Foreign travel advice
General elections took place on 15 May 2016. Counting is still ongoing and there has been localised violence and disturbances near some election centres. You should avoid political demonstrations and other large gatherings.
Cases of locally transmitted Zika virus have been confirmed in the last 3 months. You should follow the advice of the National Travel Health Network and Centre and discuss your travel plans with your healthcare provider, particularly if you’re pregnant or planning to become pregnant.
The hurricane season in the Dominican Republic runs from June to November. See Natural Disasters.
142,083 British nationals visited the Dominican Republic in 2015. 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.