Travel advice –
Rio Olympics

August 2016

Are you arranging meetings and events in Rio de Janeiro around the Olympic Games?

CWT Meetings & Events has teamed up with International SOS to help your meeting attendees stay healthy and safe.

The following is advice you may want to consider giving to any travelers going to Rio.

Before You Leave


Rio de Janeiro is in a tropical region so make sure your vaccinations are up to date. Your doctor or local travel clinic will be able to help.

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Advice about personal safety is based around common sense.

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When you’re in Rio


Use insect repellent at all times, and be particularly vigilant in the evening and at night. Keep your bedroom windows shut and if you have a fan in your bedroom, keep it on at night. Sleeping under a mosquito net adds another layer of safety.

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Keep only a small amount of cash in your pockets, ideally in small denominations. Put the bulk of your cash, and your cards, in a money belt or leave it in the safe in your hotel room.

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Back Home


Zika is a contagious virus so it’s important to carry on being careful once you’re home to avoid it spreading.

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It is recommended
that you be covered for

There is a minimal risk of malaria in Rio.

As with any travel, if you take regular medication, carry it in your
hand luggage and take copies of your prescriptions in case you
need more supplies.

What is Zika?

Zika is a concern for anyone going to the Olympic Games. It is a mosquito-borne virus with symptoms including

It’s a mild to moderate illness that normally lasts between two and seven days.

However, Zika has been associated with small head circumference (microcephaly) in fetuses and newborns. That’s why it’s made the news.

There is currently no Zika vaccine. Bite protection is the only way to avoid it so make sure you pack insect repellent and even a mosquito net. If you’re pregnant, please do consider if you really want to take the risk of going.