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Information when Traveling to the

Dominican Republic

 

 

Important Information

 

We have put together some information you may find useful for your holiday to Dominican Republic.  This includes details of visa requirements and some health advice. This information can change from time to time, so we always recommend that you check just before you travel.  Upon arrival into the Dominican Republic, you will need to purchase a tourist tax entrance card, at a cost of US$10 and upon departure, a tourist tax departure card must be purchased, at a cost of US$20.  Should your stay in the Dominican Republic exceed 2 weeks, these prices may vary. These are compulsory charges imposed by the government of the Dominican Republic.

 

 

Visitors under 18 years of age

 

Visitors under 18 years of age travelling to the Dominican Republic must enter and leave with the same person/people. If visitors between the ages of 13 and 18 years are travelling alone, or with a group with no one over 18 years of age, then similarly parental authorisation is not required as long as the composition of the party is the same on entry and exit. If visitors under 18 years of age do not intend to leave the Dominican republic with the same person/people that they entered with, then they are required to carry a sworn affidavit drawn up by a solicitor and signed by their parents/legal guardian giving authorisation. This affidavit needs to be legalised by the FCO and the Dominican Republic Embassy (contact 020 7727 6285). You should contact the Dominican Republic Embassy if you have any queries about these requirements. This information is correct at the time of issue, and we strongly recommend that you contact the Dominican Republic Embassy well in advance of travel for the latest information.

 

 

Health Advice

 

No compulsory vaccinations required. Anti-malarial precautions are essential, check with your GP for any recommended inoculations prior to travel.

 

 

Weather

 

Adverse weather conditions, such as hurricanes, cyclones, typhoons, heavy storms and high winds may affect your chosen destination at certain times of the year. For more information please visit www.metoffice.gov.uk. Whilst we endeavour to give you accurate information, the information we give

about temperatures, rainfall and hurricanes you could expect during your holiday are guides only and cannot guarantee good weather. Tropical storms and hurricanes are unpredictable and, should they happen, will inevitably interfere with hotel facilities, water sports, electricity and water supplies and draining systems. Please be assured that, should your destination be affected by adverse weather during your holiday, we will contact you as soon as possible and make any necessary arrangements on your  behalf, which could include evacuation from your resort. Should your destination be threatened prior to departure we will endeavour to contact you, where necessary, to discuss available options.

 

 

Local Currency

 

The official currency in the Dominican Republic is the Dominican Peso. Whilst you will find that US Dollars are also widely accepted, there is a possibility that a higher price will be charged should you wish to use these. The best form of traveller’s cheques to take are US Dollar traveller’s cheques and, should you wish to cash these at a bank, you’ll find that these are open Monday to Friday until 17.00, and Saturday until 13.00. Whilst credit cards are widely accepted as a form of payment, American Express cards are not. Cash can be withdrawn from cash machines located in the main resorts, though these shouldn’t be relied upon, as it is common to find that they have run out of money.

 

 

Safe & Healthy

 

MyTravel want you to have an enjoyable holiday but please remember that when you are in a foreign country you should exercise more care than you do at home. Part of the enjoyment of travelling abroad is experiencing a different way of life and cultures but it may also mean experiencing different safety and hygiene standards than those found in the UK.

 

Fire Safety standards for example can vary considerably therefore please ensure you identify your nearest exit and means of escape on arrival at your chosen accommodation.

 

Extra care should be taken around swimming pools and balconies, in particular children should be supervised at all times when using them. Familiarise yourself with the direction of traffic, as vehicles will often be coming at you from the opposite direction to what you are used to in the UK. Please learn to look the right way for the country you are in.

 

When booking cars or excursions overseas, ensure you use a reputable supplier who carries appropriate public liability insurance, operating licences and has a recognised safety management system in place. If unclear check with your holiday representative.

 

Differences in temperature such as sunbathing in hot climates and then relaxing in cold air conditioning

can be a cause of stomach upset. Try to avoid eating too many spicy, creamy and fatty foods. It is also recommended to drink at least 11⁄2 litres of water per day. Alcohol dehydrates the body, especially while sunbathing, so at all times care should be exercised. Make sure food is hot and thoroughly cooked and avoid any uncooked food unless you have peeled or shelled it yourself.

 

Page updated 11 December 2007

by Valerie Stapley/Richard Toby