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Costs

Costs are creeping up in the Dominican Republic, for tourists as well as for locals. It is still cheap compared to other Caribbean destinations, with reasonable prices on the ground for independent travellers and budget package deals from the UK, Ireland and the US that include hotel, food and flight for those who want beach on a budget. In many parts of the country shoestring travellers can survive on as little as US$40/£25 per day by getting by as the locals do; having a beer or eating in a local cafeteria cost less than US$/UK£1, for example. The savings are spread unevenly, though: riding from town to town via public transport can cost as little as US$0.50/£0.30, but car rental will set you back at least US$60/£40 a day. You may also want to set aside us$100/UK£65 or so for unexpected splurges like an outdoor activity tour, which are priced to tourist, not local, budgets.

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  • Costs
  • Crime and personal safety
  • Dress
  • Electricity
  • Entry requirements
  • Gay and lesbian travellers
  • Health
  • Insurance
  • Internet
  • Laundry
  • Living in the Dominican Republic
  • Mail
  • Money
  • Opening hours and public holidays
  • Phones
  • Time
  • Tourist information
  • Travellers with children
  • Travellers with disabilities
  • Women travellers

Crime and personal safety

The Dominican Republic is a relatively safe place, but recent increases in urban crime were concerning enough for President Leonel Fernández to institute an alcohol curfew in 2007 that shut down bars after 11pm. This draconian move has been successful in dropping the crime rate in the major cities and the restrictions have been loosened significantly.

In cities, you should take the same precautions that you would anywhere else: don’t flaunt your wealth with fat rolls of pesos, leave your expensive jewellery at home and avoid walking alone late at night. A more likely scenario is that you’ll be the target of a small-scale rip-off, but even these can usually be avoided by not changing money on the street and by following the hints regarding guaguas. Sex tourism is visible in tourist towns like Boca Chica, Sosúa and Las Terrenas but it’s mostly kept to particular bars and so you are unlikely to be hassled on the street.

With largely common sense, you should get through your trip unscathed. It’s best to keep a copy of your passport, airplane ticket and all travellers’ cheques at home and another at your hotel. You will need your tourist card and a photo ID on you at all times; a photocopy of your passport is acceptable. A couple of additional precautions will help keep your belongings safe: use the lock box in your room if there is one and take a room on an upper storey if you can. Always keep an eye on your things while you’re on the beach and on your luggage at the airport.

Dress

The Dominican Republic is a relatively conservative culture and while T-shirts and shorts are expected and entirely acceptable in resort areas, elsewhere both men and women should avoid wearing shorts and overly revealing clothing; topless men and women with bikini tops, for example, are frowned upon and will offend.

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Electricity

Electricity service in the DR has gotten a lot more reliable in recent years, and blackouts are experienced less frequently and only in the more remote corners of the country. Plugs are standard American two-pins, so European visitors should bring suitable adaptors. The voltage is 110v AC. Intermittent, chronic power outages throughout the country mean that you may want to ask if your hotel has a generator that they’re willing to use 24 hours a day.

Entry requirements

All visitors are obliged to pay a US$10 cash-only entry tax on arrival. Citizens and permanent residents of the US, Canada, the UK, Ireland, Australia, South Africa and all EU countries don’t need a visa when visiting the Dominican Republic, but must obtain a thirty-day Dominican Republic tourist card for US$10 (US dollars only) at the airport on arrival; check first with your airline to see if the price of the tourist card is included in your flight. If you stay for a longer period of time, on departure you will have to pay an additional RD$150 for 15 days to 3 months, RD$250 for 3–9 months, or RD$300 for 9 months to 1 year. New Zealanders must apply to the Dominican consulate in Sydney for an Aus$80 visa, valid for up to sixty days’ stay. Whatever nationality, you’ll have to show a return ticket home before boarding your flight and your passport on arrival.

Gay and lesbian travellers

Many resort towns like Boca Chica, Sosúa, Cabarete and Las Terrenas have a small but fairly open gay and lesbian component but, although homosexuality is legal here, the only parts of the country that have a gay club scene are Santo Domingo and, to a lesser extent, Santiago. The best website for gay and lesbian life in the DR is w www.monaga.net, which includes a list of gay-friendly hotels. Keep in mind that Dominican culture in general is still a bit homophobic; overt public displays of affection may be met with harassment and you need to be especially careful as you enter and leave gay nightclubs, as assaults are relatively common.

