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The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) is set to hold a few Twitter Q&As in the build up to Brazil 2014. The first takes place on Thursday 15th May with insurers and travel agents offering their advice, the FSF features on Thursday 29th May via @FSF_FreeLions. Find out more from the FCO below…

Thousands of England fans will head to Brazil this summer – but what do they need to know, beyond whether England will get through the group stages?

From travel issues to insurance hiccups, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has recruited a top panel of experts to ensure travelling fans are armed with all the facts before heading to this year’s World Cup.

While the FCO is not promising it can predict how far England will progress, it is aiming to take the guesswork out of travelling safely for fans before kick-off in Sao Paulo on 12th June.

Travel and health experts at the Association of British Insurers (ABI) and the Association of British Travel Agents  (ABTA) are just two of the Be On The Ball campaign partners who will help the FCO answer your questions during dedicated Twitter Q&As.

In a series of sessions between now and the World Cup, the FCO and its partners will answer your questions on topics including arrangements on the ground, travelling in Brazil and passport requirements via the @fcotravel Twitter handle and #beontheball.

Mark Simmonds, FCO Minister for Consular Affairs, said: “Some questions such as who will win the World Cup we won’t be able to answer but for those fans planning on travelling to Brazil and need practical travel advice, they can use our Twitter handle @fcotravel to get the answers they need before travelling.”

Each Twitter session will focus on a different topic and the next session will be held on Thursday 15th May (12.30pm–1.30pm BST) when the FCO, ABI and ABTA will answer your questions on passports, visas and insurance.

Andrew Woolgar, of ABI said: “Every year ABI and the Foreign Office see cases where holidaymakers suffer substantial medical expenses due to the costs of travelling uninsured. It is crucial that those travelling to Brazil know that they have the right level of travel insurance to offer the protection they need.”

During the third session on Thursday 29th May the FCO and Football Supporters Federation (FSF) will focus on last minute advice before fans head out to Brazil and what they can expect once there. This accompanies the advice in the Free Lions guidebook produced by the FSF and provided free of charge to travelling England fans.

The FCO has released a cartoon animation to highlight some of the things that travellers to Brazil should be aware of. Watch the Youtube video here. For further information and travel advice on travelling to Brazil for the World Cup visit the FCO’s ‘Be On The Ball’ page. You can contact FCO consular staff on the ground in Brazil by contacting the local embassy or consulate or by emailing the travel advice team.

  • You can also ask questions on-the-move via @fcotravel using #beontheball.

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