Getting there & away
There are three points where you can cross from Haiti into the Dominican Republic. One is near Malpasse/Jimaní in the south, on the road that links Port-au-Prince to Santo Domingo. A second crossing point is near Ouanaminthe/Dajabón in the north; it’s on a road that connects Cap-Haïtien and Santiago. The third border crossing is at Belladère/Elías Piña. These crossings close at 6pm.
Caribe Tours (2257-9379; cnr Rues Clerveaux & Gabartt, Pétionville) and Terra Bus (2257-2153; Ave Pan Américaine, Pétionville) have daily coach departures to Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic (US$40, nine hours). From Cap-Haïtien, Ayido Tours (3729-8711, 3556-3082) runs a direct coach service to Santiago in the Dominican Republic every Wednesday and Saturday from the Hôtel Mont Joli.
All foreign visitors must have a valid passport to enter Haiti. Be sure you have room for both an entry and exit stamp, and that your passport is valid for at least six months beyond your planned travel dates.
Haiti’s main hub is Aéroport International Toussaint Louverture (PAP; 2250-1120) in Port-au-Prince, although a few flights also connect Cap-Haïtien to Florida. Horror stories about hassles and bribery at Port-au-Prince’s airport are a thing of the past, although arrivals can sometimes be a little chaotic.
The main airlines flying into Haiti:
Air Canada (2250-0441/2; www.aircanada.ca) Montreal.