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

Security Alert: U.S. Embassy Port-au-Prince, Haiti (November 1, 2021)

Location:  Port-au-Prince

Events:  The U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince has received information that some Haitian gangs may demonstrate throughout Port-au-Prince on Tuesday, November 2, using similar tactics as those used by the violent group Phantom 509.  These tactics consist of deploying riders on motorcycles to move rapidly around Port-au-Prince attacking Government of Haiti equipment and buildings.  While it is uncertain if these events will materialize, please avoid all unnecessary travel.  The security situation continues to be highly unpredictable.

As a reminder, Haiti has the highest (Level 4) Travel Advisory (“Do Not Travel”) for kidnapping, crime, civil unrest, and COVID-19.  The travel advisory for Haiti, available at, notes that kidnapping is widespread and victims regularly include U.S. citizens.  Those deciding to travel and/or remain in Haiti should carefully consider the information available on

Actions to take:

  • Avoid all non-essential travel to Haiti;
  • Use extreme caution while traveling in the country;
  • Avoid demonstration and crowds;
  • Do not attempt to drive through roadblocks – if you encounter a roadblock, turn around and get to a safe area; and
  • Monitor local media for breaking events.