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Welcome to Haiti

Haiti

Capital: Port-au-Prince

Continent: North America

Currency: Gourde or Haitian Gourde (HTG)

Dialling Code: +509

Driving Side: Right

Official Language: Creole, French

Population: 10,604,000 (2015)

Time Zone: EST (UTC -5) / EDT (UTC -4)

The Republic of Haiti is one of the countries that constitute the western third of the island of Hispaniola in the Caribbean Sea. It is the second-most populous country in the Caribbean as a whole and the third largest country in the Caribbean behind Cuba and the Dominican Republic.

Port-au- Prince is the capital and the largest city. Along with the capital city; other cities in Haiti include the Cap-Haïtien, Gonaïves, Jacmel, Île à Vache, Les Cayes, Petionville, Port-de-Paix, Port-Salut and Aquin. Haiti has a favourable climate condition and has the longest second longest coastline of beaches and most mountainous ranges in the Caribbean.

Haiti is divided in three regions – Central Haiti, Southern Haiti and Northern Haiti. With its favourable climate, waterfalls, underground caves, colonial architecture and distinct cultural history, Haiti has had its history as an attractive destination for tourists. There is no official religion in Haiti but most of the population are Catholics; and both French and Haitian Creole are the official languages.

Information & Facts

Business

This being one of the poorest countries in the western hemisphere, and economically depressed, means that few business visitors come to Haiti. If embarking on a business trip to Haiti, business visitors should consider hiring a translator to ensure smooth communication. Business hours are generally from 8am to 4pm.

Communications

The international dialling code for Haiti is +509 and there are no codes for individual towns and cities. Communication infrastructures are poor and there are only a few internet cafes in Port-au-Prince. Mobile technology is probably the best form of internet connection.

Duty Free

The duty free allowance for goods brought in to Haiti is 1kg of tobacco products, one litre of spirits and other foods under HTG 2, 500.

Electricity

110 volts, 60HZ. The plugs in use are the eastern type with two flat, parallel prongs or with two flat, parallel prongs and a third round pin below (Type A and B).

Language

The official languages of Haiti are French and Haitian Creole (Kreyòl Ayisien), which is a French-based creole language. Haitian Creole is the native language of the masses, while French is the administrative language, even though only 15 % of Haitians can speak it and only about 2% can speak it well.

Money

The Official legal tender is the Gourde (G) or the Haitian Gourde (HTG) but the US Dollars (US$) and the Dominican Peso are widely accepted. Credit cards are welcome nearly everywhere, but ATMs are scarce and the few there are in Port au Prince are often out of order.

Time

Local time is - Eastern Standard Time (EST), UTC -5.

Tipping

Haiti is a beautiful island that has gone through some hard times in the recent years. Most Haitians don't tip, but it is customary to tip in tourist locations and all gratuities are graciously accepted. Hotel bills generally have a tax of 10 percent added, and a service charge of five percent. Restaurant staff in Haiti should be tipped around 10 percent of the bill. Tipping in bars or taxi drivers is not expected, the total fare will include any tip.

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