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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Port-au-Prince (Haïti), Anticipated transportation strike on Monday, March 9 and Tuesday, March 10, 2015

The U.S. Embassy has received reports that a transportation strike is likely on Monday, March 9 and Tuesday, March 10, 2015 in Port-au-Prince.  There could be an increase of barricades, tire burning and rock throwing by individuals supporting the proposed strike.  The Embassy urges all U.S. citizens to be vigilant when driving around the city on Monday and Tuesday.  Please keep in mind that demonstrations in Haiti, even peaceful ones, can arise and escalate quickly and even turn violent, so the Embassy urges all U.S. citizens to remain vigilant, be aware of their surroundings, and avoid these areas as much as possible.  Should you find yourself among or near protesters, get out of the area without delay.

 

We strongly recommend that all U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Haiti enroll in the Department of State's secure on-line Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).  STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates and makes it easier for the nearest U.S. embassy to contact you in an emergency. 

 

Travelers are advised to regularly monitor the travel information page of the State Department's website where you can find current Travel Warnings for Haiti, Travel Alerts, and the Worldwide Caution.  Read the Country Specific Information for Haiti.  For additional information, refer to "Travelers Checklist" on the State Department's web site.

 

Contact the U.S. embassy or consulate for up-to-date information on travel restrictions.  You can also call1-888-407-4747 toll-free from within the United States and Canada, or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries.  These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).  Follow the Bureau of Consular Affairs on Twitter and Facebook.

 

For all emergencies involving U.S. citizens, contact the U.S. Citizen Services unit of the U.S. Embassy’s Consular Section, located at Tabarre 41, Boulevard du 15 Octobre, Tabarre, Haiti; telephone 509-2229-8000; after hours emergency telephone 509-3464-3998; ACS unit fax 509-2229-8027; e-mail website.

 

American Citizen Services

Consular Section | U.S. Embassy Port-au-Prince | Boulevard 15 Octobre, Tabarre 41| Tabarre, Haiti; Tel.(+509) 2229-8000 | Fax (+509) 2229-8028 | E-mail: (acspap@state.gov); Embassy homepage (haiti.usembassy.gov)| State Department Homepage (travel.state.gov)

 

Haiti travel tips:

- You may visit Haiti without a visa for a total of ninety days at a time.

- Register your presence abroad by enrolling in STEP (Smart Traveler Enrollment Program) online at (step.state.gov/step/).

- Additional information for U.S. citizens travelling in Haiti is available in the Country Specific Information onHaiti.

 

Note:  If your contact information has changed or you are no longer in Haiti, please update your STEP account as the Embassy cannot do it for you.

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