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TRAVEL, TOURISM AND SECURITY INFORMATION

TRAVELLING INFORMATION

Rio de Janeiro is the most visited city in the Southern Hemisphere and is known for its natural settings, carnival celebrations, samba, Bossa Nova and beaches. Some of the most famous landmarks in addition to the beaches include the giant statue of Christ the Redeemer (Cristo Redentor); Sugarloaf Mountain (Pão de Açúcar) with its cable car; the Sambódromo a permanent grandstand-lined parade avenue which is used during Carnival; and Maracanã Stadium, one of the world's largest football stadiums.

PASSPORT & VISAS

Passports are required for all non-Brazilian nationals. Brazil’s visa requirements are based upon reciprocity. If your home country requires a visa for Brazilian travelers, you will need one for your visit. . Additional information can be obtained from the nearest Brazilian Embassy or Consulate. Your passport expiration date should be at least six months from the date of your arrival. For more information, please visit http://www.passportsandvisas.com/visas/brazil-visa-faq.asp

Tourist Visa (VITUR) is appropriate for:
• Scientists, professors, researchers attending cultural, technological or scientific seminars or conferences, as long as they do not receive payment or appearance fees from any Brazilian-based entity, except for reimbursement of expenses or per diem allowances. 

HEALTH 

There are no compulsory health requirements for entry into Brazil. We suggest that you contact your local Consulate for current advice. Please note that if you are entering Brazil via Colombia, Equador or Peru, you will be required to provide a current yellow fever vaccination certificate for immigration purposes.

MEDICAL SERVICES

Rio de Janeiro and Brazil have a number of internationally respected hospitals, clinics and doctors, but treatment is costly, so visitors are strongly advised to take out medical trip insurance.

The Congress Organization is not liable for any health problems, personal accidents, lost baggage or cancellation of travel arrangements, flights, etc. We recommend that participants provide their own insurance policies.

FOOD & DRINKS

The most common dishes feature various meats, rice and the ubiquitous Brazilian black beans (feijão), while restaurants many times offer all-you-can-eat barbecues and buffets.

Many kinds of alcoholic drinks are available, including excellent lager style beers such as Antarctica, Brahma, Cerpa and Skol. The most popular local beverage is Cachaça, most commonly served as 'Caipirinha' with slices of lime or lemon. There are no restrictions on licensing hours. Soft drinks include Guarana (a carbonated cola-like drink, made from the Amazon fruit, guarana) and many varieties of fruit juices (sucos).
Brazilian coffee tends to be served less strong than Italian coffee, so if stronger coffee is desired, request express coffee (café expresso). If you would like to avoid sugar in juices or coffee, you should specifically request that it not be added.

CLIMATE AND CLOTHING

Rio’s climate is tropical and light clothing is recommended as the average temperature is 25°.

ELECTRIC CURRENT

The electric current is 110V/60Hz. Please check with your hotel before using your electric appliances and if necessary, ask for a transformer or adaptor at the reception desk.

FOREIGN EXCHANGE

The Brazilian monetary unit is the Real (R$). Exchange rates are published daily in the newspaper. Cash and traveler checks, especially US Dollars (USD), can be exchanged at most banks, exchange houses and major hotels.
• Bank notes (paper money) are in denominations of R$ 100, R$ 50, R$20, R$ 10, R$ 5, R$ 2.
• Coins are 1.00 real, 50 centavos (cents), 25 centavos, 10 centavos and 5 centavos.
• Banking Hours - 10:00-16:00 Monday to Friday.

GROUND TRANSPORTATION

Taxis - Rio’s extensive taxi fleet includes yellow metered cabs and special taxis (most recommended) which are operated by licensed companies and can be found at hotels or booked by phone. There is a taxi office in the airport concierge and the fare should be set in advance. We strongly advise against using non-official taxi drivers. 

