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

Location: Haiti

Event: Several workers unions are calling for the launch of an operation “fèmen peyi” (“closed country”) on Monday, October 25, 2021.  Please avoid all unnecessary travel and remain vigilant as the security situation continues to be highly unpredictable.

Additionally, the U.S. Embassy reminds U.S. citizens that kidnapping is widespread and victims regularly include U.S. citizens. Kidnappers may use sophisticated planning or take advantage of unplanned opportunities, and even convoys have been attacked.  Kidnapping cases often involve ransom negotiations and U.S. citizen victims have been physically harmed during kidnappings. Victims’ families have paid thousands of dollars to rescue their family members.

Haiti has the highest (Level 4) Travel Advisory (“Do Not Travel”) for kidnapping, crime, and civil unrest.  The travel advisory for Haiti, available at travel.state.gov, 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 travel.state.gov regarding the extremely high risk of the kidnapping threat in Haiti.

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