posted by admin on Jan 14

Brazil is a country that is going to be very much in demand over the next few years, with both the World Cup and Olympics set to hit the nation in 2014 and 2016 respectively.

It would be fair to say that while Brazil has always been regarded as a hugely exotic country, few people know too much about it. Therefore, with flocks of tourists set to head there for both sporting events, here are ten tips that should help you if you decide to take the plunge and head over there.

#1 Currency

Brazil uses something called the real as its main currency, with this being comprised of 100 centravos. It’s possible to obtain it in various note formats, with 2 reais all the way up to 100 reais all being possible. The current conversion works at around £30 for every 100 reais, although you shouldn’t have to worry too much if you are looking to buy tickets or anything else that is being sold by FIFA. Generally, all tickets will be labelled in euros, dollars or pounds – thus giving you no conversion issues.

#2 Visa policy

If you are traveling from the UK and only looking to stay in Brazil for the duration of the tournament, you can skip this section. However, if you are arriving from others such as the United States, you will not be permitted entry unless you have a valid Visa.

#3 Water supply

If you are looking to visit for the World Cup, you are probably looking to stay in one of the built up cities. If this is the case, you needn’t worry about the water supply as it is treated. If you are staying in a smaller region, you will probably be consuming artesian well water and while this is perfectly safe, some people might prefer to taste bottled water available from the stores.

#4 Prescription drugs

It’s a well-known fact that Brazil has had its troubles with drugs over the years and thus, the authorities crack down hard on anyone suspected of dealing within the industry. The fact that 80% of foreign prisoners have been convicted of drugs-related offences speaks volumes and means that you must be terribly careful when visiting the country. The police are likely to be out in full force for the tournament and you should note that any drugs, prescription or not, need all of the relevant information attached. Your doctor’s name, the pharmacy which has provided the medication as well as your name needs to be attached to it.

#5 Weather

It is impossible to determine just how hot the climate will be during the tournament, as it is being held across the whole country. Nevertheless, it is worth noting that it will be held in the winter period, as Brazil is based in the Northern Hemisphere. Therefore, it might not be quite as hot as Brazil’s reputation makes out.

#6 Credit and Debit cards

Brazil is now commercial enough that practically all of your money cards will be accepted. All of the major establishments accept credit and debit cards although you should legislate for an additional percentage, as your bank will probably charge 2-3% on top of all of your transactions. Bearing this in mind, it could be advisable to withdraw cash at ATM machines, rather than incur fees for every transaction you make.

#7 Arrive at one of two airports

Despite the size of Brazil, the country generally only uses two airports for international flights. Admittedly, this is something that could change for the World Cup, but be prepared to plan your trip from either Rio de Janeiro or São Paulo airport.

#8 Immigration

When you pass through immigration on entering Brazil you will not only get your passport stamped but you will also be provided an entry form. You must keep this form safe at all times and return it when you leave the country, as otherwise you may experience difficulties in departing. The Federal Police may have to interfere and allow you to leave, although you may incur a fine through this route.

#9 Restaurant tips

Just like every industry in Brazil, the restaurant trade is likely to be soaring during the tournament. It is therefore worth noting that all establishments will ALWAYS include a 10% service charge in the bill.

#10 Yellow Fever vaccination

Due to the fact that some fixtures of the World Cup will be played in the North of the country, this is a piece of applicable advice. It is suggested that you take a vaccination against yellow fever although if you have visited certain countries (with a list available on request from the authorities), it may even may a mandatory requirement and you’ll have to carry proof with you.

Author Biography

Liam likes to write across all topics – although travel and sport are a couple of his fortes. He also runs his own website,, which concentrates on the latter.

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