released May 26, 2005, this information is current as of
Thursday, June 02, 2005. Travel
Warnings are issued when the State Department recommends that
Americans avoid a certain country.
This Travel Warning is being issued to warn American citizens
of the continued dangers of travel to Haiti. Due to the volatile
security situation, the Department has ordered the departure of
non-emergency personnel and all family members of U.S. Embassy
personnel. The Department of State warns U.S. citizens to defer
travel to Haiti and urges American citizens to depart the country
if they can do so safely. This Travel Warning supersedes the Travel
Warning issued March 11, 2005.
Americans are reminded of the potential for spontaneous demonstrations
and violent confrontations between armed groups. Visitors and residents
must remain vigilant due to the absence of an effective police
force in much of Haiti; the potential for looting; the presence
of intermittent roadblocks set by armed gangs or by the police;
and the possibility of random violent crime, including kidnapping,
car-jacking, and assault. Due to concerns for the safety of its
personnel, the Department has ordered the departure from Haiti
of all U.S. Embassy non-emergency employees and all family members
of American embassy personnel. American citizens who remain in
Haiti despite this warning are urged to consider departing.
Travel can be hazardous within Port-au-Prince. Some areas are
off-limits to embassy staff, including downtown Port-au-Prince
after dark. The embassy has imposed a curfew from 9:00 p.m. to
5:00 a.m., which could change periodically. Staff members must
remain in their homes or in U.S. government facilities during the
hours covered by the curfew. The embassy has limited travel by
its staff outside of Port-au-Prince and the ability to provide
emergency services to U.S. citizens outside of Port-Au-Prince remains
extremely limited. U.S. businesses continue to operate in Haiti,
but take special precautions to protect their facilities and personnel.
The UN stabilization force (MINUSTAH) is fully deployed and is
assisting the government of Haiti in providing security. They have
challenged violent gangs and have moved into some gang enclaves.
U.S. citizens who travel to or remain in Haiti despite this Travel
Warning must remain vigilant with regard to their personal security
and are strongly advised to register either online at https://travelregistration.state.gov/ibrs/
or contact the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince
and enroll in the warden system (emergency alert network) to obtain
updated information on travel and security in Haiti. The Consular
Section of the U.S. Embassy can be reached at (509) 223-7011, the
fax number is (509) 223-9665 and the e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Travelers should also consult the Department of State's latest
Consular Information Sheet for Haiti and Worldwide Caution Public
Announcement at http://travel.state.gov. American citizens may
also obtain up-to-date information on security conditions by calling
1-888-407-4747 toll free in the United States or Canada or 1-202-501-4444
from overseas. In Haiti citizens can call 509/222-0200, ext. 2000.
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