Is Haiti Dangerous? How Travelers Can Stay Safe

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Haiti has a reputation for serious crime, but how safe is it for travelers? Our travel safety expert, Danielle Joseph, shares her tips.


A woman walking the streets of Haiti Photo © Getty Images/1001Nights

Located in the West Indies, Haiti shares the tropical island of Hispaniola with the Dominican Republic. The two countries are separated by a border.

Haiti’s cultural history runs deep. Led by former black slave, Toussaint L’Ouverture in 1804, it was the first nation to overthrow slavery and colonization. On New Year’s Day in 1804, Haiti was declared the first black-led republic.

The country’s lush landscape boasts beautiful beaches, mountains, impressive waterfalls, and historical landmarks. With a plethora of artisans, delicious fresh organic cuisine and festive music, Haiti is an intriguing tropical destination. However, political instability (including the assassination of its sitting President in July 2021) and natural disasters have led to a rise in poverty, crime, and a current reputation as an unsafe destination for tourists. 

Here are our top safety tips you need to know before you consider taking a trip to Haiti.

Crime in Haiti

Over the years, Haiti has suffered a number of devastating earthquakes and hurricanes. The country has still not recovered from the most damaging earthquake in 2010, which resulted in the death of over 300,000 people and left 1.5 million people homeless. The majority of Haitians live in poverty with little access to clean drinking water and basic needs.

Currently, there is a high level of crime in Haiti. Some areas are worse than others, but there is a very real danger of violent crime everywhere in Haiti, and this includes assault, armed robbery, murder, kidnapping, and rape. The exception is Labadee, an area leased by a cruise ship company. This private area is only accessible by the cruise passengers.

Serious violent crime can and does happen often. Never travel alone or late at night. Stick with your tour group or chaperone when outside of your hotel.

A resurgence of kidnappings in Haiti has led the US government to raise its travel advisory to Level 4 "Do Not Travel" in August 2021. Other violent crimes include carjacking, muggings and robberies, carried out mostly by armed criminal gangs.

The motivation for kidnapping in Haiti tends to be financial, and kidnappers don't discriminate based on age, gender, nationality, or race and even target children.

Some kidnap victims who are returned, after their families have paid a ransom, report being beaten, tortured, and sexually abused.  

Haiti's background

Haiti is known for its gorgeous white sandy beaches, crystal clear water and coconuts trees, a truly unique island beauty. 

However, it’s one of the poorest nations in the western hemisphere and the infrastructure was weakened by the massive earthquake in 2010.

The nation almost collapsed under the weight of the devastation. And sadly, the country has not yet recovered from this tragedy.

Port-au-Prince's Iron Market. Photo credit: Getty Images

Travel and security experts' advice about traveling to Haiti

No doubt, Haiti is a beautiful country with warm and welcoming people and many travelers have weighed up the risks and explored the country.

I spoke with Raina Forbin, President of The Tourism Association of Haiti, and this is what she had to say, “When the inevitable question comes up, ‘Is it safe to travel to Haiti today?’, my heart is torn by the fact that one must be objective about the risk associated with this travel destination. At the Tourism Association of Haiti, we focus a lot of our efforts on urging the government to once and for all, fix the omnipresent insecurity issues that will allow for the reestablishment of a touristic market in Haiti. 

We have a beautiful country that is definitely NOT the most dangerous in the Caribbean. However, the cocktail of bad press, lackluster infrastructure, and resources in place to fully secure our visitors; this means that some areas pose a great risk to the security of tourists, however some others remain very safe. The capital today is probably one of the most difficult areas to navigate and enjoy. This is due to the fact that the concentration of insecure areas is at its most in Port-Au-Prince. Nevertheless, our provinces are welcoming and beautiful, offering lots of opportunity for a revamped interest for tourists of all backgrounds. The access to some areas remains somewhat difficult due to gangs having control of some arteries leading to those provinces and areas that are farther away from the capital. We definitely don't advise tourists to travel to those at-risk areas.

As of February 2022, it is highly recommended to have the accompaniment of a local tour operator. We suggest having someone who is familiar with the country. With someone who has the resources needed to navigate the accessible and beautiful destinations that are open to tourists, a trip to Haiti can still be a pleasurable one. They will safely arrange commuting and activities in order to have a beautiful travel experience in Haiti.”

I also spoke with Guerline Emmanuel, managing director of BelleVue Tours in Haiti and here are her suggestions for travelers, “Haïti, like any other country such as Mexico, Brazil, The United States etc. is as safe as any of these countries. Of course, precautions to certain areas and/or cities needs to be taken or ignored totally when visiting.  

Cap-Haïtien aka Okap, which has an international airport is receiving its fair share of international visitors. Some precautions travelers can take is to reach out to domestic and international travel and tour companies that understand the country, speak the language to help you navigate the terrain.”

