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Please read these important Bulletins:

Bulletin N°8: VISAS Requirements
Bulletin N°7: Flight Info
Bulletin N°6: General info
Bulletin N°5: Hotel info
Bulletin N°4: NEW DATES
Bulletin N°3: Landing field
Bulletin N°2: General info
Bulletin N°1: General info




EARTHROUNDERS   BRASIL   2010

BULLETIN N°8

JANUARY 2010


ATTENTION! VISA REQUIREMENTS – PLEASE CHECK CAREFULLY WHETHER YOU NEED A VISA!


Brazil operates a reciprocity policy with regard to tourist visas. If your country demands a visa from Brazilians, then you will require one to come into Brazil.

Examples of nationalities that DO require visas: Australians, Canadians, USA, Indians, Mexicans¡­.

Examples of nationalities that do NOT require visas: most Latin Americans and Europeans, South Africans, New Zealanders...


US Nationals: Info from State Dept¡¯s Travel recommendations site.
http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1072.html

ENTRY / EXIT REQUIREMENTS: A passport and visa are required for U.S. citizens traveling to Brazil for any purpose. Brazilian visas must be obtained in advance from the Brazilian Embassy or consulate nearest to the traveler's place of residence. There are no "airport visas" and immigration authorities will refuse entry to Brazil to anyone not possessing a valid visa. All Brazilian visas, regardless of the length of validity, must initially be used within 90 days of the issuance date or will no longer be valid. U.S. citizens reentering Brazil must be able to show an entry stamp in their passport proving that the visa was issued within 90 days; otherwise they will not be allowed reentry. Immigration authorities will not allow entry into Brazil without a valid visa. The U.S. Government cannot assist travelers who arrive in Brazil without proper documentation.

Travelers are reminded that they are subject to local law. Showing contempt to a Brazilian government official at the port of entry, or elsewhere, is a serious offense. Fines for such offenses are based on the offender¡¯s claimed income.

****Additionally, travelers who have recently visited certain countries, including most other Latin American countries (check Brazilian Embassy website linked below), may be required to present an inoculation card indicating they had a yellow fever inoculation or they may not be allowed to board the plane or enter t he country. ****

Visit the web site of the Brazilian Embassy in Washington, D.C. for the most current visa information.

For current entry and customs requirements for Brazil, travelers may contact the Brazilian Consulate at 1030 15th St., NW, Washington, DC 20005; telephone 1-202-461-3000. Travelers may also contact the Brazilian consulates in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, or San Francisco. Addresses, phone numbers, web and e-mail addresses, and jurisdictions of these consulates may be found at the Brazilian Embassy website.****U.S. citizens and other foreign travelers must fill out a s mall immigration form on arrival that will be stamped and handed back by immigration officials at the airport. It is important to retain this form in order to hand it in to immigration officials upon exit from the country. According to the Brazilian Embassy¡¯s website, visitors who lose this form will have to get clearance from the Brazilian Federal Police to leave the country and may have to pay a fine.****


Info from Brazilian consulate in Washington DC
http://www.brasilemb.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=42&Itemid=155

From this site, you can see that the PROCESSING TIME can be up to 10 business days, or by mail, up to 15 working days. The application form can be downloaded. There is a list of the consulates from where you can obtain a visa.


Another FAQ. Yellow Fever vaccination.

Do I need any shots before entering Brazil? None are required if you are traveling directly from the United States. However, a Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate is required if you have visited in the past 90 days or if you will visit one of the following countries before entering Brazil: Angola, Benin, Bolivia, Cameroon, Colombia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ecuador, French Guyiana, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Peru, Sierre Leone, Sudan and Venezuela.





EARTHROUNDERS   BRASIL   2010

BULLETIN N°7

JANUARY 2010

SOME FLIGHT INFORMATION

For participants who will arrive by commercial airliner, here is some light orientation, as you will need to consult your travel agent or do your own internet research.

The only direct flights into Brasilia from Europe depart from Lisbon. In May, the outward-bound journey is a nocturnal flight, leaving Lisbon at 23:50, arriving Brasilia 05:30. This means you have plenty of time that day to catch a connection from any destination within Europe, precluding any need to spend a night in Lisbon ¨C although that is always an added bonus, it is a lovely city. The return flight leaves Brasilia at 17.05, arriving in Lisbon at 06.20, again enabling you to connect easily to any destination that day.
TAP also flies direct to other Brazilian cities, like Rio, Sao Paulo, Recife, Fortaleza. You might like to look into purchasing one leg to one destination and returning from another.

All the other major European airlines have flights to Rio and/or Sao Paulo, usually on a daily basis.

Delta Airlines is currently operating twice a week directly into Brasilia from Atlanta, although their dates are not in perfect harmony with our event. Flights leave ATL on Mondays and Thursdays, at 21.20, arriving 06.45, returning on Tuesdays and Fridays at 21.55, arriving 06:00. Earthrounders might like to consider flying down on a Delta flight to some other city ¨C Rio, Sao Paulo, Manaus, Recife or Fortaleza ¨C and then pick up the return directly from Brasilia on 18th May. If anyone would prefer to catch the Delta flight on Thursday 13th May, they would just miss the first evening, but could catch up with us on time for the Friday morning activities.

