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Rio de Janeiro, one of the biggest economic and cultural center of South America, Rio de Janeiro is located in the heart of the Southeast Region which concentrates 60% of Brazil’s GDP. Cosmopolitan metropolis, known worldwide for its beauty and its natural resources, the City provides its residents and visitors a smooth and pleasant ambience for leisure and work, which combined with its infrastructure, makes Rio an important center of commerce and services and we also have a modern and diverse industry. The City of Rio de Janeiro is recognized for one of its greatest virtues, the warmth and hospitality: Rio’s people warmly welcome its visitors.

The City of Rio de Janeiro annually receives more than 2.0 million foreign tourists; according to Embratur (agency from the Brazilian Ministry of Tourism), Rio de Janeiro is the most visited city in the country with an approximate share of 33% of foreign tourists and more than 5.0 million domestic visitors a year. With its widening infrastructure of tourism and services, Rio de Janeiro is ranked among the top destinations in the world on hosting cultural, commercial, technical and scientific – fairs, symposiums, conferences and exhibitions. Its lush nature includes 90 km of beaches, the Tijuca National Park, which includes the largest urban forest in the world, with 3,200 ha of forest.

Area

State: 43.910 | City: 1,261


Population

State: 14,367,225 | City: 5850544


Access/Security

Badges will be provided to Participants and their Accompanying Persons during registration and will be required for admission to all Congress events.

Airports

There are two airports in Rio de Janeiro.

Tom Jobim international airport (Galeão)

Information: (+55 21) 3004-6050
Flights: (+55 21) 3398-4527 / 3398-4526

Located on Governor’s Island, 20 km from downtown Rio de Janeiro, is easily accessible by modern highways such as the Linha Vermelha and Linha Amarela.

Seventeen international airlines and all Brazilian airlines operating at the airport, which recorded in 2015 a movement of about 16 million passengers between domestic and international flights.

It is simple to take a regular or co-op taxi to get there. You can get to the airport quickly and safely. By bus, there are also some options for getting to and from de Airport.

We recommend Participants to use one of the following services to be provided by the Official Congress Secretariat:
(i) pre-reservation of private transfer in executive cars – upon registration, just select the applicable option in the relevant form; or
(ii) in loco co-op taxis – booths located at the disembark area. An English-speaker agent will be present at the co-op booth to help and clarify any questions you may have.

Santos Dumont Airport

Information and flights: (+55 21) 3814-7070

Santos Dumont Airport is the second major airport serving Rio de Janeiro, being named after the Brazilian aviation pioneer Alberto Santos Dumont (1873–1932).

Conveniently located downtown, Santos Dumont Airport operates regional flights, connecting the main cities of the country. An excellent taxi service links the airport to the main hotels and residential areas.

Banks

Banks are open from Monday through Friday between 10:00 and 16:00. They are closed on Saturdays and Sundays.

Business hours

Most offices are opened from 09:00-18:00 Monday to Friday.

Climate

Rio de Janeiro is a subtropical city. Summer extends from December to March. During the Congress is Winter that lasts from June to August, with the temperature around 20 ° C (68 ° F) during the day and 16 ° C (60 ° F) at night.

There are sunny skies throughout the winter period, which means it is perfect to enjoy the beaches and the many tourist attractions.
Spring (Sept – Nov) and autumn (April – June) in Rio de Janeiro see a gentle cool and warming in temperature with slightly less rain than the summer and slightly more rain than the winter. The humidity in both periods can be quite high, especially at the end of spring and start of autumn

Clothing

The sport suit prevails in Rio, although during working hours men often wear a suit and tie and women thinner clothes. Few places in Rio require formal attire. For men slacks and sport shirt are sufficient; for women casual. A light jacket is enough for winter nights.

Congress Secretariat – Address

MCI Brasil
Rua George Ohm, 230, 19ºa, Torre A, São Paulo, Brazil
+55 (11) 3056-6000
info@figo2018.org
www.mcibrasil.com.br

Credit Cards and ATM

The main credit cards are accepted in Brazil, particularly in Rio. Visa, MasterCard, Diners and American Express are accepted in almost all commercial facilities and the city is well served by an extensive network of ATMs (“Banco24Horas”).

Culture

The Rio de Janeiro has an intense cultural life, offering more than 200 places to film, theater, musical and artistic exhibitions, more than 50 museums and 87 libraries. In addition to traditional museums, the city is home to museums dedicated to trains, planes, trams, jewels and gems, sports, Indian, Brazilian primitive and even Carmen Miranda, among others.

