Secretary Blinken: Tackling the Crisis and Seizing the Opportunity: America’s Global Climate Leadership

Antony J. Blinken, Secretary of State Chesapeake Bay Foundation Philip Merrill Environmental Center, Annapolis, Maryland April 19, 2021 SECRETARY BLINKEN:  Well, good afternoon, everyone.  And Will, thank you for a wonderful introduction.  And thank you for lending us this absolutely spectacular setting and backdrop – certainly the best setting and backdrop I’ve had in my ... Read More»

Remarks by President Biden on the Way Forward in Afghanistan

Good afternoon. I’m speaking to you today from the Roosevelt — the Treaty Room in the White House. The same spot where, on October of 2001, President George W. Bush informed our nation that the United States military had begun strikes on terrorist training camps in Afghanistan. It was just weeks — just weeks after ... Read More»

U.S. expert talks about drought impact and the alternatives for Southern Brazil producers

Lecture will be broadcast at no cost via Zoom and the YouTube channel of the U.S. Embassy and Consulates this Thursday at 4:00 PM   Porto Alegre, April 12, 2021 – Researcher Donald A. Wilhite, professor and emeritus director of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln School of Natural Resources, will discuss his experience with drought management ... Read More»

FBI Works with Federal Police Against Money Laundering Conspiracy

An Israeli national residing in Brazil pleaded guilty on March 31 in a U.S. court for his role in operating DeepDotWeb (DDW), a website that connected internet users with Darknet marketplaces, where they purchased illegal firearms, malware and hacking tools, stolen financial data, heroin and fentanyl, and other contraband. Read More»

USTDA supports energy efficiency and safety on railroads in Brazil

Investment from the U.S. Trade and Development Agency seeks to assist in strengthening passenger rail networks in Brazil   Today, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency awarded two grants to Brazil’s National Association of Passenger Rail Operators, Associação Nacional dos Transportadores de Passageiros sobre Trilhos (ANPTrilhos), to strengthen rail networks that serve nearly 10 million ... Read More»

President Biden Invites 40 World Leaders to Leaders Summit on Climate

Today, President Biden invited 40 world leaders to the Leaders Summit on Climate he will host on April 22 and 23.  The virtual Leaders Summit will be live streamed for public viewing. President Biden took action his first day in office to return the United States to the Paris Agreement.  Days later, on January 27, ... Read More»

United States committed to coordinating support for vaccination efforts

Statement by the U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Brazil Spokesperson   The United States is committed to coordinating with Brazilian partners, the government, and the private sector to support COVID-19 vaccination efforts.  The recent finalization of contracts between the government of Brazil and U.S companies Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson was a crucial step which ... Read More»

United States donates US$75 million to fight COVID-19 in Brazil

U.S. government and private sector initiatives aim to reduce pandemic impacts in the country Brasilia, March 19, 2021 – The United States government and private sector are strongly committed to helping the Brazilian people to combat COVID-19 in Brazil and together have already made available over US$ 76 million (R$ 418 million) in a series of initiatives, including ... Read More»

Free virtual fair connects Brazilians to universities in the USA

While following security protocols to contain the spread of Coronavirus, U.S. universities create actions to recruit foreign students interested in admissions to distance learning courses, or for future classes, in a face-to-face model. Until everything is normalized, the best idea is to invest the time planning all the steps to study abroad. Read More»

U.S. Embassy Branch Office announces call for proposals for projects for 2021

Proposals from institutions in Minas Gerais will be accepted until June 1, 2021   Belo Horizonte, March 11, 2021: Organizations from Minas Gerais can apply for funding from the U.S. government  for the implementation of projects in the areas of education, environmental cooperation, economic growth, social issues such as inclusion, diversity and human rights, and cultural projects. More detailed information is available in the Public Affairs Section Annual Program Statement for ... Read More»

Comic book portrays U.S. and Brazilian black scientists 

Comic book was released on February 25, with the participation of award-winning Brazilian astrophysicist   São Paulo, February 26, 2021: Inspired by the movie “Hidden Figures,” which tells the story of African American woman scientists who worked for NASA, University of São Paulo researcher Carlos Antônio Teixeira launched on Thursday, February 25, the comic book “Entrevistas Além do Tempo” (“Interviews Beyond Time”), which portrays the ... Read More»

160 Afro-Brazilian and indigenous early-career professionals participate in the English language proficiency program – Access E2C

Brasilia, February 26, 2021: Starting on March 1, the English language proficiency program, Access E2C, promoted by the U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Brazil, in partnership with the +Unidos Group, will offer training of 210 hours of online classes for 160 early-career professionals, Afro-Brazilians and indigenous people from all Brazilian states, including the Federal District. ... Read More»

U.S. Department of Commerce holds virtual seminar on the internationalization of Rio Grande do Sul companies to the United States 

SelectUSA RS event takes place on March 4, open to the public and requiring prior registration Porto Alegre, February 26, 2021 – The internationalization of Rio Grande do Sul companies in 4.0, ICT and manufacturing industry sectors is the main topic of the SelectUSA RS webinar, promoted by the U.S. Department of Commerce in partnership with the U.S. ... Read More»

U.S. Consulate General Porto Alegre announces call for proposals for projects for 2021  

Proposals will be accepted continuously, as received, until August 1st, 2021. Porto Alegre, February 19, 2021 – Organizations from Rio Grande do Sul and Santa Catarina can apply for  funding from the U.S. government  or the implementation of projects in the areas of education and culture focused on entrepreneurship, innovation, science and technology, social inclusion, freedom of the press and combating ... Read More»

U.S. Officially Rejoins the Paris Agreement

Ambitious goals will ensure the United States and the world can meet the urgent demands of the climate crisis  Brasilia, February 19, 2021:  Today the United States officially rejoined the Paris Agreement, renewing its commitment to partnering with other nations to tackle the global threat of climate change. On his first day in office, President Biden signed the instrument returning the United ... Read More»

The United States Officially Rejoins the Paris Agreement

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE February 19, 2021 On January 20, on his first day in office, President Biden signed the instrument to bring the United States back into the Paris Agreement. Per the terms of the Agreement, the United States officially becomes a Party again today. The Paris Agreement is an ... Read More»

Brazilian, U.S. military leaders emphasize partnerships at joint training exercise  

Brazilian Army becomes the first South American army to send a company-sized element to train at the Joint Readiness Training Center    Brasilia, February 18, 2021 –  During World War II, Brazil was the only South American country to contribute troops to the allied cause, and 75 years later, the Brazilian Army became the first South American army to send a company-sized element ... Read More»

Readout of Secretary Blinken’s Call with Brazilian Foreign Minister Ernesto Araújo

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release READOUT February 11, 2020 Secretary Blinken’s Call with Brazilian Foreign Minister Ernesto Araújo The below is attributable to State Department Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Brazilian Foreign Minister Ernesto Araujo. The Secretary and the Foreign Minister reaffirmed ... Read More»

U.S. donates disaster response structure to Minas Gerais 

The mobile structure has 40 beds, power generators and air ventilators  Belo Horizonte, February 10, 2021: The United States of America, through the United States Southern Command of the Department of Defense donated to the government of Minas Gerais a mobile disaster response structure. Aside from the structure, 40 beds, power generators, and air ventilators were also donated to support the population of Minas Gerais during the new coronavirus pandemic and in ... Read More»

OneBeat selects 70 musicians from around the world for virtual exchange

Registration for the program is open until March 10 Brasilia, February 10, 2021: Registration for the OneBeat music exchange, promoted by the U.S. Department of Education and Culture, in partnership with Found Sound Nation of New York, is open until March 10. The program will digitally convene 70 musicians from up to 44 countries in ... Read More»

U.S. Consulate General Porto Alegre – Public Affairs Section Annual Program Statement for FY 2021

The Public Affairs Section at the U.S. Consulate General in Porto Alegre, Brazil is publishing this Annual Program Statement, which outlines program priorities and themes for this year. This document also outlines specific procedures for submitting funding proposals. The U.S. Consulate General in Porto Alegre invites proposals that strengthen ties between the United States and Brazil, through cultural, ... Read More»

USAID announces additional $300,000 to support COVID-19 response in Brazil

Brasilia, February 5, 2021: The United States Government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), has delivered an additional R$ 1.5 million (US$ 300,000) for emergency COVID-19 response in Brazil. The funds will be used to respond to local health authorities’ priorities to address the needs of the most vulnerable in the Amazon region. ... Read More»

Remarks by President Biden on America’s Place in the World

U.S. Department of State Headquarters Harry S. Truman Building Washington, D.C. 2:45 P.M. EST THE PRESIDENT:  Mr. Secretary, it’s great to be here with you.  And I’ve been looking forward a long time to be able to call you “Mr. Secretary.” Good afternoon, everyone.  It’s an honor to be back at the State Department under ... Read More»

Renewal of Partnership Between City of Rio de Janeiro and NASA

Rio de Janeiro, February 1, 2021 -The City of Rio will have access to an urban flood forecasting model that will allow the City to anticipate the consequences of extreme weather events, expanding its ability to respond to emergencies. The model, which will supply information to the Rio Operations Center, is one of the projects ... Read More»

Executive Order on Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad

JANUARY 27, 2021 PRESIDENTIAL ACTIONS Briefing Room The United States and the world face a profound climate crisis.  We have a narrow moment to pursue action at home and abroad in order to avoid the most catastrophic impacts of that crisis and to seize the opportunity that tackling climate change presents.  Domestic action must go hand ... Read More»

U.S. Support for Efforts to Combat COVID-19 in Amazonas

Brasília, January 28, 2021: In response to the health crisis in Manaus, the US government, through the US Agency for International Development (USAID), Grupo + Unidos, the Partners for the Amazon Platform (PPA) and the UNA + formed the Juntos Pelo Amazonas initiative to acquire hospital supplies and to support actions to confront  and combat Covid-19 ... Read More»

Youth Ambassadors 2021: Want to positively impact your community? Registration for the program until March 7

Brasilia, January 28, 2021: The U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Brazil announce the selection process with 33 vacancies for the Youth Ambassadors 2021 program. The program seeks high school students from the Brazilian public school system, aged 15 to 18 years, who are currently engaged, for at least six months, in entrepreneurship initiatives and social ... Read More»

Presidential Proclamation Restricts Travel for Foreign Nationals (Including Brazilians) to the U.S.A.

January 25, 2021: On January 25, 2021, President Biden issued a presidential proclamation continuing travel restrictions for foreign nationals from the United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, the Schengen Area, Brazil, China, and Iran.  This proclamation represents a continuation of the previous travel restrictions for individuals traveling from these countries that have been in place since ... Read More»

YLAI 2021: Opportunity for Young Entrepreneurs and Civil Society Leaders

The program offers 280 vacancies for young people from Latin America, the Caribbean and Canada and registration is open until February 25  Brasilia, January 21, 2021: The “Young Leaders of the Americas (YLAI)” Scholarship Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, is looking for young entrepreneurs and civil society leaders in Brazil to participate ... Read More»

Inaugural Address by President Joseph R. Biden, Jr.

January 20, 2021 The United States Capitol 11:52 AM EST THE PRESIDENT: Chief Justice Roberts, Vice President Harris, Speaker Pelosi, Leader Schumer, Leader McConnell, Vice President Pence, distinguished guests, and my fellow Americans. This is America’s day. This is democracy’s day. A day of history and hope. Of renewal and resolve. Through a crucible for ... Read More»

Joseph R. Biden is Inaugurated as the 46th President of the United States

Brasilia, January 20, 2021: The Embassy and Consulates of the United States in Brazil are pleased to announce today’s inauguration of Joseph R. Biden as President of the United States and Kamala Harris as Vice President, on the West Front of the United States Capitol Building in Washington, D.C.  in accordance with the U.S. Constitution and laws.  President ... Read More»

U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Stone Visits Brazil on a Multilateral Mission to Combat Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing

The U.S. Coast Guard’s brand new National Security Cutter, the USCGC Stone, departed from Pascagoula, Mississippi, on December 22, 2020, on its inaugural sail, the Operation Southern Cross, aimed to counter illegal, unregulated, and unreported (IUU) fishing in the South Atlantic. Read More»

Health Alert: January 14, 2021 – Requirement of Negative COVID-19 Test for Air Passengers

Location: United States  Event: CDC Expands Negative COVID-19 Test Requirement to All Air Passengers Entering the United States   Effective January 26, 2021, all air passengers, two years of age and older, traveling to the United States are required to have a negative pre-departure test result for SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19)  within three days of their flight’s departure.  Air passengers must provide written documentation of their laboratory test result (paper or electronic copy) to ... Read More»

CDC Expands Negative COVID-19 Test Requirement to All Air Passengers Entering the United States

Media Statement For Immediate Release: Tuesday, January 12, 2021 Contact: Media Relations (404) 639-3286 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expanding the requirement for a negative COVID-19 test to all air passengers entering the United States.  Testing before and after travel is a critical layer to slow the introduction and spread of COVID-19. This ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy announces selected fellowship program “Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative” (YLAI) 2021

Eighteen young leaders from Brazil were selected out of over 2,300 applicants Brasilia, January 11, 2021: The U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Brazil are pleased to announce the names of the 18 Brazilians selected to participate in the 2021 “Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative of the Americas” (YLAI) Fellowship Program – a program sponsored ... Read More»

Statement by Ambassador Todd Chapman on the Capitol Invasion

Published on January 7, 2021 on social media January 7, 2021 — Early this morning, the United States Congress certified the Electoral College results of the 2020 Presidential election in accordance with the U.S. Constitution and U.S. federal election law and confirmed the election of Joseph R. Biden as President of the United States and ... Read More»

Health Alert: Update to Requirements for Travel to Brazil

Health Alert: December 24, 2020 Location:  Brazil Event: Age Requirements, UK Travel Restrictions, and Additional Details Regarding the COVID-19 test for Air Travelers to Brazil As communicated in a Health Alert on December 21 , the entry of foreign visitors traveling by air for a short stay of up to 90 days is currently permitted but beginning December 30, all ... Read More»

Health Alert: December 21, 2020

Location:  Brazil Event: New Travel Requirements for Air Travelers to Brazil and Extension of Brazil Travel Restrictions on Land and Sea Borders Effective December 17, Brazil extended the restrictions on entry of foreigners by land (unless for transit) and sea, for an indefinite period. The entry of foreign visitors traveling by air for a short ... Read More»

AWE Brasil announces list of selected for Academy for Women Entrepreneurs program

