Travel Alert July 2018: Port-au-Prince in Haiti

If you are traveling to, from or through Port-au-Prince in Haiti over the next few days, be aware that widespread civil unrest, violent demonstrations and crime which is currently rampantly occurring there may disrupt your travel plans.

Travel Alert July 2018: Port-au-Prince in Haiti

According to this official travel advisory from the Department of State of the United States as of today, Monday, July 9, 2018, travel to Haiti is highly discouraged with a Level 4 travel alert, which is the highest level warning not to travel to Haiti due to civil unrest and crime.

Widespread civil unrest and violent demonstrations is rampant in Haiti. Protests, tire burning, and road blockages are frequent and unpredictable. Right now, the United States government has limited ability to provide emergency services to citizens of the United States. The Department will review this guidance as soon as the current security situation is resolved.

Violent crime, such as armed robbery, is common. Local police may lack the resources to respond effectively to serious criminal incidents or emergencies.

Even under normal circumstances, the United States government has limited ability to provide emergency services to citizens of the United States in some areas of Haiti. Personnel of the United States Embassy must receive permission from the Embassy security officer to travel to some areas of Port-au-Prince. Embassy employees are discouraged, and in some instances prohibited, from walking in city neighborhoods, including Pétion Ville. After dark, Embassy personnel are prohibited from visiting establishments without secure, on-site parking. Travel outside of Port-au-Prince is prohibited after dark. Embassy employees are under a curfew from 1:00 in the morning to 5:00 in the morning. The use of public banks and automated teller machines by Embassy employees is prohibited at all times. Embassy personnel are prohibited from using any kind of public transportation throughout the country.

Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page.

If you decide to travel to Haiti:

  • Avoid demonstrations and roadblocks.
  • Arrange airport transfers and hotels in advance, or have your host meet you upon arrival.
  • Do not physically resist any robbery attempt.
  • Visit the official Internet web site for Travel to High-Risk Areas.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Review the Crime and Safety Report for Nicaragua.
  • United States citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If you are traveling to, from or within Port-au-Prince, expect delays and cancellations of flights. Keep up to date on the latest information pertaining to this civil unrest which may adversely affect your travel plans. Better yet, postponing or canceling your trip might be a better option — no matter which mode of travel you plan on taking.

If you have a flight scheduled, your flight may be delayed or canceled — and you may be eligible for a waiver of a fee to change your itinerary.

Here are four airlines which have issued travel alerts as a result of this civil unrest:

  • American Airlines has issued travel alerts for Port-au-Prince and Cap Haitien for Saturday, July 7, 2018 through Tuesday, July 10, 2018; and Sunday, July 15, 2018 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Delta Air Lines has issued a travel alert for Port-au-Prince for Monday, July 9, 2018 through Tuesday, July 10, 2018; and Sunday, July 15, 2018 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • JetBlue Airways has issued a travel alert for Port-au-Prince for Friday, July 6, 2018 through Wednesday, July 11, 2018; and Wednesday, July 18, 2018 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Spirit Airlines has issued travel alerts for Port-au-Prince and Cap Haitien for Saturday, July 7, 2018 through Monday, July 9, 2018; and Saturday, July 14, 2018 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.

Summary

Be sure to contact your airline or transportation provider for the latest information pertaining to your travels — if they are adversely affected — and please: travel safely.

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