Haiti Travel Warning
Issued by US Department of State
Feb 02, 2004
This Travel Warning is being issued to inform American citizens that, due to
continued political demonstrations and ongoing civil unrest, the Department
of State has authorized the departure of family members and non-emergency
employees of the U.S. Embassy on a voluntary basis. Private American
citizens should evaluate their own security situations and should consider
departing the country. This Travel Warning supersedes the Public
Announcement issued January 9, 2004.
The Department of State warns U.S. citizens to defer travel to Haiti.
Americans are reminded of the potential for spontaneous demonstrations and
violent confrontations between government supporters and students and other
groups that oppose the government of Haiti. American citizens who travel
to, or remain in, Haiti despite this Travel Warning should register at the
Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince and enroll in the
warden system (emergency alert network) to obtain updated information on
travel and security in Haiti. The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy is
located at 104, rue Oswald Durand, Port-au-Prince. The telephone numbers
are (509) 223-7011,
223-6440, 223-6443, 223-6421, 223-6426, 223-6424, 223-6407, 223-7008,
222-0200, the fax number is (509) 223-9665, and the email address is
[email protected] Consular personnel remain available to provide emergency
services to American citizens.
There has been significant political tension over recent weeks in
Port-au-Prince, Gonaives, Cap Haitien, Petit Goave, Jacmel, and other parts
of Haiti. The U.S. Embassy was closed several times due to civil unrest.
From time to time the Embassy may close again to assess its security
posture. The Embassy's Regional Security Office has recommended that
persons associated with the Embassy not remain in downtown Port au Prince
after sunset and has at times advised Embassy personnel to remain in their
homes when violence has flared.
Since the beginning of the year, some international organizations have
decided to draw down their staffs in Haiti. Students and other groups
opposed to the government have mounted demonstrations around the country.
Haiti's security environment has been deteriorating as President Aristide
has continued to politicize the Haitian National Police and used government
resources to pay for violent gangs to attack opposition demonstrators. The
government of Haiti has not been able to maintain order in Port au Prince or
in other cities and in some instances has assisted in violently repressing
the demonstrations. Due to severe limitations on travel and communication
inside the country, the Embassy's ability to assist U.S. citizens in Haiti
is very limited at this time.
American citizens in Haiti should remain vigilant, particularly in public
places, avoid large crowds, and not attempt to cross roadblocks. From time
to time, the U.S. Embassy may restrict the travel of official Americans or
suspend public services. In those instances, the Embassy will keep the
local American citizen community apprised through the Warden System and make
every effort to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens.
As the Department continues to develop information on potentially dangerous
demonstrations and political unrest in Haiti, it shares that information
through its Consular Information Program documents, available on the
Internet at http://travel.state.gov/haiti.html. U.S. travelers can also get
up-to-date information on security conditions in Haiti by calling
1-888-407-4747 in the U.S. or Canada or on a regular toll line at