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VISA

According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, citizens of the following countries DO NOT need visas:

Andorra, Argentina, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Bolivia, Bulgary, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Denmark, Ecuador, Slováquia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Monaco, Morocco, Namibia, Netherlands, Norway, New Zealand, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, San Marino, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Trinidad. & Tobago, Turkey, Tunisia, UK, Uruguay, Vatican, Venezuela.

Kindly be informed that the Brazilian Government can change these diplomatic conditions without previous warning.

Official letters of invitation for entry visa or other purposes may be supplied upon request. Please allow enough time for this. Note that such letters do not commit the Organizing Committee to any kind of financial support, hosting arrangement, nor does it guarantee an entry visa issue. Please, be advised that the invitation letters will just be issued by the Organizing Committee after the participant is registered. So, you should fill out the registration form as early as possible in order to get your visa in time for the Event. Participants are strongly advised to make sure they fulfill all legal requirements to enter Brazil. Besides, a valid passport, an entry visa may also be required. Visas are required only for visitors coming from countries that require visas for Brazilian citizens. For getting your Brazilian Visa, check further instructions.

Visa Requirements

Please note that the Brazilian government requires entry visas for many of its visitors, whether on business or for tourism. To determine if you are required to have a visa to attend the conference, please go to:

http://www.portalconsular.mre.gov.br/antes/qgrv_simples_ing_08.02.2012.doc.pdf
This document will tell you if you need a visa or not.

Identify which Brazilian Consulate may provide application for visa in your city or jurisdiction that may apply. Check if appointments may be scheduled.
http://embassy.goabroad.com/embassies-of/brazil

Vaccination

Certificate of vaccination against yellow fever is a compulsory requirement for the issuance of visa to travelers entering Brazil from: Angola, Benin, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Colombia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ecuador, French Guyana, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Nigeria, Peru, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Venezuela, and Zaire. Vaccination against yellow fever is furthermore required for travelers with destination to the following states in northern and mid-western Brazil: Acre, Amazonas, Amapá, Goiás, Maranhão, Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso do Sul, Pará, Rondônia, Roraima, Tocantins and to the Federal District encircling Brasília. Vaccination against polio is also recommended for travelers with destination to the Federal District (surrounding areas of Brasilia) and the following North, Northeast and Midwest Brazilians states of Acre, Amazonas, Amapá, Goiás, Maranhão, Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso do Sul, Pará, Rondônia, Roraima, and Tocantins. Also, certificate of vaccination against polio is a compulsory requirement for issuing visas for children aged between 3 moths and six years. EngOpt 2012 will take place in the State of Rio de Janeiro, southeastern Brazil, where no specific vaccination is required.

Money

The currency in Brazil is the Real (R$). You can change Dollars at exchange shops or hotels front desk. However other currencies are not wildly available, so you are advised to bring U$ Dollars or travellers checks. There are three usual exchange rates - commercial, tourist and free. There are coins of one, five, ten, twenty-five, fifty centavos, and one Real and there are bills of one, five, ten, fifty and one hundred Reais. Foreign currencies and travelers checks can be exchanged at hotels, banks and tourist agencies. Most international credit cards are accepted.

Voltage

Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo have 110 or 120 Volt 60 cycles alternate current (AC). Salvador and Manaus have 127 Volts. Recife, Brasilia and a number of other cities have 220-Volt Service. Most Hotels, however, provide both services and/or adapters for guests.

Business Hours

Most offices and stores are open from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Stores are also open on Saturday from 9am to 1pm while most of the large shopping centers open Monday to Saturday from 10:00am to 10:00p

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