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Smart casual. Blazer without a tie. FIDES Rio 2023 adopts a small casual dress code for all the activities, except golf, which requires appropriate attire for the sport.

Smart casual for men:Suit, collared shirt and formal shoes, wearing a tie is optional.
Smart casual for women:Mid-length dresses, skirts or tailored trousers.


Rio de Janeiro – RJ | Brasil

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Brazil is the largest country in South America and the fifth largest in the world in land area. Its continental proportions extend over more than 8.5 million km². It has a population of about 210 million people of European, African, and indigenous extraction.

Divided into five regions (the North, Northeast, Central-West, South and Southeast) – all with large cultural differences – and 27 federative units, 26 states and a federal district – Brazil has a very diverse climate, with much of its territory at a low latitude, where hot, humid weather prevails, with average temperatures around 20 ºC.

General data:
NAME: Federative Republic of Brazil
CAPITAL: Brasília / SEAT OF GOVERNMENT: The Planalto Palace
CURRENT PRESIDENT: Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva
OFFICIAL LANGUAGE: Brazilian Portuguese (BR-PT)

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Rio de Janeiro is one of the 27 federative units in Brazil, and is the third most populous, with more than 8% of Brazilians living there. Territorially, it is the fourth smallest of the federative units, covering about 43,000 km² divided into 92 municipalities, among which is the city of Rio de Janeiro, its capital.  A great center of international tourism, with attractions including Carnival, Rio de Janeiro’s most significant business areas are the telecommunications, information technology, energy, metallurgical, ship, and automotive sectors.  The state has the second largest GDP in Brazil, after the state of São Paulo.

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The city of Rio de Janeiro is the capital of the state of the same name. Often called just Rio and known by its citizens as “the Wonderful City,” it is the best-known Brazilian city outside the country and the most popular city in Brazil among international tourists. Part of the city has been listed as a UNESCO world heritage center. It was the capital of an independent Brazil before Brasilia, and its name comes from the time the Guanabara Bay was discovered by Gaspar de Lemos, in January 1502.

The city is on the shores of Guanabara Bay, and its relief is formed mostly by alluvial plains, mountains, and hills, such as Sugar Loaf, Pedra da Gávea, and Corcovado, where the world-famous Statue of Christ the Redeemer is. The Wonderful City’s climate is tropical Atlantic because of its location on the coast, and its area covers about 1,250 km², with a population of more than 6.3 million people , in a density of around 5,300 people per square kilometer.

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CLIMATE: Rio de Janeiro is a subtropical city. Summer is from December to March, with temperatures ranging from 25°C (77°F) to 42°C (108°F); winter runs from June to August, with the temperature around 20°C (68°F) during the day and 16°C (60°F) at night.

VOLTAGE: Rio de Janeiro is 110 or 120 volts. Many hotels and buildings have alternative outlets for 220 volts.

CULTURE: Rio de Janeiro has an intense cultural life, offering more than 200 venues for cinema, theater, musicals, and art exhibitions, more than 50 museums, and 87 libraries. In addition to the traditional museums, the city houses museums dedicated to trains, airplanes, trams, jewelry, and precious stones, sports, indigenous peoples, and primitive Brazilian art, to name a few.

HOLIDAYS: In Rio de Janeiro and Brazil there are a number of public holidays during the year:

January 1 – New Year / January 20 – São Sebastião – Patron Saint of the city of Rio de Janeiro (Rio de Janeiro only ) / Variable Date – Carnival / Variable Date – Passion of Christ and Easter / April 21 – Tiradentes – Martyr of Independence / 23 April – São Jorge / May 1 – Labor Day / Variable Date – Corpus Christi / September 7 – Independence Day / October 12 – Nossa Senhora de Aparecida – Patron of Brazil / November 2 – Day of the Dead / November 15 – Proclamation of the Republic / November 20 – Zumbi dos Palmares – Black Consciousness Day / December 25 – Christmas.

BUSINESS HOURS: Most offices are open from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm Monday to Friday. Most shopping malls are open Monday to Saturday from 10:00 am to 11:00 pm and on Sundays from 1:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Rio has many 24-hour convenience stores. Banks open Monday to Friday, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

POLICING: The Military Police of the State of Rio de Janeiro has a battalion – BPTur – that is specialized in patrolling the city of Rio de Janeiro for the protection of tourists. Properly trained and equipped to attend to incidents involving tourists, these police officers patrol sights, beaches, and areas near hotels.

BPTur – Tourist Area Police Battalion
Address: Rua Figueiredo de Magalhães, 550 – Copacabana
Tel: (+55 21) 2332-7943

The Tourist Service Police Station (DEAT), a specialized branch of the Civil Police, is staffed by a chief, detectives, investigators, and registrars responsible for the investigation and registration of alleged crimes. DEAT has its own headquarters, in Leblon. This police unit was established and specifically trained to serve international visitors.

