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BOTB LogoThe World Cup in Brazil is almost here, with thousands of people expected to descend on cities such as Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo and Manaus in the Amazon rainforest to enjoy a month long festival of fun, sun and fabulous football.


Football is in Brazil’s DNA; it’s the only country to have played in every World Cup, and has won it five times.  But Brazil is very different to the UK – so just as some of the most famous names in sport are preparing to take their place on football’s biggest world stage, those of us planning to travel to the event should prepare too.


Most people who visit Brazil do so with no difficulty and come home with wonderful memories.  Make sure this trip is one you want to remember by following a few simple travel safety tips from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO).


  • Check which vaccinations you need with your GP or Sussex Travel Clinic at least eight weeks before departure.   The state of Amazonas, where England will play their first match, is recognised as a yellow fever zone.
  • Make sure you have a comprehensive travel insurance policy. Medical bills can be very high. You don’t want to continue paying for your holiday for years to come
  • Be extra cautious when going into the rainforest – wild animals are a concern and insects can be poisonous or cause severe allergic reactions; insect repellent is strongly recommended and can also protect against the dengue fever virus
  • Depending on which city you are in, temperatures can range between 15ºC and 26 ºC although 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


For further information, travel advice and contact details visit


If you have any enquiries for FCO consular staff before you go or while abroad you can ask questions via the FCO Twitter service @FCOtravel.  You can also keep up to date with the latest FCO travel advice by signing up to the FCO Facebook and Twitter feeds: and using #beontheball