2013 FIFA Confederations Cup - June 12, 2013
From June 15-30, Brazil will host the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup in stadiums across the country. In advance of the Cup, we would like to remind all U.S. citizens of the services provided by the U.S. Mission to Brazil, as well as a number of valuable resources available to those traveling abroad.
U.S. citizens who travel to or reside in Brazil are urged to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) in order to receive directly the most up-to-date security information. By enrolling, U.S. citizens make it easier for the Embassy and Consulates to contact them in case of emergency. U.S. citizens without Internet access may enroll directly with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate (contact information is below).
Please note that Brazil requires U.S. citizens to carry a valid U.S. passport with a Brazilian visa when traveling to Brazil for any purpose. You must obtain your Brazilian visa in advance of your trip from the nearest Brazilian Embassy or Consulate. A complete listing of their locations in the US can be found here. Brazil does not grant "airport visas," and anyone not possessing a valid visa will be refused entry by Brazilian immigration authorities. The U.S. government cannot assist you if you arrive in Brazil without proper documentation.
Crime is a serious and pervasive concern for visitors and residents of Brazil. Brazilian police and media report that the crime rate remains high in most urban centers and is also growing in rural areas. Brazil’s murder rate is more than four times higher than that of the United States, and rates for other crimes are similarly high.
Street crime and ATM/credit card fraud are the two most likely security risks to impact visitors. While the risk is greater during the evening and at night, street crime also occurs during the day, and safer areas of cities are not immune. Incidents of theft on city buses are frequent. The incidence of crime against tourists is greater in areas surrounding beaches, hotels, bars, nightclubs, and other tourist destinations. Similarly, in airports, hotel lobbies, bus stations, and other public places, pick-pocketing and theft of hand-carried luggage and laptop computers are common. Visitors are encouraged to “dress down” when in public and avoid carrying valuables or wearing jewelry or expensive watches. Visitors should keep a copy of their passports with them while in public and keep passports in a hotel safe or other secure place. Visitors should also carry proof of health insurance.
Caution should be exercised around banks and ATMs. Credit and ATM card fraud and cloning are significant and growing problems for banks and financial institutions in Brazil. Visitors should routinely monitor bank accounts during and after their visit. A phenomenon known as “quicknapping” or “express kidnapping” is an ongoing criminal activity in which ATM users are kidnapped at gun point and taken to several ATMs to withdraw cash before being released. Visitors should only use well-lit ATMs in heavily trafficked areas and be alert when exiting banks or using ATMs. Brazilian police recommend compliance if confronted by an assailant threatening violence, as this generally de-escalates the situation.
U.S. government employees are restricted from traveling to all (unpacified) shanty towns, or “favelas,” in Recife, Rio de Janeiro, and Sao Paulo. This restriction does not include commonly used transit routes that pass near or through favelas.
Country-wide emergency service numbers:
Police – 190
Ambulance - 192
Fire Department – 193
Consular Sections in Brazil are located in Brasilia, Recife, Rio de Janeiro, and Sao Paulo. Please consult the U.S. Mission Brazil website for more information on passport applications and other services offered to U.S citizens in Brazil.
Stay up-to-date by bookmarking our Bureau of Consular Affairs website which contains current Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts. Follow us on Twitter (@USCitsBrazil)and the Bureau of Consular Affairs page on Facebook, and download our Smart Traveler iPhone App to have travel information at your fingertips. Enjoy your travels!
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 Recife
Rua Goncalves Maia, 163
Bairro Boa Vista Recife, PE - 50.070-060
Phone: (81) 3416-3050
After-Hours Emergencies: (81) 9916-9470 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
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