Tourist Service Police Station – DEAT
Address: Av. Afrânio de Mello Franco, 159 – Leblon
Tel: (+55 21) 2334-6802


Rio de Janeiro has two airports for national and international flights – Santos Dumont Airport (SDU), and Tom Jobim International Airport – RIO Galeão (GIG).

Santos Dumont (domestic flights only):

Tom Jobim:

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Rio de Janeiro’s subway is safe, efficient, and easy to use. Tickets are sold at counters and at self-service machines across all 41 stations. There are three stations in Copacabana: Cardeal Arcoverde Station in Praça Cardeal Arcoverde, Siqueira Campos Station on Rua Siqueira Campos and Rua Estaredo Magalhães, and Cantagalo Station on Rua Xavier da Silveira, all of them four blocks from the beach. In Ipanema there are two stations: in Praça General Osório, accessed by Praça General Osório s/n, Rua dos Jangadeiros, and Rua Sá Ferreira, and Praça Nossa Senhora da Paz, accessed through the square. The subway is great for adventurous tourists and Catete, Glória, Cinelândia, Carioca and Uruguaiana stations are the closest to the main historical and cultural attractions in the city.

The “Overground Subway” service connects the Antero de Quental station to Gávea, via Ipanema and Leblon, and Botafogo station to Gávea, via Humaitá and Jardim Botânico, at no extra cost.

Transfer: Line 2 travelers who wish to transfer to Lines 1 and 4 must be at the Central Station by midnight.

Travelers on Line 4 who wish to transfer to Line 2 must be at Botafogo Station by midnight.

For integration with the BRT at Jardim Oceânico Station, follow access C and have your Riocard ready with credits.

The Rio Subway is open from Monday to Saturday from 5 am to midnight, and Sunday and on holidays from 7 am to 11 pm.

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The Uber urban mobility app is a safe way to get around Rio de Janeiro. The app works in every neighborhood in the city, accepts cash or credit card payment, and you can download it from the Apple Store or Google Play.

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The TAXI.RIO app ensures quality and safety for users of the taxi service in Rio de Janeiro. On the TAXI.RIO passenger website, you can download the app and learn about the current features and what is planned. You will also find tutorials, answers to frequently asked questions, passenger services, ride history, special offers and partnerships, and contact details for the service.

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In an innovative public transport proposal, VLT Carioca is the main connection for those who travel through the central area of the city of Rio. For business or leisure, the Light Rail Vehicle (VLT) is also the best option for those looking for more efficiency in daily commuting in the region.

The VLT is part of the revitalization project that connects the Port region to the Center. Modern architecture amid classic facades forms the backdrop to a new Rio.

This new Rio is synonymous with new attitudes. Without turnstiles at most boarding points, the system establishes a relationship of trust with users by encouraging spontaneous payment in the vehicles.

Accessibility is everything for the VLT. It is designed for everyone. The stops have soft access ramps with braille signage indicating the name and direction. Platforms are level to facilitate wheelchair boarding. The flooring helps guide visually impaired people. Inside the vehicles, there are validators at the appropriate height and visual and audible warnings that assist passengers throughout the trip.

VLT Carioca is electric, with a system called Fueled by the Ground – a mobility solution that not only dispenses with fossil fuels, but also preserves the urban landscape.

A modern, safe, affordable, and sustainable transport system, transforming the experience of commuting in downtown Rio for cariocas and tourists.

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SuperVia operates urban trains in the Metropolitan Region (Rio de Janeiro, Duque de Caxias, Nova Iguaçu, Nilópolis, Mesquita, Queimados, São João de Meriti, Belford Roxo, Japeri, Magé, Paracambi, and Guapimirim), through a 270-kilometer rail network divided into five branches, three extensions, and 104 stations.

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The fleet consists of 15 vessels, 7 catamarans and 8 barges. CCR Barcas operates five stations: Praça XV, Praça Araribóia, Cocotá, Paquetá, and Charitas. In the Southern Division, 3 mooring points are part of the operation on the lines that serve Ilha Grande (Abraão), Mangaratiba, and Angra dos Reis.

Located in Niterói, the CCR Barcas shipyard performs maintenance on all the vessels in the fleet.

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The main car rental companies have branches in Rio de Janeiro. Reservations must be made at the places of origin. If visitors need a car for one or two days, this can be arranged by the receptionist at your hotel.

