Venue and travel

The conference was held at the Hotel Novotel São Paulo Jaraguá Conventions in the centre of São Paulo, Brazil.

Check below for some recommendations. Feel free to contact us at conference@isealalliance.org if you have any questions.

General travel information

  • Entry requirements for Brazil: Make sure you comply with Brazilian immigration laws on arrival in the country. You must satisfy the Federal Police (the Brazilian immigration authority) of your intended purpose of visit. You will need to be able to demonstrate that you have enough money for the duration of your stay, provide details of your accommodation and evidence of return or onward travel. Keep your immigration landing card - you’ll need it when you leave (if you lose it you may be fined).
  • Visa: Some nationalities are required to have a visa to enter the country. Please consider any visa requirements when planning your visit.
  • Passport validity: minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Brazil.
  • Health: You don’t have to present a yellow fever certificate to enter the country. But there has been an increase in reported cases of yellow fever, particularly in the states of Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Minas Gerais. You should take steps to avoid mosquito bites and check the requirement for vaccination before travelling.

Transport

From Guarulhos Airport (GRU-Airport) São Paulo to the conference venue

For your comfort and convenience, we recommend using Uber/taxi or Airport Bus Service to travel to the city centre. There are no public trains from the airport to the city available.

  • Airport Bus Service from GRU-Airport to Praça da República (São Paulo – SP): buy your bus ticket online here. This service costs R$50.00 per ticket/one way. “Origem” (From) is GUARULHOS – select your terminal, and “Destino” (To) is “PCA REPUBLICA”. Praça da República to Hotel Novotel São Paulo Jaraguá Conventions is an 800-metre walk, but we recommend taking an Uber or taxi from there, as it can be a bumpy walk! Please note: if the Bus Service is not available at your arrival terminal, you can take a free Shuttle Bus to Terminals 1 or 2 and catch the bus from there.
  • Uber or taxi: prices vary from R$70.00-R$90.00 by Uber and up to R$150.00 by taxi. Please bear in mind that weekend and night fares are more expensive and that traffic can be unpredictable during peak hours in São Paulo – i.e. 6-9am and 5-8pm. We recommend that you book your taxi in advance to get better fares, also setting pick-up time and place to avoid disappointment.

Around the city by underground:

  • We recommend using public transport to move around the city. The underground is especially useful - it can take you to most points of interest around town. You can buy tickets at any ticket booth available in every station, price is R$4.00 per ticket. Learn more at Metrô-SP website.
  • The closest station to the conference venue is Anhangabaú, on the Line 3-Red - take the exit 'Xavier de Toledo' towards R. da Consolação. It is a 6-minute walk from there to the hotel. Another option is República, on the Line 4-Yellow, also a short 10-minute walk to the hotel.

Hotel and lodging recommendations

Hotel recommendations

AirBnB

If you think that AirBnB accommodations could fit your needs, we recommend that you look for rooms in the following neighbourhoods: Higienópolis, Santa Cecília, Consolação, Paraíso, Bela Vista and Centro. Commuting time from these areas to the hotel can take up to 30 minutes by taxi or public transport.

Restaurants, bakeries and coffee shops nearby

$ - coffee shops, quick and cheap bites: 

$$ - for dinner or happy hour:

$$$ - refined atmosphere and highly recommended meals – check websites for bookings:

Tourism

For more information of what to do in São Paulo, take a look at these articles, suggestions and ideas.