World Cup 2014


Updates and travel advice on the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil


Published on 04 December 2013

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The FIFA World Cup begins on 12 June 2014 in Sao Paulo. This page has useful information and tips for football fans travelling to Brazil. It will be updated regularly – sign up for alerts to receive the most recent information or check back for updates.

Passports and visas

UK passport holders do not require a visa to enter Brazil. However, passports must be valid for at least six months and a return ticket and proof of sufficient funds may be requested on arrival. Tourists will be admitted for a stay of up to 90 days and are not allowed to work. For more information click here. We advise that you have two blank pages in your passport on arrival and that you complete the emergency contact details page. This will make it much easier for us to contact someone if necessary.

Travel and Accommodation

  • Brazil is a big country, seven times the size of South Africa - make sure you plan your journeys between stadiums carefully as they may be spread far apart. A flight between Rio de Janeiro and Manaus is about four hours.
  • If you plan to use public transport then make sure you only use licensed tazis or official public transport
  • Driving style: in Brazil, cars are driven on the opposite side compared to the UK (left hand side)
  • Brazil is a huge country and travel between cities can be time consuming, especially by bus.
  • There is a high road accident rate in the country. In many rural areas the quality of roads away from the main highways is poor, and standards of driving, especially trucks and buses, is low.
  • Brazil has a zero tolerance policy on drink driving. If you are caught driving under the influence of alcohol, you will probably be prosecuted. Penalties range from fines and a suspension from driving for 12 months, to imprisonment for up to 3 years.
  • Traffic can be heavy on big cities. Leave earlier than usual to the stadium if travelling by road.
  • Ensure you book your accommodation before you arrive in Brazil.
  • Take extra care when sharing a room with other people in hostels. Make sure you keep your belongings locked at all times and that your passport is kept in a safe place.

Top tips to stay safe

  • Be aware of pick-pockets and never leave your bag or belongings unattended while in public places or on public transport. Thieves operate both inside restaurants and hotels as well as outdoors. They are good at spotting tourists and know they will have valuables.
  • Keep your passport in a safe place. You can carry a photocopy around with you, plus other photo identification (e.g. drivers license). This is widely accepted in Rio de Janeiro by authorities who deal with tourists.
  • Only use licensed taxis. You can pick up a licensed taxi from the many recognised taxi ranks around the city.
  • Be ready to hand over valuables if you’re threatened. Don’t attempt to resist attackers. They may be armed or under the influence of drugs.

Health issues/risks

  • We recommend that all tourists purchase their own comprehensive travel insurance.
  • Check which vaccinations and medication you need before you travel at NaTHNaC
  • Make sure you have comfortable clothing and shoes
  • Use mosquito repellents. It can also help protect against mosquitoes that carry the dengue fever virus.
  • Being in the southern hemisphere, June/July is winter in Brazil. Depending on which city you are in, temperature can range between 15ºC and 26 ºC. However they can go as low as 10 ºC and as high as 35 ºC.
  • It is advisable to carry a bottle of water if outdoors for a long period of time.
  • Alcohol plus sun can quickly lead to dehydration – take it easy. Also note that spirit portions are much larger in Brazil compared to the UK.
  • Never accept drinks from strangers and do not leave your drink unattended at any time.
  • In case of accidents and emergencies, victim will be taken to a public emergency hospital where they will be seen by specialised doctors. This is usually free but longer term treatment will carry a charge.

Scams/safety issues relevant to venues/areas

  • You need your passport for exchanging money at banks.
  • Most banks impose a limit of R$1,000 (approx. £300) when withdrawing cash using foreign credit/debit cards.
  • Only carry around cash you will need for the day. Be careful of who is standing around you when using cash machines.
  • Make sure you inform your bank before travelling if you intend to use your credit/debit card abroad.
  • Ensure someone knows your daily travel plans and try to travel in pairs or groups if attending large events or at night.
  • Ensure that your mobile phone is set up for making and receiving calls, and is always charged.
  • Keep details of where you are staying handy.

Don’t forget…

  • To inform your credit/debit card provider where you are going to avoid your card being blocked for anti-fraud reasons
  • to check with your mobile phone service provider to make sure your phone works abroad, and store useful numbers in your mobile phone such as the local police and our nearest office
  • to tell a friend or relative where you’re going and how long for - give them some idea of your itinerary if possible and an emergency contact number

On match day

  • Arrive early at matches to avoid problems at the gate and missing the start of the match. Build in as much time as possible when travelling.
  • Make sure any tickets that you buy are genuine by checking with the FIFA World Cup Ticketing Centre (on 0300 021 2014 (Domestic customers), and +41 (0) 445-831-000 (International customers).
  • Tickets are also ID specific, and you may be asked to produce photo ID to confirm the ticket is yours. Be prepared to show the Debit/Credit Card used to purchase the ticket
  • There will be no tolerance of racist or xenophobic material and attitudes.
 

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Posted 2013-12-04 14:38:00