The U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Brazil, in partnership with the +Unidos Group, announce the list of the ninety selected for the Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) program - an international training for women entrepreneurs looking for opportunities to grow and expand their business. Women from 16 Brazilian states were selected and the program is ... Read More»

U.S. and Brazil sign the joint Statement of Intent for cooperation in the Artemis Program

Brasilia, December 14, 2020: The NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine and Brazil’s Minister of Science, Technology, and Innovation (MCTI) Marcos Pontes signed a joint statement of intent during a virtual meeting on December 14, 2020. The statement describes the Government of Brazil’s intent to be the first country in Latin America to sign the Artemis Accords ... Read More»

Brazil’s Parana State team is Zoohackathon 2020 global winner

Among 700 participants, 53 countries and 60 solutions, the Brazilian BioUp platform was selected as one of the global winners.  The U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Brazil, in partnership with We Are All Smart (WAAS), JUPTER and Founder Institute Brazil, are pleased to announce that the global winning solution of Zoohackathon 2020 this year is ... Read More»

Health Alert: December 14, 2020

Health Alert: December 14, 2020 Location:  Brazil Event: Extension of Brazil Travel Restrictions on Land and Sea Borders Effective December 11, Brazil extended the restrictions on entry of foreigners by land (unless for transit) and sea, for an additional seven days, through December 18.  The entry of foreign visitors traveling by air for a short ... Read More»

The Community Engagement Exchange (CEE) Program invites applications until December 24 for 2021 program

U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Brazil is pleased to announce the call for applications for a new U.S. government-funded civil society leadership program – the Community Engagement Exchange (CEE) Program, to take place in late 2021. The Community Engagement Exchange (CEE) Program is a year-long leadership development program for emerging civil society leaders from over ... Read More»

ICE assists Brazil in the arrests of 10 human smugglers

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) assisted the Brazil Federal Police (PF) in the arrests of ten high-profile targets in Brazil, to include several current and former local politicians, who are part of transnational criminal organizations involved in human smuggling. On Dec. 3, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Brasilia collaborated with the HSI Human Smuggling Unit ... Read More»

Newest U.S. Navy submarine visits naval base in Itaguaí

Coinciding with Dia Nacional do Marinheiro, the fast-attack submarine USS Vermont (SSN 792), conducted a brief stop at the Itaguaí submarine base, in the state of Rio de Janeiro, to celebrate two milestones reached by the Brazilian Navy in its Submarine Development Program (PROSUB):  the launch of the BNS Humaitá (S41) and the incorporation of two additional indigenous-built submarine BNS ... Read More»

American expert in Data Journalism closed event promoted by Famecos with support of the U.S. Consulate in Porto Alegre

C.W. Anderson, known for his research in data journalism, closed the virtual and free event Credibility at Play: journalism against disinformation, held yesterday, December 8, by the Journalism course of the School of Communication, Arts and Design - Famecos / PUCRS with the support of the Consulate General of the United States in Porto Alegre. Anderson's lecture was simultaneously translated to ... Read More»

Vitol Inc. agrees to pay over $135 million to resolve bribery case in Brazil, Ecuador and Mexico

Washington, December 3rd, 2020– The U.S. Department of Justice announced the resolution of an investigation of violation of the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act(FCPA), coordinated with the Brazilian Ministerio Publico Federal bribery investigation into Vitol Inc. (Vitol), the U.S. affiliate of the Vitol group of companies. Vitol has agreed to pay a combined $135 million ... Read More»

Proposed Purchase of MK 54 Torpedoes by Brazil Approved

Original publication can be found at: https://www.dsca.mil/press-media/major-arms-sales/brazil-mk-54-lightweight-torpedoes WASHINGTON, December 1, 2020 – The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Brazil of MK 54 Lightweight Torpedoes and related equipment for an estimated cost of $70 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress ... Read More»

AWE Brazil: Innovative training for women entrepreneurs opens national enrollment

Due to the demand of entrepreneurs from several regions of the country, the initiative opens nationally. Apply until December 6th.  Brasilia, December 2, 2020 – On Wednesday (2), the U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Brazil, in partnership with the +Unidos Group, announced the expansion of the Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE).  Responding to the numerous requests ... Read More»

U.S Coast Guard, Brazil Navy conduct regional engagements to strengthen partnership

Brasília, 2 de dezembro de 2020 – The Coast Guard hosted members of the Brazilian Navy on three occasions in November throughout the Southeastern United States. On Nov. 6, Sector Jacksonville held an arrival ceremony in Mayport, Fla., for the Brazilian training ship NE Brasil (U27), attended by the crews of USCGCs Maria Bray (WLM ... Read More»

Amcham Joinville and US Consulate promoted free investments webinar

Event had the participation of Santa Catarina’s International Relations Secretariat and representatives of local companies trading with the United States  Porto Alegre, December 1, 2020 – Today, Tuesday, December 1, Amcham Joinville (American Chamber of Commerce) and the Consulate General of the United States in Porto Alegre held a free webinar open to the public on ”Economic relations between ... Read More»

Brazil’s Ministry of Science and the Smithsonian Institution sign Memorandum of Understanding on scientific research and education

Brasilia, November 25, 2020: Brazil’s Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovations, represented by Minister Marcos Cesar Pontes, and the Smithsonian Institution, represented by the Acting Under Secretary, Roger Brissenden, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Wednesday, November 25, 2020. The virtual signing of the MOU underscored the two institutions’ shared efforts to advance scientific ... Read More»

New Visa Restrictions for Wildlife and Timber Traffickers

Brasilia, November 24, 2020: On November 10, the United States announced a first-of-its-kind visa restriction on wildlife and timber traffickers. Wildlife and timber trafficking are serious transnational organized crime activities that threaten national security, undermine economic prosperity, fuel corruption, and spread disease. This new visa restriction, which relies on section 212(a)(3)(C) of the Immigration and ... Read More»

U.S. Consulate and Sebrae/SC present business and entrepreneurship course results 

English learning as a mean for economic development is one of the pillars of U.S. government’s presence in Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul   Porto Alegre, November 23, 2020: The partnership between the U.S. Consulate General and Sebrae/SC that trained entrepreneurs seeking to internationalize their business had a closing event today, Monday, 23. The ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy and Consulates recognize eight Brazilian women for their crucial community work

The Awardees are making a positive impact on their communities and serving as inspiration to their fellow citizens Brasilia, November 23, 2020: The U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Brazil have the pleasure to announce the 2020 Brazilian Women Making a Difference Award. The award honors Brazilian women who are making a positive impact on their ... Read More»

Security Alert – Demonstrations at Carrefour Store Chain

Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Brasilia, Brazil 20 November, 2020 Location: Carrefour grocery stores throughout Brazil Event: Demonstrations against the Carrefour grocery store chain have been reported throughout Brazil after a man was killed by security guards at a Carrefour in southern Brazil.  Some of these demonstrations have become violent. U.S. government personnel at ... Read More»

Op-ed: Black Consciousness Day

The fight for freedom, dignity, and civil rights is an ongoing one, even in strong democratic societies like Brazil and the United States. In our own unique ways, we are always striving toward creating the “more perfect Union” that our citizens demand. Consciousness is an important first step in dealing with both legacy and novel ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy and Fulbright Commission in Brazil launch course for first-time screenwriters

Training program for young screenwriters is the first initiative to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Fulbright program in the world and aims to give voice to underrepresented segments in the audiovisual industry Brasilia, November 19, 2020:  The U.S. Embassy and Consulates, in partnership with the Fulbright Commission in Brazil, launch the Fulbright Course for ... Read More»

English Olympiad encouraged 140,000 students to practice English for free in the pandemic

Through the startup ChatClass and the U.S. Embassy, school-age students from all over the country performed speaking and writing activities on WhatsApp Brasilia, November 19, 2020: ChatClass, a startup that aims to democratize the teaching of the English language through technologies already inserted in the daily life of students, held, together with the Regional English ... Read More»

U.S. and Brazil Commemorate World War II Submarine Tragedy

Sailors from both nations hold ceremony honoring those from the United States and Brazil who died off the coast of Florida in 1943 Brasilia, 18 November 2020 — The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Charles Sexton (WPC 1108), the coastal patrol ship USS Zephyr and the Brazilian training ship Brazil held a memorial wreath-laying ceremony at sea ... Read More»

Application that prevents falsification of wild animal documents is the winning project of ZOOHACKATHON Brazil 2020

Three Brazilian projects were selected to compete in the global stage, which takes place from November 18  Brasilia, November 17, 2020: ZOOHACKATHON Brazil 2020 revealed the winners of the second Brazilian edition of the event. The marathon, which this year took place 100% online, brought Brazilians together to create creative and innovative solutions to combat ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy and +Unidos open registration for program aimed at female entrepreneurship

The goal is to offer 90 women an online entrepreneurship program aimed at lasting business growth. Registration until December 6. Brasilia, November 16, 2020: This Monday (16), to mark Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW), the U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Brazil, in partnership with the +Unidos Group, launches the Academy For Women Entrepreneurs (AWE). Aimed at ... Read More»

USAID signs letter of intent with Alcoa to improve lives of people in the Amazon

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) signed a letter of intent with ALCOA Brazil, an American aluminum manufacturer and the Sustainable Juruti Institute (IJUS). The partnership aims to improve local communities and improve biodiversity conservation and other natural resources through sustainable and innovative solutions in the Amazon. Initiatives include promoting positive impact entrepreneurship, ... Read More»

ICE, international partners arrest 113 child predators

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) - in collaboration with the Brazil Ministry of Justice and the Public Security (MJSP) Secretariat for Integrated Operation (SEOPI) Cyber Laboratory - arrested 113 alleged child predators across the U.S. and in South America, Nov. 2 to 6, during phase seven of Operation Protected Childhood ... Read More»

Extension of Brazil Travel Restrictions on Land and Sea Borders 

Health Alert: November 13, 2020   Location:  Brazil  Event: Extension of Brazil Travel Restrictions on Land and Sea Borders  Effective November 12, Brazil extended the restrictions on entry of foreigners by land (unless for transit) and sea, for an additional 30 days, through December 11.  The entry of foreign visitors traveling by air for a short stay of up to 90 days ... Read More»

STEAM TechCamp Brazil opens registration for the 4th edition

Initiative of the U.S. Embassy and Consulates, in partnership with USP, aims to form a network of innovation multipliers in Brazilian public education Educators can apply until December 4, 2020. Brasilia, November 12, 2020 – The STEAM TechCamp Brasil Program is open for registration for the 4th edition. Educators from all over Brazil can register ... Read More»

Under Secretary Keith Krach’s Remarks on Economic Security

Bom dia. Obrigado. I want to give a special thanks to Welber Barral for moderating today’s discussion, and for his service to Brazil and the bilateral partnership. Let me thank as well the Fundação Getúlio Vargas for helping us get this out to as large a group as possible. It’s been a great honor to ... Read More»

U.S. and Brazil Statements to Press at Itamaraty Palace

Under Secretary Keith Krach Remarks Introduction: U.S.-Brazil Relations Hello everyone. It’s great to be here in Brazil. Thank you, Ambassador Costa e Silva, for your warm welcome. I’m here at a time when the US Brazil partnership momentum is as strong as it’s ever been. We share a vibrant friendship that spans two centuries of ... Read More»

Joint Statement on Japan-U.S.-Brazil Trilateral Exchange

Joint Statement on the Japan-U.S.-Brazil Exchange Brasilia, November 10, 2020: Today, the Governments of the United States of America, the Federative Republic of Brazil, and Japan launched the Japan-U.S.-Brazil Exchange in Brasilia, Brazil. The U.S. Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment, Keith Krach, led the U.S. delegation, Brazil’s Secretary for Bilateral Negotiations ... Read More»

U.S. and Brazil launch Environmental Dialogue

U.S. and Brazil launch Environmental Dialogue The dialogue covers important areas of collaboration to protect and preserve the environment Brasilia, November 10, 2020: The U.S. Undersecretary for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment Keith Krach, USAID, and, virtually, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler and representatives of the USFWS, USFS, NOAA, and the Brazilian secretary ... Read More»

Joint Statement on the U.S.-Brazil Environmental Framework Dialogue

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release November 10, 2020 MEDIA NOTE Joint Statement on the U.S.-Brazil Environmental Framework Dialogue U.S. Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment Keith Krach and Secretary of National Sovereignty and Citizenship of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Brazil Fabio Marzano ... Read More»

Fact Sheet: U.S.-Brazil Environmental Framework Dialogue

November 10, 2020 Brazil and the United States share both similar environmental challenges and a history working together productively. Our two nations will continue to collaborate on the protection and preservation of the environment while promoting the growth of our economies. The following are examples of our work, together: Fire Prevention and Management The U.S. ... Read More»

Opening Remarks by Under Secretary Keith Krach during Japan-U.S.-Brazil Exchange

Under Secretary Keith Krach Japan-U.S.-Brazil Exchange As prepared for delivery. Good morning. It’s a great honor to be here today to launch the first-ever Japan-U.S.-Brazil Exchange, or “JUSBE.” Building on the ties between our peoples and governments, this new forum will allow our nations to work closely together to advance our shared values—values such as ... Read More»

Joint Statement on the Establishment of the U.S.-Brazil Critical Minerals Working Group

Joint Statement on the Establishment of the U.S.-Brazil Critical Minerals Working Group Brasilia, November 10, 2020: On this date, following a meeting between Francis R. Fannon, Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Energy Resources (ENR) at the U.S Department of State, and Bruno  Eustáquio, Minister of Mines and Energy Executive Secretary, and Alexandre Vidigal, Secretary of ... Read More»

U.S. Under Secretary Keith Krach travels to Brazil on November 7-11

The visit is part of a travel to Central and South America to grow the Clean Network and strengthen cooperation on environment.  Brasilia, November 06, 2020: The U.S. Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment, Keith Krach, will visit São Paulo and Brasília, on November 7-11, for a series of meetings with high-ranking representatives of the Brazilian government and business leaders to ... Read More»

United States Assists Brazil in Action Against Digital Piracy

U.S. Law Enforcement Assists Brazilian Law Enforcement Takedown of Numerous Digital Piracy Sites and Apps Alleged to Have Caused Millions of Dollars in Losses to U.S. Media Companies Three U.S.-Based Websites Allegedly Offered Thousands of Pirated Television Shows and Movies Owned by U.S. Rights Holders to Brazilian Audiences WASHINGTON – Seizure warrants have been executed ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Updated telephone number for the Consular Agency Fortaleza

