Demonstrations are expected in Las Terrenas (in the Samaná Peninsula in the north of the country) over electricity prices and distribution. Demonstrations are scheduled for 3 December and every subsequent Wednesday, but protests could occur anytime. Previous demonstrations on the same issue have resulted in deaths. Avoid all large gatherings as they could turn violent without notice. Take care and monitor local news reports.

Cases of Chikungunya virus have been confirmed in the Dominican Republic and the number of reported cases in the region is increasing. 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.

The hurricane season in the Dominican Republic runs from June to November. You should monitor weather updates and track the progress of approaching storms. See Hurricanes.

108,300 British nationals visited the Dominican Republic in 2013. 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.