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The State Department alerts U.S. citizens residing in or traveling to Haiti to the upcoming elections scheduled for August 9, October 25, and December 27, 2015.
We advise U.S. citizens to exercise caution and remain abreast of the security situation throughout the electoral period. This Travel Alert expires on January 4, 2016.
Haiti is holding municipal and legislative elections on August 9, 2015 and two rounds of mayoral and presidential elections on October 25 and December 27, 2015. You should maintain a high level of security awareness during the electoral period and avoid political rallies, demonstrations, and crowds of any kind. Instances of unrest related to the election are possible, and even peaceful gatherings and demonstrations can turn violent. Review your personal security plans, remain aware of your surroundings, including local events, and monitor local news stations for updates.
Local stores, including grocery stores, may be closed over the electoral weekends. As a general matter of emergency preparedness, you should maintain adequate supplies of food, water, essential medicines, and other supplies that will allow you to shelter in place for at least 72 hours. You can expect there to be restrictions on traffic circulation, either imposed by the authorities or caused by ad hoc political rallies. The Embassy Security Office has advised Embassy employees not involved in election monitoring to avoid unnecessary movement outside of their residences on the day of elections.
Monitor local media for any changes in the election schedule. The U.S. Embassy may update this Travel Alert as the schedule or circumstances change. For more information about security conditions in Haiti, please see the Country Specific Information page for Haiti or the Haiti Travel Warning.
The U.S. Embassy is located in Port-au-Prince at Boulevard du 15 Octobre, Tabarre 41, Tabarre, Haiti, telephone: (509) 2229-8000, facsimile: (509) 2229-8027, email: firstname.lastname@example.org American Citizens Services (ACS) Unit office hours are 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The Consular Section is closed on U.S. and local holidays. After hours, on weekends and on holidays, please call (509) 2229-8000 and an automated attendant will connect you with the Embassy duty officer. U.S. citizens can also stay informed about conditions in Haiti by following the Embassy and ACS on Twitter and Facebook.