U.S. Consulate in Recife, Brazil Message for U.S. Citizens November 4, 2020 UPDATED TELEPHONE NUMBER FOR CONSULAR AGENCY FORTALEZA The U.S. Consular Agency in Fortaleza has a new telephone number: +55 (85) 3223-4902. This number replaces all other agency telephone numbers, as of November 3, 2020. The U.S. Consular Agency is located at Torre Santos ... Read More»

CDC Opens New South America Regional Office in Brazil

Brasilia, November 03, 2020: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), U.S. government institution responsible for combating disease, opened its new South America regional office in Brasilia, Brazil on October 29,  2020. The new regional office strengthens CDC’s ability to meet its mission of protecting Americans by responding more rapidly to health threats wherever ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy and Consulates hold virtual lecture on artificial intelligence

The event is free and in partnership with Manaus Tech Hub and SIDIA institute The U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Brazil, with the support of SIDIA Institute of Science and Technology and Manaus Tech Hub, hold the virtual lecture “Artificial intelligence applied to new business and innovation”, on October 29, from 1p.m. The lecture will ... Read More»

U.S. Consulate General Recife Funds Seven Projects in Northeast Brazil

The U.S. Consulate General in Recife announced in October 2020 results of its Annual Program Statement call for proposals, published in June 2020, which offered opportunities for financial support of up to US$15,000 to organizations implementing projects in its eight-state consular district. After an open and competitive selection process, Read More»

International Religious Freedom Day

U.S. Department of State Office of The Spokesperson For Immediate Release Statement by Secretary Michael R. Pompeo October 27, 2020 Twenty-two years ago today, the United States enacted the 1998 International Religious Freedom Act, reaffirming our commitment to promote and defend the fundamental right to religious freedom for all people everywhere.  Born of the vision ... Read More»

EducationUSA launches free course that teaches Brazilians the writing used in American universities

Online platform brings together resources to learn how to write in English with free access  Brasilia, October 26, 2020: EducationUSA, the official U.S. government office that provides free guidance to those interested in studying in U.S. institutions, in partnership with the U.S. Embassy’s Regional English Language Office (RELO) in Brazil, is launching the Essay Writing ... Read More»

ZOOHACKATHON Brazil: world competition unites Brazilians to fight animal trafficking

Marathon will be 100% online and will take place between November 6th and 8th. The goal is to create creative and innovative solutions to combat animal trafficking around the world. Brasilia, October 26, 2020: Every day, several wild animals are sold as merchandise or collection items around the world. To develop creative and innovative solutions ... Read More»

U.S. Consulate General in Recife donates PPE to fight COVID-19

Personal protective equipment was donated to the SAMU on Friday, October 23 Recife, October 23, 2020 – Combating the Covid-19 pandemic is a priority for the governments of the United States and Brazil. This Friday (October 23), the U.S. Consulate General donated approximately 25,000 masks, 14,000 gloves and 12,000 disposable aprons to the Emergency Medical ... Read More»

Health Alert: Suspension of Automatic Length of Stay Extensions

Health Alert: October 22,2020   Location:  Brazil  Event: Suspension of Automatic Length of Stay Extensions  Effective November 3, 2020, the government of Brazil has suspended the March 16, 2020 regulations that automatically extended the length of stay for permanent residents and legal visitors in Brazil during the COVID-19 crisis.  Please note that a tourist visa (electronic or paper) is not required for U.S. citizens to travel to ... Read More»

Trump Administration Marks the Signing of the Geneva Consensus Declaration

On Thursday, October 22, Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and HHS Secretary Alex Azar participated in the virtual signing of the Geneva Consensus Declaration, a historic document that further strengthens an ongoing coalition to achieve better health for women, the preservation of human life, support for the family as foundational to a healthy society, ... Read More»

USAID and the IDB Announce $2 million in New Awards to Support Venezuelans Through Employment, Financial Services, and Access to Information

The U.S. government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), announced $2 million for five new awards under the BetterTogether/JuntosEsMejor  Challenge to benefit Venezuelans in the Argentine Republic, the Federative Republic of Brazil, the Republics of Colombia and Chile, and the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. The awardees will ... Read More»

U.S. Government Donates more than USD $110,000 to the Health System and Communities in Rio

Favela residents and health professionals in Rio de Janeiro will benefit from two donations delivered this week by the U.S. Consulate in Rio to help mitigate the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic. Read More»

The United States and Brazil Strengthen Economic and Bilateral Ties

The United States and Brazil Strengthen Economic and Bilateral Ties The two countries signed a trade protocol and the U.S. extended over R$ 11 billion reais for investment and export financing. Brasilia, October 21, 2020: During his two-day visit to Brazil, the U.S. National Security Adviser, Robert C. O’Brien, was accompanied by the largest economic-focused, ... Read More»

Amb. O’Brien Remarks at the Joint Press Conference at Itamaraty

Amb. O’Brien Remarks at the Joint Press Conference at Itamaraty (As delivered.) Mr. President, Foreign Minister, thank you for hosting me. It’s an honor to be here. And I bring you greetings, Mr. President, from your friend President Donald J. Trump, the 45th President of the United States. Brazil and the United States are the ... Read More»

United States and Brazil Sign US $1 Billion Memorandum of Understanding

The agreement opens opportunities for business promotion in telecommunications, energy, infrastructure, and more. Brasilia, October 20, 2020 – Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM) President and Chairman Kimberly A. Reed today signed a US $1 billion Memorandum of Understanding with Brazil’s Ministry of Economy, aimed at enhancing the strong trade and economic relationship between the two countries.  EXIM Chairman Reed and Brazil Minister of ... Read More»

Fact Sheet: Export-Import Bank of the United States 

Buy More U.S. Goods and Services with Competitive Financing The Export-Import Bank of the U.S. (EXIM) supports the financing of U.S. goods and services purchased by creditworthy international buyers that may have difficulty obtaining credit through traditional financing sources. EXIM’s financing options are backed by the full faith and credit of the U.S. government. Recent ... Read More»

Fact Sheet: Artemis Accords – United for Peaceful Exploration of Deep Space

The Artemis Accords, led by NASA, describe a shared vision for principles, grounded in the Outer Space Treaty of 1967, to create a safe and transparent environment which facilitates exploration, science, and commercial activities for all of humanity to enjoy. The U.S. and its partners in the Artemis Program have set the goal of exploring ... Read More»

Brazil and US Sign U.S.-Brazil Protocol on Trade Rules and Transparency 

The three areas covered by the Protocol speed up trade and represent an important step in the ongoing work between the two countries  Brasilia, October 19, 2020: U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Minister of Economy Paulo Guedes signed a U.S.-Brazil Protocol on Trade Rules and Transparency on Monday, October 19, during a virtual conference. The ... Read More»

United States and Brazil Sign New Protocol on Trade Rules and Transparency

The United States and Brazil are pleased to announce the successful conclusion of a Protocol on Trade Rules and Transparency. This agreement is the latest concrete result of the close relationship between Brazil and the United States and the leadership of President Trump and President Bolsonaro. Following the meeting of the two leaders at Mar-a-Lago ... Read More»

Fact Sheet: U.S. International Development Finance Corporation

October 2020 Results in Brazil (Total = US $ 984 million) Committed Projects: We recently committed a total investment of $425 million for the following two projects. Accelerating pandemic recovery in Brazil: A $400 million loan to Banco Itaú will support lending to SMEs following a severe outbreak of COVID-19 in Brazil, with a focus ... Read More»

US National Security Advisor to travel to Brazil on October 19-20 

Brasilia, October 16, 2020: The U.S. National Security Advisor, Robert O’Brien, will visit São Paulo and Brasília, on October 19-20, for a series of meetings with high-ranking representatives of the Brazilian government and private sector. On the visit he will be accompanied by Kimberly Reed, President of the Export Import Bank, Michael Nemelka, Deputy U.S. Trade ... Read More»

Health Alert: Extension of Brazil Travel Restrictions on Land and Sea Borders 

Health Alert: October 16, 2020 Location: Brazil Event: Extension of Brazil Travel Restrictions on Land and Sea Borders Effective October 14, Brazil extended the restrictions on entry of foreigners by land (unless for transit) and sea, through at least November 12.  The entry of foreign visitors traveling by air for a short stay of up to 90 days is currently permitted. Effective October 2, the Government of Brazil no longer requires ... Read More»

Security Alert: U.S. Embassy Brasilia, Brazil  

October 15, 2020   Location: Brazil   Event:  Several state authorities across Brazil have announced the dates of their annual prisoner visitation release known as “Saidão” (the big exit), during which some prisoners will be temporarily released during this period to visit family for the holidays.  Brazilian authorities caution that crimes such as theft, assault and home burglaries may increase this time of ... Read More»

Health Alert: Proof of Health Insurance No Longer Required for Air Travel to Brazil 

Health Alert: October 8, 2020  Location:  Brazil  Event:  Proof of Health Insurance No Longer Required for Air Travel to Brazil  Effective October 2, the Government of Brazil no longer requires foreign travelers to present proof of health insurance valid in Brazil in order to enter.  While Brazil continues to permit the entry of foreign visitors by air for a short stay of up to 90 days, restrictions remain for the entry of foreign visitors by land (unless for transit) ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens – Options to Return your Absentee Ballot!  

Missed the  U.S. Mission in Brazil October 2 target date to mail your absentee ballot? DON’T DESPAIR, BUT ACT NOW if you plan to vote in the November 2020 election!  Remember:  U.S. embassies and consulates are not polling places; same-day, in-person voting is not available outside of the United States.  Many states require completed ballots reach local election officials by the close of polls on Tuesday, November 3.  OPTIONS TO ... Read More»

Joint Communique from the U.S.-Brazil CEO Forum

The 11th meeting of the United States-Brazil CEO Forum was held on Monday simultaneously in Brasília and Washington, D.C., through videoconference, allowing both governments and private sector participants to discuss the progress made in areas identified as priorities within the joint recommendations presented in the last edition of the Forum, held in Washington, D.C., in November ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens – Don’t Let the Elections Pass You By 

If you plan to vote in the November 2020 election, it is important to ACT NOW! Don’t wait, return your completed ballot right away! Remember U.S. embassies and consulates are not polling places; same-day in-person voting is not available outside the United States – but you can get assistance in requesting and returning your absentee ... Read More»

Health Alert: Extension of Brazil Travel Restrictions on Land and Sea Borders 

Health Alert: September 25. 2020 Location:  Brazil Event:  Extension of Brazil Travel Restrictions on Land and Sea Borders Effective September 25, Brazil extended the restrictions on entry of foreigners by land (unless for transit) and sea, through at least October 23.  The entry of foreign visitors traveling by air is currently permitted. The September 24 ... Read More»

Op-ed: China’s Catholics and The Church’s Moral Witness

The human rights situation in China has deteriorated severely under the autocratic rule of Xi Jinping, especially for religious believers. Credible reports have exposed the Chinese Communist Party’s program of forced sterilizations and abortions of Muslims in Xinjiang, its abuse of Catholic priests and laypeople, and its assault on Protestant house churches—all of which are ... Read More»

Message to U.S. Citizens: Virtual Town Hall on Social Security/Federal Benefits Questions   

Message to U.S. Citizens– U.S. Embassy Brasilia, Brazil Location:  Brazil Event:  Virtual Town Hall on Social Security/Federal Benefits Questions The U.S. Embassy and Consulates General in Brazil will host a Virtual Town Hall on Friday, October 9 at 10:00a.m. Brasilia time to discuss questions or concerns related to Social Security or other federal benefits.  Representatives from the Lisbon Federal Benefits Unit, the regional office responsible for Brazil, will be present ... Read More»

Brazil receives additional allocation to sell 80,000 tons of sugar to the US

Brasilia, September 22, 2020:  On September 22, 2020, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR)  provided notice  of the allocations of additional Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 in-quota quantities of the tariff-rate quota (TRQ) for imported raw cane sugar as announced by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture on September 10, 2020. Of this additional quantity, USTR ... Read More»

US-Brazil cooperation enables return of Amazon frogs to Brazil 

Animals illegally smuggled to Europe by exotic wildlife trader will be received by the São Paulo Zoo São Paulo, September 21, 2020 - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service returned to Brazil last Wednesday 21 frogs from the Adelphobates galactonotus species, also known as splash-backed poison frog (or “sapos ponta-de-flecha” in Portuguese). The frogs had been trafficked into the United States in late 2017 ... Read More»

Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting with Brazilian Foreign Minister Ernesto Araujo

The below is attributable to Principal Deputy Spokesperson Cale Brown: Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met yesterday with Brazilian Foreign Minister Ernesto Araujo in the city of Boa Vista, Roraima, Brazil. Secretary Pompeo and Minister Araujo emphasized our shared commitment to a secure, prosperous, and democratic hemisphere and support for the Venezuelan people and their ... Read More»

Fact Sheet: The United States and Brazil Reaffirm Strong Ties and Shared Democratic Values

U.S. Department of State Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release Fact Sheet September 18, 2020 “Together, we are seizing the opportunity to cement a future of security, prosperity, and democracy for our people and for the entire hemisphere.” – U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo, September 13, 2019 On September 18, Secretary Pompeo ... Read More»

Secretary Pompeo’s Travel to Paramaribo, Georgetown, Boa Vista, Bogota, and Plano

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo will travel to Paramaribo, Suriname; Georgetown, Guyana; Boa Vista, Brazil; Bogota, Colombia; and Plano, Texas, September 17-20, 2020.  This trip will highlight the United States’ commitment to defend democracy, combat COVID-19 while revitalizing our economies in the pandemic’s wake, and strengthen security against regional threats. Read More»

Joint Statement on US-Brazil Trade in Ethanol

Brazil and the United States have held consultations regarding their bilateral trade on ethanol. As a result, they have decided to conduct results-oriented discussions on an arrangement to improve market access for ethanol and sugar in Brazil and the United States. They will also consider an increase in market access for corn in both countries. ... Read More»

Federal Government Adjusts COVID-19 Entry Strategy for International Air Passengers

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the United States Government (USG) is innovating and taking a new approach to help keep international air passengers healthy. The new, more effective strategy focuses on the continuum of travel and the individual passenger, including pre-departure and post-arrival education, efforts to develop a potential testing framework with international partners, and ... Read More»