Health

The standards of Dominican health care vary widely from institution to institution, even in the capital. Some hospitals don’t properly sterilize operating rooms and there are a good number of frauds among the ranks of private doctors. But there are also a number of excellent institutions where you can get high-quality medical care. In emergencies you can dial t 911 for ambulance and emergency medical care. No specific inoculations are required but it’s strongly recommended that you be up to date with your Hepatitis A vaccination in particular, which is not unheard of in the DR and can be contracted more casually than other forms of hepatitis (eg contaminated drinking water). In general, you should do as the locals do and don’t drink the water. Stick with bottled water for both drinking and brushing your teeth. For longer stays you can buy purified water in four-gallon jugs; if you return the bottle for deposit when you’re done, it will cost you only RD$40.

There have been occasional reports of malaria and dengue fever in the Dominican Republic, though the risk of becoming infected is still quite low. Check with your doctor about the necessity of malaria pills; most people don’t bother because of the extremely low rate of incidence. If you do opt on the side of caution, pay the extra cash and use malarone, as it has few side effects and will not interfere with your enjoyment of the trip.

HIV is a particular concern, as it is around the world. Roughly one percent of the population between the ages of 15–42 is hiv positive, and the rate among sex workers is twenty times higher than that. Unprotected sex with a stranger is a bad idea, period, and condoms are readily available. Swimming in or drinking from rivers and streams also has risks, particularly the dreaded Giardia, a bacterium that causes stomach upset, fever and diarrhoea, and Schistosomiasis, a freshwater flatworm that can penetrate unbroken skin; both are treatable with antibiotics.

Insurance

It is a sound idea to take out travel insurance coverage to cover against theft, loss and illness or injury. Before paying for a new policy, however, it’s worth checking whether you are already covered: some all-risks home insurance policies may cover your possessions when overseas and many private medical schemes include cover when abroad. In Canada, provincial health plans usually provide partial cover for medical mishaps overseas, while holders of official student/teacher/youth cards in Canada and the US are entitled to meagre accident coverage and hospital in-patient benefits.

Students in the US will often find that their student health coverage extends during the vacations and for one term beyond the date of last enrolment.

After checking out the possibilities above, you might want to contact a specialist travel insurance company. A typical travel insurance policy usually provides cover for the loss of baggage, tickets and – up to a certain limit – cash or cheques, as well as cancellation or curtailment of your journey. Most of them exclude so-called dangerous sports unless an extra premium is paid: in the Dominican Republic this can mean scuba diving, whitewater rafting, windsurfing and trekking, though probably not kayaking or jeep safaris.

Internet

Virtually every town in the Dominican Republic has public internet access by way of phone centres, internet cafés and wi-fi access in restaurants, and from most mid-range and luxury hotels; the latter also tend to have at least one computer available for guests. Connection speed is not a problem in the DR, and you’ll find using high-bandwidth services like Skype relatively easy. The going rate is typically RD$30 per 30min.

For unlimited Wi-Fi on the go whilst travelling Dominican Republic, buy a Skyroam Solis, which works in 130+ countries at one flat daily rate, paid for on a pay-as-you-go basis. You can connect up to five devices at once. Prices start from as little as €5 a day.

Laundry

Hotels typically offer laundry service and there are laundrettes in the major cities of the DR. These days, it’s normal to have to pay per item, with the following prices a rough guide to what you should expect: trousers RD$20, men’s shirt RD$15, blouses RD$20, underwear RD$5 and socks RD$5.

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Living in the Dominican Republic

Many foreigners work in the tourism industry as adventure sport instructors or reps for all-inclusive resorts; most of these people work illegally on a tourist card, as it’s phenomenally expensive and time-consuming to obtain an official work permit. If you’re at a North American college, it’s worth checking whether your school is one of the many to operate an exchange programme with the Catholic University in Santiago.