Then I spoke with Herby Duverné, CEO of the security company Windwalker Group. Herby is also former Deputy Director of Security at Logan International Airport. Herby said, “When traveling to any foreign country you need to understand the risks and how to mitigate these risks. Situations can change at any time and at this time I would not recommend going to Haiti until things settle down unless you have a specific purpose. You should always check the government sites for travel advisories and security tips.” Herby then went on to say, “If you do decide to travel to Haiti now, you should use a tour company to help you navigate what to do and where to go on your trip.”

Given his expertise, I then asked Herby if he had any suggestions on airport arrival. He said, “Review the specific instructions from your tour group and what to do upon your arrival in Haiti. Before you leave for your trip, make sure you get a working phone number for the person picking you up and their physical description.” He indicated that there should be WIFI at the airport, so you can call your contact if needed.

Public transport safety

Criminals have been known to watch travelers arriving at the airport, follow them and then attack. Be highly vigilant when withdrawing money; always use an ATM or bank inside a hotel.

Do not use public transport including tap-taps, or motorcycles. Public transport has been the location of numerous stabbings, robberies, and kidnappings.

High crime areas to avoid in Haiti

There are some safe hotels and markets in Port-au-Prince and in other locations in Haiti, including Decameron, an all-inclusive resort and spa in Cote des Arcandins. However, you should not walk around Port-au-Prince alone, especially at night. Avoid the high-crime areas of Carrefour, Martissant, Cite Soleil, the Delmas road area, and Petionville.

Certain roads should also be avoided. The urban route Nationale #1, airport road (Boulevard Toussaint L'Ouverture) and the connecting roads to the New ("American") Road via Route Nationale #1 have been the locations of numerous incidents of violent crime including murder, robbery, and carjacking.

Safety during Carnival

Crime rates often increase during the holiday season of Christmas and Carnival, when large groups gather on the streets, dancing, singing, and partying. During live performances, the area can get very crowded, and pushing and shoving can occur. Individuals can get trampled as people rush the stage.

Also, often times, carnival floats become overloaded with people, causing brakes to fail and those in the crowd run the risk of being run over or injured.

Even though the events are celebratory, and most people are out to enjoy the music and dancing, violence can occur, and party goers should be vigilant of their surroundings.

The view from the Citadelle. Photo credit: Getty Images

Political instability and chaos in Haiti

The major cause of the high crime rate is political instability. On 7 July 2021, President Jovenel Moïse was shot and killed in his private residence in Port-au-Prince. There are many unanswered questions, and the assassination has thrown the country into political turmoil as the current interim government has yet to find a solution to the crisis.

Chaos, protests, and demonstrations occur regularly in Haiti, sometimes turning violent with little to no warning. During these protests roadblocks, tire burnings and rock throwing may occur in the streets.

If you see a large crowd gathering, remain calm and leave the area quickly, avoiding confrontations along the way. The same rule applies in general if you see roadblocks. While you may be tempted to wander over to see what is happening, the best advice is to leave the area. If you are in a secure location stay put until you are advised that it’s safe to leave. This can often cause a delay in your travel plans or return home, but it’s better to wait out the situation then attempt to leave during a riot or roadblock.

Safety arriving at Toussaint L'Ouverture Airport in Port-au-Prince

Don’t allow anyone to assist with your luggage or other personal belongings.

Wait for your transportation inside if possible or in a populated area.

Stick with your tour group or chaperone at all times.

The airport is often very crowded, so don’t leave any of your belongings unattended.

If you need assistance, find someone in uniform to talk to.

Voodoo is the dominant religious practice. Photo credit: Getty Images

Safety tips for travelers to Haiti

  • Avoid hurricane season, which falls between June and October
  • Make adequate security arrangements for your trip to Haiti. If you're staying in a private residence, make sure there is a trustworthy full-time security guard
  • Check the travel safety advisory status on your country of origin’s website
  • Avoid using public transport of any kind
  • Ask accommodation staff to call a taxi or arrange a driver to take you where you need to go. Then make sure you have the same arrangements to return to your hotel or residence
  • If possible, travel with a reliable, established tour guide or tour operator that speaks Kréyol and is familiar with the country
  • Be very careful at all times with your valuables, and don't flash your cash, your phone, or your camera
  • Leave your jewelry at home, and don't dress to impress
  • Ask for permission before taking a photo of people
  • Chat with locals about where to go and where not to go.

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  • globe-trotter said

    With such high crimes in Haiti, those who still choose to go there are it seems, tired of living.<br>There are thousands of safe places in our planet that one can go to so why choose such a lawless country ?


  • Paul Belony said

    Whoever wrote this is a hatemonger, an ennemy of Haiti and a scavenger.<br>You are an ignorant coward hidden behind an ugly mask spittinng amplifying lies <br>on the fate of a country that is still strugling,after a devastating earthquaque.


  • said

    Whoever wrote this is spot on. This is the EXACT condition to be found in Haiti. <br><br>There is no negative conclusion to be drawn about the people of Haiti by this article. <br><br>This article simply describes the horrific living conditions and overall state of Haitian society. <br><br>Every word is true, true, true. Haiti is a dangerous place for one and all.


