Haiti Security Services
Haiti Secure Transportation and Executive Travel Protection
ETS has impressive and extensive experience operating throughout Haiti providing executive protection, secure transport and Non-Government Organization (NGO) security support. ETS has a team based in Port au Prince, Haiti. Our high-level network of contacts and local partners supplements the ETS security service in the region.
ETS can offer a range of non-armored vehicles and low profile armored vehicles accompanied with security trained drivers (all of which are vetted), and qualified English-speaking executive protection teams to support all levels of travel itineraries and risk.
Our main area of expertise in Haiti is facilitating the secure movement of business travelers and NGOs in the region. This includes airport transfers, protection and secure transport for challenging road movements, and project management of complex operations.
ETS Travel Risk Management and Secure Transportation
ETS is the trusted provider of secure transportation to a range of business travelers and NGOs in Haiti. Our early years of experience in the region was providing crucial risk management for humanitarian and NGO movements in Haiti. Since then, our team has grown to support multiple client travel plans and assignments throughout the region.
Haiti Security Overview
Haiti is considered a high-risk destination. Port au Prince is particularly vulnerable due to the increased level of tourism. Crime, particularly violent crime, is a significant concern fuelled by ongoing political instability and lawlessness. The most common threats include drug-related shootings, kidnappings, armed robberies and car-jackings. Criminal gangs are known to follow their victims to quieter areas before committing the crime or use motorbikes to perform an ambush style attack. Intimidation tactics are commonly used to induce fear into the victims. It is highly likely armed violence will be used if the victims resist. Most crime involving foreign nationals occurs in areas where tourists are typically located, for example, restaurants, beaches, hotels and airports.
Road travel in Haiti is considered high risk. Visitors can expect road surfaces to be mainly dirt tracks with inadequate markings and few road signs. Road traffic laws are not enforced, which can result in much travel disruption within the region. Drivers are recognized to drive recklessly and at speeds not suited to the road conditions. Criminal gangs may take advantage of vehicles held in traffic for smash and grab opportunities.
Public transport should be avoided due to the increased risk to your personal safety.
FAQ’s for Secure Travel to Haiti
Port au Prince has a high level of criminal activity, mostly opportunistic in nature but can include pickpocketing and theft. Travel to/or from the Port au Prince International Airport into the city can be dangerous, heavy traffic and congestion provides a platform for car-jackings and kidnapping incidents; solo drivers are more vulnerable.
Secure transportation, including the use of a security driver and secure vehicle will significantly reduce the risk.
Yes, there is a reasonable risk of natural disasters when visiting Haiti. Haiti suffers from hurricanes, earthquakes and floods. Consider the time of year you travel and ensure you have a solid emergency evacuation plan in place. Hurricanes and earthquakes have the potential to increase the risk to your personal security and can cause significant disruption to travel movements.
Yes, you can legally utilize armored vehicles in Haiti; however, there are limited resources and therefore the cost is expensive. Book well in-advance to ensure availability. Here is an article about Armored Vehicle considerations and ratings
Yes, private security can be armed in Haiti. Armed close protection officers are often utilized when commensurate with risk.
Yes, you can conduct business travel in Haiti safely but, ensure you have the right security measures in place. Haiti is a politically unstable country with a lack of enforcement throughout the region. There is a high level of violent crime, with armed assault and kidnappings common.
Before you travel, ensure you have a robust security plan and consider the use of secure transportation to reduce the risk.
Explore our other services
The ETS team push simplification and customer relationship management at every juncture. An impressive worldwide network of former colleagues and associates from the global security community has supported client operations since 2012 in over 80 countries and 102 cities.
Secure Ground Transportation
Special Event Security