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Make your plans to come now and have no fear

Rio de Janeiro is more than prepared to welcome participants coming to the 21st WONCA World Conference of Family Doctors, from November 2-6, 2016. In August, the city will host the Olympic Games, which means it has been receiving special attention when it comes to infrastructure, security and the prevention of diseases such as dengue, chikungunya and zika, transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito.
The Rio de Janeiro state government and the Federal government have been investing resources to fight the mosquito, financing vaccines and other actions to erradicate these diseases. They have also been training and guiding healthcare professionals throughout the state to inform the population and do away with the mosquito proliferation, which has been decreasing in all regions of the state.
These diseases, which can be prevented, should not be a reason for not attending the Conference. Efforts to protect the population are ever more efficient and, with the due precautions (which must be taken not only in Rio but anywhere), it is possible to enjoy pleasant days during the meeting.
Likewise, the political and economic scenario in the country, which is undergoing change, is no reason to avoid traveling. It is one more opportunity to learn, Interact with different people from all corners of the world and delight in the wonders of Rio.
In spite of the difficulties and uncertainties, Brazil has not stopped _ nor have Brazilians _ and professional life cannot be put to a halt. It is through the exchange of knowledge and ideas that the medical profession will be able to pay its contribution and help Brazil overcome this one more challenge. United, well-prepared and up-to-date professionals are much more powerful.
It is not time to be aprehensive. It is time to move ahead. It is worthwhile to plan in advance and ensure a full week of personal and professional growth, topped with what is best in leisure and entertainment. The organizers of this conference are working hard to deliver no less than that and they assure you that you will be glad you made the decision to come to Rio!
Organizing Committee.

Message from WONCA 2016 Organizing Committee

WONCA 2016 Organizing Committee recognizes that potential participants in the conference are seeking more information on the risks of Zika and ways to prevent infection while attending WONCA Conference Rio 2016.
Brazil is one of the 58 countries and territories which to-date report continuing transmission of Zika virus by mosquitoes. While mosquitoes are the primary vectors, a person infected with Zika virus can also transmit the virus to another person through unprotected sex. Zika virus disease usually causes mild symptoms, and most people will not develop any symptoms. However, there is scientific consensus that Zika virus is a cause of microcephaly (children being born with unusually small heads) and other brain malformations and disorders in babies born to women who were infected with Zika virus during pregnancy.
Pregnant women continue to be advised by WHO not to travel to areas with ongoing Zika virus transmission. This includes Rio de Janeiro. The Conference will take place during Brazil’s springtime, when there are fewer active mosquitoes and the risk of being bitten is lower. The conference venue is located in a low incidence region and far from the city center and impoverished areas, just in front to the Olympic Park with new constructions and full sanitation, these characteristics make the possibility of infection for the participants even lower.
WONCA 2016 Organizing Committee will continue to monitor the situation, but don't see any major risk related to Zika virus for the participants in the conference besides for pregnant women.

WHO offers general advice to travellers to help to prevent mosquito bites. This and other information on Zika can be found on the WHO website: and the CDC website:

Rio's international airport is located on Ilha do Governador which has excellent access to Rio's south zone where most of the major hotels are located. The airport is served by 28 international carriers as well as the three major Brazilian airlines and between them they offer direct flights to-and-from more than 80 international cities and most of the major Brazilian centers of population. A shuttle service operates between Rio and São Paulo and is based at Rio's smaller city center airfield, Santos Dumont. An efficient taxi and bus service links the international airport with the main hotels and residential areas.

International Airport - Galeão - Antonio Carlos Jobim:

Tel - information:
(55 21) 3398-5050
(55 21) 3398-4527 / 3398-4526

Domestic Airport - Santos Dumont:

Tel - information and flights
(55 21) 3814-7070

Rio de Janeiro is a tropical city. Summer runs from December through March with temperatures ranging from 25º C (77º F) to 42º C (108º F) while winter runs from June through August when temperatures can drop to around 20º C (68º F) in the day and a cool 16º C (60º F) at night. 
 Appropriately enough for a city where the beach and warm weather play such an important role, casual dress dominates in Rio, although during working hours men will not feel out of place in a suit and tie and women in smart dresses or a suit. Few of Rio's night spots require formal attire. For men, slacks and a sport shirt are sufficient; for women, casual attire is fine. Women may appreciate having a shawl or cardigan in hand for the more heavily air-conditioned buildings, while a light sweater is all that is necessary for winter nights. 
Rio has an excellent telecommunications system which links Rio to the rest of Brazil and the world. Direct dial and collect calls can be placed from any telephone. Pay phones are located throughout the city and operate with telephone cards. Portable cellular telephones are available to visitors for a small rental charge. The International Direct Dial (IDD) code for Brazil is 55 and the city code for Rio de Janeiro 21.

Electric Current
The electric current in Rio is 110 or 120 volts, 60 cycles, alternating current. Many hotels and large apartment blocks do, however, have some 220 volt outlets.
The new Brazilian power socket have the following configuration. Please bring adapters.

Foreign Exchange
The Brazilian monetary unit is the Real (R$). The exchange rate available to visitors is published daily in the newspaper along with the commercial dollar rate of the day used in official international business transactions. Cash and traveler checks, especially US Dollars, can be exchanged at most banks or exchange houses as well as the major hotels. All major credit cards are accepted in Brazil and some stores even accept foreign currency.

