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Official language

Spanish

Capital

Santo Domingo

Head of State

Danilo Medina Sanchez

Form of Government

Presidential Republic

Size

48.730 km²

Population

10.464.474

Religion

Christian; mostly Catholics (80%)

Entry Requirements

Please check the visa requirements for your destination at the appropriate consulate or embassy in your country and do this well in advance of your travel date.

Location

The Dominican Republic is situated in the Caribbean and makes up just under two thirds of the island Hispaniola. In the west the Dominican Republic borders on Haiti, in the north on the Atlantic Ocean and in the east and south on the Caribbean Sea.

Language

The official language is Spanish. English is spoken in the tourist areas.

Time difference

CET -5 hours. During summer CET -6 hours.

Electricity

110/120-volt alternating current, 60 hertz. An American adapter plug is recommended.

Telephone / Mobile network

Only American system

Internet

In nearly all hotels, bars and restaurants you have WiFi, and there are several internet cafés nearby.

Climate/ Clothing

The climate is tropical with temperatures averaging about 30 degrees. Easily washable light cotton clothing is recommended. For the cooler evenings during winter and the air-conditioned rooms a light pullover is advisable. You should take something with you to protect you from the sun and the brief but heavy showers. You will also need a jacket if you travel to the mountains of the Dominican Republic. Pico Duarte is 3175 metres high and the temperatures up there are accordingly low.

Health Regulations

If you travel from Europe no immunization is required. Nevertheless it is recommended, especially for individual travellers, to get a vaccination against hepatitis A and typhoid. Malaria exists regionally, especially in the rural areas close to the border of Haiti (provinces Dajabon, Elias Pina, Monte Christi). Everywhere else the risk is small. We advise you to take insect repellent and medicine against Malaria (standby therapy) with you. Malaria is passed mostly during the night by mosquitos.

Transfer

The transfer from the airport in Puerto Plata takes about 20 minutes.

Rental Car and Transport

Good bus connections between major towns. Taxis are available - negotiate the price before departure! We advise against renting a car.

Currency/ Mode of Payment

Local currency is the Dominican Peso (RD$) 1 Dominican Peso = 100 Centavos. At the moment 1 Euro = ca. 50 RD$). Pesos may not be imported nor exported. Foreign currency may be imported in unlimited amounts. The amount imported may be exported again minus the amount changed into Dominican Pesos. Hotels, shops and car rental agencies generally accept international credit cards. US-$ traveller's checks are accepted, too. At the moment only 30% of the amount changed into local currency will be changed back into foreign currency (you have to show the receipt of the exchange to the Dominican bank).

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