Getting to Salvador

SIGIR'2005 will take place at the Hotel Pestana Bahia, in Salvador. Salvador is located on the coast of Brazil, south latitude 13º00' and length west 38º30', average annual temperature of 26º C.

There are straight flights from Lisbon (daily) and Paris, Milan and Rome via Madrid (3 times a week) to Salvador. There are also multiple flights each day from Brazil's two gateway ports, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo.

International airport to Pestana Bahia Hotel (conference venue)

Pestana Bahia Hotel stays 20 km from Luís Eduardo Magalhães International Airport. Its address is:

    Pestana Bahia Hotel
    Street: Fonte do Boi, 216
    Rio Vermelho - Salvador - Bahia - Brazil

Take a taxi from the airport. You can look for a taxi desk named "Coometas" inside the airport and buy the ticket which should not be more than US$25.00. You can pay in cash or credit card.


A valid passport is required to travel to Brazil. We recommend applying for one as soon as possible if you do not already have one, as they often take a while to process.


A tourist visa is required for most travelers to Brazil, including U.S. and Canadian citizens. For a list of countries whose citizens do not need a visa, Click Here

Visa Application Requirements

For a list of requirements for applying for a Brazilian tourist visa, visit the Embassy of Brazil in Washington web site or contact your local Brazilian Consulate office.

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