  • Emily said

    This information is not accurate in the slightest. Yes, Haiti is dangerous, but to say something like "Do not use public transportation including ‘tap-taps’, unless you really have a pressing need to find out what being stabbed feels like" is not only a lie but incredibly unprofessional on the part of World Nomads. This article cites zero facts or statistics and is based purely on stereotypes, likely written by someone who has never spent a day in Haiti.


  • safetyhub said

    Emily, there is a great deal of research which goes into these articles, and then a great deal of effort to write them in a particular style. Among the research conducted is a survey of other online forums, of government advisories, NGO information, and of course from travellers. In this case the article was written by someone with a great deal of travel experience in the region. <br>Among the information we survey and collate was this little gem written in April 2011 about a post-quake visit to Haiti in 2010. It is a typical example of the kind of information we found (before you read it can I invite you to submit your own piece on crime in Haiti... we'd incorporate it into an updated safety piece. my email [email protected])) This from LP's Thorn Tree:<br>"There is enough rubble in PaP to fill the Hoover Dam 6 times. That means it can take up to an hour to drive 3 miles. Add to this the fact that there is no electricity in most of the city at night (the big hotels have it and there are some generators) and you have streets that are hard to navigate and a dicey security situation. It is absolutely by no means safe in PaP for a single woman traveling alone. All the UN and NGO people we interviewed have curfews and many travel in caravans through the city. The poverty is crushing and anyone who looks like they have money can be a target. Haitians also don't appreciate white tourists coming there simply to gawk at them--and there are plenty of those. I was shocked (disgusted) to see that "donors" to certain charitable organizations were allowed to walk through the earthquake-victim tents and ICU wards and take photographs of suffering Haitians lying in their beds. Don't expect anything to be cheap--agriculture stopped in the 80s and Haiti imports 70% of its food. But your main expense there is going to be transportation. You will need a fixer who you pay on a day rate to get you around the city and probably do some translating for you. Educated Haitians speak French and maybe some English but most people speak Haitian Creole. Don't get me wrong--Haiti is a fascinating place with a lot of wonderful people. If you go, I'd recommend flying into PaP, if you really want to see "the devastation" and then taking a local flight up to Cap Haitien. There you will find some real Caribbean beauty and the quiet you say you are looking for. Cormier Plage, for example, is a stunning place to stay with great food. In PaP, as another poster said, the Hotel Oloffson is a must-see and the Quartier Latin in Petionville has phenomenal food."<br>


  • Swissmiss said

    Hmm, reading your article makes me wonder where you got your information from. If is is from the same sources as most Media outlets then i understand. Have you ever been to Haiti? Well i have, just last september. I (white european) actually stayed in Deltas, an area that you claim to be a slum and highly dangerous. There are different Parts in Delmas and where i have stayed i felt completely safe!! We even visited My friends
    Family in carrefour. We stayed in petionville as well which for your Information is not a slum but the area where Most of the rich People of Haiti live! It makes me so angry to read all this megativity and prejudices! Haiti as a whole Country is deemed a dangerous Place yet the small village i stayed at in Les Cayes was paradise in earth. People didnt have locked doors. Wouldnt they get some type of protection if it was all that dangerous?? Haiti is a beautiful country with a very rich cultural heritage and just lovely people! Give Haiti a break! And for that matter Time for foreign colonial Powers to leave alone!


  • safetyhub said

    Swissmiss, glad to see you took our number 1 tip for staying safe and got yourself a guide with local knowledge (your friend with family in Haiti). I'd hazard a guess and say that's exactly why you had such a trouble-free trip.
    If there is an international conspiracy of "the media" and "foreign colonial powers" then I'm not on their email list - have never heard from them.

    However, I'd love for you to write a piece for us about how to travel safely in Haiti. Contact me at [email protected] Even if you're not a writer I'd be happy to assist you with the process and we can post your 'blog' here on the Safety Hub.


