Foreign travel advice

Dominican Republic

Summary

For information and advice about the risks associated with Zika virus, visit the National Travel Health Network and Centre website.

The hurricane season in the Dominican Republic runs from June to November. See Natural Disasters.

Cases of chikungunya virus and dengue fever have been confirmed in the Dominican Republic. You should take steps to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes. See Health

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

Take extra care on the road between Haiti and the Dominican Republic. There have been incidents of armed robberies of foreign nationals in 2016 on the Dominican side of the border by criminals dressed as police officers. See Road travel

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.