Should I be worried about the Zika virus?
The Zika virus has been all over the news lately – and with good reason. It’s a mosquito-born virus that has been linked to cases of microcephaly, a birth defect that causes an abnormally small head and problems with brain development. So if you’re pregnant, or thinking about getting pregnant, it’s probably best to skip a visit to Brazil for the time being, as mosquitos are common in the area. If you’re not sure, have a chat with your doctor.
What kind of Rio de Janeiro travel insurance do I need?
When visiting cities like Rio, travel insurance is invaluable. Make sure the policy you choose covers the loss and theft of everything you’re taking with you, like valuables and cash. Medical cover is also recommended. And look out for policies that have emergency hotlines included, just in case you need any advice while you’re away.
Finally, if you’ve got a bit of an adventurous streak, double check to make sure your travel insurance covers things like scuba diving, trekking or even motorcycling, as some policies exclude activities they see as dangerous. That way, you can have all the fun with less stress.