Security Alert – United States Mission to Brazil (January 11, 2019)

Security Alert – United States Mission to Brazil (January 11, 2019)

Location: State of Ceará, Brazil

Event: The U.S. Mission to Brazil advises U.S. citizens of heightened gang-related criminal activity and enhanced police presence in the state of Ceará.  Criminal attacks against buses, banks, businesses, public buildings, and infrastructure in Fortaleza and in over 40 municipalities of Ceará have caused disruptions of public transportation, trash collection, and business in the state.

Actions to Take:

  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Monitor local media for updates.
  • Consider avoiding the use of public, municipal buses in Brazil at any time of day, and especially at night.
  • Call Brazilian emergency services at 190 if you are in an emergency situation in Brazil.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program ( if you are planning to travel to Ceará.


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

U.S. Consulate General Recife
Rua Goncalves Maia, 163
Bairro Boa Vista Recife, PE – 50.070-060
Phone: (81) 3416-3050
After-Hours Emergencies: (81) 99916-9470 or (81) 3416-3060

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

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

U.S. Consulate Porto Alegre
Avenida Assis Brasil, 1889
Passo d’Areia
Porto Alegre – RS
Phone: 51-3345-6000
After-Hours Emergencies: 51-3345-6000

U.S. Consular Agency Fortaleza
Avenida Santos Dumont 2828, Aldeota, Suite 708
60150-161- Fortaleza, CE Brazil
Telephone: 011-55-85-3021-5200

For further information:

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).

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