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Haiti's Level 4 Travel Alerts Renewed

June 1, 2021 • 12:15 pm CDT
(Vax Before Travel)

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reissued a Level 4 Travel Alert for the Caribbean island country of Haiti on June 1, 2021. The CDC stated this Alert was issued 'because of the current situation in Haiti even fully vaccinated travelers may be at risk for getting and spreading COVID-19 variants and should avoid all travel to Haiti.'

If you must travel to Haiti, get fully vaccinated before travel, says the CDC. The CDC recently updated its recommendations for fully vaccinated travelers.

Separately, the US Department of State reissued its Level 4, Do Not Travel, to Haiti due to kidnapping, crime, civil unrest, and COVID-19 on June 1st. There have been reports of recent kidnappings, ongoing gang activity, and continued police operations in the Laboule 12 neighborhood (located between Petionville and Kenscoff). 

U.S. government personnel are discouraged from walking in Port-au-Prince and other neighborhoods. Only adult family members over 18 are permitted to accompany U.S. government employees assigned to the U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince.

If you decide to travel to Haiti, See the U.S. Embassy's web page and enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.

Previously, the CDC issued a Level 2 Travel Alert that stated 'rabies in dogs is increasing in Haiti. To prevent rabies, travelers should avoid contact with dogs and cats (including puppies and kittens) while in Haiti.

Because the human rabies vaccine is in limited supply in Haiti, if you are bitten, scratched, or licked by an animal, you may be unable to get appropriate care (called postexposure prophylaxis). Consider getting vaccinated against rabies before travel.

Haiti's 11 million residents share the island of Hispaniola with the Dominican Republic to its east and such smaller islands as Gonâve, Tortue, Grande Caye, and Vache. The capital is Port-au-Prince, reports Britannica.

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