French is the official language. 35% of Haitians speak and understand French. Most workers in the tourism industry speak English. The entire population speaks Creole.
Migration in Haiti
A passport is required and must be valid
at least six months after arrival in the territory. European citizens need a visa. It is issued on arrival at airport upon presentation of your passport, airline ticket and proof of accommodation in the country. In addition, you must bring a photo ID.
There is a tax of about $ 10 is requested on arrival in Haiti and a tax of USD 30 which prompted the departure from Haiti.
80% of Haitians are Catholic and 20% are Protestants (Baptists, Pentecostals). Voodoo rituals are practiced in more than 80% of the population.
The currency is the gourde, also known as the Dollar Haiti (HTG).Bring some U.S. dollars cash, but more important is to carry traveler’s checks, and you will have no problem cashing travelers in Haiti. Be sure to bring enough traveler’s checks for your entire stay as credit cards like Visa and Diners Club are rarely accepted. Master Card and American Express cards are more accepted in Haiti. You can withdraw cash at banks and branches of National Bank of the Republic of Haiti and also find some ATMs in major cities of Haiti. Banks are open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 pm and they are closed on weekends.
MOVE around in Haiti
You only try to take the most essential trips to get from one place to another in Haiti. Driving is very dangerous. Roads and vehicles are in a terrible state, and traffic jams are numerous. The best will be to rent a car with a driver as soon as you arrive at the airport in Haiti. You will find the major car rental agencies, as well as a couple of local car rental in Haiti. The taxis are metered, but many of them are false. Get some information on the hotels to taxis safe and reliable. You will find overcrowded vans that serve as buses, although work in a way is illegal in these vans. For security reasons, it is not recommended. The bus fee varies depending on the client, especially European. There is no national airline or rail network, and the boats are in poor condition.
HEALTH in Haiti
Malaria is endemic and it is recommended that treatment against malaria (chloroquine) is made in advance of their trip to Haiti. Dengue fever is also transmitted by mosquito bites. Remember to bring repellent and a certificate of vaccination against yellow fever. This certificate is required upon arrival in the areas affected by the disease. Vaccination against typhoid and polio are absolutely essential. Drink only bottled water and make sure the vegetables are thoroughly washed. Sign a repatriation insurance and consult your doctor before departure to be able to prescribe emergency medications. Due to a number of deaths related to a fruit called ackee ‘or Aki, avoid consumption until further notice.
ELECTRICITY in Haiti
110 V. An adapter is necessary.
TAXES AND TIPS in Haiti
Usually in restaurants is left 10% of the boys consumed. A tourist guides and hotel employees also is customary to pay a $ 10 tip.