  • Chris Whiye said

    I laughed hysterically while reading this. Haiti is one of the safest places I can possibly imagine. This entire article is absolutely ridiculous. "No Police" = Anyone who steals in Haiti will be brutally punished by the local population. They are much better than the police at keeping crime at an absolute minimum. "Kidnappings" = There actually hasn't been a kidnapping in Haiti in many years. For a population of almost ten million, it's statistically much safer than most first-world countries. "Crime Gangs" = The only 'gangs' are drug-smugglers who do everything possible to avoid attention, so they're definitely not going to steal or hurt anyone. "Public Transport Risk" = The 'tap-taps' are only dangerous because of car accidents, which is a risk everywhere in the world. I've never heard of one story of anyone ever being robbed, stabbed, or otherwise having a negative experience on a 'tap-tap' in Haiti except for car accidents. "High Crime Areas" = There really are no 'high-crime' areas in Haiti. The 'infamous' Cite Soleil is much, much less dangerous than any major American city. "No Fun Carnival" = Locals with grudges against each other might get into a fight at a festival. No one else would ever be involved. Such festivals are much, much less dangerous than Saint Patrick's Day in any American city. "Political Stability & Chaos" = The media makes it seem like there is perpetual chaos in Haiti, but if you're actually there, or talk to people who are there, it makes the media seem like a comedy-show. Some teenagers might burn some tires in the street before their parents catch them and spank them, and the media will claim it's large-scale rioting & chaos. "Personal Security" = Haiti is one of the safest countries I can possibly imagine. I can walk alone anywhere knowing that if I trip on a rock and fall, that any Haitian will help me up. I don't believe that the author has ever actually been to Haiti, and I think the other countries in the area have bribed him into scaring away tourists from Haiti. That's fine, because I like my secluded beach paradise away from most tourists. You want to know what 'real' danger is like, then go to the Dominican Republic; you'll probably end up naked in the middle of nowhere, beaten half-to-death, wishing you went to Haiti instead.


  • Melanie Rose said

    I went to Haiti in the past year due to a funeral and I knew that Haiti was a dangerous place, but I didn't fully understand how much danger I was in. When the article explained why not to ride a tap tap, my heart froze because I had been on one during my trip and I feel so blessed that God had protected me. Ever since the devastating earthquake, a beautiful country has turned upside down. It's so sad to know that Haiti has turned into a violent and harmful place. My parents would always explain to me how amazing the country was and how beautiful the scenery was when they were younger. Haiti really does need some prayers because what it has become... is not pretty.


  • Medjine Jean Claude said

    Haiti is a country that has issues like all other countries. This article is racist and the information is wrong. Every country has their own safety problems. I have walked around at 1 am in Haiti without anything going wrong. People need to stop puting Haiti down and trying to make it seem like we are a but of barbaric savages that kill for fun. Respect us please.


  • Jeff V. said

    It's tragi-comic to see all the Haitians here besmirch the author in every way possible to try to deflect from the reality that exists in their country. Traveling to Haiti is taking one's life in his hands. I traveled there with a volunteer organization after the earthquake, and even with a large group we needed significant security measures to insure our safety. There is no conceivable reason to travel to Haiti for pleasure. There are many other islands in the Caribbean that are safer and offer an equivalent (if not much better) experience. If you're white and you must go there, hire security or at minimum a local guide to help you navigate the pitfalls.


  • James said

    There is no racism in this article. Why do people always look for reasons to complain about one thing or another? He never mentioned one single time about violence only coming from black communities. Im sure if this was an island off the coast of NY it would contain all the same words. Everyone experiences things in certain ways. It doesnt mean it needs to match up exactly to your personal experience. Are you to say that whomever describes the horrors of having their child kidnapped is full of s#%t simply because it didnt happen to you? Get a life and stop looking for reasons to complain. Do i dare even write the word "christmas" in front of your eyes, or is that highly offensive for precious eyes to see? Haiti has been great for some and a nightmare for others. Same as Manhattan, Soho, Tokyo or wherever else crime can happen. Bet you wouldnt walk down those streets all by yourself. But im sure you will say you have.


  • Joanna said

    I came back from a week long trip to Haiti (Jacmel and Port au Prince) last Saturday. I am a middle aged white woman, I travelled with a white friend.
    We travelled alone, to see and learn about the country, without a guide or "minder". The hotel in Jacmel had no doors to the bar/restaurant, just arches to the street. Not sure how I'd feel about that in my native Atlanta, but there it felt just fine. At NO TIME, ever, did I feel remotely endangered. We walked back from restaurants at night, greeted people we encountered, and were greeted in return. We had many, many lovely conversations with people who were keen to talk about their country, its problems, its politics and its rich culture and history. It did make a huge difference that I speak French. If we as Americans refuse to learn foreign languages, we really do limit ourselves.
    Yes, Haiti is desperately poor. Yes, Port au Prince is overcrowded and still a mess after the earthquake. Yes, we took the precautions we always take with cell phone, money, camera when we travel. And the traffic really is horrendous. But the crime rate in the DR is double what it is in Haiti, and in Jamaica it's 4 times as high.
    This blog post has NOTHING to do with the country I just visited (and, by the way, it was Carnaval season)


  • Jon said

    Next time you want write something about Haiti I strongly encourage you do a little research on Haiti first. And on behalf of all my Haitian zo-koko-tet-fey-languet manmanw


  • MamaT said

    I've been to Haiti a half dozen times and this article is outrageous. I've flown into PAP and stayed in St Mark and Pierre Payen. I've flown into Cap multiple times. The last trip I even brought my daughter along. I've walked the streets of Cap, Berard and Grand Rivière and shared the gospel with people. I've sat in doorways and engaged in friendly debates. I rode from the airport thru Cap with my duffle bag in a open bed Toyota truck while people walked by and I was stopped in traffic. Not one person even looked like they thought about grabbing my bag. I've visited homes, businesses, schools and hospitals and the Haitian people have been nothing but warm and welcoming. Shame on you for the inaccuracies depicted in this article.