Currency

The Brazilian monetary unit is the Real (BRL). Exchange rates are available in every daily newspaper, followed by the U.S. dollar exchange rate used in international business transactions. Cash, especially in U.S. dollars, can be exchanged in almost every bank, currency exchange houses and hotels.

Electricity / Voltage

Voltage in Brazil is not fixed. The electric current in Rio is 110 or 120 volts. Travel adapters are required for certain electric devices. Many hotels and large apartment blocks, however, do have 220 volts outlets.

Gratuities

Hotels: hotels generally include the service charges on accounts.

Restaurants: tips are optional but are often found at the end of the bill as a “suggestion”. Rio normally pay up 10%.

Taxis: Taxi drivers do not require a tip, although most passengers round for more tariff to be paid when you are satisfied with the service.

Hotel Chargers and airport: R$ 3.00 per bag.

Carts to load bags at the airport: Free

Language

The language spoken in Brazil is Brazilian Portuguese. English is widely taught in schools and a large share of the population understands Spanish.

Passport and Visa Requirements

Brazil adopts the principle of reciprocity of treatment, that is, entry visa is required for citizens from countries that require an entry visa for Brazilians. This rule applies, for example, to the United States, Canada, Australia, and some countries in Asia and Middle East. Citizens from countries that are waived from entry visa are allowed to stay as visitor up to 90 days. For loger stays, visa is anyway required. We strongly advise Participants and Accompanying Persons to verify whether your country is in the list of required entry visa to visit Brazil.
Passport must be valid for at least 6 months after the date foreseen for arrival in Brazil.

For full details on how to apply for a Visa, you should contact the Brazilian Embassy in your country.

The Congress organisers would be pleased to send a formal letter of invitation to registered delegates who require an invitation letter for visa purposes.

Police Battalion in Tourist Areas - BPTUR

Address: St. Clement Street, 345 – Botafogo
Rio de Janeiro/RJ – Brazil – 22.260-001
Tel: (21) 3399-7565 / 69
(21) 3399-7457 call center
(21) 3399-7562 Service intelligence
Fax: (21) 3399-7450

The Police Tourist Service – DEAT

Address: Afrânio de Mello Franco, s / nº – Leblon
Rio de Janeiro/RJ – Brazil – 22430-060
Tel: (21) 2511-5112 / 3399-7170
Fax: (21) 3399-7172

The Police Tourist Service – DEAT – a specialised branch of the Civil Police, is composed of delegate, detectives, investigators and clerks responsible for investigating and any occurrences record. The DEAT has its own 47 General Informationheadquarters conveniently located in Leblon in front of the Teatro Casa Grande. The station was established and the police specifically trained to meet foreign visitors.

Policing

The State Military Police of Rio de Janeiro has a battalion – BPTUR – specialised in ostensive patrolling the City of Rio to protect the tourists. Properly trained and equipped to meet the police incidents with tourists, police officers of this corporation are in charge of patrolling sights, beaches and areas near hotels.

Restaurants

Within the Barra da Tijuca neighbourhood, you will find a wide variety of restaurants where all kinds of specialties are served.

Shopping

Shopping in Rio de Janeiro is on the agenda of any visitor who plans his visit to the city. Most major shopping malls such as the Rio Sul and the Barra Shopping are open Monday to Saturday from 10:00-22:00 and on Sundays from 15:00-21:00. Sophisticated boutiques and large international brands can be found in specific malls such as the Village Mall. Rio has several convenience stores open 24 hours/day.

Subway

A new line was inaugurated for the 2016 Olympic Games that connects Barra da Tijuca, the neighborhood of our event, to the south zone and downtown where most of the tourist attractions of Rio de Janeiro known worldwide (Sugarloaf, Copacabana Beach, etc.) are located. It is a fast and safe transportation.

Taxes

Brazil imposes a sales tax on some goods, meals and services, but the taxes are usually included in the final price. There is no procedure in Brazil for any type of Tax refund for tourists.

Telecommunications

Rio has an excellent telecommunications system. Direct dial and collect calls can be made from any telephone. Portable cell phones 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.

Useful Telephone Numers

Ambulance
192

Fire Department
193

Civil Defense
199

Civil Police
197

Federal Police
194

Military Police
190

Rodoviária Novo Rio Bus Terminal
(+55 21) 2263-4857
(+55 21) 3213-1800 R 397