All eyes will be on Rio de Janeiro in August to see countries battle it out for gold medals at the 31st Olympics. In addition to all the international athletes, thousands of fans from all around the world will be heading to Rio this summer to watch the action.
To the inexperienced traveller, Brazil may seem like a daunting place to visit – but it really needn’t be. Safety is a priority, around 85,000 soldiers and policemen will be deployed — the largest security force assembled at any event in Brazil’s history and twice as large as the security presence for London 2012.
We’ve put together a list of things to think about before you travel- and if you haven’t yet got hold of 1 of 7.5 million tickets, don’t panic because tickets are still available!
Our Top Tips:
Travel and accommodation – Book your tickets and accommodation as far in advance as possible to guarantee you’ve got somewhere decent to stay, and try to use authorised sellers where possible.
Travel insurance – Having a comprehensive travel insurance policy will give you peace of mind for your trip to Brazil. It’s worth checking if your insurer offers a policy that provides a high level of cover for medical expenses cover, delays and cancellations, as well as loss or theft of baggage and personal possessions.
Passport – The UK government website states that your passport must be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Brazil. Check when your passport expires and if necessary, renew it. The Passport Office offers a fast track service.
Vaccinations – Check which vaccinations and medication you need especially if you plan to travel to more remote parts of the country – Malaria, Typhoid and Yellow Fever are common vaccinations for visits to Brazil. Click here to see the NHS Fit for Travel site for more information.
Language – English may not be as widely spoken as you expect in Brazil, so it’s helpful to learn a few key phrases in Brazilian Portuguese. Download an app for your smartphone, like Duolingo, to help you master the language in no time.
Travel alerts – It might be a good idea to sign up to receive email alerts from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) before you go. That way, you’ll be prepared if there are any incidents like industrial strikes, protests or reports of illness in the country you’re visiting.
Data package – Avoid any unwanted data charges by sorting out a data package before you leave. To do this contacts your mobile network provider.
We bet you didn’t know this – even we learnt a thing or 2!