Read more about how to cross Brazilian border with a vehicle, road conditions, and information about gasoline. 

Basic Facts

  • Population: 190,467,249
  • Capital: Brasilia
  • Fun Fact: Brazil is the 5th largest country in the world.

Border Crossing Information

Entry Requirements

Necessary documents

  • Passport with entry stamp
  • Registration
  • Title
  • Visa (depending on nationality)


Car import is free


For Puerto Quijarro, Bolivia to Corumba Brazil
After cancelling your Bolivan car permit, drive to the Brazil border where there will be a security inspection of your car. Next drive to the Police Federal Kiosk (corner of Rua Porto Carreiro and Rua Tiradentes) in Corumba. Amongst the taxis and tourist kiosks there is a small Police kiosk. You obtain your passport entry stamp here. They are open Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 11:30am and then from 2:00pm to 5:30pm. On the weekends it is open from 9am to 1pm.

Then you have to drive back to the Aduana building at the border to import your vehicle. Present your documents and the customs officer will give you a document free of charge. You will be asked the value of your car.

Be aware that procedure at this border changes often so please try and check with your embassy ahead of time.

Documents needed to get a Visa 

  • Passport with empty pages
  • Passport photo
  • Bank Statements proving sufficient funds
  • A written letter explaining that I was entering by car, car info (plate #,  VIN, Make, Model, etc.), dates of entry and exit, signed.
  • Vehicle Title
  • $160 Fee paid in Uruguayan Pesos with exact change (if purchasing the visa in Montevideo, Uruguay)

Roads and Driving

Roads are generally very well kept in Southern Brazil. You can expect highways like those in the US or Canada.

Gas Prices

Gas 2.40 reais / litre (1.30 US/ litre) August 2009

As gas is quite costly in Brazil many vehicles are equipped with a flex kit and can run on both gas or Alcohol (ethanol) which is a little over half the price of regular gas. Be aware that gasolina is gas, and gas refers to CNG (compressed natural gas). Those planning to drive in Brazil for an extended period of time might want to consider installing a flex fuel kit in their vehicle.

Always confirm that you are getting the right fuel for you car. Pumps are marked with a D for diesel, G for gasoline, and A for alcohol

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 12:55

Brazilian Visas for U.S. or Canadians

I´m from the U.S. and therefor needed a visa to enter brazil.  I chose to get mine in Uruguay, at the Brazilian Consulate in Montevideo, a couple days before crossing the border into Brazil.  The required documents included:

  • Passport with empty pages
  • Passport photo
  • Bank Statements prooving I had sufficient money
  • A written letter explaining that I was entering by car, car info (plate #, VIN, Make, Model, etc.), dates of entry and exit, signed.
  • Vehicle Title
  • $160 Fee paid in Uruguayan Pesos with exact change

It took two or three business days to insert the visa into my passport.  There is also a US Embassy in Montevideo where you can pay to add pages to your passport if its full, as I had to do.  The border on the coast entering Brazil from Uruguay was the chillest of our entire trip.  Super easy!

Wed, 09/23/2015 - 08:35

Vehicle Insurance in Brasil?

Can anyone confirm if Brasil requires vehicle insurance? Do they check this at the border?

Thanks in advance - Ryan

Tue, 11/10/2015 - 18:51 (Reply to #2)

Last year we entered Brazil

Last year we entered Brazil from Uruguay. They did not check anything, crossing was super easy.

However, it was impossible to buy insurance in Brazil. Nobody would sell it to us.

Best if you can find an insurance coverage that includes Brazil before you get there. Some countries have insurance that is good for several bordering countries. As I recall, Uruguay did not, or we would have gotten it there. (Insurance for Uruguay while there was easy to obtain).


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