Vaccinations are not mandatory to enter the country. If your destination is near the border or you plan to visit some marginalized slums, you should take measures to avoid malaria, cholera and typhus. Preventive treatment can be applied in most cases. If you wish, you can consult your family doctor before traveling.
During 2006, the US Dollar (US$) - Peso (RD$) exchange rate has remained stable, between RD$34 and RD$31 for US$1, while the Euro rate has been fetching RD$42 and RD$38 over the past months. To get updated information on the daily rate, go to the exchange rate section of the Central Bank of the Dominican Republic's website: http://www.bancentral.gov.do/
It's always advisable to observe certain security measures when you travel into unknown, lonely or out-of-the-way places. The following are some general recommendations:
- It's preferable to change foreign currency at commercial banks or authorized exchange banks
- Be careful when using ATMs.
- Plan your stay. Find out about places of interest, accommodation, activities, climate, culture, hygiene, and gastronomy, and any other type of information that will make your vacation enjoyable and interesting.
- Find out about customs and immigration requirements in the Dominican Republic. For example: all travelers must pay a US$20 departure tax at the airport and you cannot leave the country with more than US$10,000 in cash before boarding your flight at the airport.
All foreigners traveling to the Dominican Republic must have a valid passport, an indispensable requirement. Some concessions, however, apply to citizens from Germany, Canada, the U.S. and other countries with whom special agreements are in place regarding the issuing of visas. In these cases, only a personal identification document is needed, usually a birth certificate, a driver's license, or the national identification card, as in the case of Germany.