U.S. State Dept. Haiti Travel Warning, March 13, 2014

On March 13, 2014, the U.S Department of State has renewed their living and travel warning to the U.S citizens in Haiti. This alert is an updated version of their previous travel warning dated August 13, 2013, issued at a time when the violent crime in Haiti is fading.


The warning, instead, has given much emphasis on Haiti's weak emergency response infrastructure. Although hundreds of U.S citizens have safely visited Haiti in recent past, it is a fact that there are many others who have fallen prey of poor medical infrastructure, victims of violent crime like kidnapping and homicide in and around Port-au- Prince with meager emergency response network. In December 2013, the U.S embassy was reported of six robbing cases of U.S citizens who were robbed shortly after they landed at the airport of the Haitian capital.

The Haitian police with support from MINUSTAH or 'The United Nations' Stabilization Force for Haiti' are responsible for maintaining law and order in the country. But like all other countries with high level of poverty, maintaining and ensuring a crime free world, is no doubt a Herculean task.

Travelers to Haiti should use travel organizations with comprehensive infrastructure. It is recommended that the representatives of these organizations should meet their fellow travelers at the airport upon arrival with pre-arranged transfers. The travelers should use utmost caution while visiting banks.

The Embassy employees should follow every safety and security measures and remain home during the curfew hours. The travel organizations operating in Haiti must remain updated with every travel related information that is issued by U.S. Department of State's Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC). For every current information, the U.S citizens traveling to Haiti must enroll themselves with STEP or Smart Traveler Enrollment Program or call toll free (in U.S) number at 1-888-407-4747.The U.S Embassy at Prince- au- Prince is located at: Boulevard du 15 Octobre, Tabarre 41, Tabarre, Haiti, telephone: (509) 2229-8000, facsimile: (509) 2229-8027, email: acspap@state.gov.

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