State Dept. updates travel warning for Haiti

WASHINGTON -- The State Dept. updated its existing travel warning for Haiti, noting it has lifted a previous order requiring embassy officers and their families to leave the country.

Major airlines have resumed service to Haiti, the department said.

Nevertheless, the department said, it continues to advise travelers not to visit Haiti because "the security situation...remains unpredictable and potentially dangerous."

That is particularly true for the capital, Port-au-Prince, where travel "can be hazardous," the department said.

The department went on to advise U.S. visitors and residents in Haiti to "remain vigilant due to the absence of an effective local police force in Haiti; the potential for looting; the presence of intermittent roadblocks set by armed gangs or by the police, which may disrupt travel; and the possibility of random violent crimes, including kidnapping."

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