“Express Kidnappings” on routes to the Dominican Republic, September 2, 2016

Please be advised that there has been a spate of “express kidnappings” on travel routes from Haiti to the Dominican Republic. The latest occurred on August 30, when a traveler driving from Haiti to Santo Domingo was pulled over at gunpoint by a group of individuals dressed as police officers. He was driven to a secluded area and robbed. This appears to be part of a series of similar robberies by the same group of individuals.

Please caution if driving to the Dominican Republic. U.S. Citizens are strongly encouraged to arrive at their destination in the Dominican Republic before dark.

For further information about security in Haiti:

  • See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Haiti Specific Information.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • Contact the U.S. Embassy in Haiti, located at Tabarre 41, Boulevard du 15 Octobre, Tabarre, Haiti; telephone 509-2229-8000; after-hours emergency telephone 509-2229-8000; ACS unit fax 509-2229-8027; e-mail; website.
  • Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

Note: The computer generated timestamp on this e-mail message may not be accurate.

If your contact information has changed or you are no longer in Haiti, please update your STEP account as the Embassy cannot do it for you.