U.S. Mission to Brazil Live Stream Event on Voting Overseas – September 14

The U.S. Embassy and Consulates General in Brazil will host a live stream event on Monday, September 14 at 10:00 a.m. Brasilia time where Voting Assistance Officers will give a presentation on absentee voting from overseas and discuss how U.S. citizens can register to vote and cast a ballot in the upcoming election.  There will also be an opportunity ask questions about voting overseas. Read More»

Brazil-US Commercial Relationship: Potential Deliverables in the Near Term U.S. Ambassador to Brazil, Todd Chapman

AmCham Brasil Good morning to you all.  It is a distinct pleasure for me to be with all of you today. I thank Luiz Pretti, Deborah Vieitas, Abrão Neto and everyone from the AmCham team for putting this event together. I have the privilege today to speak with you all about a topic to which ... Read More»

Update on Lawful Permanent Resident Status during COVID-19 

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Brasilia, Brazil (September 2, 2020)  Location:  Brazil  Event: Update on Lawful Permanent Resident Status during COVID-19  Despite the travel complexities caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. Lawful Permanent Residents (LPR) may still lose their resident status if they are outside the United States for more than a year. LPR status permits ... Read More»

U.S. Specialist Conducts Online Training Program for 30 English Teachers from the Municipal School System

The program will help teachers explore alternative teaching methods   The U.S Embassy, in partnership with Belo Horizonte’s City Hall, will carry out an online training program for 30 teachers from the municipal public school system. The initiative, called English Language Specialist, will start online activities on September 2nd and will last for eight weeks. ... Read More»

U.S. Delivers to Brazil 600 State-of-the-Art Ventilators

Brasilia, August 28, 2020: The United States Government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), delivered, on August 28, to the Brazilian Ministry of Health, a third shipment of 200 brand new, state-of-the-art ventilators to assist its fight against COVID-19. To date, USAID has donated a total of 600 ventilators to Brazil. The donation ... Read More»

Health Alert: Extension of Brazil Travel Restrictions on Land and Sea Borders 

Health Alert: August 27, 2020 Location:  Brazil Event:  Extension of Brazil Travel Restrictions on Land and Sea Borders Effective August 26, Brazil extended the restrictions on entry of foreigners by land (unless for transit) and sea, through at least September 24.  The entry of foreign visitors traveling by air is currently permitted. The August 26 ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens:  Be an Active Voter and Vote Absentee! 

Be an Active Voter by taking the necessary steps to vote in the 2020 U.S. elections and by participating in Absentee Voting Week!   Be sure to register now and be ready to send your vote by October 2nd!  Whether you are a first–time voter or have already received ballots and voted absentee in past elections, we recommend that you complete a  Federal Post Card Application (FPCA)  each year to ensure you are able to participate in elections as an ... Read More»

Brazil can join the growing Clean Network by banning Huawei

Whoever builds a nation’s 5G networks gains the key to that country’s most sensitive personal, commercial, and governmental data. Trusted firms such as Ericsson and Nokia from Europe and Samsung from the Republic of Korea have earned the trust of people and governments around the world. Read More»

Amb. Todd Chapman: The Brazil-US Strategic Relationship: Past, Present and Future 

The Brazil-US Strategic Relationship: Past, Present and Future U.S. Ambassador to Brazil, Todd Chapman Fundação Getúlio Vargas, São Paulo August 20, 2020 Good afternoon to all.  What a distinct pleasure for me to be with you all today, It is truly an honor to be speaking with the international relations students of Fundação Getulio Vargas – such an important institution which has ... Read More»

USAID and the Inter-American Development Bank Announce Awards For Entrepreneurial Solutions to Benefit Venezuelans

Today, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) announced approximately $1.8 million for awards under the BetterTogether/JuntosEsMejor Challenge to benefit Venezuelans and their host communities in the Federative Republic of Brazil; the Republics of Colombia, Perú, and Trinidad and Tobago; and the Boliviarian Republic of Venezuela.  The awards will fund solutions that ... Read More»

Message to U.S. Citizens: Update to the Brazil Travel Advisory

On August 6 the Department of State updated the Travel Advisory for Brazil.    Please see the Travel Advisory below:  Do not travel to Brazil due to COVID-19. Exercise increased caution in Brazil due to crime. Some areas have increased risk.  Read the entire Travel Advisory.   Read More»

Statement by Ambassador Todd Chapman Regarding Recent Allegations in the Press

  In recent days, a few press reports have  mischaracterized meetings that I had with Brazilian officials. Allegations were made that I suggested a particular outcome on an issue that would favor the election chances of one presidential candidate over another. Any interpretation of my defense of long-standing commercial interests during an election year as ... Read More»

Health Alert – Updated Brazil Travel Decree/Lifting of Air Entry Restrictions

Effective July 29, Brazil updated its decree to allow entry of foreign visitors traveling by air.  However, Brazil has extended for an additional 30 days the entry of foreigners by land (unless for transit) and sea (through at least August 28). Read More»

The United States Provides 200 More Ventilators to Brazil to Respond to COVID-19

The United States Government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), has donated, on July 29, a second shipment of 200 brand new, state-of-the-art ventilators to Brazil to assist its fight against COVID-19.  The donation delivers on President Trump’s generous offer of these critically needed supplies to assist with Brazil’s urgent response to the ... Read More»

Guidelines for international students who plan to start the fall semester in the U.S.

Brasilia, July 24, 2020: On July 24, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced that nonimmigrant students can engage in distance learning in excess of regulatory limits due to the public health emergency generated by COVID-19. Students who satisfy the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) requirements as reflected ... Read More»

Communist China and the Free World’s Future

Speech Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State Yorba Linda, California The Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum SECRETARY POMPEO: Thank you. Thank you all. Thank you, Governor, for that very, very generous introduction. It is true: When you walk in that gym and you say the name “Pompeo,” there is a whisper. I had a brother, ... Read More»

Fact Sheet: U.S. Private Sector Assistance to Mitigate Impacts of COVID-19 in Brazil

The COVID-19 crisis has mobilized the whole world, and many U.S. companies are engaged in initiatives to help combat the impacts of the pandemic globally. Some of them are present in Brazil and have partnered with local governments and organizations to implement campaigns and make donations in money, services and equipment. The aim is to ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Brasilia, Brazil

Location: Brazil Event: Emergency passport Renewals The U.S. Embassy and Consulates General in Brazil continue to offer only emergency services for U.S. citizens in Brazil. Routine services not related to safety, such as passport renewals without imminent travel and notarial services, are not considered emergencies and will not be scheduled at this time. We will ... Read More»

United States awards grant for production of low-cost ventilators in São Paulo

São Paulo, July 15, 2020: A group of researchers led by Prof. Marcelo Zuffo and Prof. Raul Lima from the Escola Politécnica da Universidade de São Paulo received almost US$ 200,000 (1 million reais) from the Office of Naval Research (ONR) Global to produce low-cost ventilators for use by hospitals in São Paulo.  On July 15, ... Read More»

GLOBE Program completes 25 years; AEB celebrates 5 of partnership with project

Brasília, July 15, 2020: The Global Learning and Observation to Benefit the Environment Program (GLOBE) of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) completed 25 years of environmental education and science teaching in 2020. It is present in more than 120 countries. In Brazil, the Brazilian Space Agency (AEB), linked to the Ministry of Science, ... Read More»

U.S. Consul General in Porto Alegre departs post

Julia Harlan led the reopening of the U.S. consulate in 2017 and boosted business partnerships and security and education initiatives in southern Brazil Porto Alegre, July 13, 2020: After three years as head of the U.S. Consulate General in Porto Alegre, Julia Harlan is departing post this week. Julia took up her duties as consul ... Read More»

Medical Declaration Required to Enter Brazil

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Brasilia, Brazil (July 8, 2020) Location: Brazil Event: Clarification on Required Medical Declaration to Eenter Brazil On June 30, Brazil extended for an additional 30 days (through July 29) the decree banning foreigners from entering the country by air, land, and sea. Please see our previous message for a list of exemptions . ... Read More»

The Threat Posed by the Chinese Government and the Chinese Communist Party to the Economic and National Security of the United States 

Christopher Wray Director Federal Bureau of Investigation Hudson Institute, Video Event: China’s Attempt to Influence U.S. Institutions Washington, D.C. July 7, 2020 The Threat Posed by the Chinese Government and the Chinese Communist Party to the Economic and National Security of the United States Remarks as delivered.  Good morning. I realize it’s challenging, particularly under ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens – Final Opportunities to Return Voted Ballots

Don’t wait – return your voted ballot right away! Remember: U.S. embassies and consulates are not polling places; same-day in-person voting is not available outside the United States. The majority of states require voting ballots to reach local election officials by the close of polls on Tuesday, November 3. U.S. citizens who want to participate ... Read More»

U.S. and Brazil Promote Cooperation and Coordination on Issues of Mutual Interest to Agricultural Producers and Exporters

Brasilia, July 2nd, 2020: As two of the world’s largest agricultural producers and exporters, Brazil and the United States face many of the same challenges in foreign markets. To create a platform to share information, devise strategic interactions, and promote collaboration on a range of topics, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Brazil’s Ministry ... Read More»

July 4th Voting Message

Celebrate democracy this 4th of July by taking the necessary steps to vote in the 2020 U.S. elections! In order to vote in the November 2020 elections, all overseas U.S. citizens need to have completed a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) in 2020 .  Whether you are a first-time voter or have already received ballots and voted absentee in past elections, you ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Brasilia, Brazil (June 26, 2020)

Location: Brazil Event: Travel Update Health Alert Commercial flights between the United States and Brazil continue to run on a regular basis. As flights are subject to change, please contact airlines directly for the most current schedule information. We continue to encourage U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States to make commercial ... Read More»

The Tide is Turning Toward Trusted 5G Vendors

Statement by U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo The tide is turning against Huawei as citizens around the world are waking up to the danger of the Chinese Communist Party’s surveillance state. Huawei’s deals with telecommunications operators around the world are evaporating, because countries are only allowing trusted vendors in their 5G networks. Examples ... Read More»

Brazil Extends Border Closure to July 5

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Brasilia, Brazil (June 21, 2020) Location:  Brazil Event:  Extension of Brazil’s Border Closures On June 20, Brazil extended the decree that foreigners are banned from entering the country by air, land, and sea for 15 days (through July 5).  This is an extension of previous border closures.  Those in the following categories are ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Brasilia, Brazil (June 19, 2020)

Location:  Brazil Event:  Health Alert The U.S. Embassy and Consulates General in Brazil continue to offer only emergency services for U.S. citizens in Brazil.  Routine services not related to safety, such as passport renewals without imminent travel ​​and notarial services, are not considered emergencies and will not be scheduled at this time.  We will resume operations in ... Read More»

U.S. Consulate General Recife Public Affairs Section Annual Program Statement FY 2020

The Public Affairs Section at the U.S. Consulate General in Recife, Brazil is publishing this Annual Program Statement, which outlines program priorities and themes for this year. This document also outlines specific procedures for submitting funding proposals. The U.S. Consulate General in Recife invites proposals that strengthen ties between the United States and Brazil, through ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Brasilia, Brazil (June 12, 2020)

Location:  Brazil Event:  Health Alert Although both the United States and Brazil have restricted the entry of some foreigners as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic (see below), at this time commercial flights between the United States and Brazil continue to run on a regular basis.  As flights are subject to change, please contact airlines ... Read More»

Fulbright Brazil opens scholarship enrollment in the U.S. for 2021

Opportunities to participate in U.S. exchange programs and become part of Fulbright’s alumni network The Fulbright Brazil Commission opens for scholarship enrollment in the United States for 2021. These opportunities are for Brazilians with a degree in language, PHD students and university professors. The goal of the programs offered by Fulbright is to promote mutual ... Read More»

Fact Sheet: U.S. Assistance to Brazil to Combat COVID-19

Updated March 19, 2021 U.S. Government The U.S. government has announced assistance to mitigate the health and socioeconomic impacts of COVID-19, totaling over US $ 19.7 million (approximately R$ 100 million). These funds include: In June, the “Inspire” (Inhale) emergency pulmonar ventilator, low-cost and patent-free, was developed by a team at USP’s  Polytechnic School, with ... Read More»

Joint Statement From the United States and Brazil Regarding Health Cooperation

Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Joint Statement From the United States of America and the Federative Republic of Brazil Regarding Health Cooperation The American and Brazilian people stand in solidarity in the fight against the coronavirus.  Today, as a demonstration of that solidarity, we are announcing the United States Government has delivered ... Read More»

U.S. government announces additional US $6 million in COVID-19 related assistance for Brazil

Total U.S. assistance is raised to over $12.5 million (approximately R$ 66 million) Brasilia, May 29, 2020:  The United States has announced that it is providing an additional US $6 million (approximately R$ 32 million) in humanitarian assistance to Brazil for emergency activities in health, water, sanitation, and hygiene and to mitigate the health impacts of COVID-19 ... Read More»

81 public school students from throughout Brazil participate in online English immersion

Eighty-one students from the Brazilian public school are participating, from May 26 to June 4, in the English Immersion Program – EIP, sponsored by the U.S. Diplomatic Mission in Brazil.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the program is not taking place in Brasilia, as it had been since 2007, but rather in an online version of ... Read More»

United States donations reduce the impact of COVID-19 in vulnerable communities of the Amazon

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the United States has been at the forefront of the global response.  The U.S. government has announced nearly US$6.5 million in financial support to date to populations disproportionately affected by the virus in rural and urban areas in the Amazon, helping prevent the spread of the virus among ... Read More»

Urgent information for visa applicants regarding novel coronavirus

Entry of foreign nationals who were physically present within the following list of countries within 14 days preceding their entry or attempted entry into the United States is suspended, per Presidential Proclamations 9984, 9992, 9993, 9996 and the subsequent proclamation issued May 24, 2020: Brazil (effective May 26 at 11:59 p.m. EDT) The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, ... Read More»

Health Alert: Extension of Brazil’s Border Closures

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Brasilia, Brazil (May 26, 2020) Location:  Brazil Event:  Extension of Brazil’s Border Closures On May 22, Brazil decreed that foreigners are banned from entering the country by air, land, and sea for 30 days (through June 21).  This is an extension of previous border closures.  Those in the following categories are exempt: Brazilian ... Read More»

Health Alert: Travel Restrictions to Enter the U.S. – Updated Entry into Effect: May 26 at 11:59 EDT

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Brasilia, Brazil (May 25, 2020) Location:  Brazil Event:  Travel Restrictions to Enter the United States – Update to Entry into Effect Date to 11:59 EDT May 26 Entry is suspended, per Presidential Proclamation, of foreign nationals of all nationalities, including Brazilians, who were present in Brazil within 14 days prior to their arrival ... Read More»

FACT SHEET: Presidential Proclamation restricting travel of foreign nationals (including Brazilians) from Brazil to the U.S.

