According to security authorities, there has been a steady increase in crime on and around mountain hiking trails, particularly since January 2017. Based on this information, the Consulate is temporarily restricting access for its employees to the Corcovado Mountain hiking trails. If and when this restriction is lifted, another Security Message to U.S. Citizens will be distributed. This prohibition does not affect visiting the Cristo Redentor monument by car, van, or tramway, rather just the use of hiking trails to and from the monument. U.S. citizens are advised of this so that they can make their own decision about using these hiking trails.
The Consulate takes this opportunity to remind you to 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.
If you require assistance, contact the Consulate using the 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 from8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).