Security Alert to U.S. Citizens from Embassy Port-au-Prince- Authorized Departure Status

The U.S. Department of State has temporarily authorized departure for direct-hire U.S. government personnel and their family members in Port-au-Prince beginning October 7, 2022.  Ongoing instability due to fuel shortages have resulted in the disruption of infrastructure, including sanitation and the availability of medical supplies, potable water and food.   Sixty cases of cholera have been identified in Port-au-Prince as of October 4. The U.S. government remains extremely limited in its ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in Haiti, and is unable to provide shuttle or transportation services.  Food and water insecurity is an increasing concern.

U.S. Embassy Port-au-Prince reminds U.S. citizens that Haiti has the highest Travel Advisory level (Level 4:  DO NOT TRAVEL) for kidnapping, crime, and civil unrest.  Local police generally lack the resources to respond effectively to requests for assistance. U.S. citizens should depart Haiti now in light of the current health and security situation and infrastructure challenges.  These issues may limit access to essential services in an emergency, including access to banks, money transfers, urgent medical care, internet and telecommunications, and public and private transportation options.  Please see information on What the Department of State Can and Can’t Do in a Crisis.

If you are visiting or living in Haiti and have not yet enrolled in the  Smart Traveler Enrollment Program  (STEP), we strongly encourage you to do so.  STEP is a free service that allows U.S. citizens and nationals traveling and living abroad to enroll their trip with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate so that we can provide important security and other information to the U.S. citizen community in Haiti.

Actions to take:

  • Do not travel to Haiti;
  • U.S. citizens in Haiti should return to the U.S.
  • Have emergency supplies of food, water and medications;
  • Ensure drinking water has been treated;
  • Use extreme caution while traveling in the country;


  • U.S. Embassy Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Tabarre 41, Route de Tabarre

Emergencies: +509-2229-8000

Non-emergency inquiries:


  • Contact the State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs

1-888-407-4747 toll-free from the United States and Canada

1-202-501-4444 from other countries