Formalities in Rio Grande

We have been given permission to remain on our mooring at Museo Oceanografico.

First stop this morning was immigration at the Policia Federal. No problems. It only took about 20 minutes. After lunch we visited the Receita Federal. Things did not go well.

After waiting nearly 2 hours the Receita decided they were not happy. They suspected we were in Brazil illegally. We were taken back to Kiriwina with three Receita officers who inspected the log book and questioned us at some length.

We were then taken back to the Receita office. Here we were told that while they were now satisfied as to our legality the exit document issued by the Receita in Florianopolis was incorrect. Legally, Kiriwina had not been cleared out. We need to prepare a statement requesting an extension. The intention being that a correct exit document would be issued when left Rio Grande.

This took all afternoon. The Capitania would have to wait until tomorrow.