Haiti Travel Information
From March 19, all borders will be closed to
residents (those not resident in the country). For more
information about coronavirus, see the section Health.
On Friday, July 6, 2018, violent protests erupted in
the capital Port-au-Prince following the announcement of
increased gasoline prices. The situation calmed down
after a few days, but strikes, protests and political
demonstrations (sometimes violent) occur periodically in
Haiti, and have occurred at certain intervals over the
past six months.
The protests against corrupt politicians and demands
for the president and government to step down peaked in
the days following February 7, 2019, when the biggest
cities were completely paralyzed, and none other than
the protesters ventured out. Embassies sent large
numbers of staff and their families out of the country
and recommended only much needed trips to the country.
Although the situation should calm down, it is
recommended to avoid demonstrations, which often develop
into street fights, and to follow the advice of local
authorities and news updates.
Travelers should be alert and take reasonable
precautions. It is recommended to dress easily and not
show visible signs of prosperity when leaving the hotel
area. After dark, one should drive, not walk. Even
during the day you should never walk alone. One should
at all times secure his personal belongings and
The terror threat is considered low in Haiti. Violent
crime is of concern, especially in the capital
Port-au-Prince. Pocket theft, car theft, home burglary,
shooting and armed robbery are also reported, even
during the day. Particular robbery in connection with
withdrawals in ATMs occurs. Visitors should be extra
careful during the holidays; especially at Christmas and
Carnival, which is in early March.
- Countryaah: Port-au-Prince is the capital
of Haiti. Check to find information of population, geography, history,
and economy about the capital city.
The road standard is relatively poor and the Haitian
driving culture can be challenging at times. Long
distance driving after dark is not recommended. Care
should also be taken to keep windows closed and doors
locked during car trips.
Haiti is prone to floods and hurricanes. The
hurricane season lasts from June through November.
Earthquakes are also a potential threat and smaller
earthquakes are occasionally noticed. In January 2010,
Haiti was hit by a powerful earthquake measuring 7
degrees on Richter's scale. It was a tremendous disaster
and the country is still affected by the devastation of
Hurricanes: In the case of
hurricanes, Norwegians staying in affected areas are
encouraged to follow the advice and directions of local
authorities. In addition, the National Hurricane Center
as well as local media is a useful source of up-to-date
It is imperative to make preparations in advance of
notified hurricanes. You should ensure that you have
access to what you need to do in the immediate aftermath
of hurricanes. During and after hurricanes, periods of
weakened infrastructure, electricity outages, and
telecommunications networks and damage to roads and
buildings can occur. Restaurants and shops may be
closed. In some cases it can be challenging to float
water, food and cash. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs
does not normally provide travel advice in connection
with natural disasters.
Travel registration :
Norwegian citizens staying for a shorter or
longer period in the Caribbean are encouraged to
register on reiseregistrering.no. This will make it
easier for the embassy to get hold of you in the event
of a crisis or disaster situation.
You should be aware that most tour operators offering
excursions, water sports, jeep, horseback riding, etc.
are not insured, and you should therefore check the
terms of your insurance before undertaking such
Norway is currently not represented at an honorary
consulate in Haiti.
Responsible Norwegian Embassy for Haiti is the
Norwegian Embassy in Havana, Cuba.
In case of crisis or emergency, the public is asked
to contact the Norwegian Embassy in Havana:
The Norwegian Embassy in Havana
Calle 21 # 307 e/H e In
Cuidad de La Habana
Tel: +53 7 842 7100
Tel. from Norway: 23 95 23 00
The opening hours of the embassy are Monday to Thursday
from 08:30 to 16:30 and Friday from 08.30 to 14:00.
Outside the embassy's opening hours, the UD's 24-hour
operating center can be contacted on tel: +47 23 95 00
00 or by e-mail: UDops@mfa.no
Please note that entry regulations may change. The
Foreign Service is not responsible if the following
information on entry regulations or visa requirements is
changed at short notice. It is the responsibility of the
traveler to ensure that travel documents are valid for
entry and to familiarize themselves with the current
entry rules for each country.
