Before you travel, check the ‘Entry requirements’ section for the Dominican Republic’s current entry restrictions and requirements. These may change with little warning. Monitor this advice for the latest updates and stay in contact with your travel provider.
If you plan to pass through another country to return to the UK, check the travel advice for the country you’re transiting.
It is more important than ever to get travel insurance and check it provides sufficient cover. See the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) guidance on foreign travel insurance.
The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June to November. In the Caribbean this frequently coincides with heavy rains, which may cause flash floods and landslides.
You should closely monitor local and international weather updates from the US National Hurricane Center and follow the advice of local authorities and your tour operator. Spanish language alerts are available from the Dominican Emergency Management Centre (COE) via their mobile app ‘AlertaCOE’, or on their Twitter account.
See our Tropical Cyclones page for advice on what to do if you are caught up in a storm. See Natural disasters. Over 160,000 British nationals visited the Dominican Republic in 2019. Most visits are trouble-free, but there are incidents of crime and violence. See Crime
Be cautious when travelling in Dominican Republic. Driving standards are variable. Take extra care if you’re travelling
between Haiti and Dominican Republic by road.
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 in the Dominican Republic for attempting to traffic drugs. See Local laws and customs
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
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. The number for emergency services is 911. This does not have 100% coverage across the country, so if you cannot reach 911, call the tourist police for help.
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.
Updated information on passport validity requirements (‘Entry requirements’ page).
Updated information on hurricanes (‘Summary’ and ‘Natural disasters’ pages).
Information on Tropical Storm Fiona which is expected to reach the Dominican Republic on Sunday 18 September. You should closely monitor local and international weather updates (‘Summary’ and ‘Natural disasters’ pages)
Updated information on passport validity (‘Entry requirements’ page)
Updated information on the requirement for travellers to fill in an online entry form before travel to the Dominican Republic (‘Entry requirements’ page)
Updated information on COVID-19 testing requirements for entry to the Dominican Republic (‘Entry requirements’ page)
Updated information on COVID-19 measures (‘Coronavirus’ page)
Updated information on entry requirements and COVID-19 measures (‘Entry Requirements and Coronavirus pages).