What you should have in mind
Now that you decided to participate in the 2017
ISHPSSB & ABFHiB Meeting, there are many details you should take into
account in your trip planning. This web page provides an overview (a checklist)
and links to other pages offering information and suggestions on several
relevant points. This will be especially usefull for those who have never been in Brazil.
* Travel hints. You should plan how to
arrive to São Paulo, and how to travel to Rio de Janeiro and/or other places
you would like to visit, in Brazil. It is convenient to buy your flight tickets
well in advance, to get cheaper fares.
* Visa. You should have a valid passport
(preferably valid for several months after July 2017) to enter the Brazilian
border, and in some specific cases you may need a Visa. As a rule, the
Brazilian government uses the reciprocity principle: if your country requires a
Visa from Brazilian visitors, you will need a Visa to visit Brazil.
* Safety and health. It is strongly suggested
that foreign visitors and participants acquire a travel insurance. Besides
that, we provide some advices and suggestions concerning your safety and
health, in Brazil.
* Money. The Brazilian currency is called
“Real”. Its value vis-à-vis foreign currency suffers large fluctuations. You do
not need to bring Brazilian money when you arrive. It is easy to exchange
Euros, American Dollars and British Pounds in Brazil. You can also withdraw
Brazilian money from cash machines using your international bank card. Credit
cards are usually accepted. At some places – especially restaurants – a 10% tip
is a rule.
* Accommodation. It is time to decide where
you are going to stay, in São Paulo. We suggest several nice hotels and hostels
not very far from the conference venue. Students may be willing to use the
unpretentious accommodation available at the University of São Paulo.
* Food. Brazilian food is nice and cheap, as
compared to Europe and North America. São Paulo offers all kinds of
international cuisine. One should be careful with some highly spiced typical
* Transportation. Public transportation
(underground and buses) in Brazil is cheap but can be challenging for visitors.
Taxis are not expensive, and there are smartphone applications that facilitate
their use. The conference local organizing committee offers a shuttle service
from selected hotels, to and from the conference venue.
* Tourism. Your travel to Brazil may be
pricy and exhausting. It will be worthwhile to combine your academic journey
with some nice tourism in Brazil. We provide some suggestions and links to
travel offices that may help you to benefit the most from your trip.
* Weather. July is winter time in the
Southern Hemisphere. The Brazilian winter, at São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, is
similar to spring or autumn in many parts of the United States or Europe. You
should check the weather forecast and plan your baggage content accordingly.
* Your luggage. What should you bring to
Brazil? What are the custom rules? Will your cell phone work in São Paulo?
Electric outlets usually provide 110 volt (the regular voltage in the cities of São Paulo and Rio de
Janeiro), and some hotels may provide 220volt. Your plugs
will probably not fit into the Brazilian standard outlets.
* Language. During the conference, the
official language is English. At the airport, restaurants, hotels, shops and on
the streets, most Brazilian people can only speak and understand Portuguese.
* Behavior. There are many peculiarities of
behavior and etiquette in Brazil. Here we present a few of them, that may help
you to understand (and possibly accept) those different customs.
Additional information about planning your trip is
presented in the following separate complementary pages:
Safety and health