U.S. Embassy Urges Citizens to Evacuate Haiti Amid Security Concerns

U.S. Embassy Urges Citizens to Evacuate Haiti Amid Security Concerns

Escalating Violence Prompts Urgent Call for Departure

Port-au-Prince, Haiti, March 8, 2024 (5RMI) – In response to mounting security risks and infrastructure challenges, the U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, has issued a stark warning to American citizens residing in the country, urging them to evacuate immediately.

The escalating violence and instability gripping Haiti have prompted the Embassy to call upon U.S. citizens to make use of available commercial or private transportation options to leave the country as swiftly as possible. Emphasizing the gravity of the situation, the Embassy underscored its inability to facilitate air travel for private citizens at this time.

A statement released on the Embassy’s official website urged citizens to remain vigilant and to monitor local news sources for updates on security conditions. It also advised individuals to make departure arrangements in accordance with the prevailing situation on the ground.

The Embassy’s announcement comes amidst a backdrop of ongoing gang-related violence and disruptions to transportation and infrastructure. As a result, the Embassy will operate on a limited basis on Thursday, March 7, and has suspended all appointments for visas and services for U.S. citizens until March 12. This includes routine passport services and notary services.

“Individuals with scheduled appointments are advised against attempting to visit the Embassy until further notice,” the statement cautioned, citing potential limitations on entry until March 12 due to prevailing conditions.

For those who find themselves compelled to travel to Haiti despite the risks, the Embassy provided a series of safety recommendations. These included avoiding crowded areas, staying informed through local media updates, and maintaining a low profile. Additionally, citizens were advised to exercise caution, avoid outdoor activities after dark, and ensure they possess updated travel documents readily accessible.

In case of emergencies, individuals were directed to contact the U.S. Embassy Port-au-Prince or the Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs for assistance.