Tourism and investment in Haiti are increasing as this Caribbean nation works to break out of a historical cycle of poverty and political instability. If you are one of the growing numbers of businesspeople and tourists traveling to Haiti, you will probably want to make at least one international call from Haiti. As of 2009, Haiti was not a member of the North American Numbering Plan (NANP) so you have to use international codes to make calls to the U.S. and other NANP countries as well as countries in Europe and elsewhere. It’s a good idea to do a little advance preparation so you can get good calling rates when you make an international call from Haiti.
Know the time in the location you are calling, so you call at a reasonable hour. Haiti is in the same time zone as the Eastern United States and Canada, but does not use Daylight Savings Time. You’ll want to call in the evening (Haiti time) or on weekends, whenever possible, to get lower rates.
Get the country code for your call. If you are calling the United States, Canada or another NANP member nation, the code is 1 (see Resources for a list of NANP nations). All other countries have their own country calling codes. For example, the country code for the United Kingdom is 44. See Resources for country codes.
Make your international call from Haiti by first dialing the international access code (00) and the country code (or 1 for NANP countries), followed by the area code and phone number. For example, to call the United States dial 00 +1 + area code + phone number. For the United Kingdom, dial 00 + 44 + area code + phone number.
Cut your costs by enrolling in a discount international calling plan like those offered by AT&T and other phone service providers. An alternative is to purchase a discount calling card for Haiti (see Resources for an example). These calling cards can vary in cost, but good ones will give you rates of 5 cents a minute, or less, at off-peak hours.