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Security Messages for U.S. Citizens

Risk of Assault on Morumbi Bridge in São Paulo

São Paulo, August 8, 2012

The U.S. Consulate General in Sao Paulo alerts U.S. citizens traveling to and residing in Sao Paulo that, due to an increase of "smash and grab" assaults on cars stopped in traffic on the Morumbi Bridge, the U.S. Government has advised all Consulate personnel to avoid this bridge if possible. If you must pass over this bridge, keep all items locked in the trunk or completely out of view.

You can stay in touch and get Embassy updates by checking the Embassy website. U.S. citizens are encouraged to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).  U.S. citizens without internet access may enroll directly at the nearest U.S. Embassy or U.S. Consulate.  By enrolling, U.S. citizens make it easier for the embassy/consulates to contact them in case of emergency.  Stay up to date by bookmarking our Bureau of Consular Affairs website, which contains the current Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts as well as the Worldwide Caution.  Follow us on Twitter and the Bureau of Consular Affairs page on Facebook, and download our free Smart Traveler iPhone App to have travel information at your fingertips.

In addition to information on the internet, travelers may obtain up-to-date information on security conditions by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or, from other countries, on a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444. These numbers are available from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

The U.S. Consulate in Sao Paulo is located at Rua Henri Dunant 500 and can be reached at phone number 11 3250-5000, “emergency after-hours” phone number 11 3250-5373, e-mail saopauloacs@state.gov and website http://saopaulo.usconsulate.gov