Norwegians do not need a visa if they are to stay in
Haiti for up to 90 days. However, please note that your
passport must be valid for at least six months after
entering the country. Visitors will be asked to fill out
a tourist card when they arrive; this must be returned
at departure. From July 1, 2014, foreigners entering the
country must pay a $ 10 fee.
For longer stays, visas must be applied for through
one of Haiti's embassies in Europe (found in Brussels,
Paris, Berlin and Rome, among others).
Coronavirus (covid-19): From March 19, all borders
are closed to residents (those not resident in the
country). Quarantine in 14 days. On the same day the
state of emergency was declared by the president and
various measures implemented: curfew from 8 pm-5am (from
March 20), advice on staying home, all schools,
universities, churches and factories closed and all
meetings and events with more than ten people.
You can find more information and guidance from the
Norwegian health authorities on the website of the
Norwegian Institute of Public Health. See also UD's
answers to frequently asked questions about travel and
Malaria, dengue fever, parasite infections and
hepatitis occur in Haiti. Before departure, one should
contact the Norwegian health authorities to check that
all necessary vaccinations are in order. It is
recommended to bring necessary medicines, especially for
chronic diseases such as diabetes etc. Please note that
Haiti is the country in the world with the highest
incidence of HIV/AIDS with the exception of sub-Saharan
Africa. It is only recommended to drink bottled water.
In 2010, the cholera epidemic broke out in Haiti.
This epidemic is under control, but outbreaks of cholera
Malaria usually occurs endemically in Haiti and the
increase in malaria cases in recent years is linked to
the earthquake that hit Haiti on January 12, 2010. In
addition, it is expected that malaria risk will increase
during the rainy season, which is in Haiti during the
periods April/May to June and September to
November/December. For more information on malaria
prevention see the Public Health Institute's publication
" Malaria counselor ".
For official health travel advice and health
professional guidance for Norwegians when traveling
abroad, please refer to the Norwegian Institute of
The currency in Haiti is gourdes (HTG). $ 1 = £ 82.65
(as of Feb. 13, 2019), $ 1 = £ 9 (as of Feb. 13, 2019)
US dollars are accepted and can be used in most
shops, hotels and restaurants. Credit cards can be used
in larger hotels and in some stores in the capital.
Travelers checks are generally not accepted. Access to
ATMs is limited and robberies are reported in connection
The power supply is at 110 V with 2 pin flat
contacts, as in the USA. The telephone network is poorly
developed in some areas. The country code for calling
Haiti is +509. Normal office hours in the office week
Monday to Friday are 08: 00-16: 00, Banks: 09: 00-16:
30. The large supermarkets have longer opening hours.
National Holidays - January 1 (New Year's
Day/Independence Day), January 2 (Ancestors 'Day), Good
Friday and Easter 2, May 1 (Workers' Day), May 18 (Flag
Day), June 4 (Corpus Christi), August 15 (Ascension of
Mary's Ascension), October 17 (Jean-Jaques Dessaline's
Day of Death), November 1 (All Saints Day), November 2
(All Souls' Day) November 18 (Match Day), Christmas Day,
and 2. Christmas Day.
Time zone - Norway is six hours ahead of Cuba (GMT
The climate in Haiti is tropical. The rainy season is
from April/May to June and from September to
November/December. The coldest months are from December
to February. The average temperature is between 24 and
30 degrees, and the humidity is high. In the mountains
it is less humid and cooler.
Travelers are always encouraged to bring a passport.
A copy of the passport is not to be regarded as valid
English is not widely spoken and it is a great
advantage to speak French. The population speaks cr¨¦ole,
a language based in French, but with a different
spelling and mixed many words and some grammar from
other (African) languages.
Around 80 percent of the population are Catholics and
16 percent are Protestants. Around half of the
population practices voodoo.
As a traveler to Haiti, you are subject to national
law. Drug trafficking is punishable by long prison terms
under very harrowing conditions. Foreigners are not
given any special treatment.