There are many things that have you excited about seeing the World Cup games in person upon arrival in Brazil. The passion of the local fans, the emotion of the crowds in some of the most meaningful football games in the world, but with boots on the ground this time, your usual World Cup betting contests with your buddies will take on a whole other level of intensity.
However, there is more to a successful World Cup trip than simply booking your tickets to South America and leaving it at that. There are political, cultural and logistical considerations that you need to pay attention to, lest you be scrambling at the last minute to salvage a holiday that supposed to be a no-brainer.
In the following paragraphs, we will address several points that you need to be aware of when traveling to see the World Cup in Brazil.
Yellow Fever – Not A New Dance Craze
A mosquito borne disease known as Yellow Fever exists in the tropical regions of Brazil, especially in the vicinity of the city of Manaus, which sits at the heart of the Amazon Rainforest region and is a World Cup host city. While Brazil does not require that you get a Yellow Fever vaccination prior to travel, most nations on Earth require that you have proof of a Yellow Fever vaccination in order to be allowed entry to their territories.
Additionally, this illness is not a fun experience at best, and a terrible way to die at worst, as it triggers nausea, vomiting, aches and pains, with 15% of cases progressing to organ distress/failure and a slow painful death in half of those cases. Just get the shot guys!
The Lowdown On Tourist Visas
While many nations are admitted to Brazil without a visa, there are valid for varying periods by nationality, and for many other nations, a visa is required. Most notably, Canadians and Americans get nailed hard under Brazil’s policy of reciprocity, with $81 and $160 being charged for a visa respectively. They are valid for a long time though, with those documents being valid for 5 years for Canucks and 10 years for Yankees. These visas also need to be pre-arranged, so don’t show up at the airport expecting to get them on arrival.
Brazilian Culture and Other Important Information
Brazil is a very musical and fun-loving country, so don’t be shy – join in on the fun during your time here! However, do mind your tongue if you feel like making comments about Brazil’s multicultural population, as making racist statements or acts are considered a crime here. This could land you in trouble, even if you were just trying to make a joke, and you didn’t really mean what you said. Dissing the national team or trumping up Argentina will also go over like a lead balloon, so be careful.
So, Where Are The Matches Being Held?
We already mentioned Manaus in the tropical north of Brazil, but there are 11 other cities where World Cup frenzy will be in full swing over the next month. These cities are Fortaleza, Natal, Recife, Salvador, Brasilia, Cuiaba, Belo Horizonte, Sao Paulo, Curitiba, Puerto Alegre, and Rio de Janeiro, where the final on July 13 will be held. The whole world will be watching, so try to be here on that day if you can (book well ahead!)