Do I need a tourist visa to travel to Brazil?Australian passport holders are required to obtain a tourist visa prior to travelling to Brazil (a visa will not be granted on arrival). Your passport must be valid for at least six months from the date you arrive in Brazil. Your passport (not a copy) must be lodged together with your application meaning you will be unable to travel overseas whilst your application is being processed.
The Brazilian Government has special visa arrangements in place for Australians who have purchased tickets to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. The special visa is free of charge and applications open in April 2014. Proposed processing time is five working days (which equates to around 2 weeks if you are posting your application), however, we recommend allowing an additional couple of weeks.
For those who plan to purchase match tickets when they're in Brazil, or those who are departing earlier and cannot wait until April to make their application, a normal tourist visa will be required (AUD $66). Proposed processing time is 15 working days (which equates to around 4 weeks if you are posting your application), however, we recommend allowing an additional couple of weeks.
Full information including application details are available on the Embassy of Brazil website:
Do I need to get any vaccinations before I travel to Brazil?At least six weeks prior to travelling to Brazil you should see your GP or visit a travel health clinic to discuss your health situation & receive advice regarding vaccinations.
It is strongly recommended that you are vaccinated against yellow fever. The Australian Government requires proof of yellow fever vaccination for all persons that have visited Brazil and you may be asked to provide proof either when you board your plane to depart Brazil or when you arrive back in Australia. For more information visit:
How many fans are on tour already?We have over 1,400 fans booked and ready for the time of their lives!
Why aren't you offering 5 star hotels?There are a very limited number of 5 star hotels in Brazil and these will be taken by sponsors, teams and officials so the hotel chains are unable to guarantee any 5 star hotels which is why we are not offering them as an option. An upgrade may be available depending on location after the Draw and we will contact all 4 star passengers if that is available.
Why are tickets not included this tournament?Unlike 2010 where Fanatics, and all other official World Cup tour operators from around the world, were appointed as one of FIFA’s Participating Tour Operators with tickets included, for Brazil 2014 all tickets must be purchased via FIFA.com
How can I purchase tickets to Brazil 2014?All applications for tickets must be made via FIFA.com for the FIFA ballot and the Football Australia ballot.
The most important thing to remember when considering the ticketing program for a FIFA World Cup is that there are two ballots for Australian fans; the FIFA.com ballot and Football Australia's ballot as one of the 32 Participating Member Association's. Football Australia is a Participating Member Association (PMA) of the 2014 FIFA World Cup via the Socceroos qualifying.
In our experience from Australia’s qualification in 2006 & 2010 there are always more tickets available via the PMA ballot than the FIFA ballot. For example in 2010 Football Australia handed back a considerable number of tickets for its 3 Group Stage matches to FIFA as the number of people applying for tickets did not match the number available. Ie they had more tickets than people that wanted them.
The issue for Australian fans is that the PMA ballots are not on until after the Draw and the results of these ballots wont be known until after it is held on 7 February 2014. To wait until this ballot is drawn before deciding if you are travelling to Brazil will be too late in our opinion. By this time all the flights will be full. In other words it is going to be a leap of faith by Socceroos fans to attend the tournament.
We believe that Socceroo fans will have a good opportunity to be successful via the ballots and even then if you miss out we know (from having attended many football tournaments around the world over the last 20 years) that tickets will be available in Brazil during the tournament. The only exception to this will be if Australia draw Brazil in the group stages, in which case they will be expensive.
While it makes life a lot more difficult for travellers coming from afar we need to play the card we are dealt and we think there is a good chance you will get tickets via the ballots as indicated with the ticket numbers below.
What are the steps I should take to secure tickets?
- You should register on FIFA.com between 20 August & 10 October for Sales Phase 1 & apply for TST (Follow Australia) tickets.
- The First Come First Served option (ie you can buy what you see is available) for Sales Phase 1 will run from 5 to 28 November.
- If unsuccessful in Phase 1 you would then apply again between 8 December & 30 January 2014 for the next phase - Sales Phase 2.
- In our opinion most fans will be unsuccessful in the first two Phases so don't worry if this is you. The PMA ticket sale phase is where the majority of fans will attain match tickets for the Socceroos Group Stage matches. This takes place from 8 December 2013 to 7 February 2014.
- If by some chance you miss out again then tickets will come available towards the start of the tournament in the Last Minute sales phase from 15 April 2014. This was the case in 2006 when we organised the sale of tickets for the FFA and received thousands of additional tickets six weeks before the start of the tournament.
The specifics of the different phases are detailed and can be downloaded from FIFA.com here You need to read the Ticket Terms & Conditions thoroughly which prevent the resale of tickets as well as other conditions.
What are the FIFA Sales Phases?Sales Phase 1: You can apply for your tickets in Sales Phase 1 for the 2014 FIFA World Cup from 20 August 2013 to 10 October 2013. It makes no difference when you apply between these dates, as all orders will all be processed together. You will be able to request tickets on a Random Selection Draw basis for categories 1-4 during this period.