  • Stina Craft said

    This article is ill-informed and extremely closed minded. People that travel the world like myself for both business and pleasure, know that unfortunately most people around the world feel ALL Americans have the "American Exceptionalism"syndrome, i try to work hard to dispel this judgement but this article sums up WHY they think that......
    Shame on you for spreading hate and judgement


  • Jana said

    My mother's best friend went back home to Haiti to attend her mother's funeral a few years ago. She came back to America in a body bag. Once She landed in Haiti got a cab. Moments later she was robbed and killed. The saddest thing ever.


  • Eudi said

    OMG! Where you stay to write this article? There are no "safe" areas (with the exception of Labadee an area leased by a cruise ship company - see our Is Labadee Safe? article). Some areas are worse than others, but there is a very real danger of violent crime everywhere in Haiti...
    Can you tell me why you write this article? That depends on how you define crime, poverty and violence. We’re raised in compounds with common courtyards and we know that what you have, you have to share with your neighbors. You stand in front of your neighbor’s house and you ask, “Did you drink coffee already today?” You know that your success and your family’s success depend on the community’s well-being. That’s the model we have.
    But it’s hard for a little country to rise up, especially in our case. We’re still paying a toll because of the independence we got [from France in 1804] in one of the best revolutions the world’s had. The war against us never ended when we got our independence.
    There are no "safe" areas in Haiti please don’t do this you know is not true because if is true it will be better to say "Haiti is the most dangerous country on earth". May God bless you!


  • Eudi said

    When I finish to read this article and I want to contact them directly I go to the country of residence to choose my country you know what Haiti is not in the list. I can't understand this, you write an article about a country and you don't put it in your list. Why??????? Maybe Haiti is too dangerous you don't put it in your list just to make sure HAITI don't infect the others safe country in your beauty list. I'm strongly agree.

    One day everyone will know and will see the truth about Haiti. Where you are I encourage you to come in Haiti and see the difference between this fucking article and the reality this beautiful island.


  • John said

    I have spent the last 10 years making trips to Haiti including taking groups there for the last several years. This article is complete crap and seems to be based on language from State Department travel warnings, though even those warnings, which are often over-hyped, admit that crime is far less frequent outside of Port au Prince. I have not experienced a single problem in all my years of travelling there. For those interested in touring Haiti, Jacmel and the Cap Haitien area are great destinations.


  • Jameel said

    I am an Afrodescendant in the USA. The alleged life for Haitian citizens sounds like what everyday life is like for me and my people here in the United States of America


  • Laurene Chatelain said

    This is bullshit What do you based your comments on ?! I’ve been living in Haiti all my life, the way you’re taking about my country is like if I go out I’ll get kidnapped. Yes there are some dangerous areas just like ANY countries. And for your information there hasn’t been any terrorist attacks like in the US where people decide to explode bombs anywhere So please shut up and make your research next time you’d like to write about a country!


  • Rebecca said

    You should be ashamed of yourself for writing this article. Your absolutist language is inaccurate almost across the board and at times just flat-out lies. Do not go to Petionville? Petionville is a diverse, vibrant suburb that is home to many affluent Haitians. As a white European or American traveler, you will definitely be in the minority. You may have troubles communicating if you don't know any French or Creole (like most Americans who are shamefully unilingual). You should be careful traveling alone at night, though statistically the problems that are likely to arise are less about violent person-on-person crime and more about lack of adequate infrastructure (not enough street lights, sewer grates, etc., including in many neighborhoods of Port au Prince). And yes, you will have poor Haitians asking you for money, as you would in many poverty-ridden countries around the globe. Haiti has been victimized enough; it doesn't need uninformed "travel writers" like you spouting careless, fear-mongering exaggerations. I have been many times and will return again; it's a shame that Haiti's tourism industry has been decimated, as more foreign travelers would help the Haitian economy in a way that empowers Haitians themselves.


  • Shelly said

    Being somewhat conflicted to comment on this website after reading how great Haiti is and 'safe' it is to travel to. My story unfortunately follows what the US travel warnings describes. I traveled with a mission group of 14 (adults and teens) to Haiti (Port Au Prince) on Dec 17 to do a week of mission work in an orphanage. This has been a regular trip taken by a couple of my friends/teens who have loved the people of Haiti and work they accomplished while there. We were picked up from the airport by two Haitian locals (one of which was the owner of the guesthouse where we were to stay) in two vehicles, some adults with teens in one van/ three of us women, priest and local driver in the other truck. Within 10 minutes of our trek to the guesthouse, our truck was stopped by three Haitian men on motor cycles and robbed at gunpoint. We were accosted, pulled out of the vehicle and searched/groped by men screaming to "give us money", all while pointing their guns at our heads and chests. Obviously this terrifying experience is one I look forward to forgetting. We ended up sending the adults and teens back home that very day with the rest of us needing to stay to get temporary passports the next day from the US Embassy. While at the embassy, we were told that since the UN has pulled out of Haiti, the country has had an increase in violence & crime which has been unsuccessfully controlled. In the couple days we were there, we did meet wonderful Haitian people, and my heart goes out to all those in Haiti, even the desperate, violent men we encountered. Think twice about traveling now, and if so travel with the utmost caution with some sort of emergency backup plan! We lost our passports, phones, prescriptions, id travel credit card, little cash, food etc. We thought we were seasoned on how to travel to Haiti, invinsible of any of these crimes, but clearly and sadly we were not.


