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Natal offers a wide range of different hotels and hostels of all price and luxury categories. The city’s 26,000 beds in several hotels, resorts and executive residences of many categories, including independent hotels and domestic and international chains, serve guests throughout the year. Most of them are on average at 10-12 min walking from the PraiaMar Hotel. We suggest you look for accommodation within the Ponta Negra neighborhood, which has a variety of hotels, shopping malls, restaurants, and nightlife, or in the PraiaMar hotel itself. Around the PraiaMar several other hotels with different number of stars are available, fitting different budgets. Flats with complete furniture and kitchen or shared rooms may also be alternatives for large groups. We are asking our students to offer economic lodging for other students. If you are interested please leave a message in our facebook event page, maybe someone will be available to rent a room at very reduced prices.
Natal has an international airport located in São Gonçalo do Amarante municipality that is served by a few direct international flights (for specific information visit http://www.infraero.gov.br/portal/index.php/us/airports/rio-grande-do-norte/sao-goncalo-do-amarante-airport.html). Domestic flights coming from other Brazilian capitals may be good alternatives considering prices. Recife (REC) or Fortaleza (FOR) are both state capitals 40 minutes by flight from Natal and receive several international flights. Brazilian largest airports, and most important for connections are São Paulo (Guarulhos - GRU) and Rio de Janeiro (Galeão – GIG). Pay attention to local air company websites since this event is during an off-season period and promotional prices are usually found in Brazilian flight companies if bought online with some advance.
Natal is closer to Europe and Africa than any other Brazilian capital city. The city is served by the International Airport of São Gonçalo do Amarante, located 40 km from the city center. Arriving at this airport, a standard taxi (white taxi parked outside the arrivals building) should cost around R$100-120 to Ponta Negra neighborhood (~US$40). More expensive taxis are usually available inside the airport. Shuttles are also available and cost around R$ 50-75 per adult to Ponta Negra but are slower and may stop at several hotels according to the destination of its passengers. Shuttle companies stay inside the airport, right after the baggage claim area. Cheaper options include 99POP and Uber, if you have such apps in your mobile phone, these may be good alternatives.
Real/Reais (BRL; symbol R$). Notes are in denominations of R$100, 50, 10, 5, and 2. Coins are in denominations of R$1, and 50, 25, 10, and 5.
Most major international credit cards are accepted (Visa more so than other cards), though not universally. Small shops or markets tend to accept only cash or debit cards
There is an extensive network of ATMs around the country.
Traveler's cheques are becoming increasingly difficult to cash and visitors will find that they often lose money when doing so. Withdrawing cash directly from ATMs is preferable. Banks will not cash traveler’s cheques into foreign currency, including US Dollars. Some hotels will accept payment in traveller's cheques
Mon-Fri / 10am-4pm
There are no restrictions on the import and export of foreign and local currency up to amounts equaling to R$10,000. Amounts higher than R$10,000 must be declared
All banks, exchange agencies, travel agencies and authorized hotels exchange recognized traveler's cheques and foreign currency. The US Dollar is the most widely accepted foreign currency. For information on the current exchange rate go to: www.fxtop.com
To enter Brazil, a passport valid for at least six months from date of entry is required ‘for citizens of several nations (see www.itamaraty.gov.br). Children between the ages of three months and six years must have proof of vaccination against polio. A yellow fever vaccination certificate is compulsory for visitors arriving from infected areas. All travelers must be in possession of onward or return tickets and sufficient funds to cover their stay.
Tourist: visa costs vary according to nationality and are in some cases based on reciprocity. A tourist visa costs around £28 for nationals of Australia, £52 for nationals of Canada, and nationals of the USA pay a £112 processing fee. Business and Transit: cost varies according to nationality – contact the consulate for details.
Normally 90 days from date of issue, although this is at the discretion of Brazilian immigration officials. Tourist visas can be used for multiple entry within the period of validity. Tourist visas can be extended up to a further 90 days, provided the application is made at least two weeks before the expiration of the visa. Tourists wishing to extend their visas should apply in Brazil to the federal police; this must be done before the visa expires or there is a risk of deportation.
Visa applications made through travel agents or couriers are subject to an additional charge. For further information about the Brazilian visa, check the website: www.itamaraty.gov.br.

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