Ottawa renews caution warning for travellers to Haiti after tough U.S. advisory

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OTTAWA - Foreign Affairs continues to caution Canadian travellers to Haiti after the United States toughened its travel warning for Americans heading to the Caribbean country.

Foreign Affairs does not have a similar countrywide advisory in place but on Saturday renewed its lesser warning that Canadians should exercise a "high degree of caution" in Haiti.

It says crime continues to put travellers at risk, particularly in some neighbourhoods in capital Port-au-Prince.

Foreign Affairs also says those attending National Carnival celebrations February in the northern city of Cap-Haitien should also be particularly vigilant about their safety.

The U.S. State Department issued an updated travel warning Friday stating that "no one is safe" from kidnapping and violent crime in the capital and highlighting the risks from robbery, lawlessness, infectious disease and poor medical facilities.

It says in recent months travellers arriving in Port-au-Prince on flights from the United States have been attacked and robbed after leaving the airport, while at least two U.S. citizens were killed in robbery and kidnapping incidents.

The new U.S. travel warning replaces a less severe advisory issued in June.

— With files from The Associated Press

Organizations: Foreign Affairs, U.S. State Department, The Associated Press

Geographic location: United States, Haiti, Ottawa Port-au-Prince Caribbean Cap-Haitien

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