Useful Information


Visa

Passport holders 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 the countries involved.

Please do not hesitate in contacting us should you need any help!

Money/Currency

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 Terminal 1 – Wing B – phone: 55 11 2445 4458
2) American Express – Foreign Exchange – from 05 to 00h
Passengers Terminal 1 – Wing A – phones: 55 11 2445 3351 - 55 11 2445 3835
3) Confidence Cambio – 24hrs Passengers Terminal 2 – 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 3701 – 55 11 2445 2321

(At Araraquara) You can exchange USD or Euro to Real (R$) by using bank exchange offices such as Banco do Brasil, Caixa Econômica Federal or private exchange offices. Currency converter

Insurance

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.

Electricity

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.

Weather

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: www.weather.com.

Tipping

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.