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Travel Information

To get to Porto de Galinhas, the nearest airport is the Recife International Airport, located in Recife, Pernambuco. Currently, there are direct flights (flights where it is not necessary to change planes) to Recife departing from Europe, more specifically from Libson, and the US, departing from Miami (see below). The former is operated by TAP, flight TP0151, whereas the latter is operated by American Airlines, flight AA980. The latter stops in Salvador (in Brazil) before getting to Recife, but it is not necessary to change planes.

Recife is one of the major hubs in northeastern Brazil. There are direct flights to Recife from most of the major Brazilian capitals, including Salvador, Fortaleza, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, and Belo Horizonte. In addition, there are direct flights from the major hubs in Europe and the US to these capitals. This means that, in most cases, it is possible to reach Recife from both Europe and the US (departing from these major hubs) only changing planes once.

Be careful to book in advance in order to get the best fees. The conference organization will provide transfers from Recife International Airport to the conference hotel in Porto de Galinhas based on the most common flight arrival times. Attendees can also arrange for a transfer locally (at their expense).

Flights to Recife

São Paulo is the major Brazilian hub. The airport (GRU) is server by 46 airlines flying non-stop to major cities all over the world (27 countries). São Paulo (GRU) have several non-stop flights (3hs) to Recife during the day.

Recife has flights WITHOUT connection to/from Miami, Lisbon and Madrid (please note that some of them have a stop in a Brazilian city in the outbound or return flight, but there is no airplane change):

    Outbound (daily flight) AA980 Miami 09:10 - Recife 09:15 (stops in Salvador) Total Travel Time: 11 hr 05 min
    Return (daily flight) AA980 Recife 10:40 - Miami 17:55 (nonstop) Total Travel Time: 8 hr 15 min

  • TAP
    Outbound (daily flight) TP0153 Lisbon 16:30 - Recife 21:30 (nonstop) Total Travel Time: 7 hr 00 min
    Return (daily flight) TP4152 Recife 23:00 - Lisbon 10:35 (nonstop) Total Travel Time: 7 hr 35 min

    Outbound (Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays) IB6031 Madrid 12:05 - Recife 19:15 (stops in Fortaleza) Total Travel Time: 11 hr 10 min
    Return (Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays) IB6032 Recife 20:55 - Madrid 9:05 (nonstop) Total Travel Time: 8 hr 10m

Besides flying to São Paulo (GRU) or Recife (REC), you may also try alternatives Brazilian hubs (with nonstop flights to Recife). Rio de Janeiro (2.5hs from Recife) with 20 airlines, Brasília (2hs from Recife) and Salvador (1h from Recife).

Airport Shuttle

The organization will provide shuttles leaving from/to the airport based on the to the participants times of arrival/departure. Such information will be collected during registration. The organization reserves the right to schedule shuttle times to better accommodate the majority of the participants. On the other hand, it is possible to book private transfers with the official travel agency if you do not want to wait until the scheduled time (you will be notified about it) or if you arrive after the last one. The cost is R$ 70.00 (around 40.00 US dollars) for the roundtrip and you can book it with the AOSD travel agency here. If you have any additional, question please contact registration@aosd.net and we will be happy to assist you.

Take a look at the AOSD 2011 map here and have an idea on how far the airport is from the vennue.

Visa Information

Nationals from some countries, such as the USA and Canada, need to obtain an Entry Visa prior to traveling to Brazil. It is important to note that, in general, nationals from countries that are members of the European Union do not need a visa to enter Brazil for less than 90 days. Check if you need a visa to travel to Brazil here. U.S. passport holders need a tourist visa for attending AOSD (an extra fee will be charged to attend a conference). Depending on where you live you need to request your visa in a specific Brazilian consulate. See the following list.

Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, South Dakota and Wisconsin. The Consulate General of Brazil in downtown Chicago (401 N. Michigan Ave.). Home page: http://www.brazilconsulatechicago.org/

Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. Consulate General in Boston, 20 Park Plaza, Suite 810, Boston, MA 02116. 617-542-4000; fax: 617-542-4318. Home page: www.consulatebrazil.org

Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas. Consulate General in Houston, 1700 W. Loop So., Suite 1450, Houston, TX 77027. 713-961-3063; fax: 713-961-3070. Home page: http://www.brazilhouston.org/

Arizona, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming and the following counties in California: Imperial, Kern, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis, Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura. Consulate General in Los Angeles, 8484 Willshire Blvd., Suite 730/711, Los Angeles, CA 90211. 323-651-2664; fax: 323-651-1274. Home page: www.brazilian-consulate.org

Alabama, Bahamas, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands. Consulate General in Miami, 2601 S. Bayshore Dr., Suite 800, Miami, FL 33133. 305-285-6200; fax: 305-285-6229. Home page: www.brazilmiami.org

Connecticut, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Bermuda. Consulate General in New York, 630 Fifth Ave., Suite 2720, New York, NY 10111. 917-777-7777; fax: 212-827-0225. Home page: www.brasilny.org

Alaska, Oregon, Washington State and all other counties in California not included in the jurisdiction of Los Angeles. Consulate General in San Francisco, 300 Montgomery St., Suite 1160, San Francisco, CA 94104. 415-981-8170; fax: 415-981-3628. Home page: www.brazilsf.org

Kentucky, Maryland, Ohio, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia. Embassy in Washington, D.C., Consular Service, 3009 NW Whitehaven St., Washington, DC 20008. 202-745-2828; fax: 202-745-2827. Home page: www.brasilemb.org

For a list of Brazilian consulates throughout the world, including additional visa information, please take a look at the webpage of the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Relations.

An important thing to bear in mind is that, if you're traveling from a country for which Entry Visas are required, a visa application might take a long time to be processed. In general, it does not take longer than 10 business days. Nevertheless, we recommend that you contact the consulate nearest to you in order to get precise information about the processing time.

Visa Support Letters

The AOSD'2011 organization can issue Visa Support Letters to assist conference atendees in obtaining a visa. Please send all visa support letter requests to Elder Cirilo (ecirilo@inf.puc-rio.br) and Isela Macia (ibertran@inf.puc-rio.br). The email should have the subject: "[AOSD 2011] Request for Visa support letter", and the following information needs to be provided:
  • Full name (as it appears in the passport)
  • Number of the passport
  • Nationality
  • Full mailing address
  • An indication if you need the signed letter sent by e-mail (pdf with a scanned copy), mail or both
  • If you are presenting a paper, tutorial, please provide the title; in case of paper presentation, please indicate the track or workshop
  • If you are not presenting a paper, please send your registration number. You will receive the registration number after registering.

Additional information for U.S. citizens

If you are a U.S. citizens, the visa you will need is the tourist visa. If you look at http://www.brazilsf.org/visa_tourist_eng.htm, the tourist visa includes "participation as an attendee or speaker, not paid in Brazil", which is your case.

Other relevant information are:

  • Processing time for tourist visas is of five to eight business days.
  • Visas can be submitted by visa service companies.
  • You do not need an air ticket, just an itinerary plan.
A visa service you might use is http://www.visarite.com/BrazilTouristVisa.htm



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