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Security Alert: Haiti, Increase in Kidnapping

Security Alert:  U.S. Embassy Port-au-Prince, Haiti (December 2, 2020)




Location:  Port-au-Prince




Events:  As a result of a dramatic increase in kidnapping for ransom cases in Port-au-Prince (14 reported kidnappings in the last 7 days, to include U.S. citizens, U.S. legal permanent residents, and Haitian citizens), the U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince has limited non-official travel of its direct-hire U.S. citizen staff to the immediate Embassy neighborhood until further notice.  The U.S. Embassy warns its citizens against unnecessary travel in the Port-au-Prince area, and urges U.S. citizens to exercise caution while traveling in Port-au-Prince.  Please review the Level Four travel advisory for Haiti, which remains in effect.


Actions to take:

·        Avoid the area.

·        Monitor local media for updates.

·        Keep a low profile.      

·        Notify friends and family of your safety.

·        Be aware of your surroundings.

·        Be vigilant when visiting banks or ATMs.

·        Do not display signs of wealth, such as wearing expensive jewelry or watches.

·        Use caution when walking or driving at night.

·        Review your personal security plans.



·        U.S. Embassy Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Tabarre 41, Route de Tabarre

Emergencies: +509-2229-8000

Non-emergency inquiries: acspap@state.gov

Website: https://ht.usembassy.gov/

·        Contact the State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs

1-888-407-4747 toll-free from the United States and Canada

1-202-501-4444 from other countries

·        Haiti Country Information

·        Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security updates

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