Dominican Republic FAQ
What do I need to do before travelling?
We suggest that all our customers review foreign office advice for the Dominican Republic before travelling. Click here for the latest information from the foreign office.
What are the visa requirements?
All visitors will require a tourist card to enter the Dominican Republic – this can be obtained from the Embassy of the Dominican Republic in London, or on arrival at the airport for a cost of 10 US Dollars (or equivalent). Your passport must be valid at least up until your date of departure from the Dominican Republic.
What is the currency in the Dominican Republic?
The currency in the Dominican Republic is the Dominican peso. US dollars and travellers cheques are easily exchanged, however only exchange money at banks or official exchange offices. Most UK credit and debit cards are accepted, however it is generally much safer to use cash.
Will I need to bring an adaptor?
The Dominican Republic uses flat two-pin style plugs and outlets, so an electrical adaptor will be required.
Is the Dominican Republic safe?
Although welcoming and friendly, there is unfortunately a fairly high crime rate in the Dominican Republic. Most visits are trouble-free, however you should take usual precautions to safeguard your belongings and valuables.
What is the language in the Dominican Republic?
Spanish is the official language of the Dominican Republic, however English is fairly widely spoken within the more touristy areas.
What is the cuisine like?
Dominican cuisine is generally delicious, blending Spanish, African and Taino influences, with interesting regional variations across the country. Most dishes include rice and beans as a basic staple, often supplemented with chicken and deep-fried green plantains. The seasfood in the Dominican Republic is excellent, and prepared a number of different ways: some of the tastiest local fish include sea bass, red snapper and kingfish.
What nightlife is available?
The Domincan Republic boasts a vibrant, lively nightlife that caters to all tastes: from chilled out spots to sip cocktails to raucous beach parties or bars where live bands play, the capital city of Santo Domingo as well as the resort cities of Punta Cana and Bavaro offer the most diverse after-dark options.