Mail

Dominican correos, or post offices, are notoriously slow; even if you use special delivery (highly recommended) you’ll still have to allow at least three weeks for your postcard or letter to reach North America and at least a month for it to reach Europe or Australasia. Postage costs RD$5 to North America, RD$8 elsewhere. You can cut these delivery times by as much as a week if you use the central correos in Santo Domingo, Puerto Plata or Santiago, which have specific special-delivery windows; look for the “entrega especial” sign. Sending packages is unreliable (damage and theft are frequent) and not recommended unless absolutely necessary; if you must send parcels, bring them unsealed to the post office for inspection. Whatever you do, don’t use the postal boxes that you’ll see on the streets of many towns – you’ll be lucky if the mail is picked up once a month – and don’t ever send money or other valuables. A private postal service operates in Cabarete and Las Terrenas.

The most convenient way to receive mail is to have it sent to your hotel, though most post offices have a reasonably reliable lista de correos, where mail is held for you for up to four weeks, for a charge of RD$10 per letter. Bring your passport (or a photocopy) when picking up mail and make sure that correspondents address letters to you under your name as it appears on your passport.

Money

There are two distinct economies within the Dominican Republic, the US dollar economy of the all-inclusive hotels and tour operators and that of the official Dominican currency, the peso (RD$). Throughout most of the country, you will have to change any foreign currency into pesos in order to conduct transactions. At the all-inclusive resorts and other foreign-owned tourism companies, though, all prices will be quoted in US dollars and Dominican pesos are accepted reluctantly – and at a poor rate.

Today the peso floats freely against the dollar, which means that there’s some variation in exchange rate from day to day.

ATM machines are available across the country, even in fairly small towns. Visa and MasterCard are accepted in major cities and tourist destinations, and Amex is accepted in most large hotels and resorts, but when travelling in the countryside, expect to pay in pesos.

Opening hours and public holidays

Banks and most businesses are typically open Mon–Fri 9am–12.30pm & 2–5pm, Sat 9am–12.30pm, though retail and other shops often stay open all afternoon and on weekends. There is no standard set of opening hours applicable to museums and colonial landmarks.

Phones

Phone rates are typically expensive from your hotel room, but there are phone centres in every town that will allow you to call home. The going rate is RD$6 per minute to North America, RD$16 to Europe and RD$3.50 for calls within the country. You can purchase local sim cards for your mobile phone from RD$100. Orange is by far the best-value vendor with the most national coverage and offices across the country. Their phone cards are sold in stores as well as by street vendors at major intersections of the cities and major highways. If you do bring your own mobile phone, keep in mind that radical roaming charges can be applied to calls made in the Dominican Republic; it’s best to check roaming rates with your carrier ahead of time.

Making calls

The Dominican Republic shares the same dialling prefix as the US (1), and the vast majority of phone numbers share a countrywide area code (t 809), though recently the new area codes t 829 and t 849 have been added nationally to allow for an increased number of mobile phones and fax lines. To call the Dominican Republic from the US or Canada, or to call from one region of the DR to another, you simply dial 1 plus the area code and the seven-digit local number. From all other countries, dial t 001 plus the area code and seven-digit number.

Time

The Dominican Republic is in North America’s Eastern Standard Time Zone (same time as New York and Atlanta) and five hours behind GMT. There is no daylight savings time.

Tourist information

The Dominican government also maintains tourist offices and toll-free tourist hotlines throughout the country and in the UK and North America, which can be helpful in hooking you up with tour operators and package travel agents. The glossy promotional materials handed out by Dominican consuls and tourist agencies are pretty to look at but seriously lacking in hard facts.

The tourist office maps aren’t especially good, but you can find several excellent ones of the country in travel bookstores and online; National Geographic’s Dominican Republic Adventure Map is especially accurate and detailed. Mapas Gaar, El Conde 502, 3rd Floor, Santo Domingo, RD (t 688-8004; closed Sun), has navigational charts of the surrounding waters and wall-sized, detailed blueprints of most Dominican towns.

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Tourism offices

Canada 2980 Crescent St, Montreal, PQ H3G 2B8 t 514/499-1918; 35 Church St, Toronto, ON M5E 1T3 t 416/361-2126.

UK Dominican Republic Tourist Board, 18–22 Hands Court, High Holborn, London WC1 t 020/7242 7778. Call t 0900/1600 305 for brochure.

