Travel Tips

Travelling to Rio?

08/07/2013 5:35 pm

Young pilgrims leaving the UK for World Youth Day

The UK Foreign Office has published its WYD-specific Travel Advice. This provides further details for British Nationals visiting Brazil. Any changes/updates to the Brazil Travel Advice will be displayed on the site:

Care with Belongings

  • Be aware of pick-pockets and never leave your bag or belongings unattended while in public places or transport. Thieves operate both inside restaurants and hotels as well as outdoors. They are good at spotting tourists and know they will have valuables.
  • Keep your passport in a safe place. You can carry a photocopy around with you, plus another photo identification (e.g. drivers license). This is widely accepted in Rio de Janeiro by authorities who deal with tourists.
  • Only use licensed taxis. You can pick up a licensed taxi from the many recognised taxi ranks around the city.
  • Be ready to hand over valuables if you’re threatened. Don’t attempt to resist attackers. They may be armed and under the influence of drugs.

Cash and Cards

  • You need your passport for exchanging money at banks.
  • Only carry around cash you will need for the day. Be careful of who is standing around you when using cash machines.
  • Make sure you inform your bank before travelling if you intend to use your credit/debit card abroad.

Insurance and Healthcare

  • Officially registered pilgrims have basic travel insurance included. We recommend that all visitors (including registered pilgrims) purchase their own comprehensive travel insurance.
  • For the event in Guaratiba, where pilgrims will have to walk 13 kilometres, make sure you have comfortable clothing and shoes, a sleeping bag, and mosquito repellent.
  • If you are registered with WYD, make sure you carry your credentials at all times. It will give you access to food, WYD activities and health insurance, among other things.

Your Whereabouts

  • Ensure someone knows your daily travel plans and try to travel in pairs or groups if attending large events or at night.
  • Ensure that your mobile phone is set up for making and receiving calls, and is always charged.
  • Keep details of where you are staying handy.


  • Temperatures in Rio de Janeiro in July are usually between 15 ºC and 26ºC. However they can go as low as 10ºC and as high as 35ºC.
  • It is advisable to carry a bottle of water if outdoors for a long period of time.


  • Alcohol plus sun can quickly lead to dehydration – take it easy. Also note that spirit portions are much larger in Brazil compared to the UK.
  • Never accept drinks from strangers and do not leave your drink unattended at any time.

Key Contacts

Keep this information to hand:

  • Police (emergencies): 190
  • Ambulance: 192
  • Tourist Police (English-speaking operators): +55 21 2332 2924
  • British Consulate: +55 21 2555 9600,

Related Link
World Youth Day pilgrim information


Travel Advice

WYD13-pilgrims-top-tips.pdf 271.47 kB

A useful download to help you prepare for travelling to Brazil for World Youth Day in Rio and some good dos and don'ts for when you're out there.