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Flight Time to Haiti from the UK
Approx 9 Hours 30 Min
The Republic of Haiti is a country situated on the western third of the Caribbean island of Hispaniola and also includes the smaller islands of La Gonâve, La Tortue (Tortuga), Les Cayemites, Île à Vache, La Grande Caye, and Navasse. Haiti shares Hispaniola with the Dominican Republic. The total area of Haiti is 10,714 square miles (27,750 km²) and its capital is Port-au-Prince.
A former French colony, it became the second independent country in the Americas (after the United States) when it declared its independence in 1804. It was also the first independent black republic in the world. Despite its longevity, it is the most impoverished nation in the Western Hemisphere.
Haiti is currently in a state of transition following a coup d'état (see 2004 Haiti rebellion) which deposed President Jean-Bertrand Aristide on February 29, 2004. He had been re-elected in 2000 in an election which several parties boycotted due to disputes with the vote-counting of a previous parliamentary election.
Brief History of Haiti
The island of Hispaniola, of which Haiti occupies the western third, was originally inhabited by Taíno and Arawak. It was claimed for Spain by Christopher Columbus in 1492. In 1697 Spain ceded the western third of Hispaniola to France. French settlers imported African slaves, who became the most numerous segment of the population. The colony was ruled by a small minority of Europeans and gens de couleur, who were free people of color, both mulatto and black.
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Public Holidays in Haiti
January 1 - Independence Day/New Year's Day
January 2 - Ancestry Day
January 6 - Epiphany
April 14 - Good Friday
April 14 - Americas Day
May 18 - Flag Day and University Day
May 25 - Ascension
May 22 - Sovereignty and Thanksgiving Day*
June 15 - Corpus Christi
August 15 - Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
October 17 - Death of Jean-Jacques Dessalines
October 24 - United Nations Day
November 1 - All Saints Day
November 18 - Vertières Day or Armed Forces Day
December 5 - Discovery of Haiti
December 25 - Christmas Day
Haiti Visa Requirements
A Visa is not required by all nationals of the UK for stays of up to three months
Getting Around In Haiti
Learning the rudiments of the Creole language is not extremely difficult--there are several good web sites and books available to help. Many Haitians are very appreciative if you go to the trouble to learn at least a little bit of the native language, rather than using an interpreter or expecting them to speak English.