#USinRio: Preparing to Cheer on Team USA at Rio 2016

Does the thought of Team USA taking home the gold at this summer’s Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro get your adrenaline pumping? With just 100 days until the opening ceremony, thousands of American sports fans are planning their journey to South America’s first-ever Olympic Games. Will you be in the stands wearing your red, white, and blue?

#USinRio: The U.S. Diplomatic Mission to Brazil is ready to help. To commemorate the 100-day Olympic countdown, Ambassador to Brazil Liliana Ayalde officially launched the #USinRio campaign to help U.S. citizens prepare for travel to Brazil for the Games. The campaign will engage Brazilians and Americans in the spirit of competition through an interactive blog, which includes informational posts and a video series featuring athletes in action. Fans can also join the campaign at the U.S. Consulate in Rio de Janeiro’s Facebook page. 

To help U.S. citizens prepare for their trip, the U.S. Department of State published a fact sheet on travel.state.gov, which contains links to essential resources such as the U.S. Mission to Brazil’s Olympics brochure and the "USinRio" smartphone app (already available on Google Play and in the Apple Store in one week) -- all in an effort to help U.S. citizens plan an exciting, safe visit to Brazil so they can cheer on every soccer goal, boxing jab, and volleyball spike.

No visa? No problem: Visiting Brazil during the Olympics and Paralympics will also be easier since the Brazilian government has waived the visa requirement for U.S. passport holders entering as tourists between June 1 and September 18, 2016. That means if you’re coming as a tourist for the Olympics, all you need to enter Brazil is your valid U.S. passport. You’ll want to plan your accommodations well in advance, as a shortage of hotel rooms in Rio is expected, and prices will be higher than normal. Taking care of hotel plans now will make relaxing on Copacabana Beach that much sweeter when you arrive in “the Marvelous City.” Check with your nearest Brazilian Consulate about the appropriate visa if your plans involve activities other than tourism, such as work or business.

Get your tickets now, but get them legitimately: Are you eager to watch Mebrahtom Keflezighi cross the finish line in his fourth Olympic Games or cheer on Mallory Weggemann as she defends her world record in Paralympics swimming? CoSport is the only legitimate source to purchase tickets to the Olympics and Paralympics for spectators who reside in the United States. Tickets are still available for many events, so it’s not too late to ensure you won’t miss out on the action.

STEP it up! Once your trip is planned, the State Department has a number of resources in place to help keep you safe. Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to get the most up-to-date safety and security announcements and help us get in touch with you in an emergency. Make sure your family and friends know your travel plans and how to reach you to give everyone peace of mind while you’re soaking up Rio’s sunshine and vibrant culture. We look forward to welcoming you to Brazil and celebrating Team USA’s victories at Rio 2016!

About the Author: William Dowers is the American Citizen Services Chief at the U.S. Consulate General in Rio de Janeiro.

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Bob B.
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Alaska, USA
June 29, 2016
Definitely, and Michael Phelps will be the hero again, on his last appearance - https://rio2016summerolympics.com/interesting-facts-rio-olympics/. Thanks, USinRIO doing a great job, helping citizens travel.
The Olympic flag waves in front of the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro.
Posted by William Dowers
April 27, 2016

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