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02 Jul 2020 | 04:35 AM UTC

Haiti: Authorities reopen airports and borders on June 30 /update 7

Haiti News Alert

Haitian authorities reopen airports and borders on June 30; reconfirm travel itineraries

TIMEFRAME expected from 7/2/2020, 12:00 AM until 7/20/2020, 11:59 PM (America/Port-au-Prince). COUNTRY/REGION Haiti

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On Tuesday, June 30, Haitian authorities reopened the international airports of Port-au-Prince (PAP) and Cap-Haïtien (CAP), as well as four border crossing with the Dominican Republic. The crossings that will reopen are Anse-a-Pitres, Malpasse, Belladere, and Ouanaminthe. Social distancing measures will be enforced at airports and the wearing of facemasks is mandatory in both airports and in public.

A national state of emergency has been declared until July 20. All schools, places of worship, factories, and seaports remain closed. A nationwide curfew between 20:00 and 05:00 (local time) remains in effect. All individuals entering the country will have to undergo a 14-day quarantine. Gatherings of more than 10 people are banned as a precautionary measure.

To date, authorities have confirmed at least 5975 cases of COVID-19, including 105 associated fatalities. The Ouest department, where the capital Port-au-Prince is located, is reportedly the worst affected. Further international spread of the disease is expected in the near-term.


The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Human-to-human and patient-to-medical staff transmission of the virus have been confirmed. Many of the associated fatalities have been due to pneumonia caused by the virus.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic.

Pneumonia symptoms include dry cough, chest pain, fever, and trouble breathing. Pneumonia can be contagious and can be transmitted from human to human. The influenza virus, or the flu, is a common cause of viral pneumonia.


Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.

To reduce the risk of transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:

  • Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, including pneumonia, call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the disease.


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