FACT SHEET Presidential Proclamation restricting travel of foreign nationals (including Brazilians) from Brazil to the United States Q. Who is exempt from this Proclamation? U.S. citizens Lawful permanent residents of the United States; Foreign national spouses of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident; Foreign national parents or legal guardians of a U.S. citizen or ... Read More»

Presidential proclamation restricting travel of foreign nationals from Brazil to the United States effective May 27 at 00:59 a.m. (Brasilia time)

Note: In accordance with the Amendment signed today to the Presidential Proclamation of May 24, 2020, travel restrictions suspending the entry into the United States of any foreign nationals who were present in Brazil during the 14-day period preceding their entry or attempted entry into the United States will enter into effect at 11:59 p.m. eastern daylight time on May 26, ... Read More»

United States and Brazil Celebrate 18th Plenary of U.S.-Brazil Commercial Dialogue

The United States and Brazil issued a Joint Statement on May 21 highlighting the commitment of both countries to reduce trade barriers and to increase bilateral trade and investment.  Joseph Semsar, Deputy Under Secretary for International Trade and Acting Under Secretary for International Trade for the U.S. Department of Commerce, and Lucas Ferraz, Brazilian Secretary ... Read More»

Joint Statement of the 18th Edition of the U.S.-Brazil Commercial Dialogue May 14, 2020

Joseph Semsar, U.S. Deputy Under Secretary for International Trade, Performing the non-exclusive functions and duties of the Under Secretary for International Trade and Brazilian Secretary of Foreign Trade Lucas Pedreira do Couto Ferraz issue the following Joint Statement, which outlines the overall results of the May 14, 2020, virtual meeting of the U.S.-Brazil Commercial Dialogue. ... Read More»

United States announces additional US $2.5 million in COVID-19 related assistance for Brazil

The United States has announced that it is providing an additional US $2.5 million in assistance to Brazil to mitigate the health and socio-economic impacts of COVID-19. The new funds raise the total U.S. government assistance to $6.5 million (approximately R$ 37 million) to date.   Read More»

U.S. government announces additional US$ 3 million to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 in Brazil

The U.S. Government, via the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), has committed approximately US $3 million (over R$ 17 million) to support Brazil’s public health emergency response to COVID-19. The CDC will work closely with Fundação Oswaldo Cruz (Fiocruz) and the Ministry of Health, with which the Embassy maintains longstanding health cooperation. Read More»

The U.S. Consulate in Rio de Janeiro and Voz das Comunidades Launch an App to Combat Misinformation about Covid-19

The community journalism initiative in Complexo do Alemão will share real-time alerts and reliable information about the virus. Rio de Janeiro, May 11, 2020 – Seeing the need of some community residents for reliable information amid the Covid-19 pandemic, the U.S. Consulate General in Rio de Janeiro and the community outlet, Voz das Comunidades, from ... Read More»

Health Alert – COVID-19 and Dengue Precautions

Location: Brazil Event: COVID-19 and Dengue Precautions This health alert provides health information from the U.S. Embassy in Brasilia’s Health Unit regarding a frequently asked COVID-19 question as well as information on seasonal dengue preventive measures. Can COVID-19 be spread through food (such as in a restaurant or take out)? Coronaviruses are generally thought to ... Read More»

Message to U.S. Citizens:  FVAP Voting Resources

U.S. Embassy Brasilia, Brazil The Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) is tracking the impact of COVID-19 on U.S. citizens abroad, Service members, and their eligible family members, when voting absentee during the remainder of the 2020 election cycle. FVAP is in communication with state election offices, the Military Postal Service Agency and other federal agencies ... Read More»

Health Alert: IRS COVID-19 Economic Impact Payments

Location: Brazil Event: IRS COVID-19 Economic Impact Payments The U.S. Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service have announced that distribution of Economic Impact Payments has begun and will be automatic for those who filed tax returns in 2018 or 2019.  Social Security beneficiaries who are not typically required to file tax returns will not need to file ... Read More»

U.S. Consulate General São Paulo Public Affairs Section Annual Program Statement FY 2020

The Public Affairs Section at the U.S. Consulate General in São Paulo (PAS) is pleased to announce its Annual Program Statement (APS), which outlines PAS’s funding priorities for U.S. Government Fiscal Year 2020, as well as the specific procedures for submitting funding requests addressing those priorities. PAS invites proposals for projects that strengthen ties between ... Read More»

Health Alert: Update on Immigrant Visa Appointments and Lawful Permanent Resident Status During COVID-19

Pursuant to U.S. Presidential Proclamation 11014, issued April 22, 2020, the entry into the United States of foreign nationals as immigrants was suspended as of 11:59 PM on April 23, 2020, for 60 days except for certain excepted categories. Read More»

U.S. government announces US $950,000 in assistance to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 in Brazil

Brasilia, May 1, 2020:   The United States is providing US $950,000 (approximately R$ 5.21 million) in new economic support funds to incentivize private sector investments in mitigating non-health COVID-19 impacts on rural and vulnerable urban populations in Brazil with a focus on the Amazon region. This assistance builds upon past U.S. investment in Brazil, which totals ... Read More»

Health Alert – Commercial Flight Update – Increased Availability

Location: Brazil Event: Commercial Flight Update – Increased Availability Beginning May 1, U.S. bound commercial flights from Brazil are expected to increase to 13 flights per week.  Flights include daily service on United Airlines from Sao Paulo (GRU) to Houston (IAH) and flights on Azul from Campinas (VCP) twice per week to Fort Lauderdale (FLL) ... Read More»

Readout of Secretary Pompeo’s Call with Brazilian Foreign Minister Araujo

OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON April 29, 2020 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus: Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke by phone today with Brazilian Foreign Minister Ernesto Araujo. Secretary Pompeo and Foreign Minister Araujo discussed the importance of a coordinated response to combat the COVID-19 pandemic through increased production of medical supplies ... Read More»

Health Alert – Expanded Face Mask Requirements and CDC symptoms

Location: Worldwide/Brazil Event: Expanded Face Mask Requirements and CDC symptoms The following are new face mask requirements issued by Brazilian authorities.  This list is not exhaustive and is subject to change.  Please note that all U.S. Embassy and Consulate General Staff, as well as visitors, are required to wear face masks while on Mission grounds ... Read More»

Message for U.S Citizens: The U.S. Consulate General Rio de Janeiro will host a Virtual Town Hall on April 28.

Message for U.S. Citizens U.S. Consulate General Rio de Janeiro April 24, 2020 https://br.usembassy.gov/embassy-consulates/riodejaneiro/ The U. S. Consulate General Rio de Janeiro will host a Virtual Town Hall via Facebook Live on Tuesday, April 28 at 2:00 PM, to discuss your experiences during the current COVID-19 situation and answer your questions.  For U.S. citizens in the states of Rio de Janeiro, Bahia and Espirito Santo, we want ... Read More»

Health Alert: Data Resources on COVID-19 in Brazil

Location:  Brazil Event:  Data Resources on COVID-19 in Brazil The U.S. Embassy in Brasilia closely follows developments in the COVID-19 pandemic in Brazil and would like to share some credible COVID-19 data resources with U.S. citizens currently in Brazil for your own situational awareness. Covid Radar , a public-private partnership of more than 40 companies and organizations, provides ... Read More»

U.S. Ambassador launches his Twitter account: Follow @USAmbBR

Brasília, April 22, 2020: Ambassador Todd Chapman arrived on March 29, 2020, and officially launched his Twitter account (@USAmbBR) on the same day. Now with more than 25,000 followers, the goal is to have a direct channel with Ambassador Chapman and get the latest news on the Brazil-U.S. relationship, observations of politics, culture and activities ... Read More»

Health Alert – Some Brazilian Cities Require Face Coverings

Location:  Worldwide/Brazil Event:  Some Brazilian Cities to Start Requiring Face Masks Please note that some cities in Brazil, for example Belo Horizonte (effective April 22, 2020), Rio de Janeiro (effective April 23, 2020), and Salvador (effective April 24, 2020), are requiring facial coverings/masks. These policies are subject to change and local authorities in other cities may take ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Brasilia, Brazil (April 20, 2020)

Location: Brazil Event: Commercial Flight Update There are currently 9 U.S. bound flights from Brazil per week. Flights include daily service on United Airlines from Sao Paulo (GRU) and flights on Azul from Campinas (VCP) once per week to Fort Lauderdale and once per week to Orlando.  These flights are subject to change and may ... Read More»

Brazil – U.S. Joint Statement on Enhancement of Bilateral Economic and Trade Partnership

04/17/2020 Washington, DC – On April 9, the U.S. Trade Representative and Brazil’s Foreign Minister and other senior officials, held a teleconference to discuss US-Brazil trade relations.  On April 16, high-level representatives from the USTR and from Brazil’s Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Economy, and Agriculture  discussed the implementation of an ambitious economic and trade agenda between ... Read More»

Release of U.S. Government Action Plan To Support the International Response to COVID-19

FACT SHEET OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON APRIL 16, 2020 In collaboration with U.S. departments and agencies, the Department of State is releasing the U.S. Government Action Plan to Support the International Response to COVID-19. Through the American people’s generosity and the U.S. Government’s action, the United States continues to demonstrate global leadership in the face ... Read More»

Health Alert: CDC Prevention Guidance for Facial Coverings (April 13, 2020)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued new guidance that now recommends people wear cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.  Read More»

Ambassador Chapman talks to U.S. citizens in Brazil during the global COVID-19 crisis

Brasilia, April 13, 2020:  The U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Brazil have no higher commitment than the safety and welfare of U.S. citizens traveling and living abroad.  Ambassador Todd Chapman speaks to U.S. citizens in the following video. See message here . Follow Ambassador Chapman on his Twitter handle: @USAmbBR . In his personal video message, Ambassador Chapman ... Read More»

Health Alert – COVID-19 and Absentee Voting

April 10, 2020 Location:  Brazil Event:  Health Alert Did you know that U.S. citizens living overseas can vote absentee in their state’s upcoming election, no matter where they are? The Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) continues to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and the potential impact it may have on the election cycle.  For additional information on ... Read More»

The United States opens up more opportunities for sugarcane exports in 2020

Brasilia, April 11, 2020: The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) announced on April 9 that the United States significantly increased Brazilian exports of raw cane sugar in 2020. With immediate effect , more than 64,000 additional tons are ready to enter the U.S. market at a reduced tax rate by September 30, ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Brasilia, Brazil

Location:  Brazil Event:  Commercial Flight Update As of April 13, U.S. bound flights from Brazil will decrease to 9 per week.  LATAM has announced it will suspend its remaining Sao Paulo to Miami route from April 13-30; the route’s last northbound departure is April 11. The current remaining U.S. bound flights depart from Sao Paulo (GRU) ... Read More»

Health Alert: Status of Passport Applications (April 8, 2020)

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Brasilia, Brazil (April 8, 2020) Location:  Brazil Event:  Status of Passport Applications  In response to public health measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, on March 20, 2020, the U.S. Department of State began limiting its passport operations.  Effective March 17, 2020 only emergency American Citizen Services are available at the U.S. Embassy ... Read More»

Health Alert: The U.S. Department of Homeland Security warns individuals to remain vigilant for scams related to COVID-19 (April 6, 2020)

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Brasilia, Brazil (April 6, 2020) Location:  Brazil Event:  Health Alert The U.S. Department of Homeland Security warns individuals to remain vigilant for scams related to COVID-19. Cyber actors may send emails with malicious attachments or fraudulent websites. The best source of authoritative information on COVID-19 is the Centers for Disease Control’s website (CDC).  U.S. citizens in Brazil can also ... Read More»

Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Brasilia, Brazil (April 5, 2020)

Location: Brazil Event: Brazil has confirmed cases of COVID-19 throughout the country and has declared a state of emergency to fight the pandemic. The U.S. Embassy in Brasilia would like to inform U.S. citizens in Brazil that the Brazilian Health Ministry has developed an app for iOS and Android called Coronavirus – SUS. The app ... Read More»

Responding to queries on medical visas

In response to significant worldwide challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of State temporarily suspended routine visa services at all U.S. Embassies and Consulates. The announced worldwide shutdown of routine visa services prompted questions about whether medical professionals on J/H visas were still allowed to travel to/stay in the U.S. In an attempt ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Brasilia, Brazil (April 04, 2020)

Location: Brazil Event: Health Alert Brazil has confirmed cases of COVID-19 in all 26 states and the Federal District, and the largest number of confirmed cases in South and Central America.  Brazil has declared a national emergency at the federal level and most Brazilian states as well as the Federal District have declared statewide public ... Read More»

Online Press availability with new U.S. Ambassador to Brazil

Brasilia, April 3, 2020: The U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Brazil invites journalists to participate in the first online press availability, on April 6 at 9:00am (Brasilia Time), with Ambassador Todd Chapman. During the press availability, Ambassador Chapman will highlight his priorities as ambassador to Brazil, perspectives of the U.S.-Brazil bilateral relationship and actions of ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Brasilia, Brazil (April 03, 2020)

Location: Brazil Event: Health Alert International commercial flight options currently exist in Brazil.  U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial arrangements as soon as possible unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  The U.S. government does not anticipate arranging repatriation flights in Brazil at this time.  Actions ... Read More»

Message To U.S. Citizens:  IRS COVID-19 Economic Impact Payments

April 1st, 2020 The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service announced on March 30, 2020 that distribution of economic impact payments will begin in the next three weeks and will be distributed automatically, with no action required for most people. However, some seniors and others who typically do not file returns will need to ... Read More»

Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Brasilia, Brazil

Location: Brazil Event:  Brazil has confirmed cases of COVID-19 in all 26 states and the Federal District, and the largest number of confirmed cases in South and Central America.  As of March 30, 2020, Brazil has implemented a 30-day ban on all foreigners entering Brazil by air with limited exceptions for those that fall into one of the categories  here .  Brazil closed ... Read More»

Message for US Citizens: Commercial Flights in Brazil

Per the State Department’s Global Level Four Health Alert, U.S. citizens who live in the United States and are traveling temporaily overseas should arrange for immediate return to the United States, unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  U.S. citizens who live abroad should avoid all international travel.   Read More»

