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Haiti Travel Information

According to localtimezone, Haiti (Haitian Creole: Ayiti) is a country in the Caribbean Sea (North America) that forms the island of Hispaniola with the Dominican Republic. The capital of Haiti is Port-au-Prince. A number of major cities in Haiti are: Carrefour, Delmas and Cap-Haïtien.

According to globalsciencellc, Haiti is known for its tropical climate, poverty and slums. Haiti is in constant political turmoil. Coups have therefore already happened several times. Furthermore, Haiti regularly has to deal with various natural disasters such as floods, earthquakes and hurricanes.

Where is Haiti?

Travel information of Haiti

Official name: Republic of Haiti
Continent: North America
Area: 27,750 km²
Capital: Port-au-Prince
Country code: HT, HTI
Population: 11,067,777 inhabitants (2020)
Form of government: Republic
Highest point: 2,680 m (Pic la Selle)
Distance (Amsterdam – Port-au-Prince): 7,502 km
Flight time: approximately 11 hours

Negative travel advice
Current status: All trips to Haiti are discouraged.
Current color code: Red. Due to this status, a negative travel advice
is in effect for Haiti.

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), there may be (temporary) measures in Haiti that you as a tourist may have to deal with. For the most up-to-date corona travel advice, please refer to our special coronavirus travel advice page. For the number of current corona infections, number of deaths and various corona-related graphs of Haiti, please visit Countryaah.

Travel offer
At the moment there are no travel organizations that offer travel to Haiti. If you want to put together your own trip or are looking for separate travel components such as hotels, airline tickets and a rental car, please visit our travel offer page.

Travel guides and maps
Are you looking for a travel guide, map, walking map, cycling map, book or DVD about Haiti?

Weather and climate
Haiti has a subtropical climate with temperatures ranging from 25 to 30 degrees all year round. Haiti experiences hurricanes every year (September-November).
The current weather (weather forecast) and a weather forecast for Haiti can be found on our extensive weather page.
Detailed information about the climate of Haiti can be found at Climate info.

Best time
January, February, March, June, July and December are the best months to travel to Haiti. This avoids the hurricane season. Please note that the rainy season in the north runs from October to May and in the south from May to October.

French is the official language in Haiti. In addition, a lot of Haitian Creole (Kreyòl) is spoken. This is a French based language. English is also spoken in the major cities.
Would you like to translate from or into French and/or Haitian Creole for free? Use the Google translator for this.

Travel documents
You must have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months upon departure from Haiti.
A visa is not necessary if you stay in Haiti for less than 3 months.

Embassies and consulates
Below is an overview of relevant diplomatic representations, including addresses and contact details.
Netherlands Embassy in the Dominican Republic (also for Haiti):
Dutch consulate in Haiti: netherlandsworldwide.nl.
Embassy of Haiti in Belgium (also for the Netherlands): rijksoverheid.nl.
Consulate of Haiti in the Netherlands: rijksoverheid.nl.
For urgent assistance, you can contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 24/7 on +31247247247.

Vaccination (inoculation)
Before visiting Haiti, it is advisable to get one or more vaccinations.
For extensive vaccination advice and to make a vaccination appointment at home, please visit Thuisvaccinatie.nl. You can also see here whether your health insurance reimburses the vaccination(s).

Malaria occurs in Haiti. Malaria is an infectious disease transmitted by malaria mosquitoes. This infectious disease can lead to death if not treated in time and/or incorrectly.
For prevention and control of malaria, please visit our malaria page.

Money and Currency
In Haiti, payment is made with the Haitian gourde (HTG).
The current position of this currency (currency, currency) can be found on our exchange rate page.
An overview of all ATMs in Haiti can be found on our ATMs page. However, these ATMs are not reliable.

Price level
Prices in Haiti are much lower than in the Netherlands. The price difference with the Netherlands is -20% on average. Some examples are: restaurants (40% cheaper), food (30% more expensive), imported beer in catering (26% cheaper), cigarettes (64% cheaper) and public transport (80% cheaper). Please note that the price difference in tourist areas, especially during high season, may vary.

It is not customary to tip in Haiti. By default, a 10% service charge is already added to the bill.

Time difference
In Haiti it is 6 hours earlier than in the Netherlands.
Summer time in Haiti differs from that in the Netherlands.
Find the local time, date, time zone and exceptions for Haiti on our time difference page.

Traffic and route
In Haiti you must drive on the right.
To drive and/or rent a motor vehicle in Haiti, you must have an international driver’s license. The international driver’s license is available at an ANWB shop.
With the Google route planner you can compile a route description from, to or within Haiti.

In Haiti you need a power plug adapter. In addition, in some cases you need an inverter.
More information about common plugs and sockets in Haiti can be found on our electricity page.

Emergency services
If you need help from the police, fire brigade and/or ambulance in an emergency, you can use the emergency numbers below.
– Police: 114
– Fire: unknown
– Ambulance: 118

Tap water
It is not recommended to drink water from the tap.
If you are unable to buy bottled water, use a water purifier to purify the water or boil the water for 5 minutes. After this you can safely use it as drinking water and for things like brushing teeth, cleaning lenses and washing vegetables and / or fruit. More information about drinking water and/or the purchase of water purification products can be found on our drinking water page.

News and newspapers
The latest news related to Haiti can be found on Google news.
An overview of the newspapers from Haiti can be found on Abyznewslinks.

Websites from Haiti end in.ht.
Haiti’s official website: haititourisme.org.

The country code (international access code) to call someone in Haiti is 00509 or +509.
Do you want to call the Netherlands from Haiti? Then use the Dutch country code 0031 or +31.
(If using a country code, omit the leading 0 of the number to be called.)
Company information can be found in Haiti’s Yellow Pages.

Photos and videos
On Flickr you will find a nice collection of photos from Haiti.
On Youtube you will find a nice collection of videos from Haiti.

Public holidays
An overview of all public holidays in Haiti can be found on Beleven.org.

Reviews and travel experiences
On Zoover and TripAdvisor you will find reviews from travelers about accommodations (eg hotels and holiday homes), restaurants and destinations in Haiti, supplemented with photos, videos and places of interest.

Are you looking for a travelogue about Haiti?
Here you will find travel reports and experiences of travelers who have previously visited Haiti. It is also possible to keep a free diary of your trip for family and/or friends.

Nature and world heritage
An overview of the protected nature areas (including national parks, reserves and wildlife parks) in Haiti can be found on Protected Planet.
An overview of the world heritage sites in Haiti can be found on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Customs rules
Do you want to know how much you are allowed to import and export when traveling to Haiti? On the IATA website you will find an overview with the maximum quantities of cigarettes, alcohol and money, among other things. If you stick to these quantities, you don’t have to declare anything to customs. You will also find the laws and regulations regarding the entry of pets on this website.

Relevant legislation
Below you will find relevant legislation and regulations that you may encounter during your visit to Haiti.
– Alcohol: Buying and/or drinking from the age of 16.
– Alcohol and traffic: Maximum allowed alcohol content is 0.
– Tobacco: Unknown
– Smoking ban: No
– Homosexuality: Allowed

Did you know that…
…Haiti was largely destroyed in an earthquake in 2010?
…Haiti was discovered in 1492 by Christopher Columbus?
… Haiti regularly experiences hurricanes, earthquakes and floods?
…10% of children in Haiti die before the age of 5?
…Women in Haiti have only had the right to vote since 1950?
…Haiti was occupied by the United States between 1915 and 1934?

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