This guide explains the main administrative issues British nationals moving to Dominican Republic may want to consider before or shortly after they arrive in the Dominican Republic.
Check FCDO travel advice for the Dominican Republic for information on passport validity requirements.
If you intend to relocate or work in the Dominican Republic, you must apply for a special visa before travelling. The Dominican Republic Embassy website has more information about different types of visas.
Please refer to the FCDO Travel Advice for the Dominican Republic for advice on healthcare.
The Dominican Republic and the UK do not have reciprocal healthcare agreements. You should buy comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you enter the country.
The NHS has information for people moving abroad.
You should consult Dominican lawyers with relevant experience before purchasing any property in the Dominican Republic. There is no Legal Section in the British Embassy and consular staff are not legally trained; therefore we are not able to advise you on legal matters, interfere in private disputes over property, or other issues. However, we can provide you with a list of List of English Speaking Lawyers. Please note the disclaimer.
We recommend you get professional advice on paying tax in the Dominican Republic.
You may be able to pay National Insurance while abroad in order to protect your State Pension and entitlement to other benefits and allowances.
Find out which UK benefits you might be able to get while you’re abroad and how to claim them.
Many income-related benefits such as Pension Credit and Housing Benefit can’t be paid if you’re abroad for more than 4 weeks.
Driving in the Dominican Republic
A range of private bilingual schools is available. Further information on schools and education in the Dominican Republic can be found at the Dominican Ministry of Education website.
If you are planning to study in the Dominican Republic, you will need to apply for the appropriate visa. The Dominican Republic Embassy website has more information.
UK state pensions
If you get a ‘life certificate’ from the UK Pension Service, you need to respond as soon as possible – your payments may be suspended if you don’t.
Births, Marriages and Deaths
You can find emergency numbers in the FCDO Travel Advice for the Dominican Republic.
If you need consular assistance, contact your nearest British embassy or consulate.
Returning to the UK
To move your pension to the UK, contact the International Pension Centre.
Please note that this information is provided as a guide only. Definitive information should be obtained from the Dominican authorities. The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office will not be liable for any inaccuracies in this information.