Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Criminal Activity on Rio de Janeiro Beaches

United States Consulate General Rio de Janeiro

The U.S. Consulate General in Rio de Janeiro reminds U.S. citizens to be alert and cautious while moving about in Rio de Janeiro, including while on the beaches. Groups of thieves who may be armed are known to sweep areas targeting victims (the local term for this activity is “arrastão”). These events can also take place in traffic jams, particularly in tunnels. U.S. citizens are also advised to not bring valuables to the beach and to stay vigilant for criminal activity.

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 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 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 São Paulo
Rua Henri Dunant, 500,
Chácara Santo Antonio,
São Paulo, SP — 04709-110
Phone: (11) 3250-5000
After-Hours Emergencies: (11) 3250-5373

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