News 17 Jan, 2011

Brazil - Immigration Fines in Recife and Suape

Club correspondents Williams Brother Ltda., Recife, have advised of vessels in Recife and Suape being fined by immigration authorities due to seafarers lacking the correct documentation.  

According to Brazilian law, if a seafarer presents a valid Seaman’s Book issued by country that has ratified either International Labour Organisation (ILO) Convention No. 108, Seafarers’ Identity Documents, 1958, or No. 185, Seafarers’ Identity Documents (Revised), 2003, a visa in their passport is not required. However, although Seaman’s Books issued by countries that have not ratified these Conventions have been accepted by the immigration authorities in Recife and Suape in the past, this is no longer the case.

In the absence of a valid visa, the immigration authorities in Recife and Suape are now imposing a fine of approximately US$550 for every seafarer holding a Seaman’s Book that has not been issued by a signatory to either of the Conventions, even if they remain on board while the vessel is in port. In the event of repeated breaches, the fine may be multiplied by up to five times.

The countries that have ratified ILO Conventions 108 and 185 are as follows: 

 

ILO Convention No. 108

 ILO Convention No. 185

Algeria

Guatemala

Panama

Albania

Angola

Guinea-Bissau

Poland

Azerbaijan

Antigua and Barbuda

Guyana

Portugal

Bahamas

Barbados

Honduras

Romania

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Belarus

Iceland

Saint Lucia

Brazil

Belize

India

Saint Vincent & Grenadines

France

Bulgaria

Iran

Seychelles

Hungary

Cameroon

Iraq

Slovenia

Indonesia

Canada

Ireland

Solomon Islands

Jordan

Cuba

Italy

Spain

Kazakhstan

Czech Republic

Kyrgyzstan

Sri Lanka

Republic of Korea

Denmark

Latvia

Sweden

Madagascar

Djibouti

Liberia

Tajikistan

Moldova

Dominica

Lithuania

Tanzania

Nigeria

Estonia

Luxembourg

Tunisia

Pakistan

Fiji

Malta

Turkey

Russian Federation

Finland

Mauritius

Ukraine

Vanuatu

Ghana

Mexico

United Kingdom

Yemen

Greece

Morocco

Uruguay

 

Grenada

Norway

 

 

Members are therefore advised to obtain a Brazilian visa for any crewmember possessing a Seaman’s Book issued by a country which has not ratified either ILO Convention 108 or 185 if they are appointed to a vessel which is likely to call at either Recife or Suape.

Further information may be obtained from the Loss Prevention Department on request.