You will be able to buy tickets based on the date and venue of a match, or to follow a team (know as a TST & explained further below); because until the Draw on 6 December 2013 it will not have been decided where specific teams will play any given match (with the exception of Brazil as team A1).
If at 10 October 2013 the number of people applying for tickets exceeds the number of tickets that are made available by FIFA in that first phase then a ballot will take place. From our experience and in our opinion a ballot will take place for this Phase as only a small number of tickets are available at this stage.
All applicants for Sales Phase 1 will be notified before 5 November 2013.
All successful and partially successful Ticket applicants will receive a confirmation message by email, or SMS if an email address is not available, advising them of the Tickets that they have been successfully awarded.
All unsuccessful Ticket applicants applying online will also receive a message by email, or SMS, advising that they have been unsuccessful in their Ticket application. Applicants can also check the status of their account at any time by checking online at www.FIFA.com
All successful and partially successful Ticket applicants will be able to purchase tickets on a First Come First Served basis from 5 November 2013 to 28 November 2013.
Sales Phase 2: Will commence two days after the Final Draw on 8 December 2013 when football fans will know where their respective teams will be playing.
The 1st part of Sales Phase 2 will be again a ticket request collection period with orders to be made until 30 January 2014. Random selection draws will take place if applications exceed the number of available tickets for a given match and/ or category. First Come First Served tickets will be available from 26 February 2014 to 1 April 2014.
What types of Tickets are available from FIFA?There are three types of ticket products available from FIFA.com for the 2014 FIFA World Cup:
- Individual Match Tickets for a specific match;
- Venue Specific Ticket Series (VST) are ticket strips for a specific venue. Strips include the Group Matches (not including the Opening Match), Round of 16 and 3rd / 4th place match, played at the specific venue and;
- Team Specific Ticket Series (TST) are ticket strips to follow the national team of the customer’s choice.
Depending on which TST is applied for, the TST may include between 3 and 7 matches (TST-3, TST-4, TST-5, TST-6 and TST-7). The TST purchased guarantees the customer Tickets for each round of the tournament that is included in their TST, regardless of whether the Team itself qualifies.
|TICKETS RECEIVED PER FIXED TST SERIES|
|YOUR TEAM PARTICIPATES IN THIS STAGE||YOUR TEAM DOES NOT PROGRESS TO THIS STAGE|
|Group Match||A Ticket for each of your Team’s 3 Group Matches (all 32 Teams will play 3 Group Matches).|
|Round of 16 Match||Ticket to your team’s Round of 16 Match||A Ticket for the Round of 16 Match following the winner of your team’s Group|
|Quarter – Final Match||Ticket to your team’s Quarter-Final Match||A Ticket to the Quarter-Final Match following the winner of the previous Match attended|
|Semi – Final Match||Ticket to your team’s Semi-Final Match||A Ticket for the Semi-Final Match following the winner of previous Match attended|
|The Final||Ticket to the Final|
What types of Tickets should I apply for?Follow Australia - Rio Start passengers should apply for the TST 3 for Australia’s Group Stage matches or TST 4 if you’d like to also apply for the Round of 16. Please note that if Australia doesn’t progress to the Round of 16 then you will receive a Ticket for the Round of 16 Match to follow the winner of your team’s Group.
Follow Australia - Sao Paulo Start passengers should apply for the TST 3 for Australia’s Group Stage matches or TST 4 if you’d like to also apply for the Round of 16. Please note that if Australia doesn’t progress to the Round of 16 then you will receive a Ticket for the Round of 16 Match to follow the winner of your team’s Group. You can also apply for a ticket to the Opening Game of the tournament which will be Brazil. However you need to be aware that there is a chance we will be travelling this day to Australia's first group stage match in another city, so you may not be able to attend the game.
Rio Base passengers could apply for a TST for Rio and a TST for the Socceroos. Please note that we do not know until after the Draw on 6 December 2013 what dates the Socceroos will be playing and there is a distinct possibility that Australia will play matches in a city far away from Rio on the same day that one of your Rio games are taking place. FIFA have not confirmed the transfer of tickets but from our experience it is not easy so please keep this in mind.
What are the Individual Match Ticket Categories?There will be four (4) Ticket price categories for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, as per previous events.
- Category 1 is the highest priced and located in prime areas within the stadium.
- Categories 2 and 3 are located outside of the Category 1 area.
- Category 4 is the most affordable and is reserved exclusively for residents of Brazil.
The above stadium configuration is an example of how the different price categories (and other customer groups) may be applied.
