Last year I overstayed my visa in Brazil by one day and received a fine of R$100 upon departure. I was subsequently robbed and lost the paperwork related to my fine, but at the time I was told that I needed to pay the fine from outside Brazil before returning. Lacking the instructions and paperwork, this is no longer possible.

This guide says that it is possible to pay the fine at the airport upon arrival, however it specifically states that I should arrive during working hours and with the original paperwork.

The only flights from the UK arrive outside working hours and I no longer have the paperwork. I can of course ensure that I have the correct cash for the fine.

My questions are, has anyone successfully re-entered Brazil in my circumstances and what was their experience? If I take the risk, what is the probability of being put straight back on a flight home? Are there any alternative approaches to dealing with the problem?

Thanks in advance

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    Did you try contacting the Brazilian embassy in your country to see if they have any advice?
    – mlc
    Oct 24, 2020 at 20:18
  • I have emailed the consulate in the UK but no response as yet.
    – jamiecon
    Oct 24, 2020 at 22:22

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I had to pay a fine once. I didn't bring any money with me, so the Policia Federal guards took me to the airport area and I could withdraw the money from the ATM and pay the fine. Once paid, I received my 90 visa free entry.

Very easy and they were all very friendly.

  • Thanks for the info! Did you pay the money directly to the border guard, or did you have to visit a bank to do it? One possible concern I have heard about is that if you arrive outside working hours it's not possible to pay the fine.
    – jamiecon
    Jan 26, 2021 at 15:55

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