ABOUT RIO DE JANEIRO
RIO, CIDADE MARAVILHOSA (“WONDERFUL CITY”)
Land of joy, spontaneous smiles, beautiful beaches and mountains, land of the carnival’s contagious rhythm, the energy of the soccer fans, of Christ the Redeemer and of colors and flavors that can’t be found anywhere else. Getting to know the carioca lifestyle is to experience a series of unforgettable emotions.
Rio's International Airport is located on Ilha do Governador, which has excellent access to Rio's south zone where most of the major hotels are located. The airport is served by 26 international carriers as well as the three major Brazilian airlines and, between them, they offer direct flights to and from more than 70 international cities and most of Brazil. A shuttle service operates between Rio and Sao Paulo from Rio's smaller, city center airport, Santos Dumont. An efficient taxi and bus service links the international airport with the main hotels and residential areas.
International Airport of Rio de Janeiro - Galeão – Antonio Carlos Jobim
Phone – informations: +55 21 3398-5050
Flights: + 55 21 3398-4527 / 3398-4526
Domestic Airport - Santos Dumont
Phone – informations and flights + 55 21 3814-7070
TRAVEL & HEALTH INSURANCE
Delegates are requested to arrange for their own personal travel & health insurance. The organizing committee will accept no liability for personal injury sustained by or for loss or damage of property belonging to Congress participants, either during the Congress or during tours or events.
OFFICIAL LETTERS OF INVITATION
All delegates who request an invitation letter will get one, in order to speed up the entry visa procedures. This letter does not imply any commitment from the Congress to provide any financial support to the Congress.
PASSPORT & VISA APPLICATION
As the Brazilian Foreign Office bases its actions on reciprocity, visitors from some foreign countries will require a visa which is usually processed within two working days by applying to the nearest Brazilian Embassy or Consulate. Requirements for a tourist visa include a passport valid for at least six months from the date of arrival, one passport size photograph and a round trip ticket. Most international airlines can advise on visa requirements for tourists.
In the interest of majority of participants, the organisers reserve the right to adjust or change the conference programme as necessary.
The Brazilian monetary unit is the Real (R$). The exchange rate available to visitors is published daily in the newspaper along with the commercial dollar rate of the day used in official international business transactions. Cash and traveler checks, especially US Dollars, can be exchanged at most banks or exchange houses as well as the major hotels. All major credit cards are accepted in Brazil and some stores even accept foreign currency.
The language spoken in Brazil is Portuguese. English is the predominant foreign language taught in schools, and Spanish, if spoken slowly, is understood by a good percentage of the population.
The casual attire predominates in Rio, although during working hours men will not feel out of place in a suit and tie and women in smart dresses or a suit. Few of Rio's night spots require formal attire. For men, slacks and a sport shirt are sufficient; for women, casual attire is fine. A light sweater is all that is necessary for winter nights.
Rio has an excellent telecommunications system which links Rio to the rest of Brazil and the world. Direct dial and collect calls can be placed from any telephone. Pay phones are located throughout the city and operate with telephone cards. Portable cellular telephones are available to visitors for a small rental charge. The International Direct Dial (IDD) code for Brazil is 55 and the city code for Rio de Janeiro 21.
The electric current in Rio is 110 or 120 volts, 60 cycles, alternating current. Many hotels and large apartment blocks do, however, have some 220 volt outlets.
Rio de Janeiro is a tropical city. Summer runs from December through March with temperatures ranging from 25ºC (77°F) to 42°C (108°F), while winter runs from June through August when temperatures can drop to around 20°C(68°F) in the day and to 16°C (60°F) at night.
RIO TOURIST POLICE
One battalion of the Rio de Janeiro State Military Police - BPTUR - is specialized in ostensive patrolling of the city for the protection of the tourist. Properly trained and equipped to attend to cases involving tourists, the men of this corporation have the task of patrolling the popular tourist areas, the beaches and the vicinity of the hotels.
BPTUR - Batalhão de Policiamento em Áreas Turísticas
Address: Rua São Clemente, 345 Botafogo
22260-001 Rio de Janeiro -RJ
Tel: (55 21) 3399-7565 / 69
(55 21) 3399-7457 call center
(55 21) 3399-7562 intelligence service
Fax: (55 21) 3399-7450
The District for Attending to Tourists DEAT a special branch of the Civil Police, is made up of a Delegate (Superintendent), detectives, investigators and clerks responsible for investigating and recording occurrences. The DEAT has its own offices conveniently located in Leblon in front of the Casa Grande and Scala theaters. The District was instituted and the police officers specifically trained to attend to foreign visitors.
Delegacia de Atendimento ao Turista - DEAT
Address: Av. Afrânio de Mello Franco, s / nº - Leblon
22430-060 Rio de Janeiro - Brasil
Tel: (55 21) 2511-5112 / 3399-7170
Fax: (55 21) 3399-71722
Rio has an extensive taxi fleet which includes yellow metered cabs which can be hailed in the streets, as well as a series of special taxis operated by licensed companies which can be found at the airports, hotels or booked by phone. From the international airport and the main shopping centers most of the special taxis work on a fixed fare by area which is paid in advance at the company's counter above which the fare price must be displayed.
Rio de Janeiro and Brazil have a number of internationally respected hospitals, clinics and physicians, but treatment is expensive so visitors are strongly advised to take out medical trip insurance before traveling to Brazil.