  • Phil Sylvester said

    Cassandra, which part in particular is racist, what are the words that are racist? In what way does anything written say that one race is superior in some way to another race? Without a doubt Haiti finds itself in a position of great poverty brought about, chiefly, by colonialism, slavery, corruption, geography and meteorology. None of this is the fault of anyone living there, and there is no suggestion their 'race' has anything to do with the terribly unfortunate circumstances, and as you say the people of Haiti don't deserve it. But that doesn't change the reality of the current situation.

    Sadly it IS as bad as "the media" say, and this statement by the Overseas Security Advice Council of the US State Department - based on its own research - is critical of statements that paint an inaccurate picture. OSAC says: "Crime statistics are woefully underreported by the Haitian National Police (HNP), and reports indicating that Haiti is statistically safer than other countries in the Caribbean are inaccurate."
    I urge you to read the travel warnings of 4 seperate foreign governments, none of which contradicts anything said in this article.

    There may well be other Caribbean places far worse than Haiti - and I promise you we do so say so - but "there are other places that are worse" is no argument for not issuing warnings about threats to travelers.

    As I have stated previously in this thread, I am very happy to accept your article on the situation on Haiti and we will publish it alongside this article. Any submission must not be here-say and must be backed up by verifiable credible sources (as this one is - see the 4 government advisories for a start). It doesn't matter if you don't consider yourself a "writer", send us what you have and we will commission an independent writer to polish it and turn it into a publishable piece.
    Submit it to [email protected]


  • Christiana Smith said

    I was in Haiti in March for two weeks. Several days into the trip, while us 7 white Americans and two Haitians were traveling at night back to PaP, from way up North, we were shot at, the passenger's window was bashed open, and 3-4 men were yelling, slapping a few of us in the face, being crude, and grabbing for anything they thought valuable. They pulled the driver out, and bashed one white over the head with the revolver, and were making motions like they were going to kidnap or rape one or more of the women. It was absolutely terrifying and we were almost sure someone would lose their life.

    We were praying throughout it, and I started saying, "Jesus! Jesus!" To the man who was nearest me. He got ansy, and soon was running away with the others, as we told him, "Thank you".

    A man pulled up in a big van, and asked if we knew we had an injured man. He followed us to the police station, where they again robbed us, charging way over the correct amount for a police report!!! Then they lied on our report, saying our passports were lost!!!!

    Yes, crime is very high, even among so-called "police".


  • Becca said

    I totally disagree with this article. As a US citizen, I have traveled to Haiti and have found that it is not as dangerous as most people in the US and other countries suggest. I had lots of fears when I traveled there for the first time in 2016, however, I was pleasantly surprised at how docile most areas were. I believe these reports are to further stifle the country's progress because tourism is the main source of economic stability for most island countries. This is an ongoing agenda of some to prevent tourism to Haiti. With such articles and reports from civilians and government agencies Haiti continues to get s---tted on. By the way, research TSA and airlines such as Air France, Spirit, American Airlines etc. also as they are earning billions of dollars per year from travel to Haiti alone! Yes thousand of people fly to and from Haiti per day and they are still alive and well and they continue to travel there frequently. I work at the airport!


  • Dan said

    This is an awful article. I'm an affiliate for World Nomads, and reading this fear-based kind of writing has lead me to decide to delete my account and no longer promote your company. This is pure garbage.


  • AmeliaMcGrath said

    Hey Dan,
    We're currently going through many of our old articles auditing existing content, and this one is at the top of the list.
    Have you been to Haiti recently, by any chance? If so, we'd love to hear from you about your personal experiences.
    [email protected]


  • Phil said

    Hi Dan,
    I'm sure you've read my previous response above, but in case not:
    I urge you to read the travel warnings of 4 separate foreign governments, none of which contradicts anything said in this article.

    And I also extend an invitation to you to write a fact-based commentary of your own. No matter if you don't consider yourself a "writer" we can craft it into an article for you.
    As Amelia has said, we are reviewing all our safety content at the moment and would appreciate a wide variety of submissions which we can review and incorporate.
    You can email me at [email protected] and we can discuss any potential submission.


  • Al said

    This article is exactly what I would expect from someone selling travel insurance.