Rio Tourist Police
BPTUR - Batalhão de Policiamento em Áreas Turísticas
One battalion of the Rio de Janeiro State Military Police ­ BPTUR ­ is specialized in ostensive patrolling of the city for the protection of the tourist. Properly trained and equipped to attend to cases involving tourists, the men of this corporation have the task of patrolling the popular tourist areas, the beaches and the vicinity of the hotels. 
Address: Rua São Clemente, 345 Botafogo
22260-001 Rio de Janeiro -RJ
Tel: (55 21) 3399-7565 / 69
      (55 21) 3399-7457 call center
      (55 21) 3399-7562 intelligence service
Fax: (55 21) 3399-7450

District for Attending to Tourists ­ DEAT
The District for Attending to Tourists ­ DEAT ­ a special branch of the Civil Police, is made up of a Delegate (Superintendent), detectives, investigators and clerks responsible for investigating and recording occurrences. The DEAT has its own offices conveniently located in Leblon in front of the Casa Grande and Scala theaters. The District was instituted and the police officers specifically trained to attend to foreign visitors. 
Address: Av. Afrânio de Mello Franco, s / nº - Leblon
22430-060 Rio de Janeiro - Brasil
Tel: (55 21) 2511-5112 / 3399-7170 / Fax: (55 21) 3399-71722 
 At last count the city of Rio de Janeiro had around 250 hotels including those from 1 to 5 stars, motels and apart-hotels; more than 28.000 rooms in total.   
The Uber app connects you to a reliable travel with low-cost options premium in just a few minutes. Simply solicit the app and a car will come directly to you. Your driver knows exactly where to go and the payment is convenient and fast.

Rio has an extensive taxi fleet which includes yellow metered cabs which can be hailed in the streets, as well as a series of special taxis operated by licensed companies which can be found at the airports, hotels or booked by phone. From the international airport and the main shopping centers most of the special taxis work on a fixed fare by area which is paid in advance at the company's counter above which the fare price must be displayed. 

It is required that the passport be valid at least for six months following the date of your departure. 

At Riocentro there are 2 ATMs near the pavilion 5 in the ground floor.
ATM available:
» Caixa Econômica Federal
» Banco 24 horas – Click here to check available services!

Storage Room Rules

I – General Information

The 21st WONCA World Conference of Family Doctors will make available a storage room for personal belongings which will be located on the ground floor of Pavillion 5 at Riocentro Convention Center, next to the Registration Desk.

The storage room service is offered by the conference organizers, who will conduct all of the receipt, storage and delivery control operations. Participants who are interested in this service will have to agree with the General Terms and Conditions for the Conference and with the Rules stated below.

There is a limited number of storage room openings, based on a sample of the total number of participants.
Users will not be allowed to choose the number on the storage room ticket once the service is requested. Storage shall obey the order of arrival.
Participants will be allowed to store a maximum of 4 (four) items per day. This service is FREE OF CHARGE to all registered participants.

II –Dates and Times

The Storage Room Service shall be used only during the conference times, as stated below:

  • Tuesday 01/11/2016, from 8a.m. to 5:30p.m.
  • Wednesday 02/11/2016, from 07:30a.m.  to  11:00p.m.
  • Thursday 03/11/2016, from 07:00a.m. to 10:00p.m.
  • Friday 04/11/2016, from 07:00a.m. to 10:00p.m.
  • Saturday 05/11/2016, from 07:00a.m. to 8:00p.m.
  • Sunday 06/11/2016, from 07:30a.m. to 12:00p.m.


Personal belongings shall be returned only in the Storage Room area upon presentation of the corresponding ticket.

In case of ticket loss, belongings shall returned to the participant upon presentation of a picture I.D.

Service will end at the times stated above and all belongings must be collected. Items that are left in the storage room shall be returned on the following day only. However, the organizers are not held responsible for items that are left overnight.

III – Conduct e Responsibilities

Upon requesting the service participants will receive a ticket in the form of a number sticker to be placed behind their badge. The same number will be placed on the item for easy identification.
Any problem regarding the identification of tickets shall be immediately reported to the organizers.
Participants can use the service at any time, as many times as they wish, throughout the day, as specified in clause II.
It is strictly prohibited to use the service to store illegal substances, toxic materials, explosives, inflammabley liquids or gases or any other substance which is likely to cause damage or harm to participants or staff. The organizers will be authorized to inspect any suspicious items at their own discretion, in the presence or absence of the owner , or deny access to the storage room if such a suspicion is confirmed.
In the event of a harmful or suspicious object being left in the storage room, organizers are entitled to remove or destroy such objects or materials to ensure the safety of the people and the conference  facility , and legal action shall be taken.
In case of loss or theft, or ticket damage, participants shall immediately report to the staff, who will help find the item according to the participant´s description. If such a description does not match the content inside the bag or suitcase, or in case of theft suspicion, the conference staff shall refuse to return such object to the alledged owner.

The Conference staff  shall employ its best efforts and precautions to preserve the integrity and safety of belongings left in the storage room.

It is the participant’s responsibility to ensure items are closed/locked so as to avoid any problem or damage. 


IV. Changes in these Rules

Organizers have the right to change these Rules at their own will, any time during the Conference, therefore always check for an updated version of these Rules when you logo n to the official website. The new Rules shall be immediately enforced once they are updated and posted. 
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