What else do I need to consider before getting on the plane to Rio?
Before you start packing, here are some more Rio travel tips:
- Travel and accommodation: book your flights and accommodation as far in advance as possible from a reputable seller.
- Insurance: get comprehensive travel insurance and make sure it covers you for all the activities you want to do. Many Brazilian hospitals will not accept you as a patient unless you’re able to provide evidence of insurance. So make sure you have plenty of medical cover. You can compare travel insurance quotes by clicking here.
- Passport: your passport must be valid for a minimum of six months from the date you enter Brazil. Don’t leave it to the last minute to check.
- Book transport: Brazil is huge. In fact, it's the world’s fifth largest country. So if you plan to travel outside of Rio, make sure you check how long journeys will take, and book your transport well in advance.
- Injections: check which jabs and medication you need, especially if you’re planning to venture to more remote parts of the country. See www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk for more information.
- Language: learn a smattering of Portuguese before you go as English isn’t as widely spoken as you may expect.
The Zika Virus
One other thing to think about before you travel to Rio is mosquitoes – and more specifically the Zika virus. Zika is spread to people through the bite of an infected mosquito. For most people, the symptoms (fever, rash and joint pain) are mild, but during pregnancy, Zika can also cause a serious birth defect called microcephaly.
The official line is, if you’re pregnant, you’re advised not to travel to areas infected with the Zika virus, including Brazil.
Hopefully, absolutely nothing will go wrong when you travel to Rio. But put these numbers and addresses in your mobile phone and hand luggage just in case:
If you’re in Rio and need emergency help, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.
The Tourism Police station is open 24 hours a day. Make a note of the details in case something should happen:
Tourism Police. Av. Afrânio de Melo Franco 159, Leblon, Rio de Janeiro, 22430–060.021/2332–2924
Rio’s city tourism department, Riotur, operates a tourist information website in English and Portuguese www.rioguiaoficial.com.br. City maps can be picked up at Riotur booths at bus stations and airports in Barra, Copacabana, Leblon, Gavea, Sugarloaf and Lapa.
Now you have all the information you need to stay safe the only thing left to do is enjoy your holiday!