On April 18, the U.S. Department of State updated its Travel Advisory for Brazil from Level 4: Do Not Travel due to COVID-19 to Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution due to crime.
Some areas have increased risk and remain at Level 4: Do Not Travel, including informal housing developments (commonly known as “favelas”), international borders, and Brasilia’s administrative regions (commonly known as “satellite cities”). Read the entire Travel Advisory for additional details.
While the travel alert for COVID-19 has been lowered, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has determined Brazil still has a high level of COVID-19. Visit the CDC page for the latest Travel Health Information for Brazil.
If you decide to travel to Brazil:
- Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before planning any international travel, and read Embassy Brazil’s COVID-19 page for detailed regulations.
- Be aware of your surroundings.
- Do not physically resist any robbery attempt.
- Use caution when walking or driving at night.
- Avoid walking on beaches after dark.
- Do not display signs of wealth, such as wearing expensive watches or jewelry.
- Be extra vigilant when visiting banks or ATMs.
- Use caution at, or going to, major transportation centers or on public transportation, especially at night. Passengers face an elevated risk of robbery or assault using public, municipal bus transportation throughout Brazil.
- Use increased caution when hiking in isolated areas.
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
- Review the Country Security Report for Brazil.
- Prepare a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist.
Contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate General closest to you. For further information:
U.S. State Department – Consular Affairs: (888) 407-4747 or (202) 501-4444