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#1 Michael Wilson

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Posted 07 October 2015 - 02:47 AM

I just heard from a production that wants to bring me to Brazil for a couple weeks in November.  

 

Haven't had much time to research and just wanted to get some thoughts and ideas specifically about Brazil but any other experiences traveling abroad with gear.  What to say and what not to say at customs etc

 

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#2 JensSchroeder

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Posted 07 October 2015 - 04:43 AM

Hi Michael,

Last year the brazilian Customs changed the regulations and you had to preregister your equipment means you contact the Customs before you are leaving. They send you some documents to file your equipment and then you return the papers. So when you're arriving the brazilian Custom is already prepared. If you fail to do so, you have to do it at the arrival desk and that can take 2-3 hours just waiting. Since those procedures are subject to change easily, you should definitely contact the Customs.
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I just heard from a production that wants to bring me to Brazil for a couple weeks in November.  
 
Haven't had much time to research and just wanted to get some thoughts and ideas specifically about Brazil but any other experiences traveling abroad with gear.  What to say and what not to say at customs etc
 
thanks


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#3 Kyle Wullschleger

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Posted 07 October 2015 - 08:41 AM

Where will you be? I recently traveled to Brazil through São Paulo, just for vacation but customs was pretty serious and I wouldn't plan on just slipping through without having everything lined up perfectly. Including the proper visa.

I was carrying some photo gear and they sat me aside to go over everything and what my purpose was in the country and only let me through once I could back up my story with documentation of my trip into the pantanal.

Once you're there be extra cognizant of your surroundings. Crime is high and having your possessions stolen is a very serious possibility.

Assuming you will have brazilian contacts and someone traveling with you there you should have enough hands and eyes to be good.

And of course do your best to learn some common phrases - people appreciate the effort.

Good luck, and have fun if you go!
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#4 Janice Arthur

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Posted 07 October 2015 - 08:59 AM

Michael;

 

Make really sure your insurance works out of country.  I don't think WPDolle does and Kyle's info about crime is really relevant, its an easy place to loose your gear.  Bad guys have been known to follow you from the airport to your hotel and just wait for you to leave to go to dinner etc. its crazy.

 

Maybe an option is to take only accessories and rent within the country?  Not ideal but maybe an option?

 

Janice


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#5 JensSchroeder

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Posted 07 October 2015 - 09:48 AM

I just can speak for Rio de Janeiro and talked to colleagues who did ENG-Productions, traveling all over the country but none had a bad incident.
Just my 2 cents.
P.S. Just a very personal anecdote - A homeless person even wanted to give me back 15 of the 20 Rias I gave him because he meant that the food he wanted to buy is not that expensive. I love Brazil. Nice people and very relaxed. Didn't expect it that way.

Michael;
 
Make really sure your insurance works out of country.  I don't think WPDolle does and Kyle's info about crime is really relevant, its an easy place to loose your gear.  Bad guys have been known to follow you from the airport to your hotel and just wait for you to leave to go to dinner etc. its crazy.
 
Maybe an option is to take only accessories and rent within the country?  Not ideal but maybe an option?
 
Janice


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#6 Sandro Galv

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Posted 07 October 2015 - 01:44 PM

Hi Michael!

I am a brazilian steadicam operator who lived in sao paulo!

If you need anything, I can help you!

I have a rental house  here also!

The Brazil is incredible, you'll love it!
our customs house is very complicated for the entry of goods, but if you are coming legally to work, that isl right!
But the producer must have a Brazilian co-production and paying the temporary  import and export rates!

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#7 Michael Wilson

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Posted 07 October 2015 - 02:58 PM

Thanks for the advice.  I would be in Sao Paulo.  I'll keep this updated as things unfold.  Also Sandro, thanks, I may be in touch.


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#8 Jess Haas SOC

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Posted 08 October 2015 - 12:56 AM

Janice, am i rather certain my wp dolle policy is good worldwide. Tomorrow ill dig out the paperwork to check.
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#9 Janice Arthur

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Posted 08 October 2015 - 09:39 AM

Jess;

Good if it is I always thought it was just USA

Boy that's terrific.

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#10 Sandro Galv

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Posted 08 October 2015 - 09:39 AM

Sometimes I hear people talk badly about Brazil!

I understand their fears!
After all we are not England or the USA.
But we are a big country, very different from India or China!
Our capital is Brasilia, not Buenos Aires!
our customs laws are complicated and import taxes are higher than 100%.
We pay the highest taxes in the world! but no return of money to the people!
At the time, we live a serious economic and political crisis!
is the time to try to end corruption here!
corruption that is infiltrated into all sectors of society!
that it comes from the president of the republic to the police on the streets!

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#11 Janice Arthur

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Posted 10 October 2015 - 11:00 AM

Sandro;

I hear your love of your country in you words.

I hope change can be affected soon. As the Olympics near I hope that either change or a light can be shown on the bad situations and maybe that too will help.

As I get older I have perspective that comes with age and I see how the world has improved and sank in many ways; maybe one of those 20-30 somethings in the crowds will become the catalyst for change.

Tremendous good wishes.

Janice
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