Dominican Republic

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Dominican Republic
19°0′N, 70°40′W Chart icon.png
Capital Santo Domingo
Language Spanish
Currency Peso (DOP)
Time zone (UTC-4)
Calling code +1-809, +1-829, +1-849

The Dominican Republic is a Caribbean country that occupies the eastern two-thirds of the Caribbean island of Hispaniola. The western one-third of Hispaniola is occupied by the country of Haiti. To the north lies the North Atlantic Ocean, while the Caribbean Sea lies to the south. There are many small offshore islands and cays that are part of the Dominican territory. The two largest islands near shore are Saona Island in the southeast and Beata Island in the southwest.


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The climate is tropical. The wet season is from May to November, and possible hurricanes between June and November. Most rainfall is in the northern and eastern regions. The average rainfall is 1346 mm, with extremes of 2500 mm in the northeast and 500 mm in the west. The main annual temperature ranges from 21 °C in the mountainous regions to 25 °C on the plains and at the coast. The average temperature in Santo Domingo in January is 25 °C and 30 °C in July.

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The Q flag must be flown and do not leave the yacht until the officials have boarded and issued clearance. A port official will board the yacht with immigration and customs officials. The ship's papers, passports and clearance certificate from your last port must be presented. A visitor's card for each person aboard will be issued. A new law started the 1 of July that will make arrival and departure easier, less expensive and nicer.

Vessels must report arrival and departure between EACH port, this can now be done in the marina where you are staying. It is now a lot easier to both go in and out of the country as well as cruising between different ports.

Immigration, Visas & Customs


Note that US citizens must be in possession of a passport.
No visa is required (only a Tourist Card is necessary) for stays of up to sixty days by nationals of:
Andorra, Antigua, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Brazil, Bolivia, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czechoslovakia, Curacao, Denmark, Dominica, El Salvador, Finland, France (includes Guadeloupe, Guyana, Martinique, Reunion and St. Kitts), Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Guatemala, Holland, Honduras, Hungary, Ireland, Turks & Caicos Islands, Italy, Jamaica, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Mexico, Monaco, Norway, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal, Russia, San Marino, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, St. Lucia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Surinam, Trinidad & Tobago, the United States (including Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands), Ukraine, Venezuela and Yugoslavia.

Tourist Cards are valid for up to sixty days from the date of entry and can be obtained on arrival for US$10.00 for the nationals of the countries listed above. All others, including Cuba, require visas and all applications must be authorised by the authorities in the Dominican Republic.


Firearms MUST be declared and accompanied with the valid documentation. Any pets must have a valid health certificate and documentation showing recent Rabies innoculation.


Dengue Fever and Malaria exist and there is a high Aids infection of the population.

Water - Locals, even in the most rural areas, will either boil their water or purchase bottled water. Eating salads or other food that may be washed in tap water is not advisable. Ice is a bad idea as well, except in luxury hotels and restaurants (which produce ice from bottled water). If you plan on cooking or washing dishes for longer stays, it is a good idea to rinse everything with bottled or boiled water before use.


Tourists are advised not to travel alone in cities if possible as muggings are fairly common. Streets are largely unlit after dark, even in the captial of Santo Domingo, and are subject to routine power outages. Wild dogs are common throughout the country but largely ignore people (feeding these dogs is not recommended as this may induce aggressive behavior). Western travellers are advised to dress casually and remove rings and other jewelery when away from tourist destinations. However, common tourist destinations, in particular the more expensive, luxury hotels and areas are very safe.

Corruption is rampant and the level of professionalism of the National Police is somewhat debatable. To protect income from tourism the government has established the Polit Tour or "tourist police" which is tasked with the safety of foreign tourists. Travellers are advised to contact this agency if any problems are encountered as they will have a much more positive response than with the national police.


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Rod Heikel, Greek Waters Pilot, Imray Laurie and Wilson, Cambridgeshire, ISBN 9780852889718, expands to
Rod Heikell, Greek Waters Pilot Imray, Laurie and Wilson, Cambridgeshire, ISBN 9780852889718
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