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ABIs advice to help England supporters focus on the football at the World Cup this summer

On the day England manager Roy Hodgson names his 30 man squad for this summer’s World Cup, the ABI sets out its 11 tips to ensure that supporters travelling to Brazil will not be left facing defeat regardless of how England perform:

  1. Arrange your travel insurance now if you have not already done so. Don’t leave it till the last minute, as as soon as you arrange it you will be covered for cancellation due to illness and other specified risks.
  2. Make sure you buy travel insurance that meets your needs. Think about any medical conditions that need to be disclosed and whether you will take part in any sports or activities?
  3. Shop around for insurance and consider using a specialist insurer or broker to find the right policy. Don’t buy on price alone; make sure that you have the right cover for your needs.
  4. Make sure you take emergency contact details for your travel insurer when you travel, along with copies of your passport and other important documents. 
  5. If you become ill or injured, contact your insurer as soon as possible for advice on local medical facilities and how to make a claim.
  6. Avoid taking valuable items such as iPad, tablets and jewellery. If you do take them, check how much you would be insured for if they are lost or stolen.
  7. World Cup fans will be targets for thieves, so always keep a close eye on your possessions, such as money and passport, and never leave them unattended. Pickpockets love crowds, so be especially careful and vigilant at world cup venues and tourist attractions.
  8. Brazil is a big country – the fifth largest in the world – so before you travel plan how you will get between the venues for England’s group games.
  9. Tell your bank of your travel arrangements so that your debit or credit card is not blocked as an anti-fraud measure.
  10. Go easy on the alcohol – as well making you more vulnerable to criminals, any claim under your travel insurance could be at risk if caused by excess alcohol consumption.
  11. Check the Foreign Office website for up to the minute advice.

The ABI is supporting the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's (FCO) Be On The Ball campaign to help England fans prepare for their trip to Brazil.

Fans will also have a chance to ask any travel insurance-related questions during a Twitter Q&A session on Thursday 15 May, 2014 using #beontheball

For further information and travel advice on travelling to Brazil for the World Cup visit the FCO’s ‘Be On The Ball’ page: www.gov.uk/worldcup2014

Last updated 01/07/2016