Haiti

Travel Facts

US State Dept Travel Advisory

The US Department of State currently recommends US citizens DO NOT TRAVEL to Haiti due to kidnapping, crime, and civil unrest. U.S. citizens should carefully consider the risks of traveling to, and remaining in, Haiti in light of the current security situation and infrastructure challenges. Consult its website via the link below for updates to travel advisories and statements on safety, security, local laws, and special circumstances in this country.

https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories.html

Passport/Visa Requirements

US citizens should make sure their passport will not expire for at least 6 months after they enter the country even if they do not intend to stay that long. They should also make sure they have at least 1 blank page in their passport for any entry stamp that will be required. A visa is not required as long as the stay is less than 90 days.

US Embassy/Consulate

+(509) 2229-8000 / 2229-8900; US Embassy Port-au-Prince, Boulevard du 15 October, Tabarre 41, Route de Tabarre, Port-au-Prince, Haiti; acspap@state.gov; https://ht.usembassy.gov/

Telephone Code

509

Local Emergency Phone

Ambulance: 118; Police: 114

Vaccinations

See WHO recommendations

http://www.who.int/

Climate

Tropical; semiarid where mountains in east cut off trade winds

Currency (Code)

Gourdes (HTG)

Electricity/Voltage/Plug Type(s)

110 V / 60 Hz / plug types(s): A, B

Plug Type APlug Type B

Major Languages

French, Creole

Major Religions

Protestant/Methodist/Adventist/Jehovah's Witness 51.8%, Roman Catholic 35.4%, Vodou 1.7%

Time Difference

+1hr, begins second Sunday in March; ends first Sunday in November

Potable Water

Opt for bottled water

International Driving Permit

Suggested; additionally, if you plan to drive in Haiti, you will need an Inter-American Driving Permit issued by the AAA

Road Driving Side

Right

Tourist Destinations

National History Park (includes Sans-Souci Palace, Citadelle Laferriere, Ramiers); Bassin Bleu; Île-à-Rat; Musée du Panthéon National; Promenade du Bord de Mer

Major Sports

Soccer, basketball

Cultural Practices

Whistling and pointing are considered rude.

Tipping Guidelines

Restaurant staff should be tipped around 10% of the bill. Taxi drivers can be given a discretionary tip if they are helpful and efficient.

Souvenirs

Straw hats, metalwork sculptures, papier-mache items, woodcrafts, voodoo items

Traditional Cuisine

Griot (or Griyo) — pork shoulder marinated in citrus, which is braised and then fried; often served with diri ak pwa wouj (red beans and rice)


Please visit the following links to find further information about your desired destination.

World Health Organization (WHO) - To learn what vaccines and health precautions to take while visiting your destination.

US State Dept Travel Information - Overall information about foreign travel for US citizens.

To obtain an international driving permit (IDP). Only two organizations in the US issue IDPs:
American Automobile Association (AAA) and American Automobile Touring Alliance (AATA)

How to get help in an emergency? 
Contact the nearest US embassy or consulate, or call one of these numbers:
from the US or Canada - 1-888-407-4747 or from Overseas - +1 202-501-4444


Page last updated: Wednesday, July 20, 2022