Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, everyone is required to present a valid passport to enter the Dominican Republic. When traveling to the island it’s important to travel with the details of your accommodation including the address of the villa. This is required for the Customs and Immigration forms.
Visas are not needed by U.S., Canadian, Irish, Australian, New Zealand, or British citizens for visits of less than 90 days.
Atlantic Standard Time is observed year-round. Between November and March, when it’s noon in New York and Miami, it’s 1pm in Santo Domingo. However, during U.S. daylight saving time, it’s the same time in the Dominican Republic and the U.S. East Coast.
Just before you leave home, check with your country’s Customs or Foreign Affairs department for the latest guidelines including information on items that are not allowed to be brought into your home country, since the rules are subject to change and often contain some surprising oddities.
U.S. Citizens: For specifics on what you can bring back and the corresponding fees, download the invaluable free pamphlet Know Before You Go online at www.cbp.gov (click on “Travel,” and then click on “Know Before You Go”), or contact the U.S. Customs & Border Protection, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20229