U.S. Department of State Issues Travel Warning for Haiti

Published by January 17, 2013

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The U.S. Department of State issued a travel warning for Haiti to inform U.S. citizens of the current crime levels and limited abilities of Haiti’s emergency response network.

While thousands of travelers safely visit Haiti each year, U.S. citizens have been victims of murders, kidnappings, attacks and robberies, particularly in the Port-au-Prince area. U.S. Embassy staff are restricted by a curfew and are limited in their abilities to provide emergency assistance outside Port-au-Prince.

Haiti’s infrastructure remains in poor condition and unable to support normal activity, much less crisis situations. Medical facilities are particularly weak, and may require travelers to be evacuated to the United States to receive adequate medical treatment in the event of a medical emergency or illness. Travelers are encouraged to make sure they have evacuation and medical support options in place.

Those who choose to travel to Haiti despite the warning should review the country-specific information on the U.S. Department of State’s website here.