21 3398-2338

0800 979 2000

0800 121 121

Av. 20 de Janeiro, s/nº – Ilha do Governador
21 3398-5060


The currency is the Real (R$).
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Credit cards and checks
American Express, Visa, Diner’s Club, and Master Card are accepted by most stores. However, ask before making any purchases. Stores usually give a small discount for cash payments. In general, traveler’s checks are accepted, which is not the case with personal checks from foreign banks. Tourists must check the exchange rate every day before shopping.

Every city in Brazil has a currency exchange office. The main hotels also offer currency exchange services.

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Banking hours are from 10 am to 4 pm, operating only on weekdays. Before traveling, tourists must make sure with their banks that their credit and debit cards will be accepted.

ATMs are found throughout the city, some working 24 hours.


Rio de Janeiro’s water supply meets international standards, but the strong taste of chlorine means bottled mineral water is advisable.


The residential voltage is 110 volts, 60 hertz. In most hotels and in some commercial establishments, there are 220-volt outlets.


The power outlets in Brazil have shape that prevents manual contact with the electrical current. Three-pin plugs have a system that prevents overloading and overheating, providing better coupling with outlets. Plug adapters can easily be found in electrical equipment stores, or in duty free shops at airports.

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It is recommended you request “International Roaming” from the carrier in your country prior to travel.


Winter in Brazil is from June to September and, in some cities in the South and Southeast, temperatures fall below 0°C, with frost and snow. In summer, cities such as Rio de Janeiro experience temperatures of 40°C. Summer in Brazil is the best time to go to the beach, drink coconut water, dive into the sea, and sunbathe.

Regardless of the season, it is always good to pack a coat and long pants because the weather can change suddenly in some places, especially in mountainous and coastal regions.

Seasons in Brazil:

  • Summer: from December 21 to March 21.
  • Autumn: from March 21 to June 21.
  • Winter: from June 21 to September 23.
  • Spring: from September 23 to December 21.

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Public health services in Brazil are free for foreign tourists. So, if you need medical attention, have an accident, or have any health problem, just call the emergency service (SAMU) freephone number.

Mobile Emergency Care Service (SAMU): 192

Basic Care:
Brazil has a tropical climate, so we recommend that you drink plenty of water.

Wear comfortable clothes and protect yourself from the sun with a hat or cap, sunglasses, and sunscreen. Avoid direct exposure to the sun between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm.

Brazil continues to adopt all safety protocols to combat COVID-19, so to tackle the transmission of viruses such as the coronavirus, wear protective masks and wash your hands with soap or 70% alcohol frequently, especially after using public transport and visiting attractions where there are a lot of people.

Vaccination against any type of disease is not mandatory to enter Brazil. However, there are areas of the country with a Vaccination Recommendation for yellow fever.


Hotels: Hotels generally include service charges on their bills.

Restaurants: Tips are optional but are often found at the end of the bill as a “suggestion”. In Rio, you usually pay between 10% and 12%.

Taxis: Taxi drivers do not need tipping, although most passengers round out fares when they are satisfied with the service.

Luggage carts at airports: free


Smoking is prohibited in fully and partially enclosed places throughout the country. The law also applies to common areas of apartment buildings and clubs.

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Most hotels have a 24-hour medical service. There are also many public and private hospitals with emergency care services. Many of the doctors and dentists in Rio de Janeiro graduated or took postgraduate courses abroad. All hotels have lists of recommended medical services.

In the event of an accident, call SAMU (Ambulance) on 192

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As in all major cities in the world, the secret to a safe stay in Rio de Janeiro is self-protection against pickpockets, including the practice of carrying as little money with you as possible, and not wearing jewelry, or carrying expensive electronic equipment and suchlike.

Rio de Janeiro’s military police and municipal guard units have stations and call centers. If necessary, ask for suggestions and help at the hotel reception.

In the event of a security problem, call the Military Police or Municipal Guard on the numbers below:

  • Military Police: 190
  • Municipal Guard: +55 (21) 2976-6000

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Foreigners are covered by Brazil’s public healthcare system (SUS) and DPVAT Insurance (comprehensive coverage for all victims of traffic accidents registered in the country).

In the event of an accident, call SAMU (Ambulance) on 192.

DPVAT: +55 (21) 4020-1596

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Brazil is connected to all international telephone and satellite services, offering easy connections to virtually every point of the globe. Most hotels provide direct international connections from the rooms, as well as internet via free or low cost wi-fi.

Not all local calls from private phones are free. But shops, restaurants and bars without public telephones usually allow patrons to use their phones.

The international code for Brazil is +55 and the direct dialing code for the city of Rio de Janeiro is 21.

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Call 17468 – Tourist Teleservice Center


A visa is granted by the Consular Services of Brazil abroad and allows foreigners to enter and stay in the country provided that the conditions stipulated by current legislation are complied with.

