Plage République Dominicaine

Dominican Republic

Drapeau République DominicaineThe Dominican Republic is an island part of the Greater Antilles in the Caribbean Sea. The country occupies two-thirds of the island of Hispaniola on the east end, while Haiti occupies the western part of the island.

Spanish is the official language of this country which counts approximately 9.5 million inhabitants. The capital, Santo Domingo, is populated with 3 million inhabitants and is situated at approximately 3 hours by car from Punta Cana.


A valid passport is required for everyone visiting the Dominican Republic. The passport must be valid until the date of expected departure from the country. Before you leave, ask your airline company about its requirements related to passport validity, which may be more stringent than the country’s entry rules. Canadian and American tourists must also be in possession of a return airline ticket.

Don’t forget to fill out your E-TICKET online (which corresponds to the customs and immigration form)
You have to do it for the outward journey and also for the return journey, the latter is totally FREE, you can fill it in here


The Dominican Republic has a tropical climate. The average temperatures are between 71.6 F (26 Celsius) in winter and 86 F in summer (30 Celcius).


No particular vaccine is required by law when traveling to the DR.
We recommend sun block and mosquito repellant.

You also can bring medication for Turista (traveler’s diarrhea).
Drink a lot of water to avoid dehydration (be careful: tap water is NOT drinkable)

Currency and Exchange Rate

The national currency is the Dominican Peso (DOP or RD$).

Most tourist sites also accept Euros, American dollars and Canadian Dollars. The exchange rate for 1 US dollar is around 58 RDS.


To call from Canada or the US to the Dominican Republic:
Dial 1 in front of the number

To call from Dominican Republic to Canada or the US:
Dial 1 in front of the number

To call from France to the Dominican Republic make +1
From the Dominican Republic to France call +33

Costs vary depending on the long distance operator.

US Embassy

Canadian Embassy
Find useful information from the Canadian embassy:

French Embassy

Belgium Embassy in the Dominican Republic is in Cuba