Foreign travel advice

Haiti

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The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) advises against all but essential travel to Haiti due to the volatile security situation and the current assessment of COVID-19 risks.

COVID-19 entry restrictions for Haiti

Before you travel, check the ‘Entry requirements’ section for Haiti’s current entry restrictions and requirements. These may change with little warning. Monitor this advice for the latest updates and stay in contact with your travel provider.

Returning to the UK

Haiti is on the red list for entering England. Check what you must do to enter England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.

An earthquake of magnitude 7.2 struck South-West Haiti at 0829 local time on Saturday 14 August. You should monitor local news for updates and follow any instructions from the local authorities.

If you’re planning travel to Haiti, find out what you need to know about coronavirus there in the Coronavirus section.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever to get travel insurance and check it provides sufficient cover. See the FCDO’s guidance on foreign travel insurance.

There have been sporadic, unpredictable and sometimes violent demonstrations, protests and roadblocks throughout Haiti since July 2018, with a notable increase in civil unrest since September 2019. The movement of goods and people into and within the country is often disrupted due to blocked roads and security incidents. As a consequence, there are sometimes fuel and food shortages. There are currently no UK diplomats in country.

For information about COVID-19 vaccines, see the Coronavirus page.

Consular support is not available from the British Embassy in Haiti. If you are in Haiti and need help, you should contact the British Embassy in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Our ability to offer consular support in Haiti from Santo Domingo is limited.

If you’re in Haiti, you should remain vigilant and informed at all times, keep movements to a minimum and regularly review your departure options. Avoid all demonstrations and large public gatherings, monitor local media, follow the advice of local authorities and keep up to date with this travel advice. The following local FM radio stations broadcast in French and Kreyol: Radio Metropole 100.1; RFM 104.9; Radio Kiskeya 88.5; Radio IBO 98.5; Radio ONE 90.5; Radio Nationale d’Haiti 105.3; and Radio Pacific 101.5.

The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June to November. You should monitor local and international weather updates from the US National Hurricane Center and follow the advice of local authorities, including any evacuation orders. See Natural disasters

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

Curfews and new security regulations can be announced at short notice.

You should heed the advice of local authorities before attempting to reach areas off the main roads.

Take extra care if you’re travelling between Haiti and the Dominican Republic by road, as there are high levels of crime near the border in the Dominican Republic. The Dominican side of the land border is currently closed other than for the movement of goods.

UK health authorities have classified Haiti as having a risk of Zika virus transmission. For more information and advice, visit the National Travel Health Network and Centre website.

Although there’s no recent history of terrorism in Haiti, attacks cannot be ruled out. See Terrorism

There are no central emergency services in Haiti. Medical facilities are very limited and offer a poor standard of care. Serious conditions may require medical evacuation, which can be very expensive. See Health