Security Alert: U.S. Embassy Port-au-Prince, Haiti (June 28, 2019)

Security Alert:  U.S. Embassy Port-au-Prince, Haiti (June 28, 2019)

Location: Petionville

Events:  Fête Saint Pierre will be celebrated in Petionville this weekend (usually starting around 1630 on Saturday and ending at 0200hrs on Sunday morning), drawing thousands of people to Place Saint Pierre.  Though the event is generally peaceful, it is often plagued with increased crime and theft of personal belongings due to large crowds, much like Carnaval.  Traffic throughout Petionville will be affected, as well as the lower end of Route de Kenscoff.  Embassy employees have been instructed that any travel up the mountain from Petionville should avoid roads near Place Saint Pierre.  Embassy employees have been reminded to keep windows rolled up and the doors locked while in vehicles.  If caught in a crowd, employees have been advised to put the car in park until the band/crowd passes (i.e. not attempt to drive through the crowd).

Actions to take:

  • Avoid the areas;
  • Avoid demonstrations and any large gatherings of people;
  • Do not attempt to drive through roadblocks; and
  • If you encounter a roadblock, turn around and get to a safe area.