Frequently Asked Questions

Citizens of many countries do not need a visa to enter as tourists for a period of up to 30 days. However, a tourist card is required, which is usually obtained upon arrival at the airport. Be sure to check the specific requirements based on your nationality.

Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ) is one of the largest and busiest airports in the country. Other important airports are Las Américas International Airport (SDQ) in Santo Domingo and Puerto Plata International Airport (POP).

The high tourist season is from December to April, when the weather is cooler and drier. The rainy season is from May to November, but it can still be a good time to visit if you don’t mind the possibility of sporadic rain.

Generally, specific vaccinations are not required to enter the Dominican Republic. However, it is advisable to consult a doctor or travel health center for advice on recommended vaccinations.

Where can I change money? The official currency is the Dominican peso (DOP). You can change money in banks, exchange houses and hotels. Credit cards are widely accepted in tourist areas.

Popular destinations include Punta Cana, Santo Domingo, Puerto Plata, La Romana, Samaná and Bávaro. These places offer beautiful beaches, water activities, history and culture.

It is recommended to drink bottled water in the Dominican Republic to avoid stomach problems. Most hotels and restaurants offer bottled water.

Some traditional dishes include “mangú”, “tostones”, “sancocho”, “morir soñando” and “arroz con habichuelas”.

Public transport can vary in quality and efficiency. Taxis and ride sharing are common in urban areas, and in tourist areas, transportation services are often more reliable.

In the Dominican Republic, you can enjoy diving, snorkeling, hiking, horseback riding, rafting, museums, historical areas, 4×4 excursions and much more. The beaches are also ideal for water sports.

The Dominican Republic is famous for its beautiful white sand beaches and crystal clear waters. You can enjoy activities such as diving, snorkeling, windsurfing, kitesurfing, sailing and more. Many resorts and resorts offer equipment rentals and excursions to explore marine life.

You can find souvenirs and local products in craft markets, gift shops in hotels and tourist areas, as well as in cities and towns. Some popular places to buy souvenirs include the Mercado Modelo in Santo Domingo and the Colonial Zone.

Although many people in the tourism industry speak English, especially in tourist areas, knowing a few basic Spanish phrases can be helpful in communicating outside of those areas.

Keep your valuables safe and keep them out of sight. Avoid displaying expensive jewelry and use caution when walking in dimly lit areas at night. Check your property’s security guidelines and follow local recommendations.

Most of the country uses 110V voltage. Type A and B plugs are the most common, so if your device has a different plug, you may need an adapter.

Yes, in the tourist areas and in the main cities, credit cards are generally accepted in hotels, restaurants and shops. However, it is advisable to carry some cash for smaller places or local markets.

In the Dominican Republic, a sales tax (ITBIS) is usually added to purchases and services. Gratuity, known as “gratuity,” is usually 10% in restaurants and can be automatically added to some bills.

If your devices have plugs other than type A and B, it would be advisable to bring adapters.

It is important to dress modestly when visiting religious sites. Greeting with a handshake is common. Learning some basic etiquette and showing respect for the local culture will be appreciated.

You must carry with you your original passport with at least six months of validity remaining. It is also advisable to carry a copy of your passport and other identification documents, such as a driver’s license, in case you need to identify yourself.

Mobile phone coverage is generally good in urban and tourist areas. At resorts and hotels, you are likely to find Wi-Fi connection. You can buy a local SIM card to have mobile data if you plan to explore beyond the tourist areas.

You can get tourist information at information desks at airports, hotels and resorts, as well as at local tourist offices. Tourist maps and brochures are also often available at tourist locations.

The emergency number in the Dominican Republic is 911, similar to the system in many other countries.

Yes, you can use your international driver’s license to rent a vehicle in the Dominican Republic. However, it is always advisable to check the requirements with the car rental company before traveling.

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