Must-read for Indians travelling to Brazil for FIFA World Cup 2014

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Must-read for Indians travelling to Brazil for FIFA World Cup 2014
Brasilia (Brazil), June 12: The Indian Embassy in Brazil has issued travel advisory for Indian citizens travelling to Brazil to watch the FIFA World Cup 2014 which starts today in Sao Paulo.

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Indians going to Brazil to witness the World Cup should go through this travel advisory which helps them enjoy the football extravaganza without any hassles. In case of any assistance, the fans can contact emergency numbers in Brazil as well as officials at the Indian Embassy in Brasilia.

Here is the full Travel Advisory from the Indian Embassy in Brazil

"Travel Advisory for FIFA WORLD CUP (12 June - 13 July 2014)

For travelers transiting through the International Airport of Sao Paulo (Guarulhos Airport) and having a connecting flight to a Brazilian city from the same Airport (Guarulhos), it is advisable to have a gap of a minimum of four hours between the two flights in order to clear immigration and customs and check-in for the onward flight. In case the onward flight is from the domestic airport Congonhas, which is located in the city centre, please ensure that there is a minimum gap of six hours as transferring from one airport to another could take between one to three hours, depending on the traffic. The Guarulhos Airport is about 30 kms from the city centre and Sao Paulo being a major hub is known for heavy traffic, especially during peak office hours.

Indian passport holders require a valid visa to travel to Brazil with at least six month minimum validity of passport and return ticket.

In case of loss of baggage, please contact/lodge a complaint with the Airline concerned and not with the Indian Mission/Post.

Please book your hotel accommodation in advance and reconfirm your hotel bookings before travelling to Brazil to avoid any inconvenience on arrival.

It is advisable to keep your original passport in safe custody (preferably in a locker in the hotel) and use the same for travel purposes only. While going out of the hotel, always carry a photocopy of your passport with you.

FIFA tickets are Id-specific and non-transferable. Please carry valid Id proof as per FIFA guidelines, when attending FIFA matches.

7. If your passport is lost, please contact the nearest Indian Mission - the Consulate General of India in Sao Paulo (in case it happens in the States of Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Parana, Santa Catarina or Rio Grande do Sul) or the Embassy of India in Brasilia (if it happens in any part of Brazil).

8. It is advisable to carry only as much cash as you would need for going out. Please do not carry large amount of cash or credit cards or valuables, such as laptops, smart phones, visible gold jewelry, while travelling in Brazil, to avoid theft/mugging.

9. In case of a confrontation/mugging attempt, it is advisable to part with your valuables immediately, rather than offer resistance or enter into an argument.

10. For safety reasons, please avoid going to isolated areas and going out late at night. Try to obtain information beforehand from the hotel/ news to keep abreast of any possible transport related strikes/ demonstrations etc.

11. As far as possible, use authorized taxi service from airport, hotel, etc.

12. While dressing, it is advisable not to dress to look as a foreigner, to avoid uncalled for attention to one´s self.

13. Public Emergency contact nos. are:

Emergency Service Numbers

Police 190

Highway Federal Police 191

Medical Emergency 192

Fire Department 193

Traffic 154

Crime against women 180

14. In case you need to contact the Indian Mission in Brazil for an emergency, the following can be contacted:

Embassy of India in Brasilia:

(Address: SES 805, LOTE 24, ASA SUL, BRASILIA ,CEP 70451-901

TEL. No. +55 (61) 3248-4006; FAX: +55-61-3248-7849 / 3248-5486

E-mail: dcm@indianembassy.org.br; hoc.brasilia@mea.gov.in)

1. Mr. Raj Srivastava, Deputy Chief of Mission (Cell: +55-61-81571134 )

2. Mr. S. Koventhan, Second Secretary (Cell: +55-61-81572157 )

3. Mrs. Madhu Bhutani, Attache (Cell: +55-61-82542019 )

Consulate General of India in Sao Paulo:

(Address: Av. Paulista 925, 7th floor, CEP 01311-100, Sao Paulo, SP

TEL. NOS: +55-11-32793780 & 32793773. E-mail: cg@indiaconsulate.org.br; hoc@indiaconsulate.org.br )

1. Ms. Abhilasha Joshi, Consul General (Cell: +55-11-991332112 )

2. Mr. B.S. Saini, Consul (Cell: +55-11-991845224 )

3. Mr. P.K. Mishra, Vice Consul (Cell: +55-11-991845463 )

15. The detailed information on all the cities hosting World Cup matches is available on the following Brazilian Government website: http://www.copa2014.gov.br/en/servicos/saopaulo

[NB: The above guidelines have been framed as an advisory keeping your utmost safety in mind during your stay in Brazil. Please observe them.]"

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