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Key Dates in 2013

  • July 15: Doctoral Symposium
  • July 15-16: Workshops & Tutorials
  • July 17-19: Main Conference

Travel & Visas

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If you would like to extend your stay in Rio, we recommend you do so BEFORE RE’13, because between 23rd-28th July Rio will host the World Youth Day. World Youth Day is a major Catholic event which is expected to attract over 2 million people from all over the world to Rio, including the Pope. Alternatively, some of you may like to stay on in Rio to enjoy this special event, but be sure to book ahead.


Please note that this information is subject to change. You should always check the visa situation with your local Brasilian Consulate before you travel. You should also ensure that you have at least 6 months of remaining validity on your passport prior to travel.

Visas are currently not required by holders of passports of the following countries: Andorra, Argentina, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Bolivia, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Denmark, Ecuador, El Salvador, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Guyana, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau, Malaysia, Morocco, Monaco, Namibia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Malta, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Trinidad & Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, Uruguay, UK, Vatican and Venezuela.

A visa is currently required for U.S., Canadian and Australian citizens, and can be obtained through the nearest Brazilian Consulate. Visa requirements can be found on a country-by-country basis here. If you are a citizen of another country, please check for your visa requirements and consulate locations here: Please leave sufficient time for processing your visa.

If you require a letter of invitation to apply for your Brasilian visa, please request this when you register for the conference.

Rio Flight Information

Rio Airports

International flights to Rio de Janeiro arrive at the Galeão International Airport (GIG). The Galeão International Airport is located 20 km from the city center of Rio de Janeiro. Several bus, taxi and transfer companies provide airport shuttles (see here and here).

The Santos-Dumont Airport (SDU) is mostly used for domestic flights. You might arrive here if you fly in from another Brasilian city. Ground transportation information for SDU can be found here.

Booking Flights

If you don’t find the flight you need on Cheap Flights, Expedia, Kayak, Orbitz, travelocity, etc., perhaps try the websites of the various airlines serving GIG.

São Paulo? São Paulo (GRU) is an alternative port of entry for many international flights to Brasil. It is less than a 1-hour flight from São Paulo to Rio, and there are plenty of daily commuter flights, so maybe also check out this routing option.

Flying Green? For many of us, it is impossible to travel to Rio without flying. Therefore, we would like to strongly encourage you to purchase flight emission compensation along with your flight.

Flight Options

The list below is not exhaustive, but hopefully it will save you some legwork and get you started on booking your flight to Rio.

Carriers Serving Rio (GIG) Direct from North America:

Carriers Serving Rio (GIG) Direct from Europe:

Non-direct Flights to Rio:

For other cities in Europe, the United States and Canada, you may have to get a connection to one of the airports listed above, or enjoy a hop via South or Central America (see below).

  • Aerolineas Argentina – via a connection in Buenos Aires (BUE) and / or Iguazu (IGR) – see routes and connections here. If you are going to go this way, what a tough life to be so close to the Iguazu falls! [Link to bookings]
  • Air Canada – from Toronto (YYZ) via a connection in São Paulo (GRU) – see routes and connections here. [Link to bookings]
  • Avianca – from Barcelona (BCN), Frankfurt (FRA), Madrid (MAD), Toronto (YYZ), Fort Lauderdale (FLL), Los Angeles (LAX), Miami (MIA), New York (JFK) and Washington (IAD) via a connection in Bogota (BOG) – see routes and connections here. Arepas for breakfast? [Link to bookings]
  • Copa Airlines – from Toronto (YYZ), Boston (BOS), Chicago (ORD), Houston (IAH), Las Vegas (LAS), Los Angeles (LAX), New York (EWR and JFK), Washington (IAD), and from many cities in South and Central America, via a connection in Panama City (PTY) – see routes and connections here. How can an engineering type not resist a side-trip to the Panama Canal? [Link to bookings]
  • Taca - via a connection in Lima (LIM) – now that one would be some Inca Trail to get to Rio. [Link to bookings]

Flying to Rio from Africa, Asia or Somewhere Else?

You may have to fly your usual airline to link up with one of the above carriers in a connecting city/country. But, here are a couple of other connection options for you:

  • Emirates – direct to Rio from Dubai (DXB) – see routes and connections from Dubai here. [Link to bookings]
  • TAAG – direct to Rio from Luanda (LAD) – see routes and connections from Luanda here. Q: Where’s that? A: Angola. [Link to bookings]

Alternative Ways to Travel

1. If you’ve got lots of time to spare, you could try taking a freighter.

2. If you got started right now, you could walk, ride your bike, paddle your kayak, row, row, row your boat, and get to Rio by human power!

However you travel, don’t forget your passport (and visa if you need it), safe journeys, and see you in Rio.