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UK Government Advises Against All Travel to the Caribbean

Credits: UK Lawmakers

The UK Government has issued a stark warning against all travel to Haiti, a Caribbean nation embroiled in ongoing violence and civil unrest.

The advisory comes in response to escalating tensions and turmoil in the country, particularly in its capital city, Port-au-Prince, where gangs launched attacks on high-profile Government buildings in a bid to oust Prime Minister Ariel Henry.

Given the precarious security situation, the Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office (FCDO) has urged British citizens to avoid traveling to Haiti.

The Caribbean (Credits: Cruise Critic)

The absence of British consular officials in the country following their relocation to the neighboring Dominican Republic in November 2019 has severely limited the provision of consular assistance on the ground.

The FCDO emphasized that consular services cannot be delivered in person within Haiti, underscoring the significant challenges faced by British nationals seeking assistance. Instead, those needing consular support are advised to seek assistance at the UK’s diplomatic mission in the Dominican Republic.

Amidst the chaos, armed gangs have wreaked havoc by setting fire to police stations, disrupting international airports, and orchestrating mass prison breaks, resulting in the release of thousands of inmates.

The violence has claimed numerous lives and left tens of thousands displaced as residents flee from neighborhoods overrun by rioters.

UK House (Credits: The Media Line)

The situation has prompted other nations to take action, with the United States evacuating non-essential embassy staff from Port-au-Prince.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Henry remains unable to return to Haiti, stranded in Puerto Rico after being denied entry into the Dominican Republic.

In light of these developments, the FCDO advises British citizens to exercise extreme caution if they travel to or remain in Haiti against official advice. This includes avoiding crowds and public events while taking appropriate security precautions to mitigate risks.

The unfolding crisis underscores the volatile nature of the security situation in Haiti, prompting heightened concern among international governments and organizations.

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