How to get to the Conference hotel

Airport of Rio de Janeiro Santos Dumont(SDU) x Windsor Marapendi

International Airport of Rio de Janeiro Antônio Carlos Jobim(GIG) x Windsor Marapendi

Visa Requirements


Passport must be valid for at least 6 (six) months from the date of your departure to Brazil.

Participants are strongly advised to make sure they fulfill all legal requirements to enter in Brazil. Besides a valid passport, an entry visa may also be required. Because of the diplomacy principle of reciprocity, Brazil requires a visa for citizens from countries that require a visa from Brazilian citizens. Please check with your nearest Brazilian Consulate.

The Visa is not required for most European and Latin American countries and Russia, but for the USA, Canada, China, Australia and Japan, among others, a Visa is required. To apply for a visa please contact to the nearest Brazilian Embassy/Consulate ( or and/or The need for a visa to Brazil depends on your nationality and NOT on the country where you live or from where you are traveling to Brazil. If your nationality is from Australia, Japan, Canada or USA you can apply for your eVisa (Electronic Visa) here.

Please, let us know as soon as possible if you need an invitation letter to be included with your visa application – click here​

Invitation Letters


Designed to help participants to meet administrative requirements in certain countries, official letters of invitation for entry visa or other purposes may be supplied upon request (sent by electronic mail in PDF format). Please allow sufficient time for this procedure. Note that such letters do not commit the Organizing Committee to any kind of financial support, hosting arrangement, refund of expenses by the Conference organization, nor does it guarantee an entry visa issuance.

Restaurants nearby the Conference

Hollandaise Brasserie Restaurant
Lúcio Costa Avenue, 5750 - Barra da Tijuca (350m from the venue) website

Maccherone Barra da Tijuca
Lúcio Costa Avenue, 6250 - Barra da Tijuca (650m from the venue) website

Toca da Traíra Restaurant
Lúcio Costa Avenue, 8000 - Barra da Tijuca (1,8 km from the venue, better to go by taxi or Uber) website


supermarket Zona Sul: Address- Avenida Lucio Costa, 4700, Barra da Tijuca (700 m far from the conference hotel)

Useful links and contacts




PHOTOS OF ICMM2018     Click here.

Touristic information about Rio de Janeiro ( Hotels, Things to do, Flights and Restaurants)

List of Brazilian Embassies: Click here

For weather consulting: Click here 

For time zone consulting: Click here 

Apply for eVisa (Electronic Visa): Click Here 

Other Important Information


Check with your health insurance about coverage in Rio. ICMM2018 does not offer any medical or dental service. You may consider buying health insurance before arriving in Rio de Janeiro, as private hospital and medical fees may be expensive.

A valid international vaccination certificate for yellow fever, under the auspices of the World Health Organization, is demanded by the Brazilian Government for travellers who are resident (or have been in transit within the past three months) of Angola, Benin, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Cameron, Colombia, Ecuador, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, French Guyana, Liberia, Nigeria, Peru, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Venezuela and Zaire. Please consult the health department office in your city.

According to the “World Health Organization” yellow fever vaccination is recommended for international travellers in many areas in Brazil, in particular if going to wild forest areas. The vaccination must be taken at least 10 (ten) days before travelling. Yellow fever vaccination is not mandatory to enter Brazil. No cases of yellow fever have been reported in the urban area of the city of Rio de Janeiro.



The Brazilian monetary unit is the Real (R$). The exchange rate available to visitors is published daily in the newspapers along with the commercial dollar rate of the day used in official international business transactions.  To have an idea of the exchange rates you may visit, e.g., the website Cash and traveller's check can be exchanged at most banks, at exchange houses (in some malls and airports), as well as in the major hotels. All major credit cards are accepted in Brazil, and some shops even accept US$ dollars.


The official language in Brazil is Portuguese, but the official language of the Conference is English.


Electrical appliances in Rio de Janeiro operate on 110 – 120 Volts. The frequency is 60 Hz, and type N socket and plug are the official standard in Brazil (Type N consists of two pins and a grounding pin). Some hotels are equipped with sockets interchangeable between 110 Volts and 220 Volts.

A 10% tip is usually already included in the bill at restaurants and bars. You are not obliged to pay this tip, but usually nobody complains. Of course you may leave a higher tip if you wish. If the tip is not included, it will be explicitly indicated in the bill. Usually, all prices have already included the Brazilian federal taxes. An exception could be the hotel prices, which may add a 5% to 10% tax to the given rates.


By the time of the symposium the average temperatures are expected to be around 25°C (75°F). A sunny weather is expected, but occasional rains are not unlikely.

Suggestions for your packing list
 In such a tropical and natural environment, sometimes mosquitoes may be an annoyance. Pack your preferred insect repellent lotion. Don’t forget your sunscreen lotion, hat and sunglasses (and a rain coat, just in case). A light jacket or cardigan for the evening is suggested as temperatures may drop slightly.


The recommended arriving airports are Rio de Janeiro International Airport (GALEÃO) or Rio de Janeiro-Santos Dumont Airport (only domestic flights). A shuttle service from these airports to the venue will be provided for participants (see details in shuttle service). If you arrive at other airports, a connecting flight to one of these airports is recommended.

Distance from International Airport (GALEÃO) to Windsor Marapendi Hotel, Barra da Tijuca, RJ (Venue) - 34,4KM