U.S. Ambassador Todd C. Chapman arrives in Brazil

Brasilia, March 29, 2020: The United States Embassy and Consulates are pleased to announce that the new United States Ambassador to Brazil, Todd C. Chapman, arrived this Sunday, the 29th, in Brasilia. Upon arrival, Ambassador Chapman made the following statement: “It is a great privilege to return to Brazil and serve as the Ambassador of ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Enroll in STEP

March 29, 2020 Smart Traveler Enrollment Program The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) is a free service to allow U.S. citizens and nationals traveling and living abroad to enroll their trip with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.   Assistance: United States Embassy and Consulates in Brazil: United States Embassy and Consulates in Brazil:  U.S. ... Read More»

Health Alert: CDC COVID-19 Pandemic Notice – Global Level 3 Alert – Avoid Nonessential Travel

Health Alert: CDC COVID-19 Pandemic Notice – Global Level 3 Alert – Avoid Nonessential Travel March 28, 2020 Location: Worldwide Event: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued an alert which recommends that travelers avoid all nonessential international travel due to widespread ongoing global transmission COVID-19. Older adults and people of any age with serious ... Read More»

COVID-19 Information

Last updated:  4/16/2021 *** Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel. Alternatively, travelers to the U.S. may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days ... Read More»

Health Alert (March 28, 2020)

Health Alert U.S. Embassy Brasilia, Brazil March 28, 2020 Location: Brazil Event: On March 27, Brazil announced the closure of its borders, beginning on March 30, 2020 for 30 days, to individuals arriving by air who do not fall into one of the following categories: Brazilian citizens, born or naturalized Permanent residents of Brazil Foreign ... Read More»

Health Alert (03/27/2020)

PLEASE REFER TO LATEST UPDATES  HERE Health Alert U.S. Embassy Brasilia, Brazil March 27, 2020 Location: Brazil Event: Brazil has confirmed cases of COVID-19 throughout the country and has declared a state of emergency to fight the pandemic. The U.S. Embassy in Brasilia would like to inform U.S. citizens in Brazil that the Brazilian Health Ministry ... Read More»

Security Alert: U.S. Embassy Brasilia, Brazil

PLEASE REFER TO LATEST UPDATES  HERE Security Alert: U.S. Embassy Brasilia, Brazil March 27, 2020 Location: Brazil Event: U.S. Embassy Brasilia has confirmed media reports of criminals posing as public health workers and police to assault individuals and residences. Do not open the door to your residence to speak with any individual whose visit you are ... Read More»

Health Alert (March 26, 2020)

PLEASE REFER TO LATEST UPDATES  HERE U.S. Embassy Brasilia, Brazil March 26, 2020 Location: Brazil Event: Brazil has confirmed cases of COVID-19 throughout the country. U.S. citizens who live in the United States (i.e. are travelling temporarily overseas) should arrange for immediate return home or be prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period. On March ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Commercial Flights in Brazil

PLEASE REFER TO LATEST UPDATES  HERE Per the State Department’s Global Level Four Health Alert, U.S. citizens who live in the United States, and are temporarily overseas, should arrange for immediate return to the United States, unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.    The U.S. Embassy in Brasilia would like to inform U.S. citizens in Brazil who plan to return to the United States that some regularly ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens:  Commercial Flight Options Departing Brazil

PLEASE REFER TO LATEST UPDATES  HERE Message for U.S. Citizens:  Commercial Flight Options Departing Brazil as of March 24, 2020    Per the State Department’s  Global Level Four Health Alert , U.S. citizens who live in the United States should arrange for immediate return to the United States, unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.    The U.S. Embassy in Brasilia would like to inform U.S. citizens in Brazil that some regularly scheduled commercial flight options remain available departing Brazil for the United States but we expect this number to decrease.  U.S. ... Read More»

Telephonic Press Briefing with Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Representatives

The U.S. Department of State will host a telephonic briefing on  Thursday, March 26, at 8:30am (Eastern Time) with Dr. Nancy Messonnier, Director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD), U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and Dr. Sarah Bennett, Commander, United States Public Health Service, and Head of the ... Read More»

Secretary Michael R. Pompeo With Sean Hannity of The Sean Hannity Show

INTERVIEW Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State Washington, D.C. March 18, 2020 QUESTION: Here with a lot more on this and so much more, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Mr. Secretary, great to see you. Thank you for being with us. You actually brought in Chinese representatives to your office on this very topic of blaming ... Read More»

Global Level 4 Health Advisory – Do Not Travel (03/19)

The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19. In countries where commercial departure options remain available, U.S. citizens who live in the United States should arrange for immediate return to the United States, unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period. Read More»

Notice on Silver Shadow cruise ship

March 19   We are continuing to work actively with local Brazilian authorities, our United States government partners, and Silversea Cruises and its parent company Royal Caribbean, to facilitate the return of all U.S. citizen passengers aboard the Silver Shadow to the United States. We established direct communication with U.S. citizens aboard the Silver Shadow shortly after their arrival in Recife, ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Brasilia, Brazil

Location:  Brazil Event:  Effective March 17, American Citizens Services will offer emergency services only for U.S. citizens in Brazil.  Routine services not related to safety, such as passport renewals without imminent travel, are not considered emergencies and will not be scheduled at this time. For U.S. citizens who currently have appointments scheduled March 17 or ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Brasilia, Brazil

Location:  Brazil Event:  There is an ongoing outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) first identified in Wuhan, China.  The global public health threat posed by COVID-19 is high, with more than 100,000 reported cases worldwide. The government of Brazil has implemented enhanced screening and quarantine measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  Travelers should be prepared for travel restrictions to be ... Read More»

Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting with Brazilian Foreign Minister Ernesto Araujo

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met today with Brazilian Foreign Minister Ernesto Araujo in Washington, D.C.  The two leaders discussed the outcomes of the March 7 meeting between President Donald Trump and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, which underscored our partnership in promoting economic prosperity, security, and democratic values across the hemisphere.  Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Federal Benefits Unit Visiting Sao Paulo on April 1, 2020

Message for U.S. Citizens U.S. Consulate General São Paulo March 9, 2020 https://br.usembassy.gov/embassy-consulates/saopaulo/ The U.S. Consulate General in São Paulo is pleased to announce that representatives from the Social Security Administration’s Federal Benefits Unit (FBU) in Lisbon plan to visit São Paulo on April 1st. FBU representatives intend to meet with interested parties to discuss ... Read More»

Fact Sheet: The United States and Brazil: Partners for a Prosperous Hemisphere

THE UNITED STATES AND BRAZIL: PARTNERS FOR A PROSPEROUS HEMISPHERE The U.S.-Brazil relationship is stronger than ever.  President Jair Bolsonaro will visit Florida March 7-10, and President Trump will host him at Mar-a-Lago.  The U.S.-Brazil partnership is key to the President’s vision to achieve a free and democratic Western Hemisphere where economic prosperity can flourish ... Read More»

Fifth Meeting of the Brazil-U.S. Joint Commission on Science and Technology Held in Brasilia

On March 5-6, 2020, Brazil and the United States held the Fifth Meeting of the Brazil-U.S. Joint Commission on Science and Technology Cooperation in Brasilia to deepen collaboration in key priority areas for the benefit of both countries.  Marcos Pontes, Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, and Dr. Walter Copan, Director of the National Institute ... Read More»

President Bolsonaro to visit U.S Southern Command

President Jair Bolsonaro will take part in a historic visit to the headquarters of the U.S. Southern Command on March 8.  President Bolsonaro will meet with U.S. Navy Adm. Craig Faller, as well as other command and Department of Defense leaders to discuss the growing defense-cooperation partnership between Brazil and the U.S. Read More»

U.S. Consulate General Rio de Janeiro Public Affairs Section Annual Program Statement FY 2021

The Public Affairs Section at the U.S. Consulate General in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil is publishing this Annual Program Statement, which outlines program priorities and themes for this year. This document also outlines specific procedures for submitting funding proposals. The U.S. Consulate General in Rio de Janeiro invites proposals that strengthen ties between the United ... Read More»

A hundred Federal District’s high school students participate in the STEAM Power for Girls Program

On March 5, 6 and 7, as part of the commemoration of International Women's Day, the U.S. Embassy in Brazil, in partnership with eight Brazilian institutions, will launch the STEAM Power for Girls Program – a complete immersion in the world of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics. Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Consular Officer Visiting

United States Embassy Brasilia, Brazil Message for U.S. Citizens: Consular Officer Visiting  Santarém, Pará, on March 11, 2020 br.usembassy.gov Consular representatives from the U.S. Embassy in Brasilia will be in Santarém, Pará, on Wednesday, March 11, 2020, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  A consular officer will be available to meet with U.S. citizens, accept U.S. passport and Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA) applications, and provide ... Read More»

Secretary Pompeo’s Call with Brazilian Foreign Minister Araujo

Readout Office of the Spokesperson February 27, 2020 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:‎ Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke today with Brazilian Foreign Minister Ernesto Araujo regarding the upcoming visit of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro to Miami. Secretary Pompeo and Foreign Minister Araujo discussed the importance of the close U.S.-Brazilian partnership ... Read More»

FSIS Lifts Suspension on Brazil’s Exports of Raw Intact Beef Products to the U.S.

The U.S. Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) takes very seriously the responsibility to ensure the safety of meat, poultry, and processed egg products for American consumers. FSIS recently conducted a targeted, on-site equivalence verification audit of Brazil’s raw intact beef products to verify the implementation of corrective actions in response to several audits and ... Read More»

Rio Grande do Sul Legislative Assembly launches Brazil-U.S. Parliamentary Front

Initiative was launched by the Legislative Assembly with the presence of the U.S. Chargé d’Affaires in Brazil and the Consul-General of the United States in Porto Alegre Porto Alegre, February 19, 2020 – It was with a chimarrão in hand that the president of the Legislative Assembly of Rio Grande do Sul, deputy Ernani Polo, received ... Read More»

Mike Pompeo and Alex Azar: Our coronavirus response is protecting Americans

Opinion article written by Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State and Alex M. Azar II, Secretary of Health and Human Services, and published on USA Today , 11 February 2020 How we mobilize resources around the world to help other nations fight the disease is American altruism at its finest.   Michael R. Pompeo and Alex M. ... Read More»

Answering the Call to Advance Religious Freedom

In his address at an event on The Global Call to Protect Religious Freedom in September 2019, President Trump said: “Today, with one clear voice, the United States of America calls upon the nations of the world to end religious persecution, to stop the crimes against people of faith, release prisoners of conscience, repeal laws ... Read More»

Administrator Wheeler Kicks Off Visit to Brazil with Bilateral Meetings

Yesterday, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler kicked off his visit to Brazil in Brasilia with bilateral meetings with his Brazilian counterparts at the Ministry of Environment (Ministério do Meio Ambiente [MMA]) and National Water Agency of Brazil (Agência Nacional de Águas [ANA]). With this trip, Administrator Wheeler becomes the first EPA Administrator ... Read More»

Youth Ambassadors arrival in Brasilia and Launch of the commemorative stamp for the 18th anniversary of the program

Fifty public school students return to Brazil after an exchange in the United States, the Brazilian Postal Service, in partnership with the U.S. Embassy, will launch a commemorative stamp of the Youth Ambassadors program on January 31, open to the press. Read More»

January 27 Briefing with Ken Cuccinelli, Acting Deputy Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security

Please join us on Monday, January 27, for a telephonic press briefing with Ken Cuccinelli, Acting Deputy Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. Acting Deputy Secretary Cuccinelli will update on efforts to address the security and humanitarian crisis at the U.S. southern border, strengthen U.S. partnerships across Central and South America to confront irregular ... Read More»

Health Alert: Alcohol Poisoning from Backer Beer

 United States Embassy Brasilia, Brazil Health Alert: Alcohol Poisoning from Backer Beer January 23, 2020 Location:  Brazil, country-wide Event: Due to deaths and illness from suspected poisoning, the Ministry of Agriculture ordered Backer Brewery to cease production of its following brands: Belorizontina, Capixaba, Capitão Senra, Pele Vermelha, Fargo 46, Backer Pilsen, Brown, Backer D2, Corleone, and ... Read More»

USAID and IOM announce a new Venezuelan integration program in Brazil

The program will facilitate access to formal employment and income-generating opportunities through vocational and business training, language courses, and training.   The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) will announce, on January 28, an Economic Integration of Vulnerable Nationals from Venezuela in Brazil Program.  The announcement will ... Read More»

Secretary Michael R. Pompeo’s Meeting with Brazilian Foreign Minister Ernesto Araujo

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met yesterday with Brazilian Foreign Minister Ernesto Araujo on the margins of the Counter Terrorism Ministerial in Bogota, Colombia. Secretary Pompeo and Foreign Minister Araujo highlighted our close partnership in the global fight against terrorism. Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Travel Advisory Update

United States Embassy Brasilia, Brazil Message for U.S. Citizens:  Travel Advisory Update January 15, 2020   On Tuesday, January 14, 2020, the Department of State updated the Travel Advisory for Brazil.  The overall travel advisory level has not changed. We have made changes in formatting to make it easier for potential travelers to find crucial information.  ... Read More»

Youth Ambassadors Program: 50 promising youth from public education arrive in Brasilia before heading to the United States

Selectees will spend three weeks in the U.S. participating in leadership workshops, social entrepreneurship projects and meetings with government representatives Brasília, January 7, 2020 – Fifty public school students from all over the country, selected to participate in the eighteenth edition of the Youth Ambassadors Program, arrived in Brasilia on January 6, before leaving for a ... Read More»

Statement of the U.S. Department of Defense on the Death of General Qasem Soleimani

At the direction of the President, the U.S. military has taken decisive defensive action to protect U.S. personnel abroad by killing Qasem Soleimani, the head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force, a U.S.-designated Foreign Terrorist Organization.  General Soleimani was actively developing plans to attack American diplomats and service members in Iraq and throughout the ... Read More»

Statement From Assistant to the Secretary of Defense Jonathan Hoffman

In response to repeated Kata’ib Hizbollah (KH) attacks on Iraqi bases that host Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR) coalition forces, U.S. forces have conducted precision defensive strikes against five KH facilities in Iraq and Syria that will degrade KH’s ability to conduct future attacks against OIR coalition forces. The five targets include three KH locations in ... Read More»

Growth in the Americas

The Challenge: The Americas seek to facilitate economic prosperity, security, and good governance. The Americas face a shortfall in infrastructure investment, which drags on economic growth. The region needs $100-150 billion in new annual infrastructure investment. Growing population centers and economic markets necessitate increased investment to ensure market diversification, energy security, and continued growth. The ... Read More»

