If you’re headed to the 2014 World Cup being held in Brazil, you need to get your travel checklist in order before you depart.
Otherwise, you run the risk of getting stuck at the airport, having the wrong clothing to wear, or sleeping in a less than desirable hotel, among other misfortunes associated with traveling to a foreign country for the first time. In particular, be sure to incorporate the following tips into your checklist.
Overcome the Language Barrier
According to the U.S. Department of State, Brazil is the fifth largest country in the world and has a robust economy, making it a highly frequented nation by foreigners. Although there are a number of English speakers present, the population primarily speaks Portuguese, which presents language barriers for those traveling without a native speaker or interpreter.
So, if you’re going to be exploring Brazil before and after the World Cup, be sure to take a dictionary or any other comparable resource.
Carry the Required Documents
Arriving in Brazil without the required entry and exit documents can make it difficult, to say the least, for you to enjoy the World Cup. You need to make sure you have your passport and identification papers, plus a valid visa for entry into the country.
According to the U.S. Department of State, Brazilians under the age of 17, including those with dual citizenship, have to meet very strict rules to exit the country. Children must be able to prove that both of their parents approve their leaving Brazil.
So, for Brazilians living in the U.S. with dual citizenship taking their children with them to the World Cup, it is very important all the proper documentation for entry and exit to Brazil is secured before departure.
Be sure to have the following documents while traveling abroad:
- Tourist Visa
- Brazilian Passport (dual citizens)
Be Mindful of Your Health and Financial Safety
Since Brazil is located in the tropics, it is important that you and your travel companions get all of the proper vaccinations before leaving the U.S. This includes getting shots for Hepatitis A, typhoid and Hepatitis B. Also, you need to make sure that your credit card companies know that you are leaving the country.
Having an active credit card can come in handy in case of an emergency, or when you find something you want to purchase and send home. If you pay special attention to health and financial risks, you are more likely to have a good time.
Diseases and health concerns in Brazil include:
- Insect-borne Illnesses
- Yellow Fever
Wear Warm-weather Clothing
As already said, Brazil is in the middle of the tropics, making it imperative to dress accordingly and keep your warm-weather gear at the ready. T-shirts, jeans, shorts and sandals are among the items many will be wearing.
However, it may get a little breezy in the early evening, so be sure to take a sweatshirt just in case. In the tropics, it normally stays hot even at night, so there is no need to bring heavy-weather gear. The more comfortable you are for the match, the better.
The World Cup is one of the most watched and revered sporting events in the entire world, making it important to get your checklist in order before traveling abroad. With the right preparation, attending the World Cup will be one of the most enjoyable experiences you ever had.