To apply for a visa, a citizen of another country must present a duly completed Visa Application Form, a valid travel document, proof of payment of consular fees, an International Immunization Certificate – when necessary – and other documents specific to the type of visa requested.

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Brazil adopts a visa policy based on the principle of reciprocity. This means that nationals of countries that require visas of Brazilian citizens to enter their territories will also need a visa to travel to Brazil. Under current Brazilian migratory legislation (Law 13,445/2017), a visa waiver can only be granted by the Brazilian authorities, on reciprocal bases, through bilateral understanding on the subject, subject to the hypotheses of Decree 9,731/2019. Brazil has bilateral visa waiver agreements with about 90 countries.


It is important that foreigners wishing to drive in Brazil understand the general law governing traffic in Brazil (the Brazilian Traffic Code), especially situations that may differ from other nations, such as rules on drinking and driving, the need to have car headlights on during the day, information about infractions and fines, among other things. This information can be found in the Traffic Booklet published by the Federal Highway Police of Brazil. Tourists with a license abroad can drive in Brazil if their stay is less than 180 days. For longer stays, a Brazilian license is required.

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Baggage may contain new or used goods intended for personal use or consumption, provided they are compatible with the circumstances of the trip; and other goods, including gifts, provided that they do not exceed quantitative limits and that, by their nature, their quantity and variety do not characterize commercial and/or industrial purposes.

Note: In addition to the procedure for inspection of hand luggage by customs authorities, there are restrictions on what can be taken inside an aircraft bound for Brazil. The transport of liquids, including gel, pastes, creams, aerosols, and the like, must be in packs of a maximum of 100 ml. To facilitate inspection, bottles must be wrapped in transparent plastic packaging, which can be closed, with a maximum capacity of one liter, measuring 20 cm x 20 cm.

Stowed baggage
Stowed baggage is free from taxes on personal, used, books, brochures, and periodicals. For other goods classified as baggage, the Special Baggage Tax Regime will be applied, subjecting the traveler to the payment of import tax, calculated at the rate of 50% of the total value of the goods, without the right to the quota of exemption of hand baggage, with the application of a fine for not being declared, if applicable.

Prescription drugs, infant feed, and special diet fluids are not included under these restrictions but must be transported in the required amount and prescribed for the duration of the flight and any stopovers. For entry into Brazil with medical products, human medicines, in vitro diagnostic products, cleaning products, including equipment and parts, instruments and materials intended for aesthetics or dental use, or biological materials, the National Health Surveillance Agency (ANVISA) must be consulted in advance.

If you are carrying any currency worth more than R$ 10,000 on entering Brazil, you are required to submit an electronic declaration of travelers’ goods (e-DBV). The amount of national or foreign cash shall be declared, not including credit securities, checks, or traveler’s checks.

Restricted items
Some items can be brought to Brazil provided they have been authorized by the competent national body. For firearms, the Brazilian Army must be notified in advance. The entry of telecommunications equipment requires the authorization of the National Telecommunications Agency (ANATEL). For entry and exit of antiques, or goods of historical value in Brazil, contact with the National Institute of Historical and Artistic Heritage (IPHAN).

Prohibited items
The following, under penalty of a fine and/or imprisonment, are not allowed into Brazil:  cigarettes and beverages manufactured in Brazil intended for sale exclusively abroad; branded cigarettes that are not sold in the country of origin; replica firearms; products containing genetically modified organisms; pesticides, their components and the like; merchandise offensive to morals, good customs, health or public order; pirated products and any narcotic substances.

Illicit substances
Before traveling, find out about the list of psychotropic substances banned in Brazil. Although some of these substances are allowed in your home country (such as medical marijuana, for example), you will be charged with international narcotics trafficking when trying to cross the Brazilian border carrying any of the items prohibited by  Brazil’s Toxic Product Act.


For foreigners:

Valid passport
Properly completed Entry and Exit Card. The card must be presented by the foreign visitor on entering Brazil and kept until departure, when it will be collected by the Federal Police. The document will be provided by the transport companies or will be available at control points.

Consular visa for the purpose of travel, when required.

The entry into and exit from national territory must occur exclusively via the places where there are checkpoints manned by the Federal Police. International travelers must go through immigration inspections at the time and place of entry into the country and on exit, going to the nearest Federal Police station. The location of the stations (airports, ports and land borders) is available on the Federal Police website.

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Travel insurance is recommended.


  • Military Police: 190
  • SAMU (Ambulance): 192
  • Fire Department: 193
  • Violence against women: 180
  • Special Tourism Support Police Station – DEAT: (21) 2332-2924