Presidential Proclamation on Human Rights Day, Bill of Rights Day, and Human Rights Week, 2019

Nearly two and a half centuries ago, American colonists broke free of a tyrannical monarchy and rose from the shadow of oppression, creating a new Republic predicated on liberty and the rule of law.  Innate to the identity of this new Nation was a revolutionary commitment to the preservation of individual rights.  The Framers drafted ... Read More»

Op-ed: The Responsibility of living in the Hemisphere of Freedom

Opinion article written by Michael Kozak, Acting Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs, U.S. Department of State, and published on O Globo , 05 December 2019 Democratic self-determination requires commitment to human rights   Sometimes-violent protests have recently filled the streets of cities across the Americas.  Some critics once again seek to cast the United States as ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Consular Officer Visiting Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, on December 16, 2019

United States Embassy Brasilia, Brazil Message for U.S. Citizens: Consular Officer Visiting   Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, on December 16, 2019  br.usembassy.gov         Consular representatives from U.S. Embassy Brasilia will be in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, on Monday, December 16 from 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm. A consular officer will be available then to meet with U.S. citizens, accept U.S. passport and Consular Report of Birth Abroad ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Thanksgiving Message from Charge d’Affaires William Popp

Message for U.S. Citizens: Thanksgiving Message from Charge d’Affaires William Popp br.usembassy.gov On behalf of the entire U.S. Diplomatic Mission to Brazil, my family and I extend warm greetings and best wishes to everyone celebrating Thanksgiving in Brazil this year. Thanksgiving is an opportunity to express gratitude for what we cherish most – a loving ... Read More»

Joint Communique from the U.S.-Brazil CEO Forum

The 10th meeting of the U.S.-Brazil CEO Forum was held today in Washington, D.C., with CEO members providing joint recommendations to both governments on how to strengthen the U.S.-Brazil commercial relationship and grow bilateral trade and investment. The U.S.-Brazil CEO Forum is currently comprised of 20 CEOs of companies based in the United States and ... Read More»

Brazil is now the 9th leading country worldwide sending students to the United States

According to the 2019 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange data released today by IIE and the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Brazil is the 9th leading country worldwide sending students to the United States, increasing by 9.8 percent, the second largest percentage increase in international students from any ... Read More»

Health Alert: Dengue in Brazil

United States Embassy Brasilia, Brazil Health Alert: Dengue in Brazil November 7, 2019 Location: Brazil, country-wide Event: Dengue is an ongoing risk in Brazil. After low numbers of dengue cases in 2017-18, Brazil has already recorded more cases in 2019 (1,439,471 as of September 11) than occurred in either of those outbreak years. Public health ... Read More»

USS WASP Visits Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro, November 6, 2019 – The USS WASP visited Rio de Janeiro October 30-November 4 on her way home to Norfolk, Virginia after being stationed in Japan since 2017. The visit was a testament to the strength of the friendship and partnership between Brazil and the United States, the two largest democracies in ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy unveils the names of the 50 Youth Ambassadors selected for the 2020 program

The U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Brazil unveiled, this Wednesday, October 30, the names of 50 Brazilian students selected to take part in the Youth Ambassadors Program 2020. This year, the program commemorates its 18th anniversary, and reaching the age of adulthood, relevant changes will be made to this initiative of social responsibility. Read More»

The International Journalists Center (ICFJ) is accepting applications for digital entrepreneurship and innovation in the USA

A six-week program will help participants create business models to generate sustainable revenues. Applications will be accepted until November 30   The International Center of Journalists  (ICFJ) is accepting applications for the Digital Entrepreneurship program for journalists, technologists, and media entrepreneurs, who are fluent in English in Latin America.  The program, A Digital Path to Entrepreneurship and Innovation for Latin America, ... Read More»

U.S. Maintains Support for Brazil’s Ascension to OECD

The March 19 Joint Statement from President Trump and President Bolsonaro clearly stated support for Brazil beginning the process to become a full member of the OECD and welcomed Brazil’s ongoing efforts regarding economic reforms, best practices, and a regulatory framework in line with the standards of the OECD.  We stand by this statement.  We ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Consular Officer Visiting  Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, on October 25, 2019

United States Embassy Brasilia, Brazil Message for U.S. Citizens: Consular Officer Visiting  Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, on October 25, 2019 br.usembassy.gov Consular representatives from U.S. Embassy Brasilia will be in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, on Friday, October 25, 2019 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  A consular officer will be available to meet with U.S. citizens to accept U.S. passport and Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA) ... Read More»

U.S. Government Provides Technical Assistance in Wake of Wildfires in Brazil

Brasilia, September 27, 2019: The United States is cooperating with the Government of Brazil to combat the fires in the Amazon by sending a team of U.S. wildfire experts to provide technical support to Brazilian fire investigators. On September 12-25, a team of specialists from USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA), with expertise in ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy and FBI Facilitate Rapid Response Training and Exchange of Best Practices with 16 Brazilian Security Organs

The U.S. Embassy and Consulates, the FBI in Brazil and the Department of Special Activities of the Federal District Civil Police (Depate / PCDF), with the support of the Brazilian Intelligence Agency (ABIN), promoted the training of Brazilian security agents to quickly and effectively respond to attacks involving shooters in public spaces. Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: National Voter Registration Day September 24th

United States Embassy Brasilia, Brazil Message for U.S. Citizens:  National Voter Registration Day September 24th br.usembassy.gov    The U.S. Embassy would like to inform all U.S. citizens that September 24th is National Voter Registration Day! Please use this link to register to vote in your state: https://www.fvap.gov/ If you need any assistance please contact a Voting Assistance ... Read More»

USTDA Supports Brazil Smart Grid Communications, Opportunities for U.S. Industry

São Luis, Brazil – The U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) awarded a grant to develop a smart grid telecommunications support plan for Brazilian energy and utility investment company Grupo Equatorial Energia. The plan will help improve the delivery of electricity to more than 2.4 million customers in the state of Maranhão. “Smart grid telecommunications ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Phone Outage at U.S. Consulate General Rio de Janeiro August 31, 2019

United States Consulate General Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Routine Message for U.S. Citizens: Phone Outage at U.S. Consulate General Rio de Janeiro August 31, 201 There will be a phone outage at U.S. Consulate General Rio de Janeiro on Saturday, August 31, 2019 from 6 am to midnight. If you have an emergency involving a ... Read More»

First English Olympics to take place in September

From September 2 to 27, the Regional English Language Office (RELO) of the U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Brazil will parter with EduSim, the National Council of Secretaries of Education (Consed), and Nova Escola to promote the English Olympics 2019.  The English Olympics 2019 aims to encourage English language learning in Brazil.  The event, which is free ... Read More»

Dreaming of studying in the US? The country wants more Brazilian students

Interview given to Beatriz Bulla, from Estado de São Paulo newspaper, published on 27/08/2019.  According to Caroline Casagrande, Deputy Secretary for Academic Programs of the U.S. government, the number of Brazilians in universities in the country grew 12% in the last school year and the idea is to increase even more.   Interview with Caroline Casagrande, Deputy Secretary for U.S. Government Academic Programs Beatriz Bulla, Washington correspondent WASHINGTON – ... Read More»

The United States returns to Expointer after 26 years

The U.S. booth in the International Pavilion will have information on tourism and educational opportunities in the United States.   Porto Alegre, August 23, 2019 – The United States Consulate General in Porto Alegre, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Commerce, will launch its booth at the 42nd Expointer’s ... Read More»

U.S. expert to discuss the use of new technologies to combat misinformation

From August 19 to 23, the U.S. Embassy and Consulates will bring to Brazil the media expert Samaruddin "Sam " Stewart to minister lectures and discuss the use of technologies to combatmisinformation, new ways of producing and distributing news, and new trends of journalism. Read More»

Update: Resumption of Consular Activities in Porto Alegre

The U.S. Consulate General in Porto Alegre will resume normal consular operations on Monday, Aug. 19, 2019.  Applicants whose interviews in Porto Alegre were cancelled should reschedule their appointments.  All appointments for visas must be made online at https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-br/niv .  Please consult our website and follow us on social media  for information about U.S. Embassy and Consulate services and activities. Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Consular Officer Visiting Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, on August 26 and 27, 2019

United States Embassy Brasilia, Brazil Message for U.S. Citizens: Consular Officer Visiting  Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, on August 26 and 27, 2019 br.usembassy.gov Consular representatives from U.S. Embassy Brasilia will be in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, on Monday afternoon, August 26, and Tuesday morning, August 27, 2019. A consular officer will be available to meet with U.S. citizens, accept U.S. passport and Consular Report of Birth Abroad ... Read More»

United States calls for proposals on Design and Implementation of Access Programs in Brazil 

Funding opportunities are open for Belém, Manaus, Brasília, Porto Alegre, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador, São Luís, and São Paulo Brasília, August 15, 2019: The U.S. Embassy and Consulates and the Regional English Language Office (RELO) are seeking proposals from non-profit educational organizations, with English language teaching capacity, to create and implement Access Programs in: Belém, Recife, ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Consulate General Porto Alegre, Brazil

Subject: Demonstration Alert – U. S. Consulate General Porto Alegre, Brazil (August 12, 2019) Location: Esquina Democratica in the Centro Historico of Porto Alegre Event: Demonstrations are expected to take place on Tuesday, August 13, 2019, beginning at 5 pm local time and lasting until midnight.  The demonstration intends to protest policies of the federal government. Spontaneous demonstrations ... Read More»

Want to study in the US and have no idea where to start?

U.S. universities share U.S. study opportunities in Rio de Janeiro, Brasilia and Sao Paulo   The United States Mission to Brazil, in partnership with EducationUSA, the U.S. Department of State’s official network for studies in the United States, and partner institutions in Rio de Janeiro, Brasilia, and Sao Paulo, will hold the 16th edition of the ... Read More»

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross Strengthens U.S.-Brazil Economic Relations

During his July 29 to August 1 visit, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross reinforced strong and growing U.S.-Brazil relations. On July 30, Secretary Ross and Chargé d’Affaires William Popp participated in Amcham Brasil’s 100th anniversary celebration in São Paulo and met with São Paulo state Governor João Doria. Secretary Ross highlighted the United States’ ongoing commitment ... Read More»

Remarks by Commerce Secretary Wilbur L. Ross at AMCHAM Centennial

As prepared for Delivery July 30, 2019 SAO PAULO, BRAZIL, AMCHAM CENTENNIAL Intro by Mr. Luiz Pretti, Chairman of the Board of AmCham-Brasil and President of Cargill Brazil Thank you for the kind words. It’s great to be here for the Chamber’s centennial celebration. AmCham-Sao Paulo has long been an important partner for the Department ... Read More»

Statement on Respect for Religion or Belief

As representatives of the international community, we recognize that religious communities of all traditions can be powerful, peaceful forces for good in the world.  We call upon all governments to respect the individual’s human right to believe or not believe, to practice any faith tradition or none. Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens – Consular Agency Fortaleza closed from August 9 to 23, 2019

Message for U.S. Citizens – U.S. Consulate General Recife, Brazil July 19, 2019 Consular Agency Fortaleza closed from August 9 to 23, 2019 br.usembassy.gov Consular Agency Fortaleza will be closed for business from August 9 to 23, 2019.  No routine American Citizen Services (consular reports of birth abroad, first time or renewal passport applications, or notary ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Recife – Resumption of Routine Consular Service

Message for U.S. Citizens – U.S. Consulate Recife, Brazil July 18, 2019 Recife – Resumption of Routine Consular Services br.usembassy.gov The U.S. Consulate General of Recife would like to announce that we will resume regular consular operations beginning on July 18th, 2019. The latest information on visa appointment availability can be found on our appointment website ... Read More»

Brazilian religious leader to receive prize from the Department of State honoring his fight for religious freedom and tolerance 

Candomblé priest and founder of the Commission to Combat Religious Intolerance (CCIR) in the state of Rio de Janeiro, Ivanir dos Santos, will receive the International Religious Freedom Award from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in recognition of Dos Santos’ long and courageous battle for religious freedom and tolerance. Read More»

Presidential Message on the 243rd Anniversary of the Adoption of the Declaration of Independence

Two hundred forty-three years ago today, our Founding Fathers, gathered in Philadelphia, adopted the Declaration of Independence and cast off the shackles of tyranny.  They boldly proclaimed the inherent truth that each individual has unalienable rights that come from our Creator, and that among them are the rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy and Consulates Celebrate 243rd Independence Day and 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 Moon Landing

The U.S. Embassy in Brasilia, the U.S. Consulates General in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Recife and Porto Alegre, and the Embassy Branch Office in Belo Horizonte separately held celebrations to mark the 243rd Independence Day of the United States of America.  Read More»

111 students from Brazilian publics school take part in English immersion in Brasilia

One hundred and eleven students from Brazilian public schools are participating, from July 1 to 5, in an English Immersion program “English Immersion USA” – sponsored by the United States Embassy and its Consulates in Brazil.  Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Independence Day Celebration at the U.S. Embassy in Brasilia

U.S. Citizens and their immediate family members are invited to an Independence Day celebration on July 6th. Doors open at 4:00 pm and we have plans for a fun filled evening, with LIVE performances by Banda Soda Sound, Música e Cidadania and Batala Band, free activities, snacks and desserts and of course a live fireworks ... Read More»

Remarks by President Trump and President Bolsonaro of the Federative Republic of Brazil Before Bilateral Meeting

PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Thank you very much everybody.  We’re with a gentleman who had one of the greatest election wins anywhere in the world, as far as I’m concerned, and he was very proud of his relationship with President Trump — President of Brazil. Read More»

United States Secretary of Transportation and Brazilian Minister of Infrastructure Announce Partnership to Promote Transportation Cooperation

Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao and Brazilian Minister of Infrastructure Tarcísio Gomes de Freitas today signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (Memorandum) that will strengthen collaboration on transportation infrastructure investment strategies and on key transportation priorities in technology and innovation between the U.S. and Brazil. Read More»

Want to positively impact your community? Participate in the selection process for the 2020 Youth Ambassadors Program

The program will take 50 public school students for a three-week exchange in the US. Applications until August 11th Brasilia, June 25, 2019 – The Youth Ambassadors program completes 18 years in 2019, and reaching the age of adulthood, the program will make relevant changes to this initiative of social responsibility of the U.S. Embassy and ... Read More»

