The U.S. Consulate General in Recife alerts U.S. citizens of an increase in criminal activity in public transportation in all northeastern states. According to the media, in Pernambuco specifically, criminal activity in public transportation is 97.2 percent higher than last year. Criminals have typically targeted bus drivers and passengers to steal cellphones, wallets, jewelry, and purses.
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 Recife
Rua Gonçalves Maia, 163
Boa Vista, PE — 50070-125
Phone: (81) 3416-3050 After-Hours Emergencies:(81) 3416-3060
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).