Security Alert: Carnaval 2023 Safety Reminders

Location:  Countrywide 

Event: As the 2023 Carnaval season kicks off next week, U.S. citizens are reminded to remain vigilant while enjoying festivities throughout Brazil. We encourage everyone to consider the following steps to enhance their own safety and security.  

Actions to Take: 

  • Be aware of your environment. Avoid walking alone, if possible, especially during hours of darkness. When inside a vehicle, keep the windows rolled up or only slightly cracked.  
  • Do not wear or display expensive jewelry or watches and avoid carrying large amounts of cash on the street.  
  • Avoid comunidades/favelas, even in the context of street parties/blocos.
  • Stay informed. Monitor the media for the latest security developments.  

If confronted, do not resist. Criminals are often armed. Your life is far more valuable than your personal possessions. Report any criminal activity first to local police and then contact us at the numbers listed below.


U.S. Embassy Brasília
SES – Av. das Nações, Quadra 801, Lote 03 
Brasília, DF – 70403-900
Phone: (61) 3312-7000 
After-Hours Emergencies: (61) 3312-7400

U.S. Consulate General Recife Rua Gonçalves Maia, 163. Bairro Boa Vista  Recife, PE – 50070-060 Phone: (81) 3416-3050 After-Hours Emergencies: (81) 99916-9470 or (81) 3416-3060 Email: 

U.S. Consulate General Rio de Janeiro Av. Presidente Wilson, 147 Castelo Rio de Janeiro, RJ – 20030-020 Entrance at Rua Santa Luzia Phone: (21) 3823-2000 After-Hours Emergencies: (21) 3823-2029 Email:

U.S. Consulate General São Paulo Rua Henri Dunant, 500. Chácara Santo Antonio São Paulo, SP – 04709-110 Phone: (11) 3250-5000 After-Hours Emergencies: (11) 3250-5373  E-mail:

U.S. Consulate General Porto Alegre Av. Assis Brasil, 1889. Passo d’Areia Porto Alegre, RS – 91010-005 Phone: (51) 3345-6000 After-Hours Emergencies: (51) 98293-0446 (after hours) E-mail: 

State Department – Consular Affairs: 888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444 Brazil Country Information Enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security updates.