Department of Biosystems Engineering
(Departamento de Engenharia de Biossistemas)
Luiz de Queiroz College of Agriculture (ESALQ)
University of São Paulo
Escola Superior de Agricultura "Luiz de Queiroz"
Universidade de São Paulo
Av. Pádua Dias, 11
Piracicaba/SP - Brazil
How to get to Piracicaba?
International travelers can fly into International Airport of São Paulo, located in Guarulhos (GRU) (https://www.gru.com.br/en) or Viracopos International Airport, located in Campinas (VCP) (http://www.aeroportoviracopos.net/en/). National travelers can also use the Congonhas Airport in São Paulo (http://www.aeroportocongonhas.net/).
Travel distance from Guarulhos to Piracicaba is around 171 km. From Guarulhos, the traveler have two ways of going by bus to Piracicaba.
1) By taking a bus to São Paulo city and then to Piracicaba. From Guarulhos to Tietê bus station in São Paulo city is with the shuttle bus from “Airport Bus Service” company (http://www.airportbusservice.com.br/en/home). It takes 40 minutes and costs 47.00 BRL. Then the traveler can take a bus from Tietê to Piracicaba main bus station with the “Piracicabana” company (http://www.viacaopiracicabana.com.br/index.php#). It takes around two hours and costs 52.00 BRL.
2) By taking a bus to Campinas city and then to Piracicaba. The bus from Guarulhos to Campinas main bus station is from “Lira bus” company (https://www.lirabus.com.br/), which takes around 2:30 h and costs 36.10 BRL. From Campinas to Piracicaba, the traveler can take a bus from the “Piracicabana” company, which takes around 1:30 h and costs 21.25 BRL.
Travel distance from Viracopos to Piracicaba is around 80 km. The traveler can go by bus to Campinas main bus station with the “VB transportes” company (https://www.vbtransportes.com.br/), which takes around 50 min and costs 3.00 BRL , or with the “Lira bus” company (https://www.lirabus.com.br/), which takes 40 min and costs 9.BRL. The bus from Lira company is more expensive because is an executive bus and the VB is a regular bus.
Travel distance from Congonhas to Piracicaba is around167 km. The traveler can go by bus from Gongonhas airport to Tietê bus station in São Paulo city with the bus of the SPTrans company (http://www.sptrans.com.br/itinerarios/), and then from Tietê to Piracicaba with the Piracicabana company (http://www.viacaopiracicabana.com.br/index.php#).
Travelers that are going by car to Piracicaba can use different highways and roads. From São Paulo city, the main road is Rodovia dos Bandeirantes.
Moving around Piracicaba
The city of Piracicaba has several historical monuments, natural attractions and places to visit, such as Rua do Porto, Casa do Povoador and Engenho Central. The main Piracicaba hotels are close the main attractions and ESALQ USP Campus. The campus is located between 10 - 30 minutes walk from the main of the hotels. Uber also operates in the city. And also the city has an efficient bus transportation operated by the company Via Ágil, routes and prices can be found in Portuguese using the link http://viaagil.com.br/linhas-e-horarios. Other transportation options are listed below.
Car rent in Piracicaba
Localiza Rent a Car: Rua Edu Chaves, 1804 – Bairro Vila Independência. (19) 3434-4949. www.localiza.com
Movida Aluguel de Carros: Av. Dr. Cássio Pascoal Padovani, 861 – Bairro Morumbi. 0800 606 8686. www.movida.com.br
Taxi in Piracicaba
Taxi at the bus terminal: (19) 3433-8003
Taxi near the event (Av. Independência, 3509): (19) 3422-8317
Tourist Visa Waiver
Citizens from countries which do not normally demand tourist visas from Brazilians do not need to apply anticipated for a VITUR visa in order to enter Brazil, and are entitled to visa waivers valid for stays of up to 90 days.
