Dominican Republic


About Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic is an island nation in the Caribbean. It shares the island it inhabits with the country of Haiti, and is located 2 hours south of Miami. Its jungles, pristine beaches, lively culture, and recreation options make it a popular vacation destination.

Accessible travel Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic can be a challenging place to navigate for people with disabilities, but with the right information about where you are staying and the activities you want to do, it's possible. The Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism's website has been updated with an accessibility widget to make planning and learning about travel in the country more accessible for people with varying disabilities.

Country Information

Health

As with all international travel, it is recommended to be up-to-date on your vaccinations, including tetanus. Be sure to get appropriate health insurance to fit your personal and travel needs, and have funds available to cover any medical emergency. Many hospitals and doctors require payment upfront. Make sure to drink bottled or filtered water, as tap water in most parts of the country is not potable.

Security

Robbery can occur, so it is recommended to be cautious and avoid flashing valuables. Tourist destination generally have a larger police presence than other parts of the country. If traveling by car, never leave valuables on display and always lock your car when it is parked.

Documentation

Entry requirements to the Dominican Republic depend on your nationality. Check the specific entry requirements here.

Weather

The Dominican Republic has a tropical climate, with warm temperature year round. Santo Domingo has consistent temperatures of 77-82ºF (25-28ºC) throughout the year, with heavy rainfall from May to November. On the eastern side of the country, in places like Punta Cana, there is heavy rainfall from June to November, which is also hurricane season. Temperatures can be slightly warmer than Santo Domingo. If traveling to the interior mountainous regions, make sure to bring layers as it can cool down at night.

Language

Spanish is the official language of the Dominican Republic.

Electricity

In the Dominican Republic the standard voltage is 110 V and the frequency is 60 Hz. Sockets are type A and B.