State Department URGES Americans to LEAVE Haiti Immediately
— The U.S. State Department has issued an urgent warning to all U.S. citizens to leave Haiti as soon as possible. This comes amid worsening security conditions and infrastructure issues in the Caribbean nation. Commercial and private flights from Haiti’s international airports are available for departure.
Seats on these flights are filling up quickly and may only be available several days or weeks in advance. The alert provided a list of commercial airlines servicing Haiti, including American Airlines, JetBlue, Spirit, Air Caraibe, and Sunrise Airways. U.S. citizens were advised to monitor local news and only depart when considered safe.
The State Department stressed the need for extreme caution while traveling around the country. They advised avoiding demonstrations and large gatherings of people, and to turn around if encountering a roadblock. The guidance also warned of increased risks of kidnapping, hostage-taking, theft, and serious injury in high-risk areas.
U.S. citizens are encouraged to make and practice contingency plans for sheltering in place and accessing airports.