Arriving in Brazil and Visas

▢ Airport

For international participants arriving in the city, it is recommended to book a flight to the Belo Horizonte International Airport (CNF, also known as Confins – Tancredo Neves International Airport). It is the only international airport serving the city, located about 40 km (25 mi) from the centre. Almost all flights to/from the airport are domestic (within Brazil). As such, international travellers should book a flight to Brasília, Rio de Janeiro or São Paulo first. European travellers can opt for a direct flight from Lisbon (Portugal) to Belo Horizonte. To reach the city, the following options are available:

→ Bus: outside the main terminal, you can catch several bus lines for a direct connection to the city. Estimated travel time: 60 minutes.

→ Taxi: widely available at the ground level of the main terminal. Always check that you are travelling in a licensed taxi to avoid scams. Estimated travel time: 35 minutes.

→ Uber: there is a specific Uber pick-up zone at the airport and the service is widespread in Brazil. Estimated travel time: 35 minutes.

→ Car: car rentals are also available at the airport. Highway MG-010 offers an almost direct connection to Belo Horizonte. Estimated travel time: 35 minutes.

▢ Visa

All international conference participants must possess valid identification and travel documents before entering Brazil. Each participant is responsible for arranging their own visa, as per the applicable laws.

The conference organisers strongly recommend that all participants check, as soon as possible, the rules for entering Brazil that apply to them, as well as the COVID-19 requirements at the time of travel. The organisers also strongly recommend that visas be requested at least 2 months before travelling. There have been cases in past conferences where late visa applications from participants led to their inability to attend the conference.

The Visit Visa (VIVIS) allows for stays of up to 90 days and is the recommended visa for attending the conference. Citizens from most countries in South America can enter Brazil solely with their citizen card, while citizens from other countries must carry a passport. Additionally, Brazil offers visa exemption to several countries, as listed below. Please check this information against the Brazilian Embassy / Consulate in your country.

  • European Union European Union citizens (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden)
  • Albania
  •  Andorra
  •  Antigua and Barbuda
  •  Argentina
  •  Armenia
  •  Australia
  •  Bahamas
  •  Barbados
  •  Belarus
  •  Belize
  •  Bolivia
  •  Bosnia and Herzegovina
  •  Botswana
  •  Canada
  •  Chile
  •  Colombia
  •  Costa Rica
  •  Dominica
  •  Dominican Republic
  •  Ecuador
  •  El Salvador
  •  Fiji
  •  Georgia
  •  Grenada
  •  Guatemala
  •  Guyana
  •  Honduras
  •  Hong Kong
  •  Iceland
  •  Indonesia
  •  Israel
  •  Jamaica
  •  Japan
  •  Kazakhstan
  •  Liechtenstein
  •  Macau
  •  Malaysia
  • Malta
  •  Mexico
  •  Moldova
  •  Monaco
  •  Mongolia
  •  Montenegro
  •  Morocco
  •  Namibia
  •  New Zealand
  •  Nicaragua
  •  North Macedonia
  •  Norway
  •  Panama
  •  Paraguay
  •  Peru
  •  Philippines
  •  Qatar
  •  Russia
  •  Saint Kitts and Nevis
  •  Sain Vincent and the Grenadines
  •  San Marino
  •  Serbia
  •  Seychelles
  •  Singapore
  •  South Africa
  •  Republic of Korea
  •  Suriname
  •  Switzerland
  •  Thailand
  •  Trinidad and Tobago
  •  Tunisia
  •  Turkey
  •  Ukraine
  •  United Arab Emirates
  •  United Kingdom
  •  United States
  •  Uruguay
  •   Vatican
  •  Venezuela

▢ Visa invitation letter

A visa invitation letter can be issued by the conference organisers upon request from the participant if the following criteria are met:

  • The participant plays a role in the conference (author of an accepted paper, session chair, moderator, panellist, etc.);
  • The participant has paid the registration fee, or this fee has been waived by the conference organisers (e.g. scholarship);
  • The participant requests the visa invitation letter during the online registration (tick the box “I require a visa invitation letter”).

The letters will be issued in digital format only and as soon as possible. Nonetheless, the conference organisers will not be held responsible for any visa-related issues or delays, nor can they speed up visa issuing within the embassies, consulates or the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

▢ Useful links

Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Visas