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Countdown to Rio Games begins

03 May 2016 08:14

The countdown to Rio has begun

The countdown to Rio has begun

With less than 100 days to go until this summer's Olympics in Rio, a British champion has called on fans travelling to Brazil to stay safe.

Sprint kayak champion Tim Brabants, who won gold in Beijing in 2008, has joined other Olympians and Paralympians in a video for the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) that offers advice on how to enjoy a stress-free trip.

Stay Ahead of the Games has eight top tips for travelling fans to follow, to get the best out of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Check medications

Brabants, who also won two Olympic bronze medals during his career, says he was keen to get involved in the FCDO's campaign because he thrived off the support of fans while he was competing and wanted to help them have the best possible experience.

The 39-year-old, who now works as a doctor, is recommending that all supporters check which vaccinations and medications they need before they travel, especially if they are planning to visit some of Brazil's more remote regions.

The video also features five-time Paralympic gold medal-winning equestrian Sophie Christiansen and skeet shooter Amber Hill.

The FCDO's 8 top tips

1. Ensure you obtain appropriate travel insurance that covers you for all the activities you want to carry out while in Brazil.

2. Book your Games tickets and accommodation as far in advance as possible and from authorised sellers. Demand for hotel rooms in Rio is likely to outstrip supply during the Games period. Avoid buying or selling tickets on the secondary market. Ticket touting is a criminal offence in Brazil.

3. Your passport must be valid for a minimum period of six months from the date of entry into Brazil.

4. Brazil is the world's fifth largest country. If you plan to travel outside of Rio, make sure you plan your journey carefully and book flights well in advance.

5. Check which vaccinations and medications you need before you travel, especially if you plan to travel to more remote parts of the country.

6. Learn a bit of Portuguese as English is not as widely spoken as you might expect.

7. For the latest travel advice, sign up to the FCDO's travel advice alerts.

8. Follow @FCDOtravelGovUK on Twitter, and @fcdotravel on Facebook.