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Equestrian tours in Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic Mini Guide
    Source: World Travel Guide


The Dominican Republic is the Caribbean's most geographically diverse country, showcasing everything from tropical rainforests and alpine ranges to mangrove swamps and desert expanses. These natural gifts offer superb adventure travel and eco-tourism options, catering for mountain-bikers, trekkers, watersport fanatics among other outdoor enthusiasts.

A heady blend of Caribbean rhythms, American influences and European ancestry, today's Dominican Republic is as much defined by its booming music and a passion for all things baseball as by its time-faded colonial heritage. But while many overseas visitors are drawn by the all-inclusive resorts peppering the north and east coasts, to consider the Dominican Republic as just another palm-fringed beach bolt hole is to sell it short.

Capital Santo Domingo's Zona Colonial is rich in remarkable architecture, and makes the most natural starting point for cultural visitors, particularly those who like their music loud: throughout the country, fast-step merengue and guitar-based bachata blare from storefronts and taxis.




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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).

Visa Note

Business travelers do require a visa; contact the embassy for further information.

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. All the coins are legal tender but only the RD$1 and 5 are actually used due to the impracticality of the smaller denominations.

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.

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.

Exchange Rate Indicators


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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 sterilisation should be considered essential. Water used for drinking, brushing teeth or making ice should have first been boiled or otherwise sterilised. Milk is pasteurised. 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

The Dominican Republic’s national airline is Air Santo Domingo (EX).

Approximate Flight Times

From Madrid is 9 hours, and from New York is 3 hours 30 minutes.

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 ‘Stay tax' is levied on all passengers staying longer than three months: RD$60.48 (three to nine months); RD$100.80 (nine to 12 months) or RD$160.16 - 600.32 (one year or more).

Note: When buying an international air ticket in the Dominican Republic a tax of approximately 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 ticket is bought outside the Dominican Republic, there is no tax.

Getting There by Water

Some international cruise lines call at the Dominican Republic.

Getting There by Road

There are three routes from Haiti: on the road from Port-au-Prince to Santo Domingo at Jimaní/Malpasse; on the road from Cap-Haitian to Santiago at Dajabón/Ouanaminthe; and a third route near the centre of the island at Elías Pinâ/Belladere. The borders are open from 0800-1600.



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 of the Dominican Republic in the UK

139 Inverness Terrace, Bayswater, London W2 6JF, UK
Tel: 09065 508 945.
Consular opening hours: Mon-Fri 1000-1400.

Dominican Republic Tourist Board in the UK

18-21 Hand Court, High Holborn, London WC1V 6JF, UK
Tel: (020) 7242 7778.

Caribbean Tourism Organisation in the UK

22 The Quadrant, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 1BP, UK
Tel: (020) 8948 0057.

Embassy and Consulate of the Dominican Republic in the USA

1715 22nd Street, NW, Washington, DC 20008, USA
Tel: (202) 332 6280.

Dominican Republic Tourist Board in the USA

136 East 57th Street, Suite 803, New York, NY 10022, USA
Tel: (212) 588 1012/14.

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