#Rio2016 is almost here! Up to 500 000 people are expected to travel to Brazil for the Olympics in August and the Paralympics in September, so we hope your accommodation and transport are booked ahead of time! Safety is important too of course, so we've checked with local and international sources to bring you some helpful tips to make your Rio journey safer...
The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s first pointer on its “Stay Ahead Of The Games” advice page is to ensure that you have adequate travel insurance, and we couldn’t agree more! Travel insurance often excludes a lot of important items, such as terrorism, so read your policy wording carefully and make sure you’re fully covered.
Check that your travel insurance includes:
- All activities that you have planned in Rio and any other destinations
- All transport you’ll be using and areas you plan to visit
- Any pre-existing medical conditions that you or your family may have
While security is being maximised by all involved, Safe Journey can provide additional peace of mind.
Local and international security organisations are going all-out to keep Rio2016 safe, but we’re also here just in case… If there’s an act of terrorism within 40 miles of your accommodation or your travel route, up to 42 days before your planned departure, Safe Journey would cover cancellation – and it’s the only UK travel insurance policy to do so!
Find out more about cancellation, curtailment, medical repatriation, and other Safe Journey cover here. It costs as little as £4.96 per person for a single trip of up to 8 days, and you can add it to any travel insurance policy.
Gold Medal Safety Tips
- Rio is known for pick-pocketing, so be careful and don’t keep large sums of cash in your pockets. A money belt (oh so stylish, we know) is a good idea.
- Don’t leave any bags or other items unattended, even for a few seconds!
- “Be ready to hand over valuables if you're threatened; don't attempt to resist attackers, they may be armed or under the influence of drugs,” is sound advice from the FCO. It’s simply not worth it to put your life in danger – cash and jewellery are replaceable, but you are not!
- In fact, local travel websites advise leaving expensive jewellery at home. They also suggest keeping cameras and other valuables out of sight for improved safety in Rio, and if you do use a camera, wear it on a shoulder strap so it’s more secure.
- Make sure someone knows your daily travel plans and try to travel in pairs or groups if attending large events or at night.
- When visiting a stadium, tourist attraction, or fan zone, make sure you know where the exits are.
- If you see anything suspicious, report it immediately!
- If you think something is wrong, leave the area immediately. Don’t stop to take photos!
- Keep your passport locked away somewhere safe once you reach your destination, but carry a photocopy with you at all times, plus other photo ID such as a driver’s licence.
- Your passport must be valid for six months from your date of entry into Brazil.
- Carry a copy of your travel insurance policy summary and policy wording – it should include emergency contact details in case of injury or illness
- Programme local emergency numbers into your mobile
- The FCO advises learning some basic Portuguese, as English is not as widely spoken as you may expect… making a small effort goes a long way!
Current FCO travel advice for Brazil is that an “underlying threat” from terrorism exists, but that attacks, “although unlikely, could be indiscriminate, including in places frequented by foreigners.” The FCO also cautions that we should be aware of a general heightened threat around the world, and to be vigilant at all times.
There have been some newspaper reports of increased terrorism fears, and The Sun reported that state-of-the-art radiation detection was being brought in for use at various event locations in Rio – which tells us that every possible caution is being taken to prevent an attack.
You can keep up to date with travel advice by following @FCOtravel and @YUKinBrazil on Twitter. We’ll also post regular updates on our own @safejourneyins account, as well as on the Safe Journey blog if there are any alerts.
We wish you a safe journey and a fantastic #RoadToRio !
Please note, the above Safe Journey details are a summary only. For full terms, conditions, complaint procedures and exclusions, please read our Policy Wording.
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