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Republic of Haiti

Last Updated: August 2, 2017

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Assistance for U.S. Citizens

U.S. Embassy Port-au-Prince

Boulevard du 15 October,
Tabarre 41, Route de Tabarre
Port-au-Prince, Haiti

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U.S. Embassy Port-au-Prince

Boulevard du 15 October,
Tabarre 41, Route de Tabarre
Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Telephone: +(509) 2229-8000 / 2229-8900

Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(509) 2229-8000

Fax: +(509) 2229-8027

American Citizens Services Unit office hours are 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The Consular Section is closed on U.S. and local holidays.

See the Department of State’s Fact Sheet on Haiti for information on U.S. – Haiti relations. 

Visit the Embassy of Haiti website for the most current visa information.

Requirement for Entry: Passport valid for at least six months from date of arrival. For further details see the Embassy of the Republic of Haiti website.

HIV/AIDS restrictions: The U.S. Department of State is unaware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for visitors or foreign residents of Haiti.

Find information on dual nationalityprevention of international child abduction and customs regulations on our websites.

See the Department of State’s Travel Warning for Haiti. Embassy employees are prohibited from using public transportation going to certain areas due to high levels of criminal activity. Contact the U.S. Embassy for details. 

Crime: Political violence and violent crime are ofsignificant concern. Violent crime is common in Haiti, including robberies, assaults, vehicle break-ins, and home invasions. 

Safety Precautions:

  • Be extremely cautious when using an ATM, since ATM robberies frequently occur.
  • If an armed individual demands your vehicle or money, give it to them.  Criminals may kill those who resist.
  • Arrange airport transfers and hotels in advance or have your host meet you upon arrival. 
  • If a situation makes you feel uncomfortable, leave immediately.
  • Be aware: drug traffickers have duped travelers into transporting narcotics aboard commercial airlines.
  • Crime rates go up during holidays, particularly in crowded street festivities.

See the Department of State and the FBI pages for information on scams.

Victims of Crime: Report crimes to the local police at (+509) 3838-11 / (+509) 3733-3640, then call the U.S. Embassy at (+509) 2229-8900 during business hours and (+509) 2229-8122 after hours.

Remember that local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting crimes. Police investigations may not meet U.S. standards and medical forensics are basic.

Local police are at (+509) 3838-11 / (+509) 3733-3640; contact the Embassy at

  • Phone: +(509) 2229-8000 / +(509) 2229-8900
  • Emergency After-Hours Phone: +(509) 2229-8000

See our webpage on help for U.S. victims of crime overseas.

We can:

  • help you find appropriate medical care
  • assist you in reporting a crime to the police
  • contact relatives or friends with your written consent
  • explain the local criminal justice process in general terms
  • provide a list of local attorneys
  • provide our information on victim’s compensation programs in the U.S.
  • provide an emergency loan for repatriation to the United States and/or limited medical support in cases of destitution
  • help you find accommodation and arrange flights home
  • replace a stolen or lost passport

Victims of Domestic Violence or Sexual Assault: Contact the Embassy for assistance after contacting local autorities.

For further information:

Medical facilities, including ambulance services, are scarce and generally sub-standard, especially outside the capital. 

Life-threatening emergencies often require evacuation to a point outside of Haiti by air ambulance at the patient's expense. We strongly recommend supplemental insurance to cover medical evacuation. A list of air ambulance or charter flight services is available at the Embassy website.

We do not pay medical bills. Be aware that U.S. Medicare does not apply overseas. 

Make sure your health insurance plan provides coverage overseas. Most care providers overseas only accept cash payments. See our webpage for more information on insurance providers for overseas coverage

Carry prescription medication in original packaging, along with your doctor’s prescription. 

The following diseases are prevelant:

  • Malaria
  • Dengue
  • Chikungunya
  • Cholera
  • Zika – for additional information about this mosquito-borne illness that can spread from a pregnant woman to her unborn baby, see the CDC website.

Be up-to-date on all vaccinations recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

For further health information, go to:

Criminal Penalties: You are subject to local laws. If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you may be deported, arrested, or imprisoned. 

Some acts committed in Haiti may be prosecuted in the U.S., even if there is no prosecution in Haiti. See our website on crimes against minors abroad and the Department of Justice website.

Release on bond is not typically available to those arrested for serious crimes.

Penalties for possession, use, or trafficking in illegal drugs are severe.  If convicted, expect long jail sentences and heavy fines.

