Dominican Republic travel information
All borders (air, land and sea) closed from 19 March
for 15 days in the first place. The national state of
emergency from 19 March has also been declared with 15
days duration in the first place.
Most trips to the Dominican Republic go safely and
without special problems, but travelers should be alert
and take reasonable precautions.
The crime rate is relatively low, but has shown a
rising trend lately. Haiti's border areas are
particularly vulnerable to crime. Visitors should be
extra cautious in the period from November to January as
the crime rate is highest during this period. Pocket
theft and assault are the most common form of crime that
affects tourists, but from time to time more violent
episodes are also reported. It is recommended to dress
"easily" and not show visible signs of wealth when
leaving the hotel area. Take special care after dark; It
is recommended not to walk alone and avoid illuminated
areas. One should at all times secure his personal
belongings and documents.
Strikes, protests and political demonstrations occur
periodically and previous demonstrations have sometimes
been violent. It is recommended to avoid demonstrations.
Taxis are cheap and relatively reliable. However,
cases of robberies committed by taxi drivers have been
reported, and it is therefore recommended to keep
valuables well hidden. Tourist taxis are safer but more
expensive. Motorcycle taxis are popular and cheap but
- Countryaah: Santo Domingo is the capital
of Dominican Republic. Check to find information of population, geography, history,
and economy about the capital city.
International driving license is required when
driving or renting a car. Care should also be taken to
keep windows closed and doors locked during car trips to
The terror threat is considered low in the Dominican
The Dominican Republic is prone to flooding and
hurricanes. The hurricane season lasts from June through
November. Earthquakes are also a potential threat and
earthquakes are occasionally noticed.
Hurricanes: In the case of
hurricanes, Norwegians staying in affected areas are
encouraged to follow the advice and directions of local
authorities. In addition, the National Hurricane Center
as well as local media is a useful source of up-to-date
It is imperative to make preparations in advance of
notified hurricanes. You should ensure that you have
access to what you need to do in the immediate aftermath
of hurricanes. During and after hurricanes, periods of
weakened infrastructure, electricity outages, and
telecommunications networks and damage to roads and
buildings can occur. Restaurants and shops may be
closed. In some cases it can be challenging to float
water, food and cash. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs
does not normally provide travel advice in connection
with natural disasters.
You should be aware that most tour operators offering
excursions, water sports, jeep, horseback riding, etc.
are not insured, and you should therefore check the
terms of your insurance before undertaking such
Norway is represented by two honorary consulates in
the Dominican Republic; one in Santo Domingo and one in
Puerto Plata. The Norwegian Embassy responsible for the
Dominican Republic is the Norwegian Embassy in Havana,
Cuba. Contact information for the consulates can be
Please note that entry regulations may change. The
Foreign Service is not responsible if the following
information on entry regulations or visa requirements is
changed at short notice. It is the responsibility of the
traveler to ensure that travel documents are valid for
entry and to familiarize themselves with the current
entry rules for each country.
For entry, passports that are valid for up to six
months after the scheduled departure date are required.
A 30-day visa is available upon arrival at the Dominican
Republic airport. If you want to stay longer as a
tourist, you can extend your stay by 30 days. This is
done at one of the immigration offices in Santo Domingo.
Upon departure, a US $ 20 (or more for longer stay)
departure tax is required for stays of up to two weeks,
in cases where the departure tax is not included in the
Contact the Dominican Republic Embassy in Stockholm
for other types of visas:
Dominican Republic Embassy in Stockholm
Kungsholmsgatan 10, 5 Tr., 112 27 Stockholm
Email: [email protected]
Coronavirus (covid-19): Dominican
authorities confirm that there have been cases of
coronavirus (covid-19) in the Dominican Republic.
Norwegian travelers should keep abreast of the
development of the coronavirus in the country. Dominican
authorities have introduced measures to limit the spread
of the virus. Follow local authorities' advice, guidance
and instructions on how to deal with the situation.
All borders (air, land and sea) closed from 19 March
for 15 days in the first place. Declared national state
of emergency from March 19 also initially in 15 days
duration. From March 20, curfews were introduced (8
pm-6am) with the exception of those with special
exemptions (health workers and others) or medical
crisis. Major restrictions on movement and activities in
the country. All major events canceled. All schools and
universities closed. Bars and restaurants mainly closed
but except for food delivery. Several hotels are closing
You can find more information and guidance from the
Norwegian health authorities on the website of the
Norwegian Institute of Public Health. See also UD's
answers to frequently asked questions about travel and
It is recommended to obtain travel and hospital
insurance before departure. Public hospitals have a
lower standard than Norwegians are accustomed to, but
there are private hospitals of a high standard.
Medications are expensive.
One should not drink tap water and care should be
taken with food that has been washed in tap water. It is
also not recommended to eat food prepared on the street.
Visitors may experience slightly easier stomach upset
due to the unfamiliar bacterial flora. Malaria, dengue,
dysentery, rabies, typhoid and hepatitis A and B occur.
Seek medical advice well in advance of departure for any
HIV/AIDS occurs and one should take the necessary
precautions to avoid infection.
For official health travel advice and health
professional guidance for Norwegians when traveling
abroad, please refer to the Norwegian Institute of
Dominican Pesos (DOP) is the official currency, but
US dollars are also common to use and accepted in most
places. 1 NOK is equivalent to 7.01 DOP (as of
Credit cards (Visa, American Express, Mastercard,
Diners) can be used in Santo Domingo, as well as in the
major tourist areas. Cards can also be used to withdraw
local currency from ATMs. Card fraud is a major problem
and therefore use should be limited. To avoid copying
the card, you should check for ATM irregularities and
always make sure the card is visible when paying in
restaurants, bars, etc. The US dollar is the easiest to
Normal opening hours are - Banks: 08: 30-16: 00, some
of the larger shopping centers have banks that are open
until 19:00. Public Offices: 08: 00/09: 00-18: 00;
Saturdays until 13:00. Stores: 0900-1900
National Holidays - January 1, January 6, January 21,
January 26, February 27 (Independence Day), Good Friday,
May 1, June 23, August 16, September 24, October 12, 25.
Telephone - National telephone code: 1-809
Emergency Phone - 911
The time difference to Norway is 6 hours behind
Norway summer time, 5 hours normal time.
The power supply is at 110 volts 60 Hz.
The climate is subtropical, with rainy season from
May to October. Temperatures are stable, with an average
temperature of 24 degrees in December-March and 27
degrees in August. Humidity is relatively high,
especially in the afternoons from June to November. The
weather forecast can be read here.
Always bring your passport, a copy of the passport is
not considered a valid travel document.
Very few speak English outside of the major tourist
complexes. It will be a great advantage to be able to
speak some Spanish.
Drug smuggling is punished with severe imprisonment
under very demanding conditions and no special treatment
is given to foreigners. Anti-drug police are very
The tourist police, who usually speak satisfactory
English, can provide assistance.