Sunday, December 30, 2012

Haiti: Revised US Department of State Travel Warning Provides Little New Information

COMMENT: For the benefit of our readers, I am providing a link below outlining the US Department of State's latest update of its travel warning on Haiti, although the updated advisory actually provides very little new information other than the fact that the US Embassy enforces an Embassy-imposed curfew between 0100 and 0500 each day.

As in the past, the advisory cites lawlessness, kidnapping, armed robbery and poor medical facilities.

Generally speaking, all tourists and travelers to Haiti should:

1. Register their itinerary with the US Department of State or their appropriate foreign affairs agency;

2. Have a thorough medical examination conducted by the traveler's medical provider to identify any health risks that might become a larger problem while in Haiti. NOTE: Haiti has very poor, substandard medical facilities;

3. Subscribe to international medical treatment and evacuation coverage before leaving home, as no medical facilities meet anything close to those services provided in developed nations; 

4. Due to very limited health facilities, travelers and tourists over the age of 60 are discouraged in traveling to Haiti;

5. Anyone traveling to Haiti should have a functional mobile phone on a 24/7 basis;

6. Local electrical power is interrupted the majority of the time; and

7. Travel to Haiti should be attempted only if those traveling have the full support and assistance of local sponsors, including emergency response.