Rio 2016 - Stay Ahead of The Games

With just less than a year to go until the 2016 summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, and with thousands of British fans expected to make the trip, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has launched its ‘Stay Ahead of the Games’ campaign.

Here are the main tips featured in the FCO’s guide:

  1. Travel insurance
    Take out a comprehensive travel insurance policy that covers all the activities you plan to do while in Brazil – don’t forget, if you plan any sporting activities of your own, you must make sure that your policy covers these.
  2. Games tickets
    Book your Games tickets as early as possible but only purchase tickets from authorised sellers – ticket touting is illegal in Brazil. If you buy tickets from an unauthorized seller, there’s no guarantee they are official tickets, and you could end up blocked from entering the stadium.
  3. Accommodation
    With demand for accommodation expected to far outstrip availability, it’s important that you book your hotel as soon as possible. But make sure you’re booking through a reputable agent or website.
  4. Passport
    Check your passport now. It must be valid for a minimum of six months from the date of your entry into Brazil. Don’t forget, you don’t have to wait until your passport has expired to renew it, you can renew it at any time. Time left on your passport – up to a maximum of 9 months – will be added to your new passport. Currently, the cost of renewing passport is £72.50, or £82.25 if you use the Post Office’s Passport Check and Send service.
  5. Flights
    As with tickets and accommodation, book your flights well in advance and plan your journey carefully.
  6. Vaccinations
    Check which vaccinations and medication you require, especially if you are travelling to the more remote parts of Brazil. The NHS’s Fit for Travel website will provide you with more information about vaccinations required for Brazil
  7. Language
    English isn’t widely spoken in Brazil, so it’s advisable to learn some Portuguese.
  8. Travel alerts
    Sign up to the FCO for the latest travel advice and alerts for Brazil.
  9. Follow FCO online
    The Foreign and Commonwealth Office is on Twitter and Facebook so follow them at: