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.

For information and advice about the risks associated with Zika virus, visit the National Travel Health Network and Centre website.

The hurricane season in Haiti normally runs from June to November. Tropical Storm Matthew may bring hazardous sea and weather conditions to Haiti from around 2 October 2016. 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

Take extra care on the road between Haiti and the Dominican Republic. There have been incidents of armed robberies of foreign nationals in 2016 on the Dominican side of the border by criminals dressed as police officers. See Road travel

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.