US 1501 Broadway, Suite 410, New York, NY 10036 t 1-888/374-6361; 561 W Diversey, Suite 214, Chicago, IL 60614 t 773/529-1336; 2355 Salzedo St, Suite 307, Coral Gables, FL 33134 t 305/444-4592.

Useful websites

The Dominican Republic maintains a large presence on the internet although ferreting out a specific piece of information can take some time. The following are a few tried-and-tested sites.

w www.activecabarete.com Terrific website devoted to Cabarete, with a detailed interactive map and a complete listing of hotels, restaurants, bars, current wind conditions, a calendar of events and other local services.

w www.debbiesdominicantravel.com A dizzying array of links to hundreds of Dominican-related sites and a deep archive of travellers’ personal accounts of all-inclusive vacations.

w www.dr1.com The most heavily trafficked Dominican message board and the best place to get information on the web. Also has a good daily news bulletin that you can sign up for.

w www.hispaniola.com A site dedicated to Dominican tourism, with a Dominican Spanish phrasebook, daily weather, a message board and an interactive map of Cabarete.

w www.listindiario.com.do Online version of the DR’s most venerable newspaper, with the best Dominican news coverage on the internet.

w www.paginasamarillas.com.do Home page of the Dominican Republic’s premier phone company, with a comprehensive Yellow Pages covering the entire country.

w www.popreport.com An exhaustive news bulletin and comprehensive roundup of tourist attractions and businesses in the Puerto Plata area.

Travellers with children

The all-inclusive resorts are especially helpful when you’re travelling with children, as they’re in self-contained spaces, provide three meals a day and are generally designed to take care of the daily tasks of life for you. All resorts make at least some token effort toward children’s activities and some are quite good at it. Independent travellers will find that the DR is a family-oriented place, and that locals are welcoming to small children.

You should watch out particularly for the sun – which is dangerously strong; spf25 and above is recommended – and the water: children are particularly susceptible to gastro intestinal problems caused by tap water and you should make sure the whole family brush their teeth with bottled water.

You’ll find that Dominicans love children and will focus a lot of positive attention on them. They’re also more accepting of them in restaurants and hotels, and are unlikely to be bothered by any ancillary small-children chaos or noise; public breastfeeding, though, is pretty much unheard of. It’s easy enough to buy nappies and the like in grocery stores, pharmacies and even rural colmados.

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Travellers with disabilities

There are unfortunately few facilities that make independent travelling easier for the disabled in the DR, and no rental cars come with hand controls, though certain major monuments have access ramps. Most of the all-inclusives, though, have wheelchair access to certain rooms and all of their restaurants, casinos, bars and beaches. Call the hotel directly before booking a package for specific details regarding the hotel’s infrastructure.

Women travellers

Though violent attacks against female tourists are relatively uncommon, many women find that the constant barrage of hisses, hoots and comments comes close to spoiling their vacation. Dominican men are quite aggressive and women travellers should come armed with the knowledge that they will draw incessant attention whether they like it or not. Also, at major festivals and on crowded streets, you may be subjected to a lot of groping hands. Whatever you do, don’t be afraid to seem rude; even the mildest polite response will be considered an indication of serious interest.

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FAQs

What are the requirements to travel to the Dominican Republic? ›

You must present your passport. COVID-19 PCR tests: The COVID-19 PCR test is performed nationwide by requesting a visit to your hotel of a specialist or in person at the special collection points located in Santo Domingo and Santiago.

What can't you bring to the Dominican Republic? ›

Illegal drugs, animal, horticultural and agricultural products are prohibited. The prescription medication you bring for personal use should be in its original container.
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  • 1 liter of liquor.
  • One box of cigars or 200 cigarettes.
  • Gifts of up to US$100.
  • 2 bottles of perfume for your own use.

What are 3 things the Dominican Republic is known for? ›

It's the site of the oldest colonial settlement in the Americas, and home to Christopher Columbus's first New World landing point in 1492. More firsts in the Americas: First Catholic cathedral, first university, first hospital, and the first capital city (Santo Domingo).

Do I need a Covid certificate to travel to Dominican Republic? ›

International travel

You will need to fill in a COVID Traveller's Health Affidavit before travel to the Dominican Republic. This forms part of an online form, which includes the COVID Traveller's Health Affidavit, the Customs Declaration and the International Boarding / Disembarking forms.

