Security Alert – United States Mission to Brazil (Robberies)

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Centro.

Event: On the afternoon of October 4, local police reported that a man was committing snatch-and-grab robberies on the streets around the U.S. Consulate in the Centro District of Rio de Janeiro. Police are looking for the individual. The individual was riding a dark bicycle and carrying a food delivery bag.

As is detailed in the country specific information available at, there are high crime rates in many of Brazil’s urban centers. The U.S. Consulate encourages all travelers in Rio de Janeiro to always be aware of their surroundings and belongings and avoid having mobile devices visible in public.

Actions to Take:

· Be vigilant and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security.

· Remain aware of your surroundings and maintain a low profile.

· Call 190 for immediate assistance from local authorities.

If you require assistance, please contact the U.S. Consulate in Rio de Janeiro using the contact information below.

Assistance: 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 Rio, located at Av. Pres. Wilson, 147 – Centro, Rio de Janeiro – RJ, 20030-020, Brazil, at +55 21 3823-2000, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. The after-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +55 21 3823-2029.

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).