from Western Europe countries as well as from South America will not
need a visa to enter Brazil. For some nationalities a visa must be
applied for before arrival at the Brazilian Embassy or Consulate.
As a general rule, school or conferences attendees from countries for
which a visa is required to enter Brazil (e.g., USA, Japan,etc.) should
apply for a Temporary Visa [not a “Business Visa”].
However, you must check the exact type of visa you have to apply for
with the specific Brazilian Embassy or Consulate in your
region/country. Please note that the general procedures and rules for
obtaining visas to Brazil are based on reciprocity protocols
(“international principles of reciprocity”) among
Please do not hesitate in contacting us should you need any help!
The official currency in Brazil is Real (R$). To get
money in Real
you have two possibilities:
A) Use an electronic cash machine (ATM): there are
many at the airport
like Santander, Bradesco, Itaú etc.
B) Use a Money Exchange office
(At Guarulhos Airport)
1) Action Cambio – from 05 to 00h Passengers
Wing B – phone: 55 11 2445 4458
2) American Express – Foreign Exchange –
from 05 to
Passengers Terminal 1 – Wing A – phones:
55 11 2445
55 11 2445 3835
3) Confidence Cambio – 24hrs Passengers Terminal
– Wing C
– phone; 55 11 2445 3762
4) Safra Bank – 24hrs
Passengers Terminal 1 – Wing B
Passengers Terminal 2 – Wing C – phones:
55 11 2445
– 55 11 2445 2321
(At Araraquara) You can exchange USD or Euro to Real
using bank exchange offices such as Banco do Brasil, Caixa
Econômica Federal or private exchange offices. Currency
Registration fees do not include insurance of any
kind. It is strongly
recommended that at the time you register for the SAMPA and book
your travel you consider an insurance policy of your choice to protect
your interests in relation to cancellations, medical expenses, loss or
damage to personal property. The school organizers cannot take any
responsibility for participants failing to arrange their own insurance.
Brazilian electrical standards are 60Hz 110 or 220
volts, so some North
American and European electrical devices may require converters; all
will require plug adapters.
In October, Araraquara weather during the day is
usually warm and
humid, and evenings may be cool. Average temperatures in October are 20
– 28C° (68 - 82F). For more information, visit:
There are no fixed rules, but it is normal to leave a
10 per cent for
good service in restaurants, sometimes this is automatically included
in the bill.