Tourist information

► Arrivals and departures

Dear Delegates,
Welcome to the 8th Language in the Media 2019 and the city of Rio de Janeiro, the first city in the South America to host it.

This is an excellent opportunity to exchange experience and also to discuss the innovations and epistemological challenges in Language and Media. In addition to the selection of plenaries and individual communications, which draws a diverse and an instigating panel on themes that cross the area of contemporary language studies, we are working to provide a favorable environment for this meeting. Taking this into account, we suggest you some tips on how to proceed in your arrival in Rio de Janeiro.

The Galeão-Tom Jobim International Airport is the main gateway to the city for those who come from abroad and travel long distances. The airport has an express bus service (BRT) for passengers transportation, which connects the airport to some points of the city. It is a good transportation option for those traveling to neighborhoods of the south zone.

In order to take advantage of BRT, the passenger must purchase the Riocard card, which costs R $ 3.95 and is sold at the BRT booth at Galeão-Tom Jobim airport. The waiting time is 30 minutes. At the Galeão-Tom Jobim airport, there are two accesses to the BRT: Galeão Station – Tom Jobim 1: landing from terminal 1, gate H Galeão Station – Tom Jobim 2: landing from terminal 2, gate D. For more information, please, access: http://www.brtrio.com/.
If you choose a taxi, from the Galeão-Tom Jobim airport to the hotel/ headquarters or to any other part of the city upon arrival, we do suggest you to get one of the taxi authorized cooperatives, which are inside the airport. We recommend this option for those who are not familiar with Rio de Janeiro, it is also possible to schedule a transfer with the travel agency by e-mail: marlene@redcarpet.com.br .

It is relevant to mention that there are also regular buses that connect the airport to other points in the city. For more information, see the airport’s website: http://www.riogaleao.com/. On the other hand, if you arrive in Rio at Santos Dumont Airport, in addition to the urban bus service, there is also the VLT (Light Vehicle on Rails). The service, whose fee value is R$ 3.80, has connection with subway, train and boats, as well as the cable car. Although its circulation is more restricted to the downtown area, the VLT, inaugurated during the Olympics, integrates with other means of public transportation. Please, for more information, access: http://vltrio.rio/

Santos Dumont’s website has general information about the airport: location and access, parking, car rental, hotels and airlines that operate there: http://www.aeroportosantosdumont.net/. We recommend taxi authorized cooperatives for those who are not familiar with Rio de Janeiro, it is also possible to schedule a transfer with the travel agency by the email: marlene@redcarpet.com.br.

Besides that if you arrive in Rio via Rodoviária Novo Rio, located at Avenida Francisco Bicalho (Leopoldina), the options for travel to the hotel/headquarters can be accessed http://www.novorio.com.br or call (21) 3213-1800.
Rio de Janeiro also has a subway service, which, serves the region of Copacabana, where hotels are situated. The subway, however, is a good choice for transit passengers between the north, south, west and center zones. From Monday to Saturday, the subway runs from 5am to midnight, and on Sundays and holidays, from 7am to 11pm. You can buy the ticket for single or return trips, both valid for 48h, with the option of buying a card and refilling at the box office or machines installed at the stations. For information about the Rio Metro (one of the safest ways to move around the city): https://www.metrorio.com.br/

Other transportation options are Easy Taxi, 99 applications, UBER, Cabify and 99 Pop. For them, you should download these apps from online stores. To avoid ‘overpriced races’ (Tourists who do not know distances to be traveled, can be taken by longer routes), request travel through applications. It is possible to share routes and driver information, as well as, record your travel route.

Finally, some tips for your safety: as in any big city, we recommend you take care of your things. Avoid leaving your belongings in any place, walking around in isolated places if you do not know them, especially if you are alone. It is also important to avoid risky areas and walk with digital cameras by the shoulder, bags in sight and with cell phones in hand etc. Preventing yourself and have wonderful moments in Rio!