How much is PCR test in Dominican Republic? ›

No prescription/referral needed unless using Dominican insurance. Notes: Referral and appointment required for PCR test; make appointment through website. Results for PCR tests in 48 to 72 hours. PCR test: RD$ 4,300, results in 24-48 hours.

Do you have to pay to get into the Dominican? ›

Dominican Republic Tourist Card

To visit the Dominican Republic US citizens required to pay the US$10 tourist card fee.

Can you kiss in public in the Dominican Republic? ›

The Dominican Republic is a Christian country with prominent Catholic and evangelical communities. Public displays of affection (such as hand-holding or kissing) between opposite or same-sex couples are uncommon. Don't become involved with illegal drugs of any kind. There are severe penalties for all drug offences.

Can you flush your toilet paper in the Dominican Republic? ›

Do not flush toilet paper down the toilet, remember to place toilet paper in trash. Communication: Cell phone service will be available in Santo Domingo. If you plan to use your cell phone service while abroad, we recommend contacting your cellular carrier about the global service plans offered.

What should I be careful of in Dominican Republic? ›

Country Summary: Violent crime, including armed robbery, homicide and sexual assault is a concern throughout the Dominican Republic.

What is Dominican Republic famous for? ›

The Dominican Republic is well known as a producer of bananas, mangos, sugar, coffee, cocoa, and tobacco. Dominican rum and cigars are highly rated by connoisseurs all over the world. Two semi-precious stones - amber and larimar - are associated with the country.

What are the top 2 languages spoken in the Dominican Republic? ›

The most common native languages spoken in the Dominican Republic are as follows: Dominican Spanish (85% of the population) Haitian Creole (2%) Samana English (1%)

When should I fill out my e ticket for Dominican Republic? ›

How many days in advance should I fill out the form? The form can be filled out since 72 hours before arrival to Dominican Republic, until right before going through immigration.

How do I get a Covid pass for international travel? ›

If you require non-digital proof of your booster vaccination for international travel, you can order an NHS COVID Pass letter via the NHS 119 service or via NHS.UK. Your letter will show a 2D barcode for each vaccination you have received, including booster vaccinations.

What time of year is best to visit Dominican Republic? ›

The best time to visit is between December and March when sunshine and temperatures are at there best and rainfall is lowest. The hottest month of the year is August with an average daily maximum of 34 C and an average low of 23 C.

Do PCR tests cost money? ›

PCR tests cost from £49 and lateral flow tests from £24.

Do you have to be vaccinated to fly? ›

If you are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19, you will NOT be allowed to board a flight to the United States, unless you meet the criteria for an exception under the Proclamation and CDC's Amended Order.

How much is a rapid antigen test in Dominican Republic? ›

Rapid antigen testing is available for $89 USD. Standard RT-PCR testing is available for $145. You must complete your registration at least 72 hours before you need to be tested. You will be asked to enter your requested testing time and location during the registration process.

How much cash should I take to Dominican Republic? ›

The total budget of your vacation in the Dominican Republic should be around RD$6,000 per person per day. However, you don't have to take this amount in cash. You can regularly pay with a credit card and withdraw money at ATMs. Therefore, it is recommended to take around 200 to 300 dollars per person for your vacation.

Can I use my debit card in Dominican Republic? ›

Using credit and debit cards in the DR

Visa or Mastercard cards are accepted wherever credit cards are accepted, and some of the larger hotels and shopping destinations accept American Express cards.

Can you use US dollars in Dominican Republic? ›

Businesses in tourist destinations, including restaurants, bars, department stores, souvenir shops, and supermarkets tend to accept dollars, though you will receive a less favorable rate than at the banks. That said, most prices in the Dominican Republic are in Dominican pesos.

Are Dominicans friendly? ›

Dominicans have a reputation for being among the friendliest people you'll meet. They exude passion–in the way they speak a mile a minute, the way they dress, and dance, and in their embrace of their fellow human being, be it neighbor or visitor.

Which country allows kissing in public? ›

In most of the Western world, such as Western Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the United States, and Latin America, it is very common to see people holding hands, hugging and sometimes kissing in public. It is not usually socially acceptable to be overly explicit, such as engaging in sexual activities.

