The U.S. State Department Embassy in Port-au-Prince, Haiti recently issued security alerts regarding civil unrest in the capital. On July 15, 2022, the embassy confirmed reports of roadblocks throughout Port-au-Prince, including portions of the airport road.
‘Don’t try to cross the roadblocks; if so, turn around and go to a safe area.
“Thieves and carjackers also attack private vehicles stuck in traffic and often target lone drivers, especially women.”
“Please avoid unnecessary travel and remain vigilant as the security situation is highly unpredictable,” the embassy said. “US government personnel are discouraged from walking around Port-au-Prince and other neighborhoods.”
These safety alerts follow the reissue of the Level 4: Do Not Travel, Travel Advisory issued by the Department of State on July 5, 2022.
“Travellers are sometimes followed and violently attacked and robbed shortly after leaving Port-au-Prince International Airport. Accordingly, the United States Embassy requires its staff to use official transportation to and from the airport.
In addition to the United States, the United Kingdom, Brazil, China and several European countries have issued similar opinions.
Previously, the US CDC issued an advisory on July 5, 2022, saying, “If you are not up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines, avoid travel to Haiti.
Since December 2021, international partners have mobilized more than $294 million in new commitments to support Haiti, with the United States providing more than $153 million in humanitarian assistance.
And to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak in Haiti, the U.S. government confirmed on July 12, 2022, that it has provided more than $47 million in assistance to meet the immediate COVID-19 health needs of Haitians. while focusing on reducing widespread transmission.
Additionally, the CDC has provided $34 million to support COVID-19 response efforts, including $3 million specifically for vaccine administration.
The United States has also donated about 500,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine for the island’s 11 million people.
U.S. Southern Command donated four field hospitals, 12 ventilators, 11 ultra-low temperature freezers, and additional hygiene kits and personal protective equipment to Haiti to help respond to the pandemic of COVID-19 and other emerging health crises.
As of June 2021, assistance from the United States includes the delivery of 50 oxygen concentrators and 250 cylinders, recurring cylinder refills, and technical assistance on medical oxygen.
Additionally, when visiting Haiti, travelers are encouraged to join the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program to receive alerts, making it easier to locate them in the event of an emergency.
US citizens can go to the Embassy of Port-au-Prince at Boulevard du 15 October, Tabarre 41, Route de Tabarre. And the phone numbers are: +(509) 2229-8000 / 2229-8900.
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