go to content go to search box go to global site navigation

Land

These are the four points where you can cross between Haiti and the DR. Note that in recent years, tensions at the borders have sometimes been high due to new policies in the DR that have led to an increase in deportations of Haitians and even Dominicans of Haitian descent.

Jimaní–Malpasse This, the busiest and most organized crossing, is in the south on the road that links Santo Domingo and Port-au-Prince. Disputes here have created strong tension according to a local news source.

Dajabón–Ouanaminthe Busy northern crossing on the road between Santiago and Cap-Haïtien (a six-hour drive); try to avoid crossing on market days (Monday and Friday) because of the enormous crush of people and the risk of theft.

Pedernales–Ainse-a-Pietres In the far south; there’s a small bridge for foot and motorcycle traffic; cars have to drive over a paved road through a generally shallow river. Migrant camps are set up on the Haitian side of this border for those who have been deported and have nowhere else to go.

Comendador (aka Elías Piña)–Belladère Certainly the dodgiest crossing, but also the least busy. On the Haiti side, the immigration building is several hundred meters from the actual border. Transportation further into Haiti is difficult to access.

Practicalities

Immigration offices on the Dominican side are usually open 8am to 6pm, and 9am to 6pm on the Haitian side. Arrive as early as possible, so you are sure to get through both countries’ border offices and onto a bus well before dark. When deciding between either crossing in the late afternoon or staying an extra night and crossing in the morning, choose the latter – safety concerns aside, onward transportation is less frequent or non-existent after dark.

Leaving the DR You need your passport and are likely to be asked more questions than if leaving via an airport, usually only out of curiosity that a tourist would travel this way. Officially, you are supposed to pay US$20 to leave the DR, which gives you the right to re-enter at the same point for no extra charge. However, border officials have been known to ask for an extra US$5 to US$10 to leave and the full US$20 to re-enter for no other reason than they can. It’s worth politely pointing out that you have already paid the full fee. If you’re only interested in leaving without returning the fee should be US$10.

Entering Haiti Pay a US$10 fee (US dollars only).

Public Transportation Caribe Tours and Capital Coach Lines service the Santo Domingo–Port-au-Prince route daily; Caribe Tours also has daily departures from Santiago for Cap-Haïtien. From the north coast it’s easy enough to reach Dajabón, but then you have to transfer to a Haitian vehicle on the other side.

Private Transportation Rental vehicles are not allowed to cross from one country into the other, and you need special authorization to cross the border with a private vehicle.