Posted: 7:06 pm PST
Updated: 8:23 pm PST
After about a week of protests in Haiti, the State Department issued a mandatory and voluntary departure orders for some family members of non-emergency staff at the US Embassy in Haiti. See U.S. Embassy Haiti Now on Mandatory Evacuation For Diplomatic Family Members Under the Age of 18, “Authorized Departure” Also On.
On February 14, the US Embassy issued a Security Alert noting about “reports of armed men in the area near U.S. Embassy personnel housing compounds.” Post instructed embassy personnel “to remain indoors.”
We understand that post had requested the full “ordered departure” for non-emergency staff within the last 24 hours. An official statement on the status of non-emergency personnel in country has now gone out. The mandatory evacuation is for all non-essential staff, and for all family members. As of this writing, the Haiti Travel Advisory is still dated February 12, and has not been updated to reflect the updated “ordered departure” status for non-essential personnel.
Updated: When we look at travel.state.gov again at 8:23 pm PST, the February 14 updated Level 4 Do Not Travel Advisory for Haiti is up. The Advisory notes the crime and civil unrest in the country, the mandatory evacuation of non-emergency staff and family members, and the U.S. government’s limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in Haiti.
— Steve Herman (@W7VOA) February 15, 2019
#Haiti Security Alert: Reports of armed men in the area near U.S. Embassy personnel housing compounds. Embassy personnel have been instructed to remain indoors. Security situation remains very unstable with demonstrations very likely. https://t.co/UtU6CArKjh pic.twitter.com/oILmo35ots
— Travel – State Dept (@TravelGov) February 14, 2019
Ottawa warns Canadians to avoid all travel to Haiti. Says 'the security situation could further deteriorate quickly. You should consider leaving by commercial means while they are available.'
— CBC News Alerts (@CBCAlerts) February 15, 2019
— travel.gc.ca (@TravelGoC) February 15, 2019
— Miami Herald (@MiamiHerald) February 15, 2019