Warden Message No. 133
Border to Close during Elections
U.S. Embassy Port-au-Prince issued the following Warden Message on November 26, 2010:
The U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince is issuing this Warden Message to alert U.S. citizens that the Government of Haiti has announced it will close the border between Haiti and the Dominican Republic beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday, November 27, and that the border will remain closed until it reopens at 6 a.m. Monday, November 29. The Government of Haiti made the announcement November 26 and advised the border would be closed as a precaution during the elections. U.S. citizens are advised to defer travel across the border during these times.
The Embassy recommends that U.S. citizens avoid non-essential travel on Election Sunday (Nov 28th) and utilize the days leading up to Election Sunday to buy groceries, supplies, and anything else needed for Election Sunday. While there is no specific threat information at this time, historically elections in Haiti have been marked by violence. U.S. citizens in Haiti are advised to monitor media coverage and avoid areas where demonstrations have occurred. The U.S. Embassy’s ability to provide direct assistance in the event of violent demonstrations is limited.