Welcome to the 8th Language in the Media Congress and to Rio de Janeiro!!
LIM 2019 Committee

► Accommodations

For practical information regarding hotels and accommodation, please contact:
Red Carpet Travel e Turismo, sending an e-mail: marlene@redcarpet.com.br.

► Visa

Who needs a Visa to enter Brazil?
Citizens of foreign countries traveling to Brazil on tourism or business are usually required to get a visa before entering Brazil. This requirement complies with reciprocity towards countries that demand Brazilian citizens to hold a visa to enter their own territories.
Citizens from countries that do not demand tourist or business visas of Brazilians do not usually need tourist visas to enter Brazil.

► Tourist Visa Exemptions

You find below a list of the countries whose citizens are not required a tourist/business visa to enter Brazil. Consequently, a foreign citizen who enters Brazil will not need to hold a visa if s/he has a passport from one of the following countries (exemptions are valid for stays up to 90 days):

Africa, Germany, Andorra, Argentina, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Bolivia, Bulgaria, Chile, Chipre, Colombia, South Korea, Costa Rica, Croatia, Denmark, El Salvador, Equador, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Estonia, Philippines, Finland, France, Great Britain/The United Kingdom, Greece, Guatemala, Guiana, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Lethonia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau, Malasya, Malta, Marrocos, Monaco, Namibia, Norway, New land, Sovereign Military Order of Malta, The Netherlands (Holanda), Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Czech, Republic, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Sweden, Switzerland (Swiss Confederation), Suriname, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, Uruguay, Vatican (The Holy See), Venezuela* (stays up to 60 days for Venezuelan citizens).

For further information on requirements or visa exemption, visit: http://www.portalconsular.mre.gov.br/estrangeiros/vistos-para-estrangeiros

► Practical Information

WEATHER – the weather forecast predicts that the temperature may range from 20ºC to 34ºC during the event.

MEANS OF TRANSPORATION – the city has subway, trains, buses, taxis, ferry boats (connecting Rio-Niterói) and a tram (Santa Teresa-Lapa).

BANKS AND EXCHANGE OFFICES – Banks open from 10:00 A.M. to 04:00 P.M. from Mondays through Fridays. Some of these make currency exchanges, mostly dollar (USD) and euros. There are ATM Machines available in airports, subway stations, malls, supermarkets etc.

SHOPPING CENTERS AND MALLS – Shopping centers open from 10:00 A.M. to 10:00 P.M. from Mondays through Saturdays and from 01:00 P.M. to 09:00 P.M. on Sundays. Most street commerce opens from 09:00 A.M. to 05:00 P.M. from Mondays through Fridays and from 09:00 A.M. to 02:00 P.M. on Saturdays.

LOCAL TIME: GMT -3 (GMT -2 between the last Sunday of February and the third Sunday of October).

CURRENCY: the local currency is Real (BRL).

SOUVENIR – For those who would like to buy souvenirs, Rio de Janeiro has artisan fairs in Copacabana, Ipanema, Tijuca and downtown.

► About Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro is the second largest city in Brazil. It is the second most populous metropolitan area in the country. It was home to the Portuguese Imperial family and capital of the country from 1621 to 1815.

Rio de Janeiro has inherited a strong cultural role from the past.In the late 19th century the city was the scenery of the first Brazilian film and its landscapes have been portrayed in many movies and soap operas since then.

Rio is one of the main economical, cultural and financial centers in Brazil and is famous for its tourist attractions, such as Pão de Açúcar, Cristo Redentor, Copacabana and Ipanema beaches, Maracanã Stadium, Lapa, Theatro Municipal, Tijuca Forest and Flamengo Park, Quinta da Boa Vista, Biblioteca Nacional, samba and so on.
Its tropical climate is due to its location above the sea level. It rarely reaches the mark of 20ºC, but easily reaches the mark of 40ºC from November to March. In Rio, it is practically summer all year long.