You also have the choice of all sorts of flights on American Airlines and Continental.

Those arriving from Australasia have a choice of Qantas or Lan Chile on different routings. South African airlines has direct flights into Sao Paulo.







EARTHROUNDERS   BRASIL   2010

BULLETIN N° 6

NOVEMBER 2009


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EARTHROUNDERS   BRASIL   2010

BULLETIN N° 5

NOVEMBER 2009

Royal Tulip Brasilia Alvorada Hotel selected.

It has taken a while for us to obtain room rates for 2010, but we are at last pleased to announce that the Royal Tulip Brasilia Alvorada has given us an excellent offer.

Being a political and administrative centre, Brasilia has always been a city where the major focus of hotel occupancy occurs during the week. However, the hotel has agreed to extend their promotional weekend rate to cover our entire stay of five nights.

The rate is fixed for us at 215 reais per room (twins/double) + 5% service tax. At the current very low rate of exchange, this works out at US$ 126 + 5%, but there is a strong possibility that the dollar will rise a bit by May! Sorry, but it's not our fault the dollar/euro and pound have crumbled! This is an excellent rate for Brasilia's best 5-star hotel, in a great location.

The hotel, built in 2001, is set on the banks of Parano?Lake (an artificial lake created at the dawn of Brasilia), with the grounds of the Alvorada Palace (the president's residence) on one side. It commands a great view of the water, and has considerably more to offer a visitor than most Brasilia hotels, which are tower blocks located in the city centre. It is a peaceful location just 10 minutes' drive from the said city centre, should anyone have the burning need to visit a shopping mall.

Although predominantly used by businessmen, it offers full leisure options: lovely swimming pool down beside the lake, three tennis courts, a gym and a "spa". There is a good choice of restaurants and bars - but most of the time we will be whisking you off to other locations.

Hope you'll stay with us!!


http://www.royaltulipbrasiliaalvorada.com







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BULLETIN N° 4

NOVEMBER 2009


ATTENTION! CHANGE OF DATES!! 6th-11th May 2010

Whilst negotiating room rates for hotels over the period 13-18th May, we were fortunate enough to discover that there will be a huge gathering of mayors from all over Brazil, in Brasilia, that week-end.

This not only makes it impossible to obtain a good deal (the mayors' bills are paid with tax-payers' money, so no-one is counting, of course!), it means we would be continually bumping shoulders with an unruly bunch some 800 strong.

So, for the sake of peace and quiet, we have brought the meeting forward by one week, to 6th-11th May.

Some people are querying why it the venue is Brasilia and not Rio de Janeiro. Here are four good reasons:
a) It is, after all, the capital of Brazil.
b) Many people already know Rio, but few know Brasilia.
c) It is a World Heritage site.
d) We happen to live here!

Others ask why we have chosen to do the meeting in May. Here are a couple of good reasons. a) Brasilia turns 50 on 21st April 2010. As you can imagine, it is undergoing a face-lift to celebrate this landmark birthday, and it will be advantageous to see it in all its tidied-up glory. b) In May, we are going into our dry season and the weather should be wonderful!

So we hope that you still can and will join us!

Gérard & Margi Moss



EARTHROUNDERS   BRASIL   2010


BULLETIN N° 3

OCTOBER 2009


Good news for anyone arriving commercial from the USA

After struggling for 50 years, Brasilia is finally becoming a capital with a few international flights! TAP began the first direct flight to Europe a couple of years ago, and direct flights to the USA will come into operation with Delta Airlines, three times a week, as from mid-December. By May, of course, they might have put on a daily flight, who knows? For those coming from the States who take this option, it will avoid flying on to Rio or São Paulo and then changing flights to turn back north again to Brasilia.

And especially good news for pilots arriving in their own aircraft.

Life has suddenly become simpler! A new airport for light aircraft has become available on the outskirts of the city and can by used by those arriving in Brasilia in their own planes. SIQE (Botelho) is situated on a perfect plateau, as you can see in the satellite image below (taken here from Google Earth, but the image is not recent).

The runway is 1,700 metres long (n.b. metres), of which 700 metres are asphalt (in the middle) and construction of hangars is to begin shortly. The huge advantage is easy access to the runway, coming and going to and from your aircraft, compared to the infernal restrictions and security checks at a huge international airport. However, it means that pilots who opt to land at Botelho's should clear Customs and Immigration at some other Airport of Entry on the way.

Coordinates are: 15 °56' 30" South // 47° 43' 13" West

Altitude: 1,036 metres, 3,399 feet

We will meet-&-greet all those flying into this airport - there isn't exactly a taxi-rank there, but don't worry, there will be security.

Bothelo





EARTHROUNDERS   BRASIL   2010

BULLETIN N° 2

OCTOBER 2009


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EARTHROUNDERS   BRASIL   2010

BULLETIN N° 1

MAY 2009


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