1. Separate your money.
Be sure to leave the bulk of your money in a hotel safe when leaving the hotel. High levels of robbery and mugging increase the chances of you falling victim to crime. Protect yourself by minimizing the amount of money that can be taken from you.
2. Remain alert when arriving.
Many criminals look for easy targets arriving at the Port-au-Prince airport. Ensure your safety by arranging transportation prior to your arrival, and avoid using public transportation.
3. Photograph with caution.
Digital and video cameras pose a problem on a number of levels. First, they act as an invitation to criminals looking to take a valuable item. Secondly, photography is unwanted by many locals and has lead to violent incidents.
4. Know the currency.
The official currency in Haiti is the gourde. However, many goods in Haiti will be quoted in the unofficial currency, the Haitian dollar, or even in U.S. dollars. It is important to clarify which currency the products are quoted in to save yourself any confusion.
5. Limit your intake of alcohol.
It is important to know your limits when consuming alcohol in Haiti. Not only is this important in order to help you make smart decisions, but this will also help limit your exposure to becoming a victim of criminals looking for an easy target.