Hurricane Irma passed the north coast of the Dominican Republic on 8 September and was followed by Hurricane Maria on 21 September 2017. There was some local flooding and minor damage to buildings in the north and east.
The hurricane season usually runs from June to November. You can monitor approaching storms on the website of the US National Hurricane Centre. You should follow the advice of local authorities in the event of any storms. See Natural Disasters
For information and advice about the risks associated with Zika virus, visit the National Travel Health Network and Centre website.
165,000 British nationals visited the Dominican Republic in 2016. Most visits are trouble-free, but there are incidents of crime and violence. See Crime
Take extra care if you’re travelling between Haiti and the Dominican Republic by road. There have been armed robberies in the Dominican Republic on roads close to the border with Haiti. 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
Although there’s no recent history of terrorism in the Dominican Republic, attacks can’t be ruled out. See Terrorism
If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.
The number for the English speaking tourist police (CESTUR) is +1-809-200-3500. In Santo Domingo, Santiago and the north coast (including Puerto Plata) the number for all emergency services is 911. In Punta Cana-Bavaro, the number for emergency fire and ambulance services is +1-809-455-1551 and in Samana, the number for emergency fire and ambulance services is +1-809-538-3763.
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.