@USEmbassyHaiti Remains Closed Following President Moïse’s Assassination (Updated)

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Updated: 7/9/2021 2:36am ET: Embassy Port-au-Prince announced that it will remain closed on July 9th:

The Embassy will be closed for consular services tomorrow, July 9th, 2021. As per our earlier message to U.S. citizens, the Consular Section will continue to monitor the situation to ensure the safety of U.S. citizens in Haiti and will inform you as appropriate. We are confirming information that the airports may reopen for commercial flights as early as tomorrow, July 9th, 2021.

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Following the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse at his home on July 7th, the US Embassy in Port-au-Prince announced closure of its offices for July 7-8. Embassy Haiti has previously restricted its direct-hire US citizen staff to the Embassy compounds in Tabarre until further notice.

Event:  The Embassy will be closed tomorrow, July 8th, 2021.  As per our earlier message to U.S. citizens, the Consular Section will continue to monitor the situation to ensure the safety of U.S. citizens in Haiti and will inform you as appropriate.

Actions to Take:

    • Avoid demonstrations and crowds.
    • Do not attempt to drive through roadblocks; and
    • If you encounter a roadblock, turn around and get to a safe area.
    • Monitor local media for breaking events and be prepared to adjust your plans.
    • Keep travel documents up to date and easily accessible.
    • Have evacuation plans that do not rely on U.S. government assistance.
    • Make contingency plans to leave the country.
The current Ambassador to Haiti Michele J. Sison was cleared by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on June 24 to be an Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs. US Embassy Haiti’s Deputy Chief of Mission is Nicole D. Theriot.  No nominee has been announced to succeed Ambassador Sison at the US Embassy Port-au-Prince as of this writing. There’s going to be a loud call from the Hill to appoint a special envoy to Haiti.

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