Haiti – FLASH : Avoid non-essential travel to Haiti
Haiti – FLASH : Avoid non-essential travel to Haiti
The Government of Canada has updated (September 15, 2022) its travel advice to Haiti and for Canadians already in Haiti and recommends avoiding non-essential travel to Haiti due to kidnappings, gang violence and the risk of civil unrest across the country.
Regional risk :
Avoid all travel to the following areas of the Department of Ouest due to critical levels of crime and kidnapping:
– Croix-des-Bouquets Borough, including the neighbourhoods of Canaan and Santo
– Commune of Carrefour
– Commune of Cité Soleil
– Commune of Tabarre, including the Croix-des-Missions neighbourhood
– Communal section of Martissant
– Bel-Air neighbourhood
– Bicentenaire neighbourhood
– Butte Boyer neighbourhood
– Carrefour Aviation neighbourhood
– Downtown Port-au-Prince neighbourhood
– Champs de Mars neighbourhood
– Delmas 2 and Delmas 6 neighbourhoods
– Grande Ravine neighbourhood
– Jalousie neighbourhood
– La Saline neighbourhood
– Pérnier neighbourhood
– Portail Léogane neighbourhood
– Torcelle neighbourhood
– National road number 8
Security situation :
Roadblocks and burning barricades disrupted major roads in several areas, including Port-au-Prince, especially since September 12, 2022. Access to Toussaint-Louverture International Airport is difficult. Telecommunications and Internet access could also be disrupted.
Major demonstrations have taken place. Clashes between protesters and security forces have occurred. Further demonstrations could occur and suddenly turn violent. Avoid non-essential travel to Haiti.
If you are in the country :
– limit your movements
– plan to have adequate water, food and fuel supplies
– avoid crossing road blockades, even if they appear unattended
– allow extra time to reach your destination
– monitor local media to stay informed on the evolving situation
– follow the instructions of local authorities
Crime (Overview) :
Crime rates are high in large centres such as downtown Port-au-Prince, where armed gangs operate, as well as near the border with the Dominican Republic, where criminal activities are widespread.
The number of violent incidents has been increasing since 2020, especially kidnappings in and around Port-au-Prince.
There has also been an increase in home invasions. These incidents generally occur in middle-class neighbourhoods, but have been increasing in number in affluent neighbourhoods in Port-au-Prince and outside Pétion-Ville.
Petty crime, such as pickpocketing and purse snatching, also occurs.
Criminality increases in the periods leading up to the holiday season in December, Carnival in February or March and the beginning of the school year in late August or early September.
Foreigners are viewed as wealthy and may arouse envy.
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Greater Port-au-Prince area :
Several areas in greater Port-au-Prince continue to be dangerous due to criminal activity and kidnappings. Local authorities may have difficulties assisting during an emergency in these areas:
– Artibonite Central
– Bel Air
– Carrefour Drouillard
– Cité Soleil
– Downtown Port-au-Prince
– Laboule 12
– Portail Léogane
– Road to the airport
– Toussant Brave
Police presence is not guaranteed in these areas and your personal safety might be at risk. Due to the local environment, security forces may not be able to provide emergency assistance in due time.
If you must travel to these areas, it’s imperative that you take appropriate security precautions
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Armed robberies occur regularly in Pétion-Ville. In most cases, armed thieves on motorcycles attack their victims in broad daylight. Attacks have been increasing, particularly against motorists. They usually occur in traffic jams during peak hours.
– Be vigilant at all times while travelling
– Keep windows closed and doors locked when travelling by car
Criminal gangs have committed robberies by erecting roadblocks along Route Nationale 2, between the Petit‑Goâve and Miragoane regions.
Toussaint Louverture International Airport. :
Toussaint Louverture International Airport. Thieves try to distract foreigners to steal their passports.
Robberies in bank areas :
Some criminals wait near banks, watching clients, and attempt to rob them when they leave.
There is also a higher risk of robbery from individuals using bank ATMs.
– Be extremely vigilant when entering or leaving a bank
– Only use ATMs inside a hotel or supermarket
– Deal directly with a teller if you are at a bank
– Avoid carrying large sums of money
Kidnappings are common :
Kidnappers target both local people and foreigners, including dual citizens who live or travel in Haiti, regardless of rank or social class. Since September 2020, hundreds of Canadians and other foreign nationals have been abducted. Missionaries, aid workers and children can become victims. Most of the victims are released in exchange for ransom. In some exceptional cases, however, victims have disappeared or have been killed.
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Public transportation :
Public transportation is unsafe and unreliable. Drivers don’t always respect traffic laws. Vehicles are often in poor condition or overloaded, which leads to serious accidents involving injuries and sometimes death.
You should avoid all public transportation in Haiti, but most specifically trucks converted into buses, known as “tap taps.”
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