Flight tickets in Brazil - at least low cost ones - are only available for holders of a Brazilian CPF (social security number).

See also http://www.lonelyplanet.com/thorntree/thread.jspa?threadID=2033569

Can anyone enlighten us on WHY that is?

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    The ticket price for domestic flights could be supported by the government as a service to the citizens. So it makes sense to exclude non citizens. – Nean Der Thal Dec 22 '13 at 3:02
  • It's the same in Ecuador and Peru. I have no idea why and I wonder if the answers you get will be applicable. Great question! – Itai Dec 22 '13 at 4:09
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    I guess this is just because they have poorly designed systems. Probably someone decided that demanding a CPF would enhance the security of the website but forgot that foreigners don't have one. Some companies say that when the user chooses a different language then the CPF demand is ignored but I haven't checked to see if this is true. – hooray Dec 22 '13 at 23:11
  • @HaLaBi Tickets for domestics flights are not supported by government incentives. The companies have requested the government incentive but this was denied – Alfredo Cavalcanti Dec 28 '13 at 18:44

This information is not true. There are no restrictions on foreigners buying tickets in Brazilian airline companies.

I can assure you that, at least in the two largest companies (TAM and GOL), any foreigner can buy tickets including low cost. The only thing you need to do is change the country configuration to your counry (U.S. i presume) and buy your tickets without informing a CPF.

Just a funny information. Earlier this year, TAM had problems with the American version of the website and tickets were sold far below prices in the Brazilian market. At the end of the year the company was forced to pay a fine for this error.

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  • Interesting: The last time I checked that would not work, but now I saw it. Token example: GOL from CXJ to SAO on 15.04.2014 - Indeed, Promocional tariffs will be offered - even to europeans. – arney Dec 27 '13 at 12:31
  • Here in Brazil the airlines are known to have terrible web sites both in usability and reliability. So take it easy that everything will be fine :) – Alfredo Cavalcanti Dec 28 '13 at 4:20

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