Can you smoke in Dominican Republic? ›

Keep in mind that the Dominican Republic is a cigar-friendly country. You can pretty much smoke anywhere except unauthorized closed spaces and randomly designated nonsmoking outside areas. Closed indoor spaces that are smoker-friendly are authorized establishments like a cigar bar or cigar lounge.

What country can you not flush the toilet? ›

Visitors to this country are often mystified by the seemingly universal rule that you can't flush toilet paper in Costa Rica. Typically, they learn of this from a sign on a bathroom wall instructing them to place toilet paper in the trash can and not in the toilet.

What religion does not flush toilet paper? ›

Millions of Muslims and Hindus around the world were bowled over by this need to buy toilet paper since they typically wash their backsides with water. According to Sahih al-Bukhari, one of the six significant Hadith collections in Sunni Islam, the left hand should be used for anal ablution after defecation.

What country can you flush toilet paper? ›

While Americans in particular are used to flushing their used toilet paper down the pipe, they must break that habit if they are traveling to Turkey, Greece, Beijing, Macedonia, Montenegro, Morocco, Bulgaria, Egypt and the Ukraine in particular. Restrooms will have special waste bins to place used toilet paper.

Is Dominican resort safe? ›

Traveling to the Dominican Republic is generally safe for tourists. Some of the country's resort areas are the most popular tourist destinations in the world, with over six million travelers exploring the island yearly.

What is the biggest problem in Dominican Republic? ›

Structural racial discrimination, inequality, the criminalization of abortion, and the excessive use of force by the National Police are major human rights concerns.

What is the most popular drink in the Dominican Republic? ›

Dubbed as the national drink of the Dominican Republic, mamajuana (Mama Juana) is a herbaceous, full-bodied, and spiced alcoholic drink made with rum. It was initially invented as a medicinal tea that was often lauded as a libido booster.

Does Dominican eat pork? ›

Eating pork is a custom brought to the Dominican Republic by the Spanish colonizers. Today, pork is one of the most popular meat dishes in the Spanish-speaking Caribbean.

What is a typical Dominican breakfast? ›

Mangú Tres Golpes is the traditional breakfast of the Dominican Republic. It consists of mangú, or mashed plantains, with GOYA® Queso de Freir, fried salami and eggs, finally topped off with tangy pickled red onions to balance the richness.

Do Dominicans like spicy food? ›

Dominican food is hardly ever spicy – most Dominican cooks don't even like using pepper. The only commonly known spicy dish is the 'chivo picante' spicy goat stew.

Is Dominican a rich country? ›

Being rich in a poor country also has costs.
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What is the most famous food in the Dominican Republic? ›

Sancocho is seen as the national dish in the Dominican Republic and once you try it, you will see why. A wholesome soup of meats, corn, and potatoes, mixed with plantain, this rich and starchy dish is often served with a fluffy pile of white rice to make the meal go with a bang!

What is the most beautiful part of Dominican Republic? ›

Punta Cana

Punta Cana is arguably one of the most beautiful places in the Dominican Republic. The resort town sits on the easternmost coast of Hispaniola and is famous for its almost 20 miles of white sand beaches and crystal clear waters.

How do you say hello in Dominican Republic? ›

Que lo Que. The most famous Dominican greeting! You'll hear this shouted across the street, at the bar followed by a hug or high five amongst friends, seriously everywhere! Dominicans love when visitors greet them with a quick “Que lo Que” or “klk” if you're greeting via text!

What kind of accent do Dominicans have? ›

Dominican Spanish, a Caribbean dialect of Spanish, is based on the Andalusian and Canarian Spanish dialects of southern Spain, and has influences from African languages, Taíno and other Arawakan languages.

How do Dominicans say bus? ›

Guagua. A very useful word to learn, guagua is a bus. You'll also hear this word used in Cuba.

Do I need QR code to exit Dominican Republic? ›

What are QR-codes and why you should save them? The QR code is strictly required to board the flight. You are given two QR codes after filling out the form to exit and enter the country. However, you only need to present the QR code upon entering the country.

