Capital: Santo Domingo.
Currency: Dominicain peso.
Electricity: 110 volts, 60Hz.
Time Zone: GMT -4 hr. Daylight savings time is not applied.
Government: Representative democracy.
Land size: 48 730 km2.
Language: Spanish, basic English and French in resort areas.
Population: 8,950,000 approx.
Religion: 95% of the population are Catholic.
A valid passport is required and a tourist card ($10 US dollars) available through your airline or at the custom lines.
International license recommended. Must be 21 years old and have credit card.
Dominican Republic Vacation Tips
It is advised to use American dollars, rather than the Dominican peso. Major credit cards and the travellers' cheques are widely accepted in most hotels, restaurants and businesses.
There are no required vaccines to enter the country however precautions do need to be enforced. The most common illness is the traveler's diarrhea (turista), usually showing up on the third day. Drink bottled water and wash your hands often. Make sure your food is thoroughly cooked and avoid open-air stands.The tap water is not treated.
The rate of crime is higher in the Dominican Republic, however tourists are generally safe in the resort areas. Use good judgement when traveling to cities or outside resort areas. Take advantage of the safety deposit boxes provided by the hotels and ensure that you lock your hotel door or your rented car.
It is advised to change your foreign currencies into American dollars, rather than the Dominican peso, at the larger banks or the accredited exchange bureaus of the country. Usually the hotels will also make the exchange but at a lesser rate of exchange.