The judicial process in Haiti is extremely slow for both private business disputes and criminal cases. Progress in a case is often dependent on unrelated factors, such as political connections.

Arrest Notification: If you are arrested or detained, ask police or prison officials to notify the Embassy immediately. See our webpage for further information.

Real estate investments: Be highly cautious. Property rights are irregularly enforced. Clear title to land is difficult or impossible to obtain. 

Consult a reputable attorney before signing documents or closing on any real estate transactions. Undeveloped land is vulnerable to legal and physical takeover. Absentee owners may be assaulted by squatters when trying to reclaim their property. Litigation and eviction proceedings can take years. The Embassy does not generally attend property dispute hearings.

U.S. citizens involved in business/property disputes are sometimes arrested without charge and can spend months or years in pre-trial detention, waiting for their cases to be heard.  Sometimes U.S. citizens  have also faced lawsuits based on false documentation.

Hurricanes: Hurricane season runs from June - November. Roads and bridges may become impassible. Poor rescue services and weak infrastructure hamper the government’s ability to respond to storms.  

For information on hurricanes:

Faith-Based Travelers: See the Department of State’s International Religious Freedom Report.

LGBTI Travelers: While there are no laws in Haiti restricting the rights of LGBTI individuals or advocacy groups, anti-LGBTI sentiment exists. Persons identified as LGBTI may be targeted for harassment, discrimination, or physical attacks.

See our LGBTI Travel Information page and section 6 of the Department of State's Human Rights report for further details.

Mobility Issues: Businesses rarely accommodate persons with disabilities. Haitian authorities do not enforce laws mandating public access for the disabled. Sidewalks, when present, are frequently congested by sidewalk commerce and parked cars, and often end abruptly.

Students: See our Students Abroad page and FBI travel tips.

Women Travelers: Domestic violence and sexual assault are unfortunately common and not consistently or always vigorously investigated and prosecuted in Haiti reflecting engrained cultural norms concerning gender roles. 

See our tips for Women Travelers.

Road Conditions and Safety: Traffic is extremely chaotic throughout the country and is frequently congested in urban areas. Lanes are not marked, and signs indicating the flow of traffic seldom exist. Roads are generally unmarked, and detailed, accurate maps are not widely available. Those lacking knowledge of Haitian roads and traffic customs should hire a driver through a tour company or hotel.

A few roads remain impassable due to damage from the earthquake. Heavy rains can cause mudslides and flooding that can quickly make conditions perilous. Keep abreast of weather conditions that affect Haiti at Haiti Meteo

Pedestrians regularly walk on the side of the road, and animals often dart into traffic. Even though driving is on the right side of the road, huge potholes may cause drivers to swerve  unpredictably and dangerously into the opposite lane of traffic.

Traffic Accidents: You are advised to contact local authorities in the event of a traffic accident. Local authorities will coordinate with available medical response. 

Traffic accidents are a major cause of death and injury, and extreme caution should be exercised. 

Speeding, aggressive driving, lack of traffic lights and signs, lack of right of way, unlit vechicles, and poor maintenance are the cause of many fatal traffic accidents in Haiti, as are overloaded vehicles on winding, mountainous and degraded roads. Motorcycles weave through traffic at high speeds. Driving under the influence is common at night.

The Haitian government lacks adequate resources to assist drivers in distress or to clear the road of accidents or broken-down vehicles. If you are involved in an accident do not expect medical or law enforcement assistance.

Public Transportation: Embassy personnel are prohibited from using any public transportation and U.S. citizens are advised to avoid them due to robberies and kidnappings. Public transportation consists of “tap-taps” trucks, private motorcycles for hire, and a few public buses and taxis. There is a significant risk of ejection due to lack of passenger restraints in any accident or even rough driving.

Please refer to our Road Safety page for more information. Also, we suggest that you visit the website of the country’s national tourist office and national authority responsible for road safety.

Aviation Safety Oversight: As there is no direct commercial air service to the United States by carriers registered in Haiti, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has not assessed the Government of Haiti’s Civil Aviation Authority for compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards. Further information may be found on the FAA’s safety assessment page.

Maritime Travel: Mariners planning travel to Haiti should also check for U.S. maritime advisories and alerts on the Maritime Administration website. Information may also be posted to the websites of the U.S. Coast Guard and the National Geospace Intelligence Agency (select “broadcast warnings”).

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