If you are lucky enough to have tickets and are travelling to Brazil for the 2014 World Cup matches you’ll need to be ‘on the ball’ and start preparing well in advance to ensure everything goes as smoothly as possible.
For starters, you’ll need to start thinking about what to pack. June and July fall during winter in Brazil, so check for average temperatures in the cities you plan to visit. Temperatures can range between 10ºC and 35ºC.
The FIFA World Cup starts on 12 June in the city of Sao Paulo, with the final match held on 13 July in Rio de Janeiro.
We highly recommend that you start a travel checklist and visit the web site of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) for their excellent travel advice. Here are some important tips to get you started:
- Check the expiration date of your passport (you will need to have at least six months validity left – preferably longer, and at least two blank pages)
- Check that the emergency contact information in your passport is up-to-date
- UK citizens do not need a visa for Brazil and are permitted to stay as a tourist for up to 90 days
- If you plan to rent a car and drive read up on the important driving trips provided by the FCO
- Be wary of pick-pockets and guard your passport carefully at all times (obtaining an emergency replacement is costly and a nuisance!)
- Purchase travel insurance as soon as you book travel to protect your trip against unexpected cancellation
- Check whether you will need vaccinations for your planned destinations (e.g. a yellow fever jab may be required for certain areas)
- Arrange with your doctor for a supply of your prescription medicines
- Purchase a good quality insect/mosquito repellent
- Inform your bank that you will be travelling (if you plan to use a debit or credit card in Brazil)
- Leave your travel itinerary with someone at home so they know how to contact you
- Check that your mobile phone will work in Brazil
- Check to ensure any tickets you purchase for games are genuine (with FIFA.com)
- Tickets are matched with your ID, so ensure you show the correct ID (or credit/debit card used to purchase tickets) when asked
The FCO provides an excellent service as part of their ‘Know Before You Go’ campaing; to read more visit their web site here. Their comprehensive advice also includes transportation and airport tips for the World Cup venues, and lots more. Again, don’t take a chance and risk scoring a home-goal by neglecting to take out travel insurance – it’s easy to obtain a quote here. Have a ball!