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Haitian passport

The Haitian passport is issued to citizens of Haiti for international travel.

To obtain a Haitian passport, one must be a Haitian citizen and furnish proof thereof. The Haitian Constitution does not allow people who were born in Haiti but who later changed their nationality to obtain Haitian passports.[2]

Physical appearance

The front cover is dark blue in colour and bears the Coat of arms of Haiti embossed in silver. and 'Republic of Haiti Passport in French and Haitian Creole, the two official languages of the Haiti.

History

Between 1937 and 1942, a Haitian passport and Haitian citizenship could be obtained without visiting the country.[3] About 100 Eastern European Jews used this method to escape Europe.[4] At about this time, United States officials became aware of a 'passports for sale' racket carried out with the complicity of the Haitian government. In return for a substantial loan from a Swiss bank, 100 genuine signed passports were made available for sale in Germany, reportedly for $3,000 each.[5]

In 2011, the launch of biometric or epassports was announced.[6]

Visa requirements

As of 1 January 2017, Haitian citizens had visa-free or visa on arrival access to 50 countries and territories, ranking the Haitian passport 86th in terms of travel freedom (tied with Gabonese and Malagasy passports) according to the Henley visa restrictions index.[7]

See also

References

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Consulat Général de la République D'Haïti à New York, Passports. Retrieved January 2009
  3. ^ Hitler's man in Havana: Heinz Lüning and Nazi espionage in Latin America By Thomas David Schoonover, p.131. University Press of Kentucky, 2008. ISBN 0-8131-2501-4
  4. ^ The Virtual Jewish History Tour: Haiti, Ariel Scheib, retrieved January 2009
  5. ^ Schoonover, Thomas David (2008). Hitler's man in Havana: Heinz Lüning and Nazi espionage in Latin America. University Press of Kentucky. p. 131. ISBN 978-0-8131-2501-5. Retrieved 2010-01-24.
  6. ^ Haiti-Technology: New passport and border control. HaitiLibre 08/20/2011.
  7. ^ "Global Ranking - Visa Restriction Index 2017" (PDF). Henley & Partners. Retrieved 14 March 2017.