Updated May 29, 2014

The FIFA World Cup, to be held in Brazil from June 12 through July 13, 2014, is the biggest single-event sporting competition in the world and is contested by the senior men’s national teams from the 208 Member Associations of FIFA. 

The finals will be held July 12 and 13 in Brasilia and Rio de Janeiro. There will be 12 host cities across Brazil.

The host cities for the World Cup are:

  • Belo Horizonte
  • Brasilia
  • Cuiaba
  • Curitiba
  • Fortaleza
  • Manaus
  • Natal
  • Porto Alegre
  • Rio de Janeiro
  • Recife
  • Salvador
  • Sao Paulo

This NBAA webpage, produced with assistance from Universal Weather & Aviation, will be regularly updated with the latest operational information for flights operating to Brazil during the World Cup.

Review information from Universal Weather & Aviation on flying to the World Cup, including news on permits and slots, airports and parking and more.

Brazil Permit Requirements

Permits are required for all operations to Brazil – including overflights and landings. Permits are also required to operate foreign registered aircraft domestically within Brazil.

Airport Slot and Aircraft Parking Considerations

All primary airports will require slots and/or prior permission required (PPRs) during the games.

The Centro de Gerenciamento da Navegacao Aerea (CGNA) will be responsible for the ATC slot allocation for general aviation and heads of state and VIPs. The CGNA has provided a power point presentation of slot allocation and temporary flight restrictions (TFRs) at the 12 game sites.

Review the CGNA World Cup slot allocation information (PDF)

Brazil Airport Overview

INFRAERO, a Brazilian government corporation, operates many larger airports in the country. There are also an increasing number of privately managed airports in Brazil. Note that many smaller/domestic airports are not airports of entry, and some may not have English-speaking air traffic control towers.

Entry Document Requirements

Visas are necessary for all crew who do not possess certificates issued by a national governing aviation entity (FAA, Direction Générale de l’Aviation Civile). Passenger visa requirements must be checked prior to operating to Brazil. Passenger visas cannot be obtained on arrival.

For More Information

NBAA strongly recommends all operators flying to Brazil during the 2014 World Cup work with a third-party flight planning service. For a list of such services, see the NBAA Products & Services Directory.