Haiti visa requirements for South Africans
Travel and visa requirements
Haitian Visa is not required for South Africans
Stay Duration: 90 days
- South African passport holders can visit Haiti for no longer than 90 days without a visa
- Passports must carry blank pages for entry and exit stamps and should be valid for at least six months from the time of arrival in Haiti.
- Visitors must have an onward/return ticket and any other documents pertinent to their next destination.
- Visitors must also carry enough funds to cover any expenses incurred during their stay.
- Visitors are required to clear their luggage at the international airport of Haiti.
- There are no taxes or fees required upon departure from the airport.
- Flights from Johannesburg, Bloemfontein and Cape Town to Port-au-Prince, Haiti are currently available with several local and international airlines i.e South African Airways, British Airways, Air Botswana, LATAM, etc.
- Factoring in connections and stopovers, the estimated flight time from Johannesburg to Port-au-Prince is 24 hours, it is 1 day and 3 hours from Bloemfontein, and 1 day, 4 hours from Cape Town.
- The Haitian Gourde can be changed easily at supermarkets and from street money changers. It is best to visit with just the United States dollars as they are easier to change and are popular with money changers.
- ATMs are increasingly available in many parts of Haiti like Port-au-Prince and Cap-Haitien. While it is best to carry cash around, most business outlets in Haiti accept international credit/debit cards like VISA or MasterCard as payment options.
- Haiti's climate is mostly hot and humid characterized by fogs, drizzles and dry seasons.
- Amidst the political and social chaos and unrest in the country, Haiti is still home to rich history and cultures that are interesting to explore and experience.
- The power plugs used in Haiti are of type A and B, with a 110 V standard voltage and a standard frequency of 60 Hz.
- Roman Catholicism is Haiti's official religion although voodoo is practised by a vast majority.
- French and Haitian Creole are the two most widely spoken languages in Haiti, but English is also spoken by a small segment of people.
- Intending visitors can pick up a few French phrases to help communicate better with locals.
- South Africans visiting Haiti for whatever reason are expected to be courteous and respectful towards historical, spiritual and personal territories. It is always advised to make enquiries before venturing into non-tourist sites.
Frequently Asked Questions
What's Haiti's cuisine like?
Haiti's cuisine is made up of meats, vegetables, peas, grains, fruits, sauces, soups, spices, etc.
What currency is used in Haiti??
The Haitian gourde is the currency used in Haiti.
Is Haiti safe to visit??
Haiti is considered a safe tourist destination.
What is Haiti known for??
Haiti is known for being home to more mountains than any other spot on the Caribbean.
Best time of the year to see Haiti??
The months of November to March is considered the best time to see Haiti.