Passport holders from the following countries traveling to Brazil for the reasons covered by the VITUR visa do not need to apply for a visa:
Argentina, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Bolivia, Bulgaria, Chile, Colombia, Cyprus, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, El Salvador, Ecuador, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain/United Kingdom, Greece, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Hungry, Ireland, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malaysia, Malta, Morocco, Monaco, Namibia, Norway, New Zealand, Netherlands (Holland), Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino , Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, the Sovereign and Military Order of Malta, Spain, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland (Helvetic Confederation), Suriname, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, Uruguay, Vatican (Holy See), and Venezuela.
Who Needs a Visa?
Foreign citizens not eligible for a visa waiver need a Brazilian Tourist Visa (VITUR) whenever they come to Brazil with the following purposes:
• tourist travel;
• short term visits to relatives and friends;
• scientists, professors, or researchers traveling to take part in conferences, congresses, or cultural, scientific, or technological seminars;
• participation in artistic or amateur sport competitions, once there are no monetary awards or charging of entrance fees.
Thus, participants of the BCZS are generally expected to hold a valid VITUR visa in order to attend the congress and travel inside the country for tourism (N.B.: trips with additional purposes not listed above may demand different visa classes). They should consult with the Brazilian consular authorities in their places of origin to apply for it before entering Brazil, unless they are eligible for a visa waiver. This requirement is based on the principle of reciprocity of treatment and applies to nationals of countries which demand visas from Brazilians to enter their territories.
Therefore, citizens of the following countries are required a previously issued visa to enter Brazil:
Afghanistan, Algeria, American Virgin Islands, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahrein, Bangladesh, Benin, Bhutan, Brunei, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Byelorussia, Cape Verde, Cameroon, Cambodia, Canada, Chad, Comoros Islands, Congo, Cuba, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, East Timor, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Fiji, French Guyana, Gabon, Ghana (Ghana), Granada, Guam, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ivory Coast, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kirgizstan, Kiribati, Kiribati Island, Kuwait, Laos, Lesotho, Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Maldives, Mali, Marianas Islands, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mauritania, Myanmar, Mozambique, Moldavia, Mongolia, Nagorno-Karabakh, Nauru, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, Norfolk Island, North Korea, Oman, Palau Island, Papua Nova Guinea, Pakistan, People’s Republic of China (China), Porto Rico, Qatar, Republic of Belarus, Reunion, Ruanda, Samoa, São Tomé and Príncipe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serra Leon, Seychelles Islands, Somalia, Somaliland, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria, Tanzania, Tajikistan, Togo, Tonga, Transnistria, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Vietnam, Yemen, and Zambia.
Electronic Visit Visa (eVisa)
The new system for granting electronic visas is available for nationals of Australia, Canada, United States and Japan. Nationals of these countries may apply for a Visit Visa and obtain it remotely, with no need to visit a Consulate, since there is no physical label. The eVisa must be applied for at the VFS Global website (the company which provides the service).
If the application is approved, the applicant will receive an e-mail with the visa copy, his data, visa data, QR Code to confirm the authenticity, and any warnings that may apply.
The holder of the electronic visit visa must present the printed authorization file or its electronic copy to the transport companies at the time of boarding, as well as to the Brazilian immigration authorities upon their entry into Brazil.
The eVisa can be acquired via the website: https://brazil.vfsevisa.com/brazil/online/home/index
Health: The Brazilian Ministry of Health recommends the inoculation against yellow fever. The vaccine should be taken at least ten days before travel and it provides immunity for at least 10 years.
Climate: Piracicaba is a humid tropical city. When the BCZS takes place, on April, it is spring season, with warm temperatures in the day (max. of 27°C) and cool at night (min.16°C). The average precipitation on that month is 58 mm.
Electric Current: The electric current in Piracicaba is 110 or 120 volts, 60 cycles, alternating current. Many hotels and apartment blocks do, however, have some 220 volt outlets.
Foreign Exchange: The Brazilian monetary unit is the Real (R$). The exchange rate available to visitors is published daily in newspapers 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 stores as well as the major hotels. All major credit cards are accepted in Brazil and some stores may even accept foreign currency.