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Travel information

Visa and permanence

Who needs a visa to visit Brazil?

Entry visas for Brazil are not required for short tourism and business trips by citizens of most countries in South America, Central America, and Europe, as well as nationals from South Africa, Singapore, Israel, Morocco, Mexico, Mongolia and some other countries. Citizens from Mercosul countries may enter Brazil with a recent official identification document from their home country in lieu of a passport.

Entry visas for visiting Brazil are currently required from citizens from Australia, Canada, Haiti, the United States of America, most countries in Africa, Asia and Oceania, and a few other countries. A complete list of nationalities that need visas is available from this link.
The whole process of requiring a vista is the sole responsibility of each individual participant.

How to apply for a Brazilian visa

If you do need a visa, you need to submit a visa application through this website.You will need a passport that is valid for at least six months after your arrival date in Brazil.

Letter of invitation

Brazilian authorities may request letters of invitation from LAWCI 2018 participants. You will be able to obtain such a letter contacting LAWCI organizing committee in this email.

Yellow fever vaccination recommendations for international travelers

Vaccination against yellow fever is recommended for international travelers, despite there is no epidemic in Campinas.

Airports

GRU - Guarulhos International Airport
Hosts domestic and international flights.
Website of the airport

GRU Airport (Cumbica) connects Guarulhos to the other main cities, including Campinas. There is the following direct executive bus from the airport to Campinas Bus Station that should be taken at Terminal 2:

Executive Line
Company: VB Transportation (Lira Bus)
Bus fare to Campinas Bus Station: R$ 36,00
Time schedule:
Cumbica to Campinas (Lira bus): 6h30, 8h00, 9h00, 10h30, 12h00, 14h00, 16h00, 17h30, 18h45, 20h00, 21h30, 23h00, 00h30.

From the Bus Station to Barão Geraldo District (where the School/Workshop Venue is located) it is recommended to take a taxi (see Taxi and related services).

CGH - São Paulo/Congonhas Airport
Domestic flights.
Website of the airport
CGH Airport connects São Paulo to the other main cities, including Campinas. There is the following direct executive bus from the airport to Campinas Bus Station:

Executive Line
Company: VB Transportation (Lira Bus)
Bus fare to Campinas Bus Station: R$ 31,00
Time schedule:
Congonhas to Campinas (Lira Bus): 7h00, 9h00, 12h00, 14h30, 15h00, 17h30, 20h30, 23h15.

From the Bus Station to Barão Geraldo District (where the School/Workshop Venue is located) it is recommended to take a taxi (see Taxi and related services).

VCP - Viracopos International Airport
Domestic and (some) international flights.
Website of the airport
Viracopos International Airport is connected to the major cities in the metropolitan area of Campinas via public transportation (193 from the Airport to Bus Station and 331 from the Bus Station to Terminal Barão Geraldo, R$ 9,40) or the following executive line:

Executive Line
Company: VB Transportation (Lira Bus)
Bus fare to Campinas Bus Station: R$ 13,00
Time schedule:
Viracopos to Campinas: 05h45, 06h50, 08h00, 09h00, 10h15, 11h15, 13h00, 14h30, 16h00, 17h30, 19h00, 20h15, 21h45, 23h15, 00h30.

From the Bus Station to Barão Geraldo District (where the School/Workshop Venue is located) it is recommended to take a taxi (see Taxi and related services).

Accommodation

The following suggested accommodations are located in Barão Geraldo District, if you desire any further options (in downtown or closer neighborhoods), please, contact the organizers.

- Pousada universitária (where students will be lodged): website.
- Casa do professor visitante: website.
- Hotel Matiz Barão Geraldo: website.
- Pousada Pé de Mamão: website.
- Pousada Nova Barão: website.
- Vitória Hotel Residence NewPort: website. Price: R$ 199,00 (US$ 61,00) for a standard twin room. This hotel is located in Cambuí. It is a neighborhood 10km far from the university.

General Information

Official language
The official language of Brazil is Portuguese. English and Spanish are usually understood, and sometimes spoken, in airports, travel agencies, hotels and restaurants.

Time zone
The time zone for Campinas is GMT - 3:00.

Climate
Campinas has a tropical climate. Winter (June to September) typically has temperatures in the 11ºC (51.8ºF)– 25ºC (77ºF).

Currency
The official currency of Brazil is the Real, plural reais (BRL or R$). The exchange of money and traveler checks can be done at banks and travel agencies.

Mains Electricity
The standard local voltage is 110 - 120 volts. Some buildings (including several hotels) have additional 220-volt power plugs. The current standard for power plugs in Brazil looks like this:

Organizers may provide a limited number of adapters.

Taxis and related services
Regular cabs offer rides charged by the meter, except for certain rides starting from local airports and most taxi drivers only accept direct payment in cash. Mobile apps such as 99 Taxi, Uber and Cabify allow the use payment via preregistered credit card.

Phone Service
The list of city codes, operator codes and country codes can be requested in the reception of a hotel.
Area Code for Campinas: 19
Country Code for Brazil: 55
National Long Distance Calls: 0 + operator code + city code + phone number
National Long Distance Collect Calls: 90 + operator code + city code + phone number
International Long Distance Calls: 00 + operator code + country code + city code + phone number
0800 Calls: Call the desired number

Emergency Numbers
Police: 190
First Aid: 192
Fire Department: 193

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