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Haiti - Travelers alert : Very high, indiscriminate and unpredictable risk of kidnappings
Crime in Haiti:
Criminal violence is very high, especially in the two main cities of the country, Port-au-Prince and Cap-Haitien, where firearms circulate in abundance. Although the local population is the main affected, foreigners can also be the victims.
Periods of renewed acts of robbery are observed in all areas of the capital, at any time of the day, including in Pétion-ville. Single women are particularly targeted, especially when the vehicle is stationary in a traffic jam. It is therefore recommended to avoid driving alone and not to leave objects (handbags, packages, etc...) visible in the car. For outings, it is recommended to favor restaurants, cafes, bars and shops with closed and guarded parking, to exercise the greatest vigilance and discretion, to prohibit ostentatious signs of wealth and not to walk on foot under any circumstances. case.
Kidnappings agaisnt ransom take place regularly [more than 200 in May 2022 https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-36857-haiti-news-zapping.html ]. Foreigners can be the target. It is therefore strongly advised to follow the following recommendations:
Armed robbery at the exit of Port-au-Prince airport :
Faced with the frequency of armed attacks, sometimes fatal, on the way to the airport, targeting travellers, including family visits, it is strongly recommended:
Before your departure, it is recommended to prepare a specific storage for the currency which will be used to pay the tourist tax, the luggage trolley and a possible porter, so that it is not possible to be identified as having on itself a large sum of money.
Assaults following withdrawal of money :
Due to the frequency of these attacks, you are reminded that it is important to handle your means of payment with care and with the utmost discretion. Cash withdrawals from certain bank branches and ATMs located in public places are to be avoided, due to the risk of violent attacks.
Risks associated with transport :
Road transport is the leading cause of death in Haiti and serious accidents are frequent.
It is generally dangerous to drive by car in the country, particularly in the provinces. Drivers are unpredictable, compliance with traffic laws is uncertain, roads are not always in good condition, particularly during the rainy season, and there are many obstacles.
The use of public transport (collective taxis, tap-tap, vans, minibuses, etc...) is to be avoided.
It is strictly not recommended to use an individual taxi. It is preferable to use chauffeur-driven vehicles provided by trusted service providers who have been recommended by close or well-known people.
Vessels serving tourist islands generally do not meet safety standards. It is recommended to ensure that they have all the necessary safety equipment.
Port-au-Prince, like the big cities of the country, can be the scene of demonstrations, sometimes very sudden and which can give rise to violence. These are regularly accompanied by roadblocks on the main roads. The National Police of Haiti (PNH) is in charge of maintaining order. It is recommended to stay away from gatherings, to take shelter in a protected place as soon as disturbances break out and to ensure that you always have access to provisions for a few days in order not to have to move.
Reminder of general recommendations:
French people visiting Haiti are strongly encouraged to register on the Ariane platform