  • Jennifer said

    I went to Haiti two years ago and felt completely safe. I'm blonde and stick out like a tourist everywhere I travel, and no one ever bothered me. I speak French and loved learning Haitian Creole! The people were so friendly. Whoever wrote this article should be ashamed of themselves! Poor does not equal violent. Yes Haiti is a very poor country but I walked alone all the time, all over the country and always felt safe. Please delete this awful article!


  • Jennifer said

    Wanted to also say that I'm planning to travel for 18 months and was actually planning to use world nomads as my insurance, but now thanks to this article and your closed minded views I will be happy to spend my money with another company. This article is disgraceful!


  • Lev said

    Reading your article and looking at the picture you posted lead to think that you must have written it right after the 2010 earthquake, the most devastating natural disaster in haiti's history. Of course haiti was in a desperate situation. Haiti today is one of the safest countries in the Caribbean, but old articles such as yours help to keep people away from the Americas first free country, the first to abolish slavery. Haiti is rebuilding and haiti will survive despite detractors like yourself. People like you help to keep haiti in poverty.


  • Ervens said

    Shame on whoever wrote this article. Haiti is one of the safest country in the Caribbean. The inaccuracy in this article is repugnant. Visit Haiti! It is a beautiful and safe place to be. You will enjoy it.


  • Fernando said

    Haiti is a cursed is a land where racism is prevalent everyday, & not by whites...but by the have and have nots...The whiter shade of your skin, which is the exclusive stamp of the rich & educated...which determines your fate in Haiti....less than half of the population literate and thus, remaining oppressed by their own people...their ruling is a land that was once a paradise on earth to its native TAINO race, but cursed with their blood in it’s soil...due to the genocide caused by the Spanish,....cursed with the spilled blood of innocent blacks, brutalized by the French elite....the blood and the screams of Vincent Ogé...publicly having his bones broken on the rack..while still alive, on a public square... a land cursed with the blood of about 3,000 to 5,000 innocent, women & children..massacred in cold blood...pregnant women having their bellies sliced open alive, with machetes...their fetuses ripped from their bodies and thrown to the order of Jean-Jacques Dessalines, a devil in human form, who once walked on the face of this earth. And this once beautiful land continues, sadly, to be a place of hopelessness & despair.


  • Karen said

    Fernando, your entire paragraph PERFECTLY describes YOU and your entire ancestor. You are the worst of humanities and savages to the core. You are the devil incarnate and the world would be a better place without you in it. Oxygen is being wasted on you because you are such a worthless scum.


  • Roudy said

    Haïti Is The Best Safe Country Too Be I Love That About Those People Overther They Very Helpfull They Enjoy To Helped You. Haïti Is Fitting I Know American People Live In That Caribbean Over 40 Year One Love Welcome To Haïti


  • Karen said

    Not to be confused with the previous Karen, I love Haiti so much I’ve opened a company to help create jobs through tourism. Your updated article is better. Situations in every country change, sometimes by the hour. It’s always wise to be vigilant no matter where you travel. Basic advice like not carrying expensive items, jewelry, staying away from atm’s are true as in many countries.

    With a good Kreyole speaking guide who has good reviews on FB, you can have a wonderful time. If you speak French you can travel independently. Ask locals about walking alone or at night. The Brandt guidebook has excellent advice on most areas in Haiti.

    Or contact me! I’d love to share Haiti with you :) it’s a beautiful place with wonderful people. An unforgettable adventure.


  • Jens said

    You referred a guy stating that the DR is more violent than Haiti. That's debatable. I can assure you that kidnappings are extremely rare though (in the R that is).


  • Felix Pierre Louis said

    Haiti is relatively dangerous due to circumstances for the fact that it is the poorest country in the Western hemisphere and one of the poorest in the world. Most of the people there are facing great economical problems and unemployment, but otherwise if this country had good governments and less economical problems it would have been a little paradise, for the fact that most Haitians are helpful to foreigners and hospitable, and when they immigrate they are among the best workers.If the conditions that exist in Haiti, would have existed in the USA , this latter country would have been the most dangerous country of the world. Haiti is relatively expensive to the local inhabitants, as well to foreigners due to a great lack of infrastructure like electricity f 24 hour a day, and a lack of cleaning and potable water, so the hotel owners use generators and they pass the cost to the customers. Most of the items that are in the supermarkets are imported, and the local currency is very weak to the US dollar. As well public transport is probably the worse in the world. Foreigners and local should avoid some neighborhoods like the former commercial region a of Port au Prince, and nearby streets that have been destroyed by the January 12 2010 earthquake.
    Otherwise the visitors to Haiti who are careful and mistrustful, can survive safely by not going into the streets after nightfall. After the last earthquake I stayed few weeks in Port au Prince, in spite of the problems that existed, during the day time I was able to go on my daily shore without any difficulty what so ever, then I returned to southern Florida, then the day after my return, by the early evening I was robbed of my belonging by two young gangsters in a urban section that is call Lauderdale lake, so I thought such happening would had taken place so easily instead in poor Haiti, but not in a rich American city, therefore such bad happening can happen everywhere in the world.


