Dominican Republic Fact Sheet

Information provided by the Caribbean Tourism Organization

 

 The Dominican Republic comprises the eastern two thirds of Hispaniola island and is the second largest country in the Caribbean with an area of 30,000 square miles. It is bordered on the North by the Atlantic Ocean and the South by the Caribbean Sea.

 

Over 400 kilometers of sparkling beaches span the South, East,

Southwest and North coasts. These include the beaches of Boca

Chica, JuanDolio-Guayacanes, La Romana, and Bayahibe in the

Southeast; Punta Cana and Bavaro in the East; Paraiso and Enriquillo

in the Southwest; and on the North Coast, Puerto Plata, Sosua,

Cabarete Playa Grande and Luperon.

 

The Dominican Republic has sixteen national parks protecting and

conserving its wildlife and natural resources. Meanwhile, the thrill of

adventure is nowhere more alive than along the country's north coast

and mountain region. For those seeking adrenaline pumped action, or

just a brand new experience, there is river rafting for shooting the

rapids; mountain biking for master single track terrain; caving; and

canyoning.

 

PASSPORT AND VISA REQUIREMENTS: Visitors should reconfirm

travel documentation with the nearest Dominican consulate. In general,

passport bearing visitors from Argentina, South Korea, Ecuador, Israel,

Japan, Liechtenstein, Peru, UK and Uruguay are exempt from visas or

tourist cards.

 

TOURIST CARDS (sold at US$10) are required for citizens of Albania,

Andorra, Antigua, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados,

Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Czechoslovakia, Chile,

Curacao, Denmark, Dominica, Slovenia, Spain, Finland, France,

Germany, Greece, Holland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica,

Luxembourg, Mexico, Monaco, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal, Rumania,

Russia, San Marino, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, St. Lucia, Sweden,

Switzerland, Surinam, Tunisia, Turks & Caicos Islands, United States,

Trinidad & Tobago, Venezuela and Yugoslavia. Nationals of other

countries may require visas. Passports are the preferred travel document.

CITIZENS OF THE USA may enter with passport or with an original birth

certificate and additional photo bearing document (such as voters

registration or drivers license.)

 

LANGUAGE: Spanish is the official language. English is widely spoken,

especially in tourist areas. Traffic signs and most menus in restaurants

are in Spanish, although menus in tourist regions tend to be multilingual.

 

AIRLINES: Air Atlantic, American Airlines, Continental, Queen Air,

Tower Air, TWA from North America. Inter Caribbean flights are

operated by: Air Guadeloupe, American Eagle Copa, Dominair, TCCA,

ALM. Aces, Aerolineas Argentinas, Aeropostal and Lanchile provide

service to South America. To Canada: Air Transat, Royal Airlines,

Canada 3000, To Europe: Air France, Air Europa, Air Portugal, AOM,

Britannia, Condor, Hapag Lloyd, Iberia, LTU, Martinair.

 

AIRPORT: Seven international airports: Las Americas (20 minutes east

of Santo Domingo); Puerto Plata International Gregorio Luperon (15

minutes from Playa Dorada, Puerto Plata and Sosua); Punta Cana

(serving the far east); La Romana; Maria Montez in Barahona (the

country's newest); and two smaller ones in Santiago and Herrera.

 

The Samana-Arroyo Barril airport is expected to be able to receive its

first flights by March 2000.

 

FLIGHT TIMES: New York: 31/2 hours, Miami: 1  hour, San Juan:

 35 minutes, Toronto: 4 hours, most European cities: 8 - 10 hours.

 

DEPARTURE TAX: US$10.00

 

CURRENCY: The rate of exchange fluctuates around RD$16.35 =

US$1.00 (as of Sept. 2000)

 

BANKING HOURS: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Mondays to Fridays.

Airport booths remain open to service all incoming flights, up to 24

hours if necessary. ATM's in many branches Some banks are now

opening on Saturdays.

 

ELECTRICITY: 110 volts/60 cycles, same as the US

 

PUBLIC HOLIDAYS 2000

01 JAN - New Years Day

Closest Mon or Fri to 06JAN - Epiphany Day

21JAN - Our Lady of Altagracia Day

Closest Mon or Fri to 26JAN - Juan Pablo Duartes Birthday

27FEB - Independence Day

21APR - Good Friday

Closest Mon or Fri to 01MAY - Labor Day

Closest Mon or Fri to 16AUG - Dominican Restoration Day

24  SEP - Our Lady of Mercedes Day

Corpus Christi Day

Closest Mon or Fri to 06NOV - Constitution Day

25 DEC - Christmas Day

 

FESTIVALS:

Week of Independence Day (27FEB) - Carnival

Last week in JUL to first week in AUG - Merengue Festival

Second week in OCT - Puerto Platas Merengue Festival

Early DEC to Epiphany Day (06JAN) - Christmas Celebrations

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