Foreign travel advice

Haiti

Summary

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all but essential travel to the Carrefour, Cite Soleil, Martissant and Bel Air neighbourhoods in Port-au-Prince due to the risk of criminal activity.

Cases of locally transmitted Zika virus have been confirmed in the last 3 months. You should follow the advice of the National Travel Health Network and Centre and discuss your travel plans with your healthcare provider, particularly if you’re pregnant or planning to become pregnant.

The hurricane season in Haiti normally runs from June to November. You should monitor weather updates and follow the advice of the local authorities. See Natural disasters

The political situation in Haiti is unpredictable, with uncertainty around the ongoing electoral process. In June 2016, Haiti’s Provisional Electoral Council annulled the 2015 presidential elections and announced new elections for 9 October 2016, with a possible second round on 8 January 2017.

Demonstrations and protest marches have increased in Port-au-Prince and other cities. Demonstrations may occur with little warning and can turn violent. They may often be accompanied by improvised road blocks. Curfews and new security regulations have been announced at short notice. You should avoid all demonstrations, and monitor local news.

You should take great care due to the risk of criminal activity throughout the country. See Crime

There is a low threat from terrorism. See Terrorism

There is a small British Embassy in Haiti but it does not provide consular (or visa) services. If you need consular assistance you should contact the British Honorary Consul (telephone: 509 3744 6371) or the British Embassy in Santo Domingo.

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.