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Reviewed: 8 November 2013, 14:00 NZDT
Still current at: 07 December 2013
There is some risk to your security in Brazil due to high levels of violent crime and we advise caution.
Brazil has high levels of violent crime, which is particularly prevalent in impoverished areas of major cities including slums (favelas). We recommend you avoid visiting these areas. As victims of violent crime are often targeted because of their perceived wealth it is advisable to avoid wearing or displaying items that appear valuable such as jewellery, cameras, tablets, laptops, eBooks and expensive mobile telephones. No resistance should be given if you are the victim of an armed robbery or mugging as this could lead to an escalation in violence.
Reports of “express kidnappings” in Brazil continue. This is when criminals abduct a victim for a short amount of time and force the victim to withdraw funds from their bank account. To reduce the risk of this occurring we recommend you use ATMs which are located in public places during daylight hours or ATMs located within bank branches.
Carjacking’s regularly occur in Brazil. When driving, keep your doors locked and windows closed. When driving at night in major cities it is customary for drivers not to stop and wait at intersections for the lights to change where there are no other cars and people around, but rather proceed slowly through the red light.
Protests occur regularly in a number of Brazilian cities, including Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Brasilia, Recife and Belo Horizonte. Although generally peaceful, there have been violent incidents and injuries. In some cases, Brazilian police have used tear gas and riot control to disperse protestors.
New Zealanders in Brazil are advised to avoid all political gatherings, protests and demonstrations as even those intended to be peaceful have the potential to turn violent. New Zealanders who are in an area affected by demonstrations or violence should leave the immediate vicinity and follow any instructions issued by the local authorities.
General Travel Advice
New Zealanders travelling or living in Brazil should have comprehensive travel insurance policies in place that include provision for medical evacuation by air.
New Zealanders in Brazil are encouraged to register their details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Contact details are
Street Address SHIS QI 09, conj. 16, casa 01, Lago Sul 71625-160, Brasilia DF, Brazil
Telephone +55 61 3248 9900 Facsimile +55 61 3248 9916
After Hours Emergency Consular Assistance: +55 61 9553 8087
Website New Zealand Embassy Brasilia [external link]
Office hours Mon - Fri 0830 -1700 hrs
Contact details are:
Street Address Alameda Campinas 579, 15th floor, 01404-000 São Paulo SP, Brazil
Telephone +55 11 3253-6296
Facsimile +55 11 3148 2521
After Hours Emergency Consular Assistance: +55 11 99369-3064
Office hours Mon-Fri 0900-1700 hrs