The U.S. Embassy in Haiti on Wednesday urged U.S. citizens to depart the country “as soon as possible.”

“Given the current security situation and infrastructure challenges, U.S. citizens in Haiti should depart Haiti as soon as possible via commercial or private transport,” the U.S. Embassy in Haiti wrote.

Cont. from the U.S. Embassy in Haiti:

Multiple airlines and charter companies currently offer flights from Haiti’s international airports (Port-au-Prince and Cap-Haitien). Flights fill up quickly and seats may only be available several days or even weeks in advance of departure. Given that there may be a limited number of seats, U.S. citizens should consider booking flights in advance. The following is a non-exhaustive list of commercial airlines servicing Haiti:

American Airlines
Air Caraibe
Sunrise Airways

U.S. citizens wishing to depart Port-au-Prince should monitor local news and only do so when considered safe.

Please contact [email protected] if you are having challenges in departing Haiti or if you need to apply or request the return of a U.S. passport (or other travel document) to travel to the United States.

Actions to take:

  • Use extreme caution in traveling around the country;
  • Avoid demonstrations and large gatherings of people;
  • If you encounter a roadblock, turn around and get to a safe area;
  • Make and practice contingency plans for sheltering in place and/or accessing airports; and
  • Review the guidance on travel to High Risk Areas.

The embassy’s message follows reports of widespread protests, violence, and property damage.

Reuters reports:

The U.S. Embassy in Haiti on Wednesday urged citizens in the Caribbean country to leave “as soon as possible” citing security and infrastructure challenges, as escalating violence has left thousands displaced and sent homicides soaring.

“U.S. citizens in Haiti should depart Haiti as soon as possible via commercial or private transport,” the embassy said in a statement, urging extreme caution.

An escalating gang turf war in Haiti has caused a devastating humanitarian crisis that has displaced around 200,000 nationwide and left some 5.2 million people – nearly half of Haiti’s population – in need of humanitarian aid, according to the United Nations.

Earlier this month, the U.S. Embassy in the capital Port-au-Prince temporarily closed, due to gunfire in the vicinity.

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