U.S. Renews Urgency For Americans To Leave Haiti

March 4, 2024

U.S. citizens in Haiti should depart Haiti as soon as possible by commercial or other privately available transportation options, in light of the current security situation and infrastructure challenges. 

The United States Embassy in Haiti in a security alert on Sunday urging all U.S. citizens to leave the Caribbean Island amid “gang-related violence.” The embassy also announced they “will be on limited operations” on Monday, and said people with scheduled appointments should not come to the embassy through Wednesday.

Why It Matters: Haiti is experiencing an increased state of instability as gangs coordinate attacks, such as on Sunday when they helped thousands of inmates reportedly escape from the country’s largest prison – prompting the government to declare a state of emergency. While this is not the first time the U.S. has urged citizens to leave Haiti in recent months (the U.S. State Department issued a Level 4: Do Not Travel advisory for the country last summer), the newly issued security alert emphasizes the level of concern due to escalating violence.

Read More: Gangs rule Haiti’s capital. Some say they’re ready to overthrow the government too (CNN)

There’s chaos in Haiti. Powerful gangs are attacking key targets like prisons as alliances shift (The Associated Press)

Security Alert: U.S. Embassy Port-au-Prince, Haiti (March 3, 2024)

by Emily Hooker, based in Texas