Recommendations for Rio Olympics 2016

Posted on July 24, 2016 by Guest Writer
Rio de Janeiro

Euro-Center São Paulo

Based on US Department of Health and Human Services / CDC travel advice, Staysure and the Underwriters Service Partner Euro-Center created travel guidance for policyholders who plan to attend the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, which will be held from 5 August to 21 August 2016. The 2016 Paralympic Games is scheduled for 7 September to 18 September 2016.

Health care standards

Private healthcare in Brazil is among the most expensive in Latin America. It is very important for foreign visitors to Rio de Janeiro to have comprehensive health insurance. The standards of private health facilities in Rio are generally high, with the city even earning a reputation as a medical tourist hotspot, particularly in the field of cosmetic surgery. Many private institutions even offer special sections for international patients with English-speaking staff. Over the past few years Euro-Center has substantially increased the provider volume in Rio de Janeiro. Their medical advisery team prioritises the site inspections in this city and makes sure that the best facilities and agreements on the headquarters of the Olympics Games are available to Staysure Policyholders.

Recommended health care facilities

Euro-Center’s Private Hospitals

Clinica São Vicente
R. João Borges, 204

Hospital Barra D’Or
Av. Ayrton Senna 2541
Barra da Tijuca

Casa de Saúde
São José Rua Macedo Sobrinho 21

Hospital Quinta D’Or
Rua Almirante Baltazar 875
São Cristóvão

Public emergency services

In case of drowning, electric shock, burns, attacks and accidents please contact SAMU – Mobile Urgent Assistance Service – dial 192 (toll free).

In case of intoxications and Poisoning Urgent Assistance dial 0800 722 6001 (toll free).

Travel advice

The recommendations below provide information to help travellers to take steps to stay safe and healthy during their trip to Rio de Janeiro. Information is included about the Zika virus outbreak in Brazil.

  • Be up-to-date with routine vaccines, including measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis, varicella (chickenpox), polio and flu
  • Other recommended vaccines may include hepatitis A, typhoid, hepatitis B, yellow fever (see map) and rabies
  • Leave a copy of your itinerary, contact information, credit cards and passport with someone at home
  • If possible avoid questionable areas and travel with a companion. It is common to find tours in the poor areas called Favela/Communities but we do not recommend them
  • Carry a photocopy of your passport and entry stamp; leave the real passport securely in your hotel
  • The local emergency service numbers are 190 for the police and 193 for the fire department. Note that these local emergency phone numbers are available in Portuguese only
  • Eating contaminated food and drinking contaminated water can cause illnesses such as hepatitis A, typhoid fever and travellers’ diarrhoea. Beware of food from street vendors, ice in drinks and other foods and drinks that may be contaminated and cause diarrhoea
  • Prevent mosquito bites and use insect repellent. Diseases spread by mosquitoes, such as Zika, malaria, dengue and yellow fever, are common throughout Brazil.

Women who are pregnant

  • Consider not going to the Olympics
  • If you must go to the Olympics, first talk with your doctor or healthcare provider. If you travel you should strictly follow steps to prevent mosquito bites during your trip
  • If you have a male partner who goes to the Olympics you may be at risk for sexual transmission of Zika. Either use condoms the right way, every time, or do not have sex during your pregnancy

Be safe!

Here are the main traveller recommendations from the CDC:

Prevent mosquito and other bug bites

  • Use insect repellent on exposed skin
  • Wear long pants and long-sleeved shirts
  • Stay in air conditioned or screen-in-rooms
  • Use bed nets while sleeping in a room that doesn’t have screens or air conditioning

Get recommended vaccines

  • All routine vaccines (including a flu shot)
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B (For high-risk travellers)
  • Typhoid Food Safety
  • Eat food that is cooked and served hot
  • Eat raw fruits and vegetables only if they can be peeled or washed in clean water
  • Don’t drink tap water, drinks with ice, or drinks diluted with tap water

Personal safety

  • Try not to travel at night, if you do then travel with a companion
  • Don’t wear expensive clothes or jewellery
  • Don’t drink too much alcohol and don’t use drugs

Road safety

  • Avoid overcrowded, overweight or top-heavy buses or vans
  • Ride only in marked taxis that have seatbelts
  • Know local traffic laws before you get behind the wheel
  • Lock doors at traffic lights or when stopping


In case of emergency contact the 24 Hours Emergency Medical Assistance on +44 1403 288 414 or email:


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