Wednesday 17th October is Dessalines Day in Haiti, and many people will be marking the death of Jean-Jacques Dessalines with parades and protests across the island. There is concern that these protests could become violent.

The US Embassy in Haiti has issued several warnings in the last 24 hours –

Advice for travellers

If you are in Haiti, you should –

  • You should avoid demonstrations, large crowds of people and public events.
  • Review your travel risk management plan, so you know what to do in an emergency.
  • Make sure you have the contact information of your travel insurance company and your local embassy stored in a secure offline location.
  • Monitor local media.
  • If possible, set aside some supplies of food and bottled water.
  • Keep your devices charged.
  • Check in with friends and family, and if you are on a work or volunteering trip check in with your line manager/designated travel manager too.
  • If something does happen, contact the local embassy as soon as it is safe to do so.

Official travel advice

From the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Wednesday 17 October is Dessalines Day in Haiti and demonstrations are likely. You should avoid all demonstrations, monitor local news and follow the advice of local authorities. See Safety and Security.

from Travel Advice Summary, which can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/haiti

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