Increased Criminal Activity in Parts of Sao Paulo

There have been several recent criminal incidents in the Sao Paulo neighborhood of Santo Amaro, particularly on Rua Belterra between the hours of midnight and 5:00 am.   No one was hurt in these incidents. Criminals may commit acts of violence if victims do not comply with their requests.

Review your personal security plans, remain aware of your surroundings, including local events, and monitor local news stations for updates.  Be vigilant and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security. The Consulate recommends using caution when traveling during hours of darkness.

For further information:

See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Brazil Country Specific Information.

Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.

Contact the U.S. Consulate General in Sao Paulo, located at Rua Henri Dunant 500, at +55 (11) 3250-5000, Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 5:00pm.  Email:; website After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +55 (11) 3250-5373.

Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

Note:  The timestamp on this e-mail message may reflect Washington, D.C. time, which may differ from local time.