Airport guide

Airports in Dominican Republic

Language

The official language is Spanish, but English is very common in tourist areas.

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Money

The Dominican Republic peso is divided into 100 centavos, but many tourist hotels and destinations have their prices posted in US dollars as well. Some places even accept euros. You won’t be able to exchange any pesos outside of the country, so make sure you change all your money before leaving. You can use major credit cards almost anywhere, but you’ll probably be charged a commission. You’ll get the best exchange rates on US traveler’s checks.

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Communications

The Dominican Republic’s international country code is 1, followed by 809. The main tourist towns and resorts usually have Internet cafes.

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Tipping

A 10 percent service charge is usually included on hotel and restaurant bills, but additional tips for good service are always appreciated. A 10 percent charge for a good waiter is customary.

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Safety

: You should avoid crossing the border into Haiti, since the neighboring country’s recent unfortunate events have created an unstable security situation. Within the Dominican Republic, there are few incidents of violent crime, but use common sense and guard yourself against petty crime. There can be hurricanes between June and November.

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Health

: You don’t need any vaccinations to enter the Dominican Republic, but it’s recommended you get immunizations for Hepatitis A, typhoid, rabies and polio if you’re traveling outside of the main cities. Malaria can be present all year round. The risk of dengue fever rises from May to September, when mosquitoes bite during the day. Take care to use mosquito repellent. There is a high rate of HIV/AIDS, and you should stick to bottled water. Be wary of food that might not be properly cooked, and know that some fish can be poisonous even after it’s been cooked. You should carry your own health insurance.

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Electricity

The Dominican Republic’s electrical current is 110 volts AC, 60Hz and accepts American-style, two-pinned plugs.

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