1. Brazil - General Information




The present-day currency in Brazil is the Real (R$). Dollar, Euro and traveler´s check may be easily exchanged in hotels, authorized banks and currency exchange offices. All the international credit cards are accepted in most of hotels, shops, restaurants and business establishments.

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Visa and passport

Visa is not necessary for most European passport’s holders or people from South American countries. Visa is only required for visitors from countries that adopt the same policy for the Brazilian citizens. The renewal of tourist visa may be made for 180 days per year. Passports should be valid for at least 6 months after the foreseen date of entry in Brazil.



Portuguese is the national language, but the vocabulary, the accent and the intonation in Brazil are very different from Portugal and other Portuguese ex-colonies. In hotels and touristic centers, English and Spanish are spoken to better understand the foreign visitors.

With more than 28,000 options of certified hotels, Brazil offers a large variety of accommodation, in order to satisfy picky visitors

Time zones

Brazil covers 4 different time zones. Brasilia time (the country´s capital city) is the national standard time and is three hours less than Greenwich. In the south hemisphere summer, most of Brazilian states set the watch ahead.


In most of Brazilian cities, the voltages are 110 or 220 volts. In the venue of the congress, the voltage is 220 volts. However, verifying the voltage, before connecting any device, is strongly suggested.

Rent a car

Cars rental, with or without chauffer, is available for tourists in the main airports and into the town centre. Cars should be reserved in advance. Ask for information about the traffic and the legislation of the place you will visit. For more details, access www.abla.com.br.


There are large fleet taxis in most of cities. Common taxis are available on the street. Radio Taxis may be asked for by phone.


For air travels, the national companies cover most of domestic flights and the regional companies offer a high level of comfort and safety. Buses are also a popular way of transport to travel between the States


Most of restaurants and bars usually add 10% to the bill. However, you may give more if the service is good. When it is not included, the common rule is a gratuity from 10% to 15%. Taxi drivers do not expect tips.


Any place in the world may be reached in real-time by phone, fax or email. The Brazilian mobile market is the second largest in the world, with 650 thousand lines sold monthly.