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Reviewed: 31 October 2013, 10:40 NZDT
Still current at: 07 December 2013
There is extreme risk to your security in the slum districts of Port-au-Prince including Carrefour, Cite Soleil, Martissant and Bel Air. We advise against all travel due to very high levels of violent crime.
There is high risk to your security elsewhere in Haiti, and we advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel due to violent crime.
The security situation in Haiti is unstable and crime levels are high. Looting, random shootings and incidents of street robbery are not uncommon.
Walking alone or travelling after dark is not recommended. No resistance should be given if you are the victim of an armed robbery or carjacking as this could lead to an escalation in violence.
There is a threat of kidnapping in Haiti, particularly in Petionville, Port-au-Prince. Most kidnapping is financially motivated. As victims of financially motivated violent crime are often targeted because of their perceived wealth, it is advisable to avoid wearing or displaying items that appear valuable, such as jewellery, cameras, laptops and mobile phones.
Demonstrations occasionally take place in Port-au-Prince and other cities. We advise you to avoid all demonstrations, protests and rallies as they have the potential to turn violent.
General Travel Advice
As there is no New Zealand diplomatic presence in Haiti, the ability of the government to provide consular assistance to New Zealand citizens is severely limited.
New Zealanders travelling or living in Haiti should have a comprehensive travel insurance policy in place that includes provision for medical evacuation by air. You should check that your travel insurance policy covers travel in Haiti – exclusions may well apply.
New Zealanders in Haiti are strongly encouraged to register their details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.