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V LASID MEETING PRIMARY IMMUNODEFICIENCIES AROUND THE WORLD October 4-7, 2017 Maksoud Plaza Hotel
São Paulo
Brazil

Brazil


In Brazil, everywhere you look, you will be impressed and awed by the country whose byword is diversity.

In our five hundred and seventeen-year history, we have built a nation comprising a wide range of peoples, and a variety of cultures covering of as a land mass approximately 8.5 million square kilometers, on half (47%) of the Latin American area.

The country can boast 20% of the world’s biodiversity and one of the most outstanding examples of this wealth is the Amazon Rain Forest, which is 3.6 million square kilometers in area.

The country is today divided into 26 states, one federal district and over 5,500 municipalities. There are over 204 million inhabitants.

The country, brimming with natural beauty throughout its 11,000 square kilometers is striking in its blend of colors, races and cultures there is at one common denominator, the joy than can be perceived in every nook and any moment in time, be it in its music, the heat of the beaches in the northeastern region, at Ipanema Beach, Corcovado and the Sugar Loaf landmarks of Rio de Janeiro, the mountains of Minas Gerais, the swinging nightlife in São Paulo, the pampas in the south or the lushness of the Amazon.

Our celebrations and popular cultural events such as Carnival and June Fests which depict the creativity of the Brazilian people are an outgrowth of this warm spirit and teem with colors, sounds and flavors that infect anyone within close proximity.

We hope to provide you during the LASID 2017 a sample of how Brazil has succeeded in harmoniously joining the seriousness of the business world with the warmth of its people.




São Paulo


São Paulo is the largest city in Brazil and is acknowledged throughout the country as its “business capital.” The city is spread over roughly 1.5 million km², and its 10 million inhabitants turn out 10% of the total gross national product in Brazil, making it the major city in the country.

Anyone interested in experiencing the sensation of visiting the whole world in one single location has certainly found his/her destination in São Paulo.

The city has welcomed migrants and immigrants from all corners of Brazil and the world, who live in communities that have preserved their cultures and the traditions of their countries of origin while at the same time living beside each other in perfect harmony.

São Paulo is famed for its dynamic cultural life, cuisine, restaurants and important artistic circuit. The gastronomic offerings in the city are varied and highly cosmopolitan. São Paulo also has na impressive list of 300 movie theaters, 100 theaters and hundreds of cultural centers, not to mention the 70 museums and historic buildings, theme parks and many leisure áreas as well as two large stadiums.

Another important location is the Interlagos car racetrack, where the Formula 1 Grand Prix is run every year.

Carefully chosen by the LASID 2017 because of its location the Maksoud Plaza Hotel offers hospitality and the modernity of the capital to the participants of the LASID 2017.




GENERAL INFORMATION


Telephone

55 (11) 3813.8896


Airport

The Guarulhos Airport is located 50 km from the city of São Paulo, and handles international flights destined for the state capital.


Accommodation

The LASID 2017 will be held at the Maksoud Plaza Hotel.

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Passport and Visa

All foreigners who were born in countries that do not have na agreement with Brazil’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs should request a visa. It is advisable to consult necessary requirements beforehand,because the process may take a few days to be completed.
It is important to remember that the passport must be valid for at least six more months, from the date the visa is requested. A recent 3x4 or 5x7 colored photo with white background must also be presented. Should you have any questions about obtaining a visa to enter Brazil, contact the local or nearest Brazilian consulate. Letter of invitation con be provided by the Congress, on request.


Vaccination - Yellow Fever Vaccine

For tourists who have been in transit over the past three months, or who are coming from certain countries –such as Angola, Benin,Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, etc -, an International Certificate of Vaccination against yellow fever is required. Consult the Brazilian Consulate nearest you, or the Brazilian Embassy in your country,to explain any questions and to obtain any other information concerning vaccinations in Brazil.


Foreign Exchange and Currency

The currency used in Brazil is called the Real (R$). Foreign exchange can be handled in banks, travel agencies and authorized hotels. . International credit cards are accepted at most hotels,restaurants, stores, travel agencies, car rental companies and other companies that render services to tourists. For your information, during 2016, the average rate was: 1 US$ = R$ 3,50


Electricity Voltage

Electricity voltages vary from one state to another. São Paulo operate on 110V.


Language

The national language is Portuguese, but it is a little different from the Portuguese spoken in Portugal. However, the working language during the meeting will be English.


Taxis

The tourist may opt to take na ordinary taxi easily found in the streets or through radio taxi services. It is recommended that accredited taxi services at points nearby the main hotels be given priority. It is not usual in Brazil to tip a taxi driver although it is common to round off the amount and let the driver keep the change as a gratuity. You can also easily call an UBER.


Tips

Most restaurants and bars include a service charge of 10% in the bill. When no service charge has been included, then a tip of 10% or 15% is the general rule.


Climate in Brazil

In October, the climate in SãoPaulo is mild, with maximum temperatures of around 28ºC during the day, and 18/19ºC at night.


Times Zones

The official time is Brasília time, and it corresponds to 3 hours earlier than GMT.


Places to Visit

Fun and art are synonymous with São Paulo, a city that breathes culture.
The capital of the state has 272 cinemas, 102 theaters, 11 cultural centers and 70 museums, as well as dozens of historical buildings. The city also has five theme parks and countless leisure areas. There are also seven large stadiums and the Interlagos Speedway, home to the city’s Formula 1 Grand Prix.


Shopping - São Paulo

The verb to shop is closely linked to São Paulo. Like other great metropolises on the planet, the city ensures options for all tastes, from arts and crafts fairs and art galleries to more than 50 shopping malls. The most famous brands from every corner of the world are here.
The streets with specialized commerce are a big differential in the city.
They offer antiques, electronic equipment, costume, jewelry, and much more.