The hurricane season in the Dominican Republic runs from June to November. Tropical Storm Erika is forecast to bring hazardous sea and weather conditions to the Dominican Republic from around 27 August. See Natural Disasters.

Cases of Chikungunya virus have been confirmed in the Dominican Republic. You should take steps to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes. For more details about this outbreak, see the website of the National Health Network and Centre. See Health

126,563 British nationals visited the Dominican Republic in 2014. Most visits are trouble-free, but there are incidents of crime and violence. See Crime

Don’t become involved with illegal drugs of any kind. There are severe penalties for all drug offences. A number of British nationals are serving prison sentences for attempting to traffic drugs. See Local laws and customs.

Credit card cloning and fraud are common. It’s generally safer to use cash. See Money

There is a low threat from terrorism in Dominican Republic. See Terrorism

The Overseas Business Risk service offers information and advice for British companies operating overseas on how to manage political, economic, and business security-related risks.

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.