State department issues new travel warning for Caribbean country –

People walk past a shrouded body lying on a street in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Monday, May 27, 2024. (AP Photo/Odelyn Joseph)AP

The U.S. State Department issued a new security alert for the country of Haiti last week, following months of gang violence and riots in that Caribbean country.

The department’s travel advisory for the country is currently at Level 4, “Do Not Travel,” which is the department’s highest warning.

“The security situation in Haiti is unpredictable and dangerous. Travel within Haiti is conducted at your own risk,” the alert says. “The U.S. government cannot guarantee your safety traveling to airports, borders, or during any onward travel.”

“Violent crime, including kidnapping for ransom, occurs regularly along many roadways in Haiti and U.S. citizens should assess their own safety and security when deciding whether to travel by road,” the alert said. “You should consider your personal security situation before traveling anywhere in Haiti. Only attempt to depart Haiti or travel within Haiti if you believe it is safe for you to do so.”

The Toussaint-Louverture airport in Port-au-Prince, Haiti’s capital, has resumed operations the State Department said, but the number of flights remains limited and is subject to decisions made by commercial carriers.

Travelers should confirm the status and availability of their flight through their carrier’s official website or customer service agent.

The airports in Cap-Haitien and Les Cayes are also open for departing flights, the alert said, although flight availability might be limited.

The local director of a mission group in Haiti and a missionary couple from the U.S. were attacked and fatally shot by gang members after leaving a youth group activity at a church earlier this month.

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