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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Port-au-Prince (Haiti), Demonstration in Petit Goave January 6th, 2015

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The Regional Security Office (RSO) of the Embassy of the United States has received reports of ongoing demonstration today January 6th, 2015, in Petit Goave (West Department), at Seradote on National Road No.02.
 Reportedly, approximately one hundred local residents are demonstrating against the lack of electricity by blocking the national road No. 02 using rocks and throwing stones at passing vehicles. Please keep in mind that demonstrations in Haiti 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 call 1-888-407-4747 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-mailwebsite.

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: (; Embassy homepage (| State Department Homepage (

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 (

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