Advice on travelling to Brazil

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Tips on how to enjoy your stay at the Olympics in Rio

Tips on how to enjoy your stay at the Olympics in Rio

With the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro being only months away, the Foreign Office has used three athletes to help launch its recommendations to Britons travelling there.

The three emphasise the importance of preparation for both visitors and sports people. Tim Brabants, the gold medallist sprint kayaker who is also a doctor, highlighted the necessity of checking that travellers make sure their vaccinations are up-to-date and, if not, have them in advance of departure dates rather than leaving them until the last minute.

A preparation checklist is available from, including the eight top tips:

  1. Ensure that you obtain comprehensive travel insurance and that it covers you for all activities that you want to carry out while in Brazil.
  2. Book your Games tickets and accommodation as far in advance as possible and from authorised sellers. Demand for hotel rooms in Rio is likely to outstrip supply during the Games period. Event tickets will also sell out. Avoid buying or selling tickets on the secondary market. Ticket ‘touting’ is a criminal offence in Brazil.
  3. Your passport must be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Brazil.
  4. Brazil is the world’s fifth largest country. If you plan to travel outside of Rio, make sure you plan your journey carefully and book flights well in advance
  5. Check which vaccinations and medication you need before you travel, especially if you plan to travel to more remote parts of the country. For advice see:
  6. Learn a bit of Portuguese as English isn’t as widely spoken as you may expect.
  7. For our latest travel advice, sign up to our travel advice alerts:
  8. Follow @FCOTravel and @UKinBrazil on Twitter, and FCO Travel on Facebook.


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