Getting to Rio


Tom Jobim International Airport, located on Governor's Island, is easily accessible by modern highways linking to the center and the south of the city, where the major hotels are located. Twenty-six international airlines and all Brazilian airlines are operating at the airport.

Santos Dumont Airport, located in the city center, operates regional flights linking the main cities of the country, business jets and smaller aircraft. An excellent taxi service and bus links the airport to the main hotels and residential areas.

 Visa Requirements

To enter Brazil, you need a valid passport which is valid for at least six months from the date of entry. Tourists visiting Brazil must have a return ticket and enough funds for their stay.



For Foreign citizens travelling to Brazil as tourists, as participants in conferences, seminars, artistic or sports events.

First entry into Brazil must be no later than 90 days after the visa is issued.

Foreign citizens may stay in Brazil up to a maximum period of 90 days and once they have entered Brazil, the stay may be extended up to another 90 days, making it a maximum of six months stay.

An Embarkation/Disembarkation card, provided to all visitors by the Brazilian Immigration authorities (DPMAF), must be filled in and signed appropriately and submitted to authorities upon arrival and when leaving Brazil.

Visitors from USA, Australia, Canada, Japan are eligible to apply for an electronic visa. Submit your visa application here:

Required Documents

  • Applicant’s passport, valid for no less than 6 months
  • Duly filled and signed visa application form
  • One passport-size photograph
  • Originals and one complete set of photocopies of: return or onward ticket or proof of means of support during the applicant’s stay in Brazil (recent bank and credit card statements, pay slips, are accepted as proof).
  • Certificate of vaccination, where necessary
  • For applicants participating in conferences, seminars, artistic or sports events, a letter from the organizers.
  • Receipt of payment of the consular fee.

Foreign nationals whose visa applications must be submitted to the Brazilian Ministry of External Relations are subject to an additional fee.

Citizens of countries exempted from Brazilian Visa: Andorra, Argentina, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Bolivia, Bulgaria, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Macau, Malaysia, Monaco, Morocco, Namibia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, the Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, the Sovereign Order of Malta (citizens of Malta must have a visa), Spain, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Trinidad & Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, United Kingdom, Uruguay, the Vatican and Venezuela.

Information Concerning Vaccinations When Travelling To Brazil

  • For children aged between three months and six years, **proof of vaccination against polio** is compulsory (vaccination booklet from local clinic or letter from GP).
  • An **international certificate of vaccination** against yellow fever is compulsory for travelers who, within three months prior to their arrival in Brazil, have visited or been in transit through any of the following countries: Angola, Benin, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Colombia, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ecuador, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, French Guiana, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Guyana, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Panama, Peru, Republic of the Congo (Brazzaville), Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, Suriname, Tanzania, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda, Venezuela.
  • Vaccination against **yellow fever** is recommended for all travelers when visiting the following states of Brazil: Acre, Amapá, Amazonas, Bahia, Distrito Federa l, Espírito Santo, Goiás, Maranhão, Minas Gerais, Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso do Sul, Pará, Paraná, Piauí, Rio Grande do Sul, Rondônia, Roraima, Santa Catarina, São Paulo, Tocantins.

Please note: The information contained in this website is for general information purposes only. Any reliance you place on such information is therefore strictly at your own risk. Please contact your nearest embassy for accurate, up-to-date information.


Rio has a large fleet of taxis, almost all equipped with air conditioning. Common taxis, identified by the color yellow, roam the streets. Special taxis operated by licensed companies serving the airports and hotels can be called by telephone. At airports and major shopping centers, most of the special taxis work on a fixed fare by area which can be paid in advance at the company's desk where the price list must be displayed.

To arrange your transfer from/to the airport, you can contact the official congress supplier:

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