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 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.
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.
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.
Mon-Fri 0900-1300 and 1500-1700. Some banks open Sat 0900-1300.
There are no restrictions on the import or export of local or foreign currency. However, amounts exceeding US$10,000 or equivalent must be declared.
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.
Firearms (except sporting guns, which require a permit).