FAQs for Travel to the Dominican Republic

Frequently Asked Questions about traveling to the Dominican Republic

Most questions and answers were pulled from hispanola.com; follow the link for additional Q&As.

  1. Do I need a passport to go to the Dominican Republic?
    • Yes
  2. Are there any fees I need to pay on arrival/departure?
    • There is a US $10 Tourist Card fee you will have to pay on entry and a US $20 Departure Tax that must be paid before leaving the Dominican Republic. Please see our Entry/Exit Requirements section for more detailed information on this. The $10 tourist fee was a surprise to us but we did not have to pay a departure tax. Whenever traveling though, it’s best to have cash and change on hand. We recommend you travel with at least $50 on hand.
  3. What is the weather like?
    • The Dominican Republic is in the Caribbean, so temperatures are generally quite warm throughout the country all year round. Some have even called the weather here ‘the endless summer’.
  4. What type of currency should I bring?
    • US dollars are the most easily exchangeable foreign currency into the local Dominican Republic currency, Pesos, or RD. You can exchange currency in the airport but local banks and ATMs (cajero automatico) usually have the best rates. We know of 2 ATMs within 3miles of where we’re staying.
  5. Do I need any vaccinations before visiting?
    • At the present time no special vaccinations are required before visiting the Dominican Republic.
  6. Is if safe to drink water in the D.R.?
    • Drinking purified bottled water is definitely recommended and is available everywhere in the Dominican Republic. Hotels and restaurants use purified water to clean and cook their food, and purified water is used to make all ice. It is not recommended that you drink tap water. For those with a sensitive stomach, it is not recommended to even use tap water to brush your teeth.
  7. To flush or not to flush [the toilet paper]?
    • Do not flush the toilet paper. Plumbing isn’t efficient enough to flush paper without blockage – so don’t do it. Instead, use the bin provided to dispose of whatever paper you use. You get use to it…just wrap that paper up with more toilet paper and place it into the bin next to the toilet.