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.

All travelers entering through Punta Cana airport must have a tourist card. Some airline companies include them with their tickets. If your airline does not distribute them on-flight, you will have to purchase one tourist card per person, for a value of 10$ US per person. Plan cash money as customs do not accept credit cards.

When leaving from Punta Cana airport, a departure tax of 20$ US per person is requested. Most airline companies include it in the fare of the ticket. Before travelling, ask your airline if you will need to pay your departure tax locally.



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