U.S. warns Americans not to travel to Haiti due to kidnappings, other crimes

Miami Herald, By Jacqueline Charles, March 5, 2020

The U.S. State Department warned Americans on Thursday against traveling to Haiti, citing the rise in violent crime, including kidnappings.

The travel warning for Haiti was raised to Level 4 — Do Not Travel — replacing the previously “reconsider travel” advisory that was issued on June 11, 2019.

The new travel advisory for Americans comes as Haiti sees a “spectacular” rise in kidnappings. Violent crimes such as armed robbery and carjackings are also on the rise and the politically volatile country continues to be in the throes of civil unrest.

“Kidnapping is widespread,” the State Department said in its advisory. “Kidnappers may use sophisticated planning or take advantage of unplanned opportunities. Victims have included U.S. citizens.”

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