  • Felix Pierre Louis said

    I will like to answer the comment that was made above by Fernando who wrote that the famous black Haitian hero Jean Jacques Dessalines, the one who had chased the slave owners from Haiti was a devil in human form, this latter comment is totally wrong. Thanks to Dessalines Haiti was created as an independent nation, and the world's first black republic. Dessalines ordered the killing of the white French civilian and former slave owners who were stranded in Haiti in 1806, after the defeat of the French colonial army was totally normal in the context of the time. Fernando called Haiti a cursed land due to the massacre of the Taino native by the white, but similar massacres took place as well in all the other countries that are in the Americas including the USA, are they cursed? Fernando didn't mention the enslavement of the million of blacks who were brought from Africa by the whites, therefore these slave owners. their countries and their ancestors are as well cursed.


  • said

    Haiti is very safe; especially if you go with a tour, a resort such as Royal Decameron or the Royal Caribbean Cruise line that stops at Labadee, Haiti. If it is your first time in Haiti, it is suggested to do one of the latter. In addition, the gorvernment of Haiti a few years ago invested in a tourism police force. It is also possible to travel to Haiti by yourself. Make arrangements with the hotel or resort to have them pick you up at the airport. You can also enter Haiti via the Dominican Republic by bus. There is a tour from the Dominican Republic to Haiti:


  • Calvin Hicks said

    Why are these people trying to get innocent, ignorent people (Americans) to come to one of the most dangerous countries on earth. The foreign embassies are closing and telling their people to stay away. There was one young white blonde female talking about how she went anywhere she wanted at nite and was completely safe. I think some of these writers are Haitians trying to get fresh meat over there. Haitians are trying to leave. There are other places to visit!


  • Gerald Georges said

    Face it!!! Haiti is the country that successfully defeated colonial powers. This historic thorn in the sides of white supremacy is why Haiti is still poor and disenfranchised. If you google Haiti as a safe destination, you get lied to. It states that Haiti is very unsafe and violent. If you google the Dominican Republic as a safe destination, you get lied to. They state that the DR is safe everywhere. Simply compare the murder rates of both countries and see which one is higher. Tourist death rates, femicide rate, extortion, wrongful imprisonment leading to extortion, etc etc. Dalton’s law states that the total pressure is the sum of its partial pressures. How can Haiti’a violent parts be less than that of the DR’s, and yet YOU find Haiti less safe than the DR? What kind of fool are you?


  • Fez said

    Anybody who thinks Jamaica and DR compete with Haiti for crime—much less dwarf it—deserves a comedy award. This is embarrassing, and unsupported by experts.

    According to a quick pooling of security provider assessments which is generally the most accurate way of doing this, Haiti is inside the 15 most violent nations on earth whilst Jamaica is inside the top 50 — basically Jamaica is rated somewhere between the 46th and 50th most violent nations worldwide out of around 200 officially-recognized countries.

    The comparison above uses 5-place tiers. 1st to 5th, 6th to 10th etc. Haiti is 11th to 15th, probably at the lower end of that.

    Haiti is ranked more than 30 places higher for violence globally than the next most violent place in the Caribbean.

    It's an absurd comparison. And I wish Haiti and Haitians well btw, I bear no ill towards the country. I can understand defending your homeland but some of the arguments quickly lose meaning when people start bringing obviously safer countries into it trying to stain them.

    Just being honest!


  • Ruth said

    Crap. Y'all make Haiti seems like the worst place to travel, whereas the DR along with some other places are WORSE; like STATED ABOVE (DR AND JAMAICA). Y'all make it seems like one can't walk in Haiti at night and this is completely false. Sure, there are some not too safe areas in Haiti, but so does EVERY SINGLE COUNTRIES in the world. Most of your comments are SO ignorant, so check your facts before you write something about a country where you are not even from. Until, you have lived in EVERY area in Haiti, just stay quiet. Like you said, you are an OUTSIDER, so just stay quiet. Articles like this are so upsetting and they are part of the reason why tourism in Haiti is decreasing. For example, Les Cayes (in the South) is one of the most beautiful, welcoming cities that I know. The people are so freakin nice, strong, always down to help anyone. Although they don't have much, they make the best of what they have and they are some of the happiest people I know. I said what I said.


  • Everaldo Jones said

    I have a ticket for a trip to Haiti late in may 2021. Should I still go. ?


  • Josh said

    The violence levels in Haiti really stand out in the Caribbean which, with the region in general not being a particularly violent one, gives this jarring effect.

    Garishly different to other Carib nations. It's literally as if a chunk of Middle Africa has been jettisoned into the Caribbean.



  • Anna said

    I'd rather go to North Korea than Haiti any day, at least there's no pick-pocketing going on or kidnapping, even South Korea, Japan & China are safe. But Haiti? No way!!!! & I don't believe in voodoo either. Maybe that's why they have so many problems going on.


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