What are the Individual Match Ticket Prices in US Dollars?
|Matches||Cat 1||Cat 2||Cat 3||DAT*|
|Opening Match (No 1)||$495||$330||$220||$220|
|Group Matches (No 2 to 48)||$175||$135||$90||$90|
|Round of 16 (No 49 to 56)||$220||$165||$110||$110|
|Quarter – Finals (No 57 to 60)||$330||$220||$165||$165|
|Semi – Finals (No 61 & 62)||$660||$440||$275||$275|
|3rd / 4th Place Match (No 63)||$330||$220||$165||$165|
|The Final (No 64)||$990||$660||$440||$440|
*DAT - Disabled Access Ticket holders are entitled to a complimentary Ticket for a companion to assist and accompany them to the Match.
What are the Team Specific Ticket (TST) Prices in US Dollars?
|TST SERIES||MAX NO. OF TICKETS||Cost per TST Series||NUMBER OF MATCHES|
|CAT 1||CAT 2||CAT 3||DAT||GM||R16||QTR||SEMI||FINAL|
What is the Football Australia (PMA) ballot?The Football Australia ballot will be open for applicants from 8 December 2013 to 7 February 2014. This is the same process for all 32 PMA's for Brazil 2014. A Random Selection Draw will take place immediately following the closure of the ballot for those matches which are over-subscribed.
FIFA will manage the entire Ticket sales and distribution process for the PMAs and its Supporters, including Ticket application, confirmation, payment and delivery with 8% of the stadiums available via this ballot.
The supply of Second Round Tickets (Round of 16, quarters, Semi & the Final) from the PMA ticket quota is conditional upon participation by the PMA at each of the applicable Second Round Matches. So these second round tickets are different to the TST tickets via FIFA in that they are conditional and not guaranteed. If Australia do not reach the next stage then your tickets are not available for the next round.
PMAs are offered a fixed number of tickets which represent eight percent (8%) of the average number of Purchasable Tickets for all of the stadiums involved at each stage of the Second Round.
Ticket Applicants will qualify as a PMA Supporter if they satisfy the requirements established by a PMA
for qualification as a PMA Supporter; which must include at least one of the following:
- If they have the nationality of the respective country
- If they are resident of the respective country of the PMA
How to apply through the PMA ballot?The PMA (Participating Member Associations) ballot opened on Sunday 8 December and is slightly different to the general public application in the previous ballot. Here’s the how-to-guide:
1. Visit FIFA PMA website
2. Click ‘Australia’ and scroll down to the ‘Create your Account here’ box as you must register your details here first, even if you have already registered at "FIFA.com Club".
3. Fill out ‘Applicant Details’ – N.B. You do not have to fill an Official Fan Club Membership Number with the Fanatics, skip to Stage 3.
4. Unlike the last TST application, this time you will need to apply for match-by-match
5. Remember to fill out the applicant details in full with all the relevant ticket holders details including passport numbers.
6. Please read the in-depth step-by-step FIFA application guide for more information regarding the PMA draw by clicking here
How many tickets are available via the Football Australia (PMA) ballot?FIFA provide each PMA with 8% of the stadium per team for each set of traveling fans. That equates to the following:
Rio - Estadio do Maracana
Capacity : 71,159
Australian supporters allocation : 5,693
Brasilia - Estadio Nacional Mane Garrincha
Capacity : 65,702
Australian supporters allocation : 5,256
Sao Paulo - Arena de Sao Paulo
Capacity : 59,955
Australian supporters allocation : 4,796
Fortaleza - Estadio Castelao
Capacity : 57,747
Australian supporters allocations : 4,620
Belo Horizonte - Estadio Mineirao
Capacity : 56,091
Australian supporters allocations : 4,487
Salvador - Arena Fonde Nova
Capacity : 49,280
Australian supporters allocations : 3,942
Cuiaba - Arena Pantanal
Capacity : 39,553
Australian supporters allocations : 3,164
Manaus - Arena Amazonia
Capacity : 39,573
Australian supporters allocations : 3,166
Natal - Arena das Dunas
Capacity : 39,305
Australian supporters allocations : 3,144
Curitiba - Arena da Baixada
Capacity : 37,634
Australian supporters allocations : 3,011
Recife - Arena Pernambuco
Capacity : 40,605
Australian supporters allocations : 3,248
Porto-Alegre - Estadio Beira Rio
Capacity : 42,153
Australian supporters allocations : 3,372
Albeit a far more enticing event to attend than South Africa 2010 there were thousands of tickets for that tournament in the Australian sections that were not taken up by traveling fans and as a result were resold to locals.
Are packages transferable?Packages are fully transferable up until 1 February 2014. If you decide not to go, are unable to get tickets, fall pregnant, choose religion, or for any other reason decide not to go to Brazil, you can transfer your tour to a friend or family member for no charge. i.e. you can't get a refund, but you can change the name
All changes must be made prior to 1 February and this is applicable to the first change only. Other subsequent changes after the first free change will incur a $350 change fee.