Haiti - General Info
Voltage: 110 V
Frequency: 60 Hz
Gourde (Gde) of 100 centimes. US currency also circulates.
Credit cards are widely accepted.
At least one local bank has ATMs in Port au Prince, but take care as there have been reports of accounts being over charged..
International Dialing Code for Haiti is +509.
There are no roaming agreements with other cell phone networks.
Digicel update December 2014:
Anyone cruising using Digicel should be aware that if you purchase a SIM card in one country, it cannot be topped up in different one, as previously possible. So if you wish to use the sim bought here while cruising in other countries, you should either put on a large enough sum to cover your needs, or set up an account and do it online.
You can top-up Digicel at https://online-top-up.digicelgroup.com/
Internet cafes are available in towns.
Post office hours: Mon-Fri 08:00-20:00, Sat 08:30-12:00. Letters posted after 09:00 will not be despatched until the following working day.
Public transport in Haiti consists mainly of “tap-taps” that run regular routes within urban areas and between towns in the countryside. A handful of public buses exist in the capital. Neither is considered reliable nor safe.
Regular marked taxis are nonexistent.
Carnival, three days before Ash Wednesday
Ambulance - Dial 118
Police - Dial 114
IMRAY AND ADLARD COLES PILOT BOOKS are available at a discounted price for Noonsite.com users via World Cruising Club
The Haiti Cruising Guide - 3.0
www.freecruisingguides.com (free download)
Free Cruising Guide produced September 2010 and last updated July 2014 by Frank Virgintino (author of the Jamaica and DR Free Cruising Guides). The only complete guide to Haiti.
A Thinking Mans Guide to Voyages South - the many facets of Caribbean Cruising
Author: Frank Virgintino
Published: 3rd Edition January 2013
Available as a Kindle version at www.amazon.com as well as other EPub bookstores.
The latest edition of this route planner is larger than ever. For more details see this report
The Gentleman's Guide to Passages South
By Bruce Van Sant
Publisher: Bruce Van Sant and Cruising Guide Publications; 9 edition (November 15, 2006)
More information available from www.ThornlessPath.com/
The orphanage of St. Francis (L’Oeuvre St Francois D’Assises)
This orphanage has been run for over 30 years by a Canadian nun, Sister Flora. Her clinic, orphanage and school are an institution on the island and she is loved by everyone. Many cruisers visit the orphanage and offer their assistance during their time on the island.
Friends of Ile A Vache Haiti
A non-profit organization dedicated to sustainable economic development, reaching out to the public to raise funds for its many projects currently under operation on Ile a Vache.
Good Samaritans of Haiti
A non-profit organization based in Ile a Vache with projects countrywide for schools, microcredit, agriculture etc. Cruisers can arrange to deliver donated goods and work with charitable projects as volunteers thus ensuring goodwill and local contacts. They welcome volunteers with experience in English teaching, music, mechanical repairs etc. for short or long visits.
Travel to Haiti - First Impressions
A great insight into the character of Haiti.
February 2015: Clearance updated with information from Frank Virgintino about extensive searches being carried out on boats arriving directly from Colombia.
April 2014: Formalities updates with information from Frank Virgintino.
April 2014: Facts and security updates following visit to Haiti by Frank Virgintino - author of the Haiti Free Cruising Guide.
May 2013: Fees update from Steve Stevens who cruised N Haiti.
December 2012: Country Profile updated with information about the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, October 2012.
Noonsite welcomes information and updates especially regarding clearance, customs and immigration procedures from cruisers visiting this country.
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