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Is Haiti Reopening? Here’s What You Need to Know Before You Travel

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Is Haiti reopening? Can I travel there now? What are the restrictions and requirements? Here’s what you need to know about COVID-19 in Haiti

On March 19, 2020, Haiti’s health state of emergency went into effect to help brace the country against the Coronavirus pandemic. On June 30, the Toussaint Louverture International Airport went back into service, and just last Monday, July 27, the Prime Minister lifted the state of emergency.

COVID-19 testing and quarantine requirements for travelers

Haiti is requiring all international travelers to declare their COVID-19 status on a form distributed on all incoming flights, which travelers must submit to Customs upon arrival. All travelers flying into the country will get their temperature screened, and will be required to submit a valid address where they will be during their stay. The government has required a 14-day quarantine for all international travelers arriving in Haiti.

As of the publication of this article, the Toussaint Louverture International Airport in Port-au-Prince is still in service. The Cap-Haïtien International Airport is open as well, though functioning at a reduced capacity, as its COVID-19 measures are still under review and pending approval. The border between Haiti and the Dominican Republic has been open to car and foot traffic since July 1.

What countries are currently allowed to visit Haiti?

There is no specific bar to entry based on nationality or country of origin; for now, entry to Haiti seems reliant almost completely on availability of flights in the country of origin or country of connection. Once on the island, wearing a face mask is required in all places of business, and customers’ hands are sprayed with disinfecting solutions. Public transportation is still available, and wearing a face mask is strongly encouraged.

Written by Kelly Paulemon.


Published August 2020.

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