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Haiti Haiti

Haiti is one of the most popular stop for cruise ships in the Caribbean. Even though Haiti is not known for tourism, it draws close to one million tourists annually. Tourists come for the beaches, political history and popular carnivals that are held each year, such as the Haitian Carnival and Jacmel Carnival. The country recently opened a number of new hotels and resorts.

Whether you are visiting Haiti to experience one of its popular carnivals or it’s just one of your stops on a cruise, it’s important to have dependable vacation travel insurance so you can travel worry-free.

Top tourist destinations in Haiti

Tourists are attracted to Haiti for its natural beauty, beaches and historical landmarks, offering something for everyone. If you are planning to visit, be sure to include the Citadelle, Bassin-Bleu, Labadee, National History Park, Barbancourt Rum Distillery, Ogier-Fombrun Museum and the local craft markets in towns and villages around the country as part of your travel itinerary.

Travel tips for Haiti

If you are planning to visit Haiti, you must have a valid Canadian passport. You do not need a tourist visa if you are staying for up to 90 days. If you want to stay longer than 90 days, you will need to apply at Haitian immigration services. Student visas and work permits are required. There is also a $10 entry fee on arrival at the airport.

Haiti is the poorest country in the western hemisphere, so crime and security are a concern for travellers. Criminal activity is particularly high in the Port-au-Prince area. Take extra measures to protect yourself from being targeted for theft. Political unrest is common, so make sure you are aware of the political climate before travelling to the country.

The local currency is the Haitian gourde (HTG), but prices are often communicated in Haitian dollars, where one Haitian dollar is equivalent to five gourdes. The US dollar is also widely accepted. Major hotels accept credit cards; you can access funds using your bank card at ATMs, but their use is not recommended for security reasons.

Hurricane season lasts from June to November, resulting in the threat of landslides and flooding. Earthquakes are also a possibility. The best time of the year to travel to Haiti is from November to March, when the temperature usually reaches about 31°.

Get travel insurance for trips to Haiti

Ready to book your trip to Haiti? Whether you need vacation travel insurance or cruise travel insurance, Blue Cross has the personalized travel insurance coverage you need to travel with confidence and know you are covered if you need travel assistance during your trip. Get a free quote online for travel insurance and travel worry-free.

General Haiti Canada
Continent: Americas
Population (2012): 10,173,775 34,754,312 (2012)
Area (km2): 2,775 9,984,670
Capital: Port-au-Prince
Currency: Haitian gourde
Official language(s): French
Drive: Right
Diesel (2012): 1.03 1.23 (2012)
Gasoline (2012): 1.25 1.23 (2013)

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