can use the RNE instead of a RG but you really needs a CPF and most sites and documents will require one – jean Nov 24 '17 at 17:16
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Yes, you will be allowed to check in at the airport with your RNE instead of a passport - the website probably does not allow this because the RNE validity needs to be checked by a person.

The LATAM site is very clear that you can use an RNE in place of a passport for domestic travel.

For the sake of english language visitors, the english language version of the page you link to is here.

  • Makes sense, the part I was the most curious about is why they wouldn't allow it during online check-in. I updated the link to point English version of the site. – Kuba Oct 31 '17 at 11:49
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    @Kuba not just domestically, but internationally within the MEROSUL area too. That's right, you can leave your passport at home when going to (say) Argentina – Crazydre Oct 31 '17 at 20:50
  • What happens if OP types in the wrong number during check in? Would he be prevented from boarding? – JonathanReez Oct 31 '17 at 23:39
  • @JonathanReez Can be a bit hard to type the wrong number because it's expecting a RG (registro geral, default id for citizens) or passport number and it both ahves checks digits. So typing ramdonly is likely to raise a "invalid RG/passport number" – jean Nov 24 '17 at 17:13
  • @jean what if you pass the digits check but the number is wrong? – JonathanReez Nov 24 '17 at 17:46

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