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Haiti: Tourist Police Introduced

Date: November 1st, 2013 | No Comments

Haiti has instituted a new tourist police force, called POLITOUR, to assist travelers. The service members will patrol popular attractions, offering assistance and security to tourists. The first graduates of the law enforcement academy included 52 members of the force and most are fluent in several languages, including English, French, Spanish a [read more]

Haiti: Government Refutes U.S. Travel Warning

Date: January 20th, 2013 | No Comments

Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe objected to an updated travel warning, issued by the U.S. State Dept. Dec. 28, that cited problems such as violent crime, cholera outbreaks and lack of infrastructure—particularly medical and emergency services. Calling the warning unfair, Lamothe said it singled out Haiti at a time when the island nation is trying to [read more]

Haiti: String of Armed Robberies Prompts Embassy Warning

Date: September 12th, 2012 | No Comments

A rash of armed robberies in the Tabarre section of Port-au-Prince, location of the U.S. Embassy, has prompted the embassy to issue a warning to U.S. citizens. In the last two months, at least 10 robberies in the area followed a similar pattern: motorcycle thieves trailed customers leaving their banks and robbed them at gunpoint. [read more]

Haiti: U.S. State Department Revises Travel Warning

Date: August 11th, 2011 | No Comments

The U.S. State Department no longer advises against all travel to Haiti, but the department says that travelers should carefully consider the situation before embarking for the island. The new travel warning cites an outbreak of cholera, crime and inadequate infrastructure as its chief concerns, replacing the travel warning from January that cited election violence. [read more]

Haiti: Armed Robberies Targeting Passengers from U.S. Prompt Warning

Date: June 30th, 2010 | No Comments

A number of recent robberies of travelers arriving from the U.S. at Port-au-Prince’s Toussaint Louverture International Airport prompted the U.S. Embassy to warn visitors to be careful when arranging transport from the airport. Four U.S. citizens were killed in separate robberies over the last three months in three different locations when criminals followed them from [read more]

Haiti: Embassy Warns of Volatile Demonstrations in Port-au-Prince

Date: March 13th, 2013 | No Comments

Ongoing demonstrations in downtown Port-au-Prince have turned violent, prompting the U.S. Embassy to issue a warning to travelers to avoid the area around Rue Capois. Protestors at the scene have clashed with national police and have been seen throwing rocks at passing vehicles. Visitors to Port-au-Prince should remain alert to their surroundings at all times [read more]

Haiti: Poor Infrastructure Complicates Travel Risks

Date: January 2nd, 2013 | No Comments

The U.S. Dept. of State has issued an updated travel warning for Haiti, citing issues such as violent crime, severe weather, cholera outbreaks and infrastructure that is “unable to fully support even normal activity, much less crisis situations.” As Haiti cannot provide adequate security, medical facilities or emergency response systems, those who visit are urged [read more]

Haiti: Abductee Rescued; Fears of Kidnappings Remain

Date: August 31st, 2011 | No Comments

A U.S. citizen who was abducted from his home in Port-au-Prince has been rescued in a hillside shantytown south of the capital city. Men posing as employees of a package delivery service kidnapped Frank Jean-Baptiste last week, which prompted the U.S. Embassy to issue advice on what to do if abducted and to warn Americans [read more]

Haiti: Cholera Outbreak Claims Almost 300 Lives

Date: October 27th, 2010 | No Comments

A cholera outbreak is occurring in the Artibonite region about 50 miles north of Port-au-Prince and has killed almost 300 people, but authorities said the number of new cases has diminished. The UN and aid agencies have increased prevention efforts in Port-au-Prince, where only a few cases have been reported and were determined to have [read more]

Haiti: Major Earthquake Devastates Port-au-Prince

Date: January 13th, 2010 | No Comments

Haiti: A 7.0 earthquake struck near the capital Port-au-Prince Jan. 12, devastating the city. Thousands of buildings collapsed, including the National Palace, parliament, the cathedral and the main prison. Tens of thousands are fe [read more]

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