The U.S. Consulate General in Rio de Janeiro alerts U.S. citizens to monitor local media and take adequate precautions if traveling in or near Vitoria, Espirito Santo. Media reporting and social media postings indicate increased criminal activity in Vitoria and its greater metropolitan area. News outlets are reporting the absence of local police on the streets of Vitoria, its metropolitan area, and other cities throughout the state of Espirito Santo since Saturday, February 4, 2017. These same outlets and social media are reporting widely on increased criminal activity and the arrival of Brazilian military forces at the request of the Espirito Santo state government.
Review your personal security plans, remain aware of your surroundings, including local events, and monitor local news stations for updates. Be vigilant and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security.
The Consulate will continue to monitor the situation. If you require assistance, contact the Consulate using the contact information below:
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
For further information:
- 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.
- 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).