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

Location:  Port-au-Prince

Events:  Due to significant security-related events involving carjackings and kidnappings over the past two days, effective May 24, the U.S. Embassy will restrict non-official travel of its direct-hire U.S. citizen staff in Port-au-Prince to the immediate Embassy area.  The U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince regularly reviews its security posture and will notify the U.S. citizen community of changes to this travel restriction.

Haiti has the highest (Level 4) Travel Advisory (“Do Not Travel”) for kidnapping, crime and civil unrest.  The travel advisory for Haiti, available at, notes that kidnapping is widespread and victims regularly include U.S. citizens.  U.S. citizens should carefully consider the risks of traveling to, and remaining in, Haiti in light of the current security situation and infrastructure challenges.

The U.S. Embassy urges U.S. citizens who travel to Haiti despite this warning to register their trip with the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program .  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:

  • Maintain a high level of vigilance and practice good situational awareness
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • Monitor local news and reports