The Allianz Global Assistance Travel Guide to the World Cup 2014

• Travel Insurance: Medical services in Brazil could be very costly, so it is important for travellers to obtain the correct travel insurance that covers all of their plans on the trip.

• Flight Safety: During long-haul flights, it is strongly recommended that travellers drink a lot of water, approximately 1 litre every four hours, and to avoid alcoholic and carbonated beverages. Wear loose, comfortable clothing and support socks or stockings, and be sure to get up and walk around the aircraft as often as possible.

• Preventing and protecting against mosquito bites: Malaria is a very common and serious risk in this part of the world. It is therefore strongly recommended that travellers obtain a medical prescription for an anti-malaria treatment. Dengue Fever is also present with renewed outbreaks in the south eastern and most affected part of the country, including Sao Paulo. It is therefore critical that travellers prevent and protect against mosquito bites, which can occur during the day, in the evening or while sleeping. Use insect repellents, wear long-sleeved clothing and avoid areas where the water is stagnant.

• Vaccinations: Yellow fever shots are required when travelling to Brazil. When given for the first time, they must be administered at least 10 days before departure. Travellers need to check with their doctor about booster shots. Ordinary vaccinations such as diphtheria-tetanus-polio must be up-to-date, and other vaccinations, including for typhoid fever and Hepatitis A and B, are recommended if travellers are prolonging their stay in Brazil.

• Numbers to call: in case of a medical emergency: Call 192 for an ambulance or 193 for the emergency roadside fire brigade. Then, travellers should call their travel insurance provider to notify them of the situation and check that they will cover all related medical and financial costs. This also applies for any minor medical problems.

• Security: Stay alert: Brazil has a high crime rate so travellers are advised to consult the FCO website to learn about key safety measures:

• Choose your flight: Brazil has three international airports: Presidente Juscelino Kubitschek airport (BSB) in Brasilia, Galeáo (GIG) in Rio de Janeiro, and Guarulhos (GRU) in São Paulo.

• Where to stay: It’s always the same challenge when it comes to housing several thousands of spectators, and despite its immense size, Brazil is no different. As everywhere, prices and comfort levels vary greatly. In addition to traditional hotels, youth hostels and campgrounds, Brazil offers some more original lodging solutions. Pousadas, which are family-run, are quite similar to hotels but offer more rustic charm. Jungle lodges invite travellers to discover Brazil’s natural environment. There are many in the Manaus region, and a stadium as well! So, nature-loving football fans need look no further!
*FIFA-2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil