Useful Information for the Traveler
for the Traveler
As of May 1, 2012 citizens of all nationalities
will be required to enter Dominican Republic with a VALID PASSPORT. To travel
to the Dominican Republic, many people will need a Visa. Others, however,
may be from countries who have signed agreements with the Dominican Republic
so that they only need a Tourist Card. This, of course, only applies to visitors
who are tourists.
A Tourist Card is a US $10 tax on incoming
tourists that can be purchased at the airport when you arrive. The Dominican
Law covering visas is Law No. 875.
To obtain more information or see an updated
list of requirements for entry into Dominican territory, visit:
Because it is located
in the Caribbean, weather in the Dominican Republic is excellent year-round.
During the summer, the temperature can range from 90 F (32 C) at mid-day
to 70 F (23 C) in the morning. Temperatures hover around 65 F (19 C) in
the winter. In the high mountainous areas of Jarabacoa and Constanza, the
weather is cooler and has gone as low as 41 F (5 C). Because of climate
change, it is no longer possible to deliniate a specific rainy period.
It can rain at any time of year, but usually just for short periods in
the afternoon and evening. The warmest months are June, July, August and
The Dominican Republic
has an excellent reputation for its varied and flavorful food. There are luxurious restaurants
with gourmet menus as well as more casual ones with Creole food, a very local
style. You will also find Oriental, Mexican, Mediterranean, Italian restaurants,
as well as those with light or vegetarian food, pizzerias, and fast food.
If you would like a drink or entertainment
after dinner, the bars and cafes in most cities are open and serve drinks
until 2:00 a.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and holidays.
2017 Holidays (Non Business Days)
January 1: New Year’s Celebration
- January 6: The Three Kings’s Day
- January 21: Our Lady of Altagracia’s Day
- January 26: Juan Pablo Duarte’s Day
- February 27: Independence Day
- April 14: Good Friday -Religious Celebration (Easter)
- May 1: Labor Day (Moved to May 5th)
- June 15: Corpus Christi Day
- August 16: Restoration of Independence Day
- September 24: Las Mercedes’s Day
- November 6: Constitution Day (moved to November 10th)
- December 25: Christmas Day
In the Dominican Republic, electric plugs
are 110 volts, like those in the United States and Canada. Because of this,
Europeans and visitors from some countries in South America will have to
bring a power adapter.
Overseas Dominican Embassies
open their doors at 8:00 or 9:00 AM until 6:00 PM on business days and
until 1:00 PM on Saturdays. Large
shopping centers in the cities usually close at 9:00 PM and open on Sundays
from 9:00 AM until 6:00 PM. In smaller towns and many tourist destinations,
shops close at 6:00 PM Restaurants usually remain open and serve food until
midnight, Sunday to Thursday, and until 2:00 AM on Friday, Saturday and holidays.
However, there are some within tourism establishments that remain open 24
hours a day.
Money, Cards and
The Dominican currency is the Dominican
peso. It comes in denominations of 1, 5, 10 and 25 peso coins and in 20,
50, 100, 200, 500, 1,000 and 2,000 notes. Dollars and euros can be exchanged
in banks and authorized exchange offices across the country.
There are restrictions on bringing more
than US$10,000 in cash into the country and any amount over this value should
be declared on the customs form. It is prohibited to leave the Dominican
Republic with more than $10,000 US dollars or the equivalent in cash.
If you need cash, it is more convenient
to take it out of a bank. They are normally open from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM
In large business centers, some bank branches are open until 7:00 PM.
Passports, tourist card and visa
Citizens and residents of the United States,
Canada and the majority of European countries can enter the country with
a 30 day tourist card, which can be bought when you enter the country for
US $10. Any person, no matter what their nationality, may come into the Dominican
Republic with a tourist card if they have any of the following valid visas
in their passport: United States, Canada, United Kingdom or the European
Union (Schengen). If you wish to extend your tourist card to 90 days, you
will need to pay UD$20 (RD$800) to immigration. when you leave the country.
The exit tax is US$20.00, but this is usually included in the airline ticket.
To see a list of
the countries which require a visa to enter the Dominican Republic, visit
any of these Web sites:
already include a ten percent tip. It is customary to give an additional
ten percent for good service. Most people do not tip taxis, however you
are welcome to if you feel so inclined.
The same restrictions apply as in the
United States. In most restaurants and clubs, smoking is not allowed.
The Dominican people like to dress elegantly,
and they love to wear en vogue pieces. Depending on the occasion, they tend
to dress either casually or formally. Around hotels and resorts, it is suitable
to wear light clothing such as shirts, t-shirts, shorts, swimwear or dresses.
In December and January, when the nights
are cooler, you may need a light jacket or coat as the temperature drops
at night and into the early hours of the morning.
If you are going to be in the mountains,
you should bring coats and be prepared for temperatures as low as 41 F (5
C), especially in Constanza and Jarabacoa.
There's a large
network of roads connecting towns and tourist destinations around the country.
You can easily access beautiful areas such as the luscious green landscape
along the Santo Domingo-Santiago-Puerto Plata motorway, the spectacular
panoramic views of the sea and mountains along the route towards Barahona,
or the interesting new route through the Los Hiaitises National Park hills
leading to the Samaná Peninsula
and the North Coast.
The following land and air transportation
options can help you travel around the Dominican Republic:
l Various companies,
including international rental companies such as National, Alamo, Avis,
Budget, Thrifty, Europecar, Hertz and Dollar offer their services at the
main airports, tourist destinations and towns. It's best to rent a vehicle
to visit the destinations and attractions that are located along the Northern
coast, or also on the Samaná peninsula.
This goes for traveling around the variety of beaches in Punta Cana and La
Romana as well. For more information, contact the National Association of
Rental Cars at
Taxis can be found at airports and hotels
and can also be arranged in advance. They are listed in the telephone directory.
Taxis are safe and reliable option in Santo Domingo as well as in many inland
Santo Domingo Subway
The new modern
Metro service began in 2009 from the municipality of Santo Domingo Norte
up to the La Feria sector. It crosses the Máximo Gómez Avenue going south and circles
around in an east-west direction along the Correa y Cidrón avenue,
passing via the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo, USAD. The route passes
by many important buildings and ends at the Center of Heroes (La Feria) where
the National Congress, the Town Hall of Santo Domingo and various government
offices are located. A subway card costs RD$30 with recharge starting at
RD$20, the value of each trip
Metro Buses, Caribe
Tours, Terra Bus and Bávaro Express
It is not difficult
to travel between different regions of the country. There are several
private transportion companies that can take you in comfortable modern
busses. The Metro Buses and Caribe Tours cost less than US$10 for trips
of up to 140 miles.
Bávaro Express leaves several times
a day serving the Eastern regions including Bávaro, Punta Cana and
other nearby areas. Make sure that you take a coat, as these buses tend to
keep their air-conditioning at its lowest point.
Terra Bus is a
Dominican company that offers transport services on buses between Santo
Domingo and Puerto Príncipe.
For more information, call 809-530-9796.
These are large buses that travel along
the main roads of Santo Domingo and Santiago, from 7:00 a.m. until 9 p.m.
The price of the ticket ranges between RD$25 and RD$50 depending on whether
or not it has air conditioning.
are other smaller buses called “guaguas” (bus) or “voladoras” (fliers),
that travel scheduled routes and circulate around the main streets and avenues,
stopping when the passenger asks. The price for longer trips does not go
Public cars or “conchos” (speedsters)
“Concho cars,” are very similar
to the “guaguas,” because they travel specific routes and stop
at points requested by the passengers, for an average price of RD$35. You
can find these in the capital as well as towns and villages. However, if
you take a "carrera," the price will be negotiable.
Motorcycles, frequently used in the Dominican
Republic, are great for traveling relatively short distances. The cost should
be agreed on beforehand, but should not be over RD$100 for a long trip.
In Punta Cana, helicopters are a quick
and comfortable way of getting to know the area and its 32 miles of beaches.
There are helicopter companies that fly to Santo Domingo and other destinations,
connecting different cities and tourist points.
There are local
companies that fly scheduled flights to and from Santo Domingo, Puerto
Plata, Punta Cana and Samaná.
Air Century offers two flights per day to Punta Cana and from Punta Cana
to Santo Domingo to the La Isabela International Airport (AILI). For
more information, please visit
daily flights from AILI to the area of Portillo in Samaná. Once a day it stops at the
International Airport de las Américas (AILA). For more information,
flights from AILI to Punta Cana (PUJ), as well as from this area to Puerto
Plata (POP), and from Punta Cana to Samaná- Arroyo Barril (ABA).
For more information, please visit
The official language is Spanish.
Common phrases & expressions
1. Greetings and courtesy expressions
How are you?
I am fine, thank you
I am sorry
I am grateful
¿Cómo está usted?
Estoy bien, gracias
2. About the language
I don’t speak Spanish
I don’t understand
Just a little
Can you speak slower?
Can you say it in English?
Can you repeat it?
Does anybody speak English?
I can’t believe it
I can’t remember
No hablo español
Sólo un poco
¿Puede hablar más despacio?
¿Puede decirlo en inglés?
¿Hay alguien que hable inglés?
No puedo creerlo
No puedo recordar
I am lost
I am looking for this address
Could you help me?
How can I do?
How far is it?
Is it near?
How long it takes?
Is this a one way street?
Where is the colonial town?
Where is the cathedral?
Estoy buscando esta dirección
¿Cómo puedo hacer?
¿Qué tan lejos está?
¿Cuánto tiempo toma?
¿Es calle de una vía?
¿Adónde está la ciudad colonial?
¿Adónde está la catedral?
Please, help me
Please, call a doctor
I am diabetic
I have had an accident
Please, hurry up
Please, call for an ambulance
This is an emergency
Where is the nearest hospital?
Where is the nearest phone?
I need to reach the police station
I have been robbed
I have lost my passport
I need to call the hotel
I left the car keys inside
Por favor, ayúdeme
Por favor, llame a un doctor
He tenido un accidente
Por favor, apúrese
Por favor, pida una ambulancia
Esto es una emergencia
¿Adónde está el hospital más cercano?
¿Adónde está el teléfono más cercano?
Necesito llegar a la estación de policía
Me han robado
He perdido mi pasaporte
Necesito llamar al hotel
He dejado las llaves dentro del carro
This is a business trip
I come for my holidays
I come to visit a friend
I love this country
I have nothing to declare
Just my personal belongings
Where are the restrooms?
Where is the exit door?
I need a wheelchair
Este es un viaje de negocios
Vengo de vacaciones
Vengo a visitar un amigo
Me encanta este país
No tengo nada que declarar
Solamente mis artículos personales
¿Adónde están los baños?
¿Adónde está la salida?
Necesito una silla de ruedas
This hotel is paradise
I have a reservation
I prefer a non smoking room
Do you have a room with ocean view?
Please, show me another room
I need a wake up call
Is there a safe deposit box?
There is no hot water
I need a clean towel
Is there any message for me?
Can you recommend me a good restaurant?
Can you call a taxi for me?
Este hotel es un paraíso
Tengo una reservación
Prefiero una habitación para no fumadores
¿Tiene habitación con vista al mar?
Por favor, muéstreme otra habitación
Necesito una llamada despertadora
¿Tiene caja de seguridad?
No hay agua caliente
Necesito una toalla limpia
¿Algún mensaje para mí?
¿Me puede recomendar un buen restaurante?
¿Podría pedir un taxi para mí?
7. At the stores
My size is 8.
Do you have it in black?
It is too big for me
Is there another brand?
Where are the fitting rooms?
I need to try another size
Do you open on Sundays?
Do you have another store?
Do you accept credit card?
Mi talla es ocho
¿Lo tiene en negro?
Es muy grande para mi
¿Tiene de otra marca?
¿Dónde están los probadores?
Necesito probarme otra talla
¿Abren los domingos?
¿Tienen otra tienda?
¿Aceptan ustedes tarjeta de crédito?
I have a reservation
for two people
What is your specialty?
What do you recommend?
What kind of fish do you have?
I’d like to see the menu
I’d like to see the wine list, please
I’d like a cold beer
This is not what I ordered
I’d like some dessert
One coffee and one tea
We will pay separately
The food was wonderful
You may keep the change
una reservación para dos personas
Camarero, por favor
¿Cuál es su especialidad?
¿Qué usted recomienda?
¿Qué clase de pescado tiene?
Me gustaría ver el menú
¿Podría ver la carta de vinos, por favor?
Me gustaría una cerveza fría
Esto no fue lo que ordené
Me gustaría un postre
Un café y un té
La cuenta, por favor
Pagaremos por separado
La comida estuvo maravillosa
Puede quedarse con el cambio
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