Ahead of the Brazil World Cup, Nick Piper (red24’s Chief Analyst for the Americas) takes a look at red24’s top security tips for travellers going to the tournament.
- Visit a travel clinic well in advance of your trip to obtain the necessary vaccinations.
- Arrange to be met on arrival in each host city by a representative from your hotel or a trusted local contact whose identity can be verified.
- Ideally arrange to arrive during daylight hours.
- Book at least your first night’s accommodation in each host city.
- Avoid travelling at night, and limit the amount of time you spend walking around cities at night.
- When possible, leave all important documents in a safe (or safe deposit box) at your accommodation.
- Only carry certified copies of your passport.
- Avoid carrying large amounts of cash (only carry enough cash for a day) or wearing expensive jewellery or valuables.
- Due to the risk of drink-spiking, do not leave drinks unattended or accept drinks from strangers.
- Only organise a taxi through trusted local sources, such as your accommodation.
- Do not hail a taxi on the street or enter one that has been hailed by persons you have only recently met.
- Do not enter a taxi that is carrying other passengers.
- If it is safe to do so, strongly consider exiting a taxi if it stops to pick up additional passengers.
- Do not use ATMs on the street, particularly after dark or in a deserted area.
- If possible, only use ATMs that are located in busy shopping centres, stores, banks and hotel lobbies.
- In the event that you are a victim of crime, do not resist the demands of the perpetrators.
Interested in knowing more? Take a look at red24’s briefing on the security risks facing travellers going to the World Cup.
Or sign up directly for red24’s Brazil World Cup package. This is designed to provide travellers with advice, security updates and emergency support – both before and during the tournament.
Article by Nick Piper, follow him @AmericasRisk.