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Money and duty free for Haiti

Currency & Money

Currency information

Gourde (HTG) = 100 centimes. Notes are in denominations of HTG500, 250, 100, 50, 25, 10, 5, 2 and 1. Coins are in denominations of HTG5 and 1, and 50, 20, 10 and 5 centimes. Most establishments price items in the unofficial currency, the Haitian Dollar (1 Haitian Dollar = HTG5). US currency also circulates.

Credit cards

Credit cards are widely accepted. At least one local bank chain has ATMs in Port au Prince, but they are frequently out of order and there have been reports of over charging accounts.

ATM

At least one local bank chain has ATMs in Port au Prince, but they are frequently out of order and there have been reports of over charging accounts.

Travellers cheques

Apart from at banks, these are often difficult to exchange. To avoid additional exchange rate charges, travellers are advised to take traveller’s cheques in US Dollars.

Banking hours

Mon-Fri 0900-1300 and 1500-1700. Some banks open Sat 0900-1300.

Currency restriction

Currency exchange

US Dollars are accepted and exchanged everywhere. Other foreign currencies are accepted for exchange only by some banks.

Haiti duty free

The following goods can be imported into Haiti by travellers over the age of 18 without incurring customs duty:

• 1kg of tobacco products.
• 2 bottles of alcoholic drinks (up to 750ml each).
• Goods with a total value not exceeding HTG2,500.

Banned Imports

Firearms (except sporting guns, which require a permit).