Government issues Level 4 travel advisory for Haiti

 Tuesday, May 21, 2019 

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Considering the potential for civil unrest the Canadian government has issued an ‘Avoid Non-Essential Travel’ advisory for the island country of Haiti.

 

On May 17, 2019 the Canada travel advisory said ‘Haiti’s security situation could deteriorate quickly.’   On April 9, 2019 the U.S. Department of States had issued a Level 4 Travel Advisory for Hiati.

 

The government mentioned that in some areas of Haiti it had limited ability to provide emergency services.   It is expected that Haiti tourism industry will grow by 0.6 percent in 2019 and attract 481,000 international tourist arrivals. Labadie, near Cap Haitian where the Royal Caribbean Cruise lines maintain a private beach exclusively for its cruise passenger is a tourism ’hot spot’ .

 

According to the State Department those deciding to travel to Haiti should avoid demonstrations and should not attempt to drive through roadblocks.Personal information should not be provided to unauthorized individuals located in the immigration, customs, or other areas inside or near any airports in Haiti.

 

Incase if you feel you are being followed after you leave the airport go to the nearest police station immediately.Robbery attempt should not be physically resisted and one should enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program to receive alerts and make it easier to locate one during an emergency.

 

There should be a contingency plan for emergency situations in the traveller’s checklist. The US Embassy is located at Tabarre 41, Route de Tabarre, Port-au-Prince, Haiti, with a phone number of 011-509-2229-8000.   The Public Health Agency of Canada considering the health perspective has issued advice for travellers on the Zika virus recommending pregnant women to avoid travel to Haiti.

 

 

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also updated its travel guidance on May 17, 2019 for those visiting Haiti.   One should undergo routine vaccines before visiting Haiti, Cholera, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Malaria, Rabies, Typhoid, and Yellow Fever were the suggested travel vaccinations.

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