Travel Advice for Haiti
Haiti
Capital: Port-au-Prince

Time Zone GMT - 5
Telephone
Services
Country Code: 509
IDD: International direct dialling is available
Outgoing Code: 00
Emergency
Telephone
Numbers
Police - 114, Ambulance - 118.
Tourist
Information
Office National du Tourisme d'Haiti, avenue Marie Jeanne, Port-a-Prince, Haiti,
Tel: 221 729.
Passport
Information
Valid passport required by all except nationals of Canada and the USA, over 18 years of age with proof of nationality for a stay of up to 30 days. However because of recent political relations between the USA and Haiti, the US Embassy is advising travellers from the USA to be in possession of a valid passport. Return Ticket required. Requirements may be subject to short-term change. Contact embassy before departure.
Visa
Information
Visa required by all except: Nationals of the UK holding passports that indicate right of abode in the UK. Nationals of Austria, Denmark Germany, Luxembourg and Sweden for a stay not exceeding 90 days. Nationals of the USA and Canada for a stay not exceeding 90 days. Nationals of Argentina, Israel, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, South Korea and Switzerland for stay not exceeding 90 days. Visas are available on arrival for nationals of France for a stay of up to 3 months and for nationals of Spain and Italy for a stay of up to 1 month. Travellers in transit who do not leave the airport.
Health
Information
Polio, Typhoid: Vaccination recommended
Malaria : Exists throughout the year on the Falciparum variety below 300m.
Yellow Fever: Recommended. A vaccination certificate s required from all passengers coming from infected areas.
Other Health Risks: Bancroftian filariasis, Rabies.
Food
& Drink
Water is untreated and not safe to drink. Avoid dairy products as they are not pasteurised. Fruit and vegetables should be peeled before consumption.
Currency Gourde (Gde) = 100 centimes.
Exchange: US$ accepted and exchanged everywhere. CC, AMEX is widely accepted, others less so. TC: Accepted in banks and major shops.
Amex is widely accepted, but others less so. Travellers cheques are accepted in banks and major shops. US dollars are the preferred currency.
ATM availability: Unavailable.
Cost of
Living
Accommodation is limited in Haiti, varying form luxury hotels to modest small inns and guesthouses.
Languages French and Creole. English is widely spoken in tourist areas.
Weather Tropical climate with high humidity. Intermittent rain throughout the year. Hill resorts are much cooler.
Electricity 110 volts AC, 60 Hz.
Post Up to 1 week.
Transport ROADS: All weather roads have been constructed.
BUS: Operate on an unscheduled basis.
TAXI: Station wagons run between the capital and the large towns.
CAR HIRE: Available independently or through the hotels.
NOTE: Petrol can be scarce outside the capital.
DOCUMENTATION: Some national licences are accepted but IDP is recommended.
Special
Information
RISK of personal crime and violence, especially for tourists due to their relative affluence. It is estimated that 85% of the population live below the poverty line. Do not leave your accommodation after dark and do not travel to rural areas.