Canada briefly reopens embassy in Haiti as Canadians still stuck in riot-stricken nation
The Canadian Embassy has briefly reopened in Haiti after closing last week due to violent protests in the streets.
The announcement comes as many Canadians are still stuck in the Caribbean nation. The political unrest has created chaos in the streets of Port-Au-Prince making it too dangerous for travellers to head from their hotel to the airport.
In a tweet posted Monday, the embassy said it will be open for consular services Monday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. local time, with limited staff.
The visa section should also be back to regular hours Tuesday, it added.
Please note that the Embassy of #Canada will be open to the public for consular services on Monday, Feb. 18th from 10:00 to 13:00 with limited staff.
The visa section should be back to its regular hours on Tuesday, Feb. 19th. We recommend to check this account prior to coming.
— Canada in Haiti (@CanEmbHaiti) February 18, 2019
Haiti has been gripped by political violence and unrest as demonstrators call for the resignation of President Jovenal Moise over skyrocketing inflation and a scandal over oil imports.
The Canadians trapped in Haiti have included missionaries, medical personnel, tourists and students. Many have been slowly making their way to the airport via helicopter or, in some cases, dangerous road journeys.
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— With a file from the Canadian Press