Foreign travel advice



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.

The FCO advise against all but essential travel to the departments of Grand Anse and Sud in Haiti.

Hurricane Matthew made landfall in Haiti on 4 October 2016. It has left significant damage to infrastructure in the departments of Grand Anse and Sud. Many areas are inaccessible, and without water, power and stable communications. Food sources have been completely destroyed.

A significant humanitarian relief operation is underway but faces considerable challenges around access – bridges are down and roads only passable with care. There have been reports of several incidents where trucks carrying aid have been targeted for their cargo.

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. Following Hurricane Matthew, the government of Haiti has postponed the presidential elections scheduled for 9 October 2016. A new date is yet to be confirmed.

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

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

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.