Following below some options of transport to use at your arrival at the airport in Rio de Janeiro:

TAXI
We highly recommend the participants to choose a taxi company inside the airport. The companies are: Cootramo, Coopertramo,Copatur, Transcopass e Transcotur
The participant can pay in advance with credit card at the desk inside the airport.
SANTOS DUMONT OR GALEÃO AIRPORT to SHERATON RIO - R$138,00 per car (estimated amount in dollars – USD65)

PRIVATE TRANSFER
The private transfer the rate is R$ 190,00 brazilian currency per destiny (per car - up to 3 passengers) (estimated amount in dollars – USD85)
This service has to be paid in advance to the official travel agency with credit card - marketing@jaxtours.com.br


TIPPING

In most restaurants and bars, a 10% service fee is added to the bill. More sophisticated places may add 15%. If service is not included, it will be stated at the bottom of the bill: “Serviço não incluído.”
Airport and hotel porters: the R$ is equivalent to the USD of $1.00 per suitcase.
Hotels: Hotels generally include any service charge on the bill.
Taxis: Tips are not expected by taxi drivers although most passengers will round the fare up if satisfied with the service


GENERAL SECURITY

 Brazil is an exuberant country with a very friendly people. People from Rio de Janeiro have been, for the fourth time, nominated as the most friendly with tourists. However, Rio has some security problems that come from the social contrasts encountered in this city. As a big city from an in development country, luxurious places are close to miserable slums. Local and State authorities have recently taken a series of actions to provide more safety for tourists in the city of Rio de Janeiro. A special Police Department has been established to provide close assistance to visitors, in case any is needed. It is the DEAT – Rio (Department of Assistance to the Tourist). A special group of military police also constantly guards the beaches, hotel areas and famous tourist spots. As the city has been prepared with special security plans due to the organization of the World Cup Soccer Games (June-July 1014), and the to the Olympic Games (2016), our Congress will also benefit from this plan. These measures will further enhance security in Rio de Janeiro and provide a trouble-free and most pleasant experience to the Congress visitors.

Despite these measures recently adopted will further improve security in Rio de Janeiro, an awareness of the following will lessen the risk to you and your belongings:

Valuables: Be aware that most crime is opportunistic and the best way to avoid theft is to blend in and stay in safe areas (if in any doubt please ask your hotel receptionist / concierge whether where you want to go is safe). Take the absolute minimum when going out. A camera is a necessity for most travelers but you must keep it in a jacket pocket. Rock sacks with cameras and film machines are too obvious to the thieves. It is not advisable to take valuable jewelry or a visible wristwatch. Cash kept on your person should be kept to a minimum. Where possible, leave any valuables, documents and passports in your hotel safety deposit box. Brazilian authorities will never ask passport on the streets. If you have to take a bag while you are out, hold it in front of you where you can see it.

Airports and Railway Stations: This is where your luggage is particularly vulnerable and where most thieving occurs. There are a couple of methods most commonly used by thieves to distract attention and it is advisable to be aware of these. These are all ruses to distract your attention while an accomplice steals your belongings. Do not leave your belongings with any stranger, even for a moment.

Beaches: A great deal of Brazilian culture and Brazilians' spare time revolves around the beach. As a result the beaches can be great fun and very relaxing places. However, please bear the following in mind if going to the beach: beaches in and around the major cities tend to be quite crowded so the advice given above is especially applicable; never visit the beach after dark; do not go to the sands at night to take pictures or to film. Thieves are aware of who is a tourist. Some beaches, especially Copacabana, have a wide range of sand, from the pavement to the sea. This feature makes it difficult for the policemen to look after those ones that are far from the pavement; please bear in mind that the sun in Brazil can be more direct and stronger than you will experience in Northern Hemisphere, so extra cautions are necessary; some areas, particularly in Rio, have dangerous undertows so you should stay near other bathers and observe the warning flags. Although Copacabana beach is widely know, Leblon and Ipanema beaches are much closer to the venue and food booths, gear rentals and nice people are plenty available.

 

DEAT - Delegacia Especial de Atendimento ao Turista (Department of Assistance to the Tourist).
Av.Afrânio de Melo Franco, 159 - Leblon
Tel. (21) 2332-2924
Every day - 24 hours

Guarda Municipal - Grupamento de Apoio ao Turista (Tourist Assistance)
Rua Bambina, nº 37 - Botafogo
Tel.(21)2536-2466/2536-2524

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