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Brazil Travel Warning

Issued by U.S. Department of State

Jul 13, 2001

The city of Salvador, capital of Bahia State, erupted in violence on July 12 as a police strike entered its eighth day. Street violence and random robberies of persons, vehicles, stores and banks are occurring in the city. Schools, banks and many places of business have closed. The U.S. Consular Agency in Salvador also has closed until the situation stabilizes. The President of Brazil has authorized the military to send 2,000 soldiers to Salvador to restore order.

Americans should defer travel to Salvador. If travel must be undertaken, Americans should exercise extreme caution, avoid crowds and demonstrations, limit time spent traveling within the city limits and monitor news broadcasts closely.

For further information about travel in Brazil, please consult the Department of State's latest Consular Information Sheet and the Public Announcement of May 18, 2001, available on the Bureau of Consular Affairs home page at http://travel.state.gov.

This Public Announcement supplements the May 18, 2001 Public Announcement for Brazil (which remains in effect) and expires on October 13, 2001.

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