Seafarers without the required papers face a fine if they go ashore in Brazil
Brazil has introduced a regulation requiring a visa for all visiting seafarers from countries that have not signed up to the International Labour Organization (ILO) Conventions 108 or 185 on seafarers identification documents.
Seafarers holding papers from countries that have ratified 108 will not need a visa and will be allowed shore leave. Seafarers from non-signatory states will be able to leave their ship provided they have a Brazilian visa in their passport.
Seafarers without the required papers face a fine if they disembark or go ashore in Brazil.
The 108 Convention is due to be superseded by ILO 185, which covers biometric identity documents, but not enough countries have yet signed up to this to bring it into effect.