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Dominican Republic Mini Guide
    Source: World Travel Guide


Recent years have been kind to the Dominican Republic, which is now ensconced as the Caribbean's most visited destination. It's not hard to see why. A seemingly endless spread of white-sandy beaches and palm trees play host to a similarly sizable range of holiday resorts (some of them ultra-exclusive, some of them less so) and the country has developed a reputation for a good-quality break at a reasonable price. The region around Punta Cana on the east coast is particularly popular, offering golf courses, all-inclusives, and the usual fun-in-the-sun trappings.

To see the country purely as a beach destination, however, would be to undersell it. Making up one half of the island of Hispaniola- which it shares with Haiti in the west- it's one of the most geographically diverse parts of the Caribbean, showcasing everything from tropical rainforests and high-mountain ranges to mangroves swamps and semi-desert. Mountain-bikers, windsurfers, hikers, climbers, and even whale-watchers are well catered for.

No less notably, however, the Dominican Republic is also somewhere with life, blending the heady rhythms of merengue and bachata music with a fondness for rum and religion, not to mention a near-unrivaled passion for baseball.

The country has a long history. It was the first part of the region to be discovered by Christopher Columbus, and a visit to the capital city Santo Domingo still makes the most natural starting point for cultural visitors. The oldest fortress in the New World and colonial-era churches still stand proud, while the city as a whole is a thrusting, energetic destination full of speaker-blaring corner stores and dance-til-you-drop nightclubs.

While it's a large country by Caribbean standards, it remains relatively easy to combine different elements of the destination on one itinerary. And whether you're here for the beaches, the music, the countryside, or the culture, the DR in full swing is a force to be reckoned with. 



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A passport valid for six months is required by all nationals referred to in the chart above to enter the Dominican Republic.


1. Nationals listed in the chart above do not require a visa, but they do require a tourist card. You can buy this in advance from the embassy or at the airport. 

Nationals not referred to in the chart above are advised to contact the embassy to check visa requirements (see Contact Addresses).


Types of Visa and Cost

Tourist card: £10 from the embassy or US$10 at the airport. Some nationals not listed above require tourist visas; check with the embassy for details and costs.


Tourist visas and single-entry business visas are valid for 30 days.

Applications to:

Consulate (or consular section at embassy), online or by post. You can also obtain a tourist card at the airport on arrival, but as there are often queues, it can be worth buying it in advance.

Working Days Required

Allow one to two days if you order your tourist card online from the embassy and seven days if you apply by post.




Dominican Republic Peso (DOP; symbol RD$) = 100 centavos. Notes are in denominations of RD$2,000, 1,000, 500, 100, 50, 20 and 10. Coins are in denominations of RD$1 and 5 and 50, 25, 10, 5 and 1 centavos.

Currency Exchange

The peso is not available outside the Dominican Republic. Currencies of Canada, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, UK and USA may be converted into local currency. On departure, up to 30% of the exchanged currency can be reconverted into US Dollars at any bank, provided original receipts are shown. All exchange must be done through official dealers such as banks and hotels approved by the Central Bank. Some street vendors in touristic areas accept US Dollars although these are not legal tender in the country.

Credit/Debit Cards and ATMs

American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa are all accepted. Most ATMs in the Dominican Republic accept international bank cards.

Traveller's Cheques

Traveller's cheques are accepted by some banks. To avoid additional exchange rate charges, travellers are advised to take traveller's cheques in US Dollars.

Currency Restrictions

Restrictions apply.

Banking Hours

Mon-Fri 0800-1500, Sat 0900-1300. In malls: Mon-Fri 0900-1900, Sat 0900-1300.

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Special Precautions



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Yellow Fever


Inoculation regulations can change at short notice. Please take medical advice in the case of doubt. Where 'Sometimes' appears in the table above, precautions may be required, depending on the season and region visited.


* Malaria risk exists throughout the year, especially in the western provinces and in La Altagracia province. Risk in other areas is low to negligible.

Food and Drink

All water should be regarded as being potentially contaminated and sterilization should be considered essential. Water used for drinking, brushing teeth or making ice should have first been boiled or otherwise sterilized. Milk is pasteurized. Only eat well-cooked meat and fish. Vegetables should be cooked and fruit peeled.

Other Risks

Vaccinations for tuberculosis and hepatitis B are sometimes recommended. Bilharzia (schistosomiasis) is endemic; avoid swimming and paddling in fresh water. Outbreaks of dengue fever occur in the area. Rabies may be present. For those at high risk, vaccination before arrival should be considered. If you are bitten, seek medical advice without delay.

Health Care

Health insurance (to include emergency repatriation) is strongly recommended. Medical care is limited and variable in quality. An emergency service is available in Santo Domingo.


Getting There

Getting There by Air

British Airways ( operates direct flights to the Dominican Republic from the UK. Airlines offering non-stop flights from the USA include American Airlines (, Delta (, JetBlue (, United (

Approximate Flight Times

From London - 9 hours; New York - 4 hours.

Main Airports

Santo Domingo (SDQ) (Internacional de las Américas) is 18km (11 miles) east of the city (journey time – 30 minutes). To/from the airport: Taxi services are available to Santo Domingo. Facilities: Outgoing duty-free shop, post office, bank/bureau de change, restaurants, bars and car hire.

Puerto Plata International Airport (POP) (Internacional General Gregorio Luperón). To/from the airport: Taxi services are available. Facilities: Outgoing duty-free shop, banking and exchange facilities, gift shop, post office, restaurant, bar and car hire.

Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ)
is 10 to 30 minutes’ journey time from the Punta Cana and Bávaro resorts. To/from the airport: Taxi services are available. Facilities: Gift shops and duty-free shop.

Departure Tax

A departure tax of US$20 is levied on all passengers. Passengers should check with their airline as this may already be included in the price of the airline ticket.

Note: When buying an international air tickets in the Dominican Republic a tax of approcimnately 12% is levied on the carrier by the government. This expense is passed on directly to the customer on the price of the ticket. If the tickets is bought outside the Dominican Republic, there is no tax.



Hot with tropical temperatures all year with coastal areas being warmer than central regions. There are two rainy seasons; the heaviest is from May to August and the other is from November to December. Hurricanes may sometimes occur during these periods.

Required Clothing

Lightweight fabrics are best suited to the tropical temperatures. Waterproofs are essential during the rainy seasons.



Embassy and Consulate of the Dominican Republic in the USA
Address: 1715 22nd Street NW, Washington, 20008
(202) 332 6280 ; (202) 332 7670 (consular section).


Opening times:
Mon-Fri 1000-1400 (general); Mon 0930-1230, Tues 1300-1600, Wed 0930-1230, Thurs 1300-1600, Fri 0930-1230 (consular section).

Embassy of the Dominican Republic in the UK
Address: 8 Gloucester Square, London, W2 2TJ
 +44 73 98 39 3582 


Opening times:
Mon-Fri 1000-1400 (consulate).

British Embassy in the Dominican Republic
Address: Edificio Corominas Pepin, Ave 27 de Febrero No 233, Santo Domingo
(809) 472 7111 ; (809) 472 7111 (consular enquiries).


Opening times:
Mon-Thurs 0800–1300 and 1400–1630, Fri 0800-1300.

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