Haiti - ALERT : Advice to Canadian travelers in Haiti
The Canadian Government has updated its "Travel Advice and Advisories from the Government of Canada for Haiti" in terms of security, especially because of the demonstrations announced.
"Major protests are planned in Port-au-Prince and elsewhere in Haiti on November 17-18, 2018, after an appeal launched by several political groups.
Even peaceful demonstrations can turn violent at any time. They can also lead to disruptions to traffic and public transportation.
- Avoid traveling on national roads unless absolutely necessary
- Do not attempt to cross road blockades, even if they appear unattended
- Plan to have adequate water and food supplies in the event that main supply points are temporarily inaccessible
- Avoid areas where demonstrations and large gatherings are taking place
- Follow the instructions of local authorities
- Monitor local media for information on ongoing demonstrations
Also avoid any non-essential trips to Martissant, Carrefour, Bel Air and Cité Soleil, these neighbourhoods continue to be dangerous areas due to criminal activity and local authorities’ lack of capacity to ensure order. Police presence is not guaranteed in these areas and your personal safety might be at risk. The police are unable to respond in a timely manner to calls for assistance.
If you must travel to these areas, it is imperative that you take appropriate security precautions :
- Ensure that your local contacts know when to expect you, so they can meet you as soon as you arrive in the country
- Ask your local contacts to guide you in your travels
- Be vigilant at all times when moving about the city, towns and country
- Keep windows closed and doors locked when travelling by car
- Do not use public transport of any kind
- Ask the organizations, institutes or hosts that are taking care of you about the latest updates on the region to which you are travelling, the security situation can change at any moment
- Avoid going out after nightfall
- Follow the advice of local authorities