How much does a Dominican e-ticket cost? ›

Again, the Dominican Republic e-ticket is free, no paid visa services are needed. Please note that the e-ticket for your Punta Cana vacation has nothing to do with the 10 USD tourist tax. The Dominican Republic tourist tax (or tourist card) is still included in your flight price and you don't have to deal with that.

What questions are on the Dominican Republic e-ticket? ›

The form will ask for general information such as your passport number, residence address, and the address of where you will be staying while in the Dominican Republic, as well as general customs information and a traveler's health affidavit.

How many Covid vaccines do I need to travel? ›

Be aware that some countries are requesting evidence that you completed your COVID-19 vaccine course at least 14 days before arriving in their country. They may also require evidence of a booster dose depending on how long ago you completed your COVID-19 vaccine course.

What is classed as fully vaccinated? ›

Being fully vaccinated means that you have finished your vaccine, whether that's one dose or two, and two weeks have passed. You do need two weeks for your immune system to mount its full response. You are then considered fully immunized.

How long does a Covid travel pass last? ›

If you have an NHS COVID Pass for travel based on a positive NHS PCR test, it will last for 180 days (6 months) after you took the test. If you have a digital NHS COVID Pass, the barcodes will refresh every time you log in.

What do I need to know before going to the Dominican Republic? ›

11 things to know before travelling to the Dominican Republic
  1. The culture is very welcoming. ...
  2. You can only get the Dominican peso in the country. ...
  3. You may not need a Tourist Card. ...
  4. The concept of time is a little different. ...
  5. Merengue is the soul of the country. ...
  6. Dominicans dress to impress. ...
  7. You can't drink the tap water.
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What is the cheapest month to go to Dominican Republic? ›

High season is considered to be July and August. The cheapest month to fly to the Dominican Republic is January.

What is the coldest month in Dominican Republic? ›

January

Do you still need a Covid test to enter the US? ›

Air Travel: All non-U.S. citizen, non-U.S. immigrants traveling to the United States by air are required to show proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Only limited exceptions apply.

Can a US resident go to Dominican Republic? ›

Tourist visas can be issued for one or several entries. Any person, regardless of their nationality, can visit Dominican Republic if they are a legal resident of or, if they have one of the following valid visas in their passport: United States, Canada, United Kingdom or Schengen.

Is a rapid test a viral test? ›

There are two main types of viral tests: antigen tests and nucleic acid amplification tests (NAATs): Antigen tests are rapid tests that give results in 15-30 minutes. Antigen tests are less accurate than NAATs. This means that they are more likely to give false results, especially false negatives.

Do you need a booster to travel? ›

Be aware that some countries are requesting evidence that you completed your COVID-19 vaccine course at least 14 days before arriving in their country. They may also require evidence of a booster dose depending on how long ago you completed your COVID-19 vaccine course.

Is a rapid antigen test a viral test? ›

Viral tests look for a current infection with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, by testing specimens from your nose or mouth. There are two main types of viral tests: nucleic acid amplification tests (NAATs) and antigen tests. In certain circumstances, one test type may be recommended over the other.

Do you need PCR test to enter US? ›

This means that starting at 12:01AM ET on June 12, 2022, air passengers will not need to get tested and show a negative COVID-19 test result or show documentation of recovery from COVID-19 prior to boarding a flight to the United States regardless of vaccination status or citizenship.

What is fully vaccinated? ›

The CDC uses the term “up to date” regarding vaccines and boosters when eligible. Individuals are considered “fully vaccinated” (1) two weeks after receiving the second dose in a two dose COVID-19 vaccine series or (2) two weeks after receiving a single dose COVID-19 vaccine.

What is the drinking age in the Dominican Republic? ›

Legal drinking age in Dominican Republic is 18. We might ask for an I.D. at any time. Under-age drinking and providing alcohol to minors is punished by law. Introducing alcohol to the premises or taking it out of the premises is not allowed.

How much is a Dominican visa? ›

Dominican Republic Business visa fees for citizens of United States of America
Type of visaEmbassy feeService fee
Single entry (60 days stay)$115.00$209.00
Multiple entry (60 days stay)$125.00$209.00

How much is a US visa for Dominican Republic? ›

The application fee for the most common nonimmigrant visa types is US$160. This includes tourist, business, student, and exchange visas. Most petition-based visas, such as work and religious visas, are US$190.

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