Security Alert: U.S. Embassy Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Location: Haiti


Continuing insecurity and growing fuel shortages are inhibiting the ability of U.S. citizens to find transportation to and from the Embassy and the airports in the country. The U.S. government is extremely limited in its ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in Haiti, and is unable to provide shuttle or transportation services. 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 carefully consider the risks of traveling to (or remaining in) Haiti in light of the deteriorating 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 strongly consider returning to the U.S.;
  • Use extreme caution while traveling in the country
  • Avoid demonstrations and large gatherings of people
  • If you encounter a roadblock, turn around and get to a safe area;
  • Make and practice contingency plans for sheltering in place and/or accessing airports;


  • 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