U.S. Consulate in Porto Alegre becomes a Consulate General

On June 25, the United States Consulate in Porto Alegre became the United States Consulate General in Porto Alegre. The change was announced by the U.S. Chargé d’Affaires in Brazil, William Popp, during the celebration of the 243rd Anniversary of Independence of the United States of America held that day at the consulate in Porto ... Read More»

U.S. Specialist for the protection of historical and cultural heritage visits Brazil

The Director and Founder of Marrion Fire & Risk Consultancy, Christopher Marrion, will deliver a number of lectures in Brazil on protecting cultural heritage from fire and disasters, and prevention and recovery.  He will be in Brasilia, from June 24 to 25, in Rio de Janeiro, from June 26 to 29, and in São Paulo ... Read More»

Remarks at the Release of the 2018 Annual Report on International Religious Freedom

SECRETARY POMPEO:  Good afternoon, everyone.  I’m proud to be here today to speak about the State Department’s ongoing mission to advance international religious freedom.  This mission is not just a Trump administration priority – it’s a deeply personal one.  For many years, I was a Sunday school teacher and a deacon at my church.   Read More»

Remarks by the Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo to the Press on the attacks that occurred in the Gulf of Oman

Good afternoon.  It is the assessment of the United States Government that the Islamic Republic of Iran is responsible for the attacks that occurred in the Gulf of Oman today.  This assessment is based on intelligence, the weapons used, the level of expertise needed to execute the operation, recent similar Iranian attacks on shipping, and ... Read More»

Weather Alert – United States Mission to Brazil (June 13, 2019)

Weather Alert – United States Mission to Brazil (June 13, 2019) https://br.usembassy.gov/ Location: Recife Event:  Due to the impact of heavy rains and high tides, U.S. Consulate General Recife will suspend operations at 2:30 PM on Thursday, June 13.  We will have limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens. Actions to Take: Monitor local ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Visa Waiver for U.S. Citizens

United States Embassy Brasilia, Brazil Message for U.S. Citizens:  Visa Waiver for U.S. Citizens The Brazilian government announced that effective June 17, 2019, a visitor visa (electronic or paper) will not be required for U.S. citizens to travel to Brazil for the purposes of tourism, business, transit and artistic and sportive activities, for stays of ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Visa Waiver for U.S. Citizens

United States Embassy Brasilia, Brazil Message for U.S. Citizens:  Visa Waiver for U.S. Citizens br.usembassy.gov   The Brazilian government announced that effective June 17, 2019, a visitor visa (electronic or paper) will not be required for U.S. citizens to travel to Brazil for the purposes of tourism, business, transit and artistic and sportive activities, for stays of ... Read More»

U.S.-Brazil Dialogue on Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Held in Brasilia

Brasília, June 4, 2019 – The United States and Brazil held their latest Disarmament and Nonproliferation Dialogue in Brasilia, Brazil on June 3, 2019. This meeting is one of several ongoing exchanges held by the United States and Brazil to strengthen bilateral cooperation in nuclear disarmament and arms control; export control; IAEA safeguards, and nuclear, biological ... Read More»

Youth from U.S. public school participate in exchanges in Brazil

27 American youth from 22 different states in the U.S. are in Brazil to participate in a three-week exchange in Brazil, from June 3-19. They are between 13 and 17 years old, and they will spend three days in Brasilia to visit the capital. Then in smaller groups, they will travel to three Brazilian cities, ... Read More»

Statement from the President on the LGBT Pride Month

As we celebrate LGBT Pride Month and recognize the outstanding contributions that LGBT people have made to our great Nation, let us also stand in solidarity with the many LGBT people who live in dozens of countries worldwide that punish, imprison, or even execute individuals on the basis of their sexual orientation. My Administration has ... Read More»

Diplomatic Missions in Brasilia Unite to Celebrate International Day Against LGBTI-Phobia

Diplomatic missions in Brasilia and the UN System in Brazil unite on May 17 to again renew their commitment to fight for equality and dignity for all. On the International Day Against LGBTI-phobia – Discrimination Against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex People (IDAHOT) — May 17 — the European Union Delegation in Brazil, in ... Read More»

The U.S. Consulate General in Recife Temporarily Reduces Consular services

The U.S. Consulate General in Recife will suspend routine visa and American citizens services from June 20 to July 12 to renovate our facilities to provide better customer service for visa applicants and U.S. citizens. During this period, visa applicants and American citizens seeking routine services must apply through the U.S. Consulates in São Paulo, ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Recife Temporary Suspension of Routine Consular Services June 20 to July 12

The U.S. Consulate General in Recife will suspend routine consular services temporarily from June 20 to July 12.  American citizens and visa applicants may schedule appointments at our U.S. Consulates in São Paulo, Porto Alegre, and Rio de Janeiro or at the Embassy in Brasilia.  During this time, we will be renovating our facility to ... Read More»

Remembering Riachuelo: U.S. Consulate Partners with Riachuelo City to Honor U.S.-Brazil Shared WWII History

On May 10, 1944, in the midst of World War II, an American PBY-Catalina amphibious aircraft on a routine flight from Belem to Recife fell from the sky near a small settlement in the rugged sertão of Rio Grande do Norte. All ten members of the crew, U.S. sailors attached to the Navy maritime patrol ... Read More»

USAID and the Ministry of Environment (MMA) Officially Kick Off SERVIR: A Global Network of Hubs Bringing Better Information to Decision-makers

MMA Secretary for International Cooperation Roberto Castelo Branco and MMA technical teams; USAID/ Brazil Mission Director and USAID Regional Staff kicked off the SERVIR  Amazonia project in Brasilia April 25 with an opening technical workshop. Read More»

China’s New Road in the Americas: Beyond Silk and Silver

Remarks Kimberly Breier Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs Washington, DC April 26, 2019 Thank you, Eric, and thank you to the Council for hosting me today. It’s a great honor for me to be here and to give these first remarks as Eric noted. This is a conversation that could not be more timely. ... Read More»

Western Hemisphere: Fact Sheet: U.S. Actions on Venezuela

United States policy on Venezuela is focused on ensuring free, fair, and transparent elections that bring prosperity and democracy back to the people of Venezuela. In service of this goal, the United States has undertaken a series of strong policy actions since 2017 meant to pressure the former Maduro regime and support democratic actors. Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Phone system restored at U.S. Consulate General Recife April 22, 2019

  United States Consulate General Recife, Brazil Routine Message for U.S. Citizens: Phone system restored at U.S. Consulate General Recife April 22, 2019   U.S. Consulate Recife’s phone system has been restored and operations are back to normal. U.S. Consulate General Recife Rua Gonçalves Maia 163 Boa Vista, Recife, PE — 50070-125 After-Hours Emergencies: (81) ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Phone Outage at U.S. Consulate General Recife April 22, 2019

United States Consulate General Recife, Brazil Routine Message for U.S. Citizens: Phone Outage at U.S. Consulate General Recife April 22, 2019 U.S. Consulate Recife is experiencing problems with its phone system, and calls are not going in or out at this time.  We are working to resolve the problem as quickly as possible. If you ... Read More»

Routine Message for U.S. Citizens: Phone Outage at U.S. Consulate General Rio de Janeiro April 13, 2019

United States Consulate General Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Routine Message for U.S. Citizens: Phone Outage at U.S. Consulate General Rio de Janeiro April 13, 2019 There will be a phone outage at U.S. Consulate General Rio de Janeiro on Saturday, April 13, 2019 from 9am until 6pm. If you have an emergency involving a U.S. ... Read More»

U.S. Delegation Promotes Commercial Defense Partnership at the Defense Industry Dialogue and Latin American Aerospace and Defense Expo

As part of the United States’ commitment to broaden and deepen its defense partnership with Brazil, a high-level delegation of U.S. officials from the Departments of Defense, State and Commerce, led by Chargé d'Affaires to the U.S. Mission in Brazil, William Popp, attended the Defense Industry Dialogue (DID) today. Read More»

Do you want to study in the U.S., but don’t know where to start?

The U.S. Mission in Brazil, together with the Department of State’s EducationUSA and partner institutions in Porto Alegre, Florianópolis, Campinas, Belo Horizonte, Recife, Fortaleza e Belém, will host the EducationUSA Roadshow for Brazilians interested in studying in the United States. Read More»

Brazil-U.S. Initiatives in Education                     

BASIC EDUCATION   For Teachers STEM TechCamp:  In partnership with the University of São Paulo and the Laboratory of Integrated Technologic Systems (LSI-TEC).  During one week in February, 60 curriculum coordinators and public school teachers in STEM areas from each state in Brazil participate in workshops and practical sessions using design thinking techniques led by ... Read More»

Joint Statement from President Donald J. Trump and President Jair Bolsonaro

Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Today, President Donald J. Trump and President Jair Messias Bolsonaro of Brazil committed to building a new partnership between their two countries focused on increasing prosperity, enhancing security, and promoting democracy, freedom, and national sovereignty. President Trump and President Bolsonaro reiterated that the United States and Brazil ... Read More»

U.S.-Brazil Technology Safeguards Agreement

On March 18, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for International Security and Nonproliferation Christopher Ford and Brazilian Minister of Foreign Relations Ambassador Ernesto Araújo signed the Technology Safeguards Agreement between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of the Federative Republic of Brazil on technology safeguards associated with U.S. participation in ... Read More»

United States and Brazil To Partner In Biodiversity-Focused Impact Investment Fund For The Brazilian Amazon

Today, United States Agency for International Development Administrator Mark Green and the Brazilian Secretary of the Office of International Relations within the Ministry of the Environment, Roberto Castelo Branco, signed a Letter of Intent to work toward the launch of the first-ever biodiversity-focused impact-investment fund for the Brazilian Amazon. Read More»

Establishment of the U.S.-Brazil Energy Forum

The United States and Brazil announced their intent to establish the U.S.-Brazil Energy Forum (USBEF), a new bilateral government-to-government energy cooperative framework. The Forum will be driven by effective interagency coordination on both sides and informed by industry and private sector representatives from the United States and Brazil. The Forum will be chaired by the ... Read More»

Minister Pontes and DAS Piechowski Meet with Researchers from the National Museum at Smithsonian

During the visit by President Bolsonaro to Washington, Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation Marcos Pontes and State Department Deputy Assistant Secretary Jon Piechowski met with fourteen researchers impacted by the National Museum of Brazil fire. The researcher were conducting research at the National Museum in Rio de Janeiro and lost their work in the ... Read More»

Increasing Law Enforcement Cooperation and Information Sharing

Security cooperation between the United States and Brazil is strong and growing. U.S. and Brazilian law enforcement agencies will deepen existing partnerships through expanding cooperation, advancing on our commitment through the U.S.-Brazil Permanent Security Forum . The U.S. Customs and Border Protection of the Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation signed agreements on March 18, ... Read More»

Film Showcase Honors 247th Anniversary of Porto Alegre

U.S. Consulate and Cinemateca Capitólio will screen feature films and documentaries in free sessions from March 26 to April 2 Porto Alegre celebrates its anniversary on March 26 and the U.S. Consulate decided to honor the city and its residents with a free showcase of films at the most iconic movie theater of Porto Alegre, ... Read More»

NASA, Brazil Sign CubeSat Agreement to Study Solar Physics – SPORT

NASA Deputy Administrator James Morhard, right, shakes hands with President of the Brazilian Space Agency (AEB) Carlos Augusto Teixeira de Moura, left, after signing an agreement for cooperation on the Scintillation Prediction Observations Research Task (SPORT), an upcoming NASA-AEB heliophysics CubeSat partnership on March 18, 2019, at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington. Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens U.S. Consulate General São Paulo March 7, 2019

Message for U.S. Citizens U.S. Consulate General São Paulo March 7, 2019 https://br.usembassy.gov/embassy-consulates/saopaulo/ The U.S. Consulate General in São Paulo is pleased to announce that representatives from the Social Security Administration’s Federal Benefits Unit (FBU) in Lisbon will be visiting São Paulo on March 26 and 27.  FBU representatives will meet with interested parties to discuss ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens U.S. Consulate General Recife March 1, 2019

Message for U.S. Citizens U.S. Consulate General Recife March 1, 2019 https://br.usembassy.gov   The U.S. Consulate General in Recife is pleased to announce that representatives from the Social Security Administration’s Federal Benefits Unit (FBU) in Lisbon will be visiting Recife on March 22, 2019.  FBU representatives will meet with interested parties to discuss the implications ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Representatives of Federal Benefits Unit Visiting Brasilia and Belo Horizonte, on March, 2019

United States Embassy Brasilia, Brazil Message for U.S. Citizens: Representatives of Federal Benefits Unit Visiting  Brasilia and Belo Horizonte, on March, 2019 br.usembassy.gov The U.S. Embassy in Brasilia is pleased to announce that representatives from the Social Security Administration’s Federal Benefits Unit (FBU) in Lisbon will be visiting Belo Horizonte on March 20 and Brasilia on March 29, ... Read More»

United States Embassy Brasilia, Brazil Message for U.S. Citizens: Representative of Federal Benefits Unit Visiting Manaus, on March 27, 2019

United States Embassy Brasilia, Brazil Message for U.S. Citizens: Representative of Federal Benefits Unit Visiting  Manaus, on March 27, 2019 br.usembassy.gov The U.S. Embassy in Brasilia is pleased to announce that a representative from the Social Security Administration’s Federal Benefits Unit (FBU) in Lisbon will be visiting Manaus on March 27, 2019. He will meet with interested parties ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens U.S. Consulate General Rio de Janeiro February 28, 2019

Message for U.S. Citizens U.S. Consulate General Rio de Janeiro  February 28, 2019   https://br.usembassy.gov/embassy-consulates/riodejaneiro/   The U.S. Consulate is pleased to announce that representatives from the Social Security Administration’s Federal Benefits Unit (FBU) in Lisbon will be visiting Rio de Janeiro on March 18, 2019. FBU representatives will meet with interested parties to discuss the ... Read More»

United States Provides Additional Humanitarian Aid to Venezuelans Who Have Fled Their Country

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC February 25, 2019 Today, Vice President Pence announced that the United States is providing nearly $56 million in additional humanitarian assistance to support the regional response for the nearly 3.4 million Venezuelans who have fled Venezuela due to the political and economic crisis caused by Nicolas Maduro. ... Read More»

Let Humanitarian Aid Into Venezuela

Today has been a historic day.  Interim President Juan Guaido, the National Assembly, and the people of Venezuela have been an inspiration to the world.