2019-08-20: On Tuesday morning (20 August, local time), 17 bus passengers were taken hostage by a gunman on the Rio-Niterói bridge in Rio de Janeiro. The area was cordoned off. The motive of the perpetrator is still unknown.
Heightened security measures and operations of security forces are to be expected. Armed clashes are possible during arrests of suspects. Travellers are advised to exercise high caution, to strictly avoid operations of security forces, and to follow instructions from security forces.