Fact Sheet: An Indian in Rio de Janeiro

Fact Sheet: An Indian in Rio de Janeiro
Fact Sheet: An Indian in Rio de Janeiro

The seaside town of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil will play host to the Olympics in August 2016. As all eyes are currently on this city famed for its carnivals, 'India Global Business' prepares a handy guide for those planning to make the most of the business opportunities the city has to offer against the backdrop of this great sporting event. Currency - Brazilian Real [BRL] Time - GMT -3 Money matters - USD$10000 can be brought to Brazil without declaration at customs. Many ATMs in Rio work with International credit cards and daily withdrawal limits may vary with different bank ATMs. The VAT in Rio de Janeiro is 19 per cent. When making purchases in stores with the sign “Tax Free”, you can request a tax refund at the airport by filling out a form and presenting receipts/invoices. International flights have a departure tax of USD$36 payable in Brazilian Real or American dollars at the tax section just after check-in. Banking Hours - 10:00 am to 16:00 pm from Monday to Friday Post Office Hours - 09:00 am to 18:00 pm from Monday to Friday Indian Diaspora in Brazil:

  • Indian community of PIOs/NRIs in Brazil is small, numbering about 2,000 persons.
  • A majority of them live in Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Manaus.
Trade organisation:
India Brazil Chamber of Commerce: Brazil Office: Paraíba Street, 523, Funcionários, Belo Horizonte, MG Phone: 00 55 31 3264 5444, 00 55 31 3055 3836 Email:
India Office: 50, Babar Road, Near Bengali market, Connaught Place, New Delhi - 110001 Email:
Indian Embassy Details:
Indian Ambassador to Brazil - Sunil Kumar Lal [**WITH PIC]
Location: SES 805, LOTE 24, ASA SUL, Brasília - DF, 70452-901 Phone: 00 55 61 3248 4006
Honorary Consul of India in Rio - Pedro Aguiar de Freitas
Location: Av. Presidente Wilson 231-23rd Floor, Centro-Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Phone: 00 55 21 3824 4752
Travel Essentials:
  • Brazilian Visa takes about 10-15 working days
  • Yellow fever vaccination taken at least 10 days before departure date mandatory for emigration clearance.
Airlines from India to Rio:
There are no direct flights from India to Rio. However, Etihad, Emirates, British Airways, Air France, KLM, Alitalia, Ethiopian Airlines, Lufthansa and Air Canada among others have flights with one or more stops.
Top 5 Business Hotels:
Hilton Barra Rio de Janeiro
Location: Avenida Abelardo Bueno, 1430 | Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22775-040, Brazil Phone: 00 55 85 5605-0316 Website: https://www.hilton.com/en/hotels/rioabhh-hilton-barra-rio-de-janeiro/ Access: 39 minutes from Tom Jobim International Airport
Miramar Hotel by Windsor
Location: Avenida Atlantica, 3668, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22070-001, Brazil Phone: 00 55 21 2195-6200 Website:
Access: 42 minutes from Tom Jobim International Airport
Belmond Copacabana Palace
Location: Avenida Atlantica, 1702, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22021001, Brazil Phone: 00 55 21 4560-1670 Website:
Access: 47 minutes from Tom Jobim International Airport
Grand Hyatt Rio de Janeiro
Location: Avenida Lucio Costa, 9600, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22795-006, Brazil Phone: 00 55 21 3797-1234 Website:
Access: 42 minutes from Tom Jobim International Airport
Hotel Fasano Rio de Janeiro
Location: Avenida Vieira Souto, 80 | Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22420, Brazil Phone: 00 55 21 3202 4000 Website:
Access: 47 minutes from Tom Jobim International Airport
Top Attractions:
  • Christ the Redeemer: This statue of Jesus Christ standing tall at 125 feet with arms stretched is among the Seven Wonders of the World.
  • Sugarloaf Mountain: The mountain cascades over the Guanabara Bay offering great sunset views.
  • Ipanema Beach: A 2-mile stretch of sand and cobalt waters; a place to see and be seen at.
  • Copacabana Beach: A 2.5-mile stretch of sand where you′ll find a peninsula that houses the Historical Museum of the Army and Copacabana Fort.
  • Jardim Botanico: Spread across 340 acres the garden houses more than 6,000 indigenous and exotic species of flora.
Top Indian Restaurants:
  • Veggie Govinda Location: Rua Rodrigo Silva,6, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Phone: 00 55 21 3549 9108 Timings: Mon-Fri 11:30 to 15:30
  • Orienthai Location: Rua Nelson Mandela, 100, Loja 107, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Phone: 00 55 21 2535 7990 Timings: Mon-Sat 18:00 to 00:00 & Sun 14:00 to 00:00

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