Protests in Sao Paulo 01/09/2015

Security Messages for U.S. Citizens

Security Message for U.S. Citizens

U.S. Consulate General São Paulo

January 09, 2015 

The U.S. Consulate General in São Paulo alerts U.S. citizens traveling to and residing in São Paulo to reports of a protest today in São Paulo City’s Centro neighborhood in front of the Teatro Municipal at Praça Ramos de Azededo at 5:00 pm. The protest is reportedly being organized by the Movimento Passe Livre (MPL) in response to a recent transit fare increase. Protest routes and times may change at short notice.

U.S. citizens should avoid protests and areas where large gatherings may occur.  Even demonstrations or events intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and possibly escalate into violence.  U.S. citizens in Brazil are urged to monitor local news reports and to plan their activities accordingly.

If you should require assistance, please contact Consulate General São Paulo using the information below:

U.S. Consulate General São Paulo

Rua Henri Dunant 500, Chácara Santo Antonio

04709-110 São Paulo – SP

Phone: (11) 3250-5000

After-Hours Emergencies: (11) 3250-5373


Travelers may obtain updated information on security conditions by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or on a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444 from other countries.  U.S. citizens should also consult the Department of State’s Country Specific Information for Brazil.

U.S. citizens who travel to or reside in Brazil are urged to enroll in theSmart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) in order to receive the most up-to-date security information.  By enrolling, U.S. citizens make it easier for the Embassy and Consulates to contact them in case of emergency.  U.S. citizens without internet access may enroll in person with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.  Travelers may also consult the Mission Brazil website at for more information.

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