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Official Name: Republic of Haiti / République d’Haiti / Repiblik Ayiti
Official Languages: French, Haitian Creole (sometimes known as Kreyol)
Independence: (current constitution) 29 March 1987
Population: 10,604,000 (2015 estimate)
Currency: Haitian gourde
Time Zone: UTC-5 (DST UTC-4)
Get travel insurance to Haiti from Direct Travel Insurance. We offer low cost and high quality travel insurance to Haiti and most of the world.
Haiti shares the island of Hispaniola with the Dominican Republic, and is the most populated country in the Caribbean. The capital city, Port-au-Prince, was affected by an earthquake in January 2010, from which it is still recovering.
Haiti’s tropical climate has two rainy seasons, one from April to June, and another from October to November. On average, the temperature in January ranges from around 23 degrees, to a maximum of 31 degrees. In July, the temperature can vary between 25 to 35 degrees. Temperatures in Port-au-Prince are slightly higher.
Haiti is the only country in the Western Hemisphere to successfully stage a slave revolution. The country has a rich historic culture, including Spanish and French rule, and American occupation.
Culture in Haiti is a blend of many French and African customs, as well as Spanish and indigenous Taigo influences. The annual Mardi Gras, or Carnival, is traditionally a week-long festival in February.
The event is staged in a different city each year. The Jacmel Carnival is followed by the National Carnival, and both are very popular. Please check for updates to travel advice from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office here - https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/haiti - before you book your trip. Direct Travel Insurance are unable to offer cover for travel to any area against FCO advice. Some of the low-income or slum areas of Port-au-Prince may be advised against due to the heightened crime risk. Even outside of these areas, crime levels in Haiti can be high, and visitors are advised not to travel alone or at night.
You should take sensible precautions when travelling. British passport holders can travel to Haiti without a visa for up to 90 days. Your passport must be valid for six months from the date of entry into Haiti. You should visit your GP 4 to 6 weeks before travelling to Haiti to ensure that any necessary vaccinations or medication are up to date. Cases of Dengue fever and Chikungunya virus have been recorded, and you should take appropriate precautions, including adequate medical insurance. Medical facilities in Haiti are very limited.