General Travel Information

Riocentro, a world-class meeting venue, situated in the heart of Rio de Janeiro, is easily accessible from the city center and major transportation hubs. This central location makes it convenient for attendees traveling from different parts of the city and internationally. The self-contained campus is secure and environmentally friendly.  The IMS Annual Meeting will occupy the entire conference center inside the Riocentro campus creating an insulated and intimate environment for non-stop learning.


Rio de Janeiro has two airports – Santos Dumont airport (SDU) and Rio de Janeiro-Galeão International Airport (GIG). GIG is the main and largest airport and served by both local and international airlines. SDU is served mostly by domestic flights.


Taxis and rideshare (Uber) are available at both SDU and GIG. Follow the signs after exiting baggage claim.


All participants must hold valid identification and travel documents before entering Brazil. Each participant is responsible for arranging their own visa, if required. Please check whether you need a visa to enter Brazil on the website of the Brazilian Government here.

The IMS strongly recommend that all participants check as soon as possible the rules for entering Brazil from their respective countries/passport on which they will travel to Brazil. If a visa is required, we also strongly recommend that visas be requested at least two months before traveling.

Updated Visa Requirements for American, Australian, and Canadian Passport Holders

On April 9, 2024, the Brazilian government announced a visa exemptions extension for passport holders from Canada, Australia, and the United States. The requirement for an eVisa will now go into effect on April 10, 2025.