2nd International Cancer Control Congress
General Information

General Information

Visas and Passports

Always check with your consulate for specific information about hours of operation, processing time, and payment methods.

For further information on Visas and necessary documentation, access: www.mre.gov.br/index.php

Tourists and visitors from Mercosul countries do not need to present passports. They merely need to show their ID cards. Visitors from other countries must present a passport that is valid for the next six months.

Citizens of the following countries do not require a visa to enter Brazil for tourism purposes and a stay of up to 90 days (except Venezuelans for a stay of up to 60 days):

Andorra Argentina Austria Bahamas
Barbados Belgium Bolivia Bulgaria
Chile Colombia Costa Rica Denmark
Ecuador France Finland Germany
Greece Guatemala Honduras Hungary
Iceland Ireland Israel Italy
Liechtenstein Luxembourg Macau Malaysia
Monaco Morocco the Netherlands Namibia
New Zealand Norway Panama Paraguay
Peru the Philippines Poland Portugal
San Marino Slovakia Slovenia South Africa
South Korea Spain Surinam Sweden
Switzerland Thailand Trinidad & Tobago Tunisia
Turkey United Kingdom Uruguay the Vatican
Venezuela

Electricity

110V or 120V, AC, 60 Hz, European plugs with two circular pins, or Japanese-style plugs with two perpendicular flat blades. Some hotels may have 220V outlets.

Car Hire

All the well know car hire firms have counters at the country’s main airports and in the main urban centers. Tourists may also book cars through their travel agencies.

Taxis

The tourist may opt to take an ordinary taxi easily found in the streets or through radio taxi services. It is recommended that accredited taxi services at the airports and at points nearby the main hotels be given priority. It is not usual in Brazil to tip a taxi driver although it is common to round off the amount and let the driver keep the change as a gratuity.

Tips

Most bars and restaurants include a service charge of 10% in the Bill. It is usual to leave a little extra if the service has been satisfactory. When no service charge has been included then a tip of 10% to 15% is the general rule.

Currency

The Brazilian currency unit is the Real ($R). Dollars and Travelers Checks can easily be changed in hotels, banks or travel agencies. Most establishments accept credit cards.

Currency Rates (January 2007):

$1.00 USD = $2.13 Reais
$1.00 CDN = $1.82 Reais
$1.00 ARG = $1.44 Reais
1 Euro = $2.77 Reais

Convert your currency to Reais.

Communications

To make an international call, dial: 00 + operator code* + country code + area code (if there is one) + telephone number For reverse charge international calls dial 0800 7032111.

Operators:

Brasil Telecom 14
Embratel 21
TBC 34
GVT 25
Intelig 23
Telefónica 15
Telemar 31

Climate

The climate is predominantly tropical with some variation according to the region. The average annual temperature in the north is 28º C and 22º C in the south.

Time Zones

Because of its continental dimensions Brazil has 4 time zones. The official time is Brasília time and it corresponds to 3 hours less than GMT. From September to February the clocks are put forward one hour in most Brazilian States.

Official Congress Language

The official language of the 2nd International Cancer Control Congress is English.

Internet Café

An Internet Café will be located in the Exhibit Hall. Use of computers will be available to the 2nd International Cancer Control delegates at no cost.

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