Practical Information

Getting to Brazil
What do I need before I start my visa application for Brazil?

You need to purchase your flight, book your hotel room, and provide an invitation letter from the MOBILIZE Team before beginning your visa application.

Do I need a visa to enter Brazil?

Please review the all country visa policy for global visa requirements. The Brazilian government has decided to unilaterally waive the visitor visa requirement for national of the following countries, from 17 June 2019, Australia, Japan, Canada, and United States.

Where do I get an invitation letter for my visa application?

If you require an invitation letter as part of your visa application, please contact

Do I need any vaccines before traveling to Brazil?

It is recommended to have the Yellow Fever vaccination, although the summit venue is located outside the Yellow Fever zone. Please visit this page for more information.

What are the major connecting airports in Brazil?

The largest hub for international flights in Brazil is Guarulhos International Airport (GRU) in São Paulo, followed by Galeão International Airport (GIG) in Rio de Janeiro. Majority of attendees will need to transfer in São Paulo or Rio de Janeiro to reach Fortaleza.

While in Fortaleza
Where should I stay in Fortaleza?

We recommend that you stay in the City Center where you will find a range of hotels that fit any budget. Although hotels may advertise English speaking staff, be aware that English is less commonly spoken in the region. Our hotel suggestions include: Hotel Gran Marquis, Hotel Luceiros, Mareiro Hotel, and Hotel Gran Mareiro (this is our conference hotel).

What is the USD to Brazilian Real (BRL) exchange rate? Are ATMs accessible?

Exchange rate: 1 USD = 4.15 BRL (as of 9 Sept 18). There are ATM machines at the airport and all banks, although the banks are closed on Sunday. Credit cards are accepted at most establishments.

What is the name and address of the airport in Fortaleza, Brazil?

Fortaleza Pinto Martins Airport (FOR)
Av. Senador Carlos Jereissati, 3.000- Bairro Serrinha


Where are the ATMs and/or currency exchange counters in the airport?

There are currency exchange counters upon exiting baggage claim and Bradesco, Itaú, Santander, and Banco 24 horas e Banco do Brasil ATMs are located in the airport terminal on the 1st floor.

Will there be airport pick up?

TBD. Check back around May 2019 for updates.

What do you recommend for ground transportation from the airport?

We recommend using Airport Transfer Coopaero. Uber is available in Fortaleza but the local taxi service appears to be more reliable for tourists.

Note: Be sure to exchange your money to Brazilian Real first as you will have to pay the taxi driver directly in cash.

What is the estimated cost for a taxi from the airport to Fortaleza’s city center (where the summit venue & hotel are located)?

An airport taxi from the airport to the city center costs around 15-25 USD.

How far is the airport from the city center?

The airport is 8 km or 5.6 miles away from the city center, which is a 20-30 minute drive.

Do taxis accept credit cards?

Hailed taxis and airport taxi do not accept credit cards. Uber operates in Fortaleza as an alternative.

What will the weather be like in Fortaleza in June?

June falls within the rainy season in Fortaleza. Average temperatures are:

High: 82F/28C

Low: 66F/19C

What is the air quality like in the city center?

The air is clear but can feel extremely humid and muggy around mid-day.

What is the electricity voltage in Brazil?

In Brazil, the power sockets are type N. The standard voltage is 110/220V and the standard frequency is 60 Hz. For more info, click here.

Is the tap water safe to drink?

It is not safe to drink from the tap. It is advised to use bottled water for drinking and brushing at all times.

What is Brazilian cuisine?

Brazilian cuisine is both unique and widely varied. Northeastern dishes are heavily influenced by Amerindian, Portuguese, and African cultures, including a variety of seafood, grilled meats, casseroles, and fresh fruits and vegetables. There are limited vegetarian options available while dining out. We will provide recommendations as they arise via our summit mobile application.

Are there any medical facilities near the venue?

Hospital Monte Klinikum
Rua República do Líbano, 747 – Meireles, Fortaleza – CE, 60160-140, Brazil

Phone: +55 85 4012-0012

What is the address of the MOBILIZE venue?

MOBILIZE will be held at the Gran Mareiro Hotel – Fortaleza – Rua Oswaldo Araújo, 100 – Praia do Futuro I, Fortaleza – CE, 60177-325, Brazil.

What is the dress code for the conference?

Business casual for the conference, casual for site visits, and optional festive for the reception.

What language will the conference be held in?

The conference will be held primarily in English. We will accommodate English to Portuguese and Portuguese to English simultaneous translation during some sessions.

Is there internet and Wi-Fi available?

Wi-Fi will be made available at the conference venue, although speed and connections may be inconsistent. Free Wi-Fi is limited in Brazil. We will do our best to provide physical addresses and static maps for all event locations offline through our mobile app upon release.

How do I download the MOBILIZE app?

Please review this pdf for instructions on how to access and download the MOBILIZE app.  You can also view a video tutorial here.  The event code is mobilizefbr.