Security Alert- U.S. Embassy Port-au-Prince

Political activists have announced a planned demonstration in front of the U.S. Embassy on October 17, 2022.

On October 7, 2022, the U.S. Department of State authorized the departure of U.S. government personnel and their families from Haiti. 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 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.
  • Avoid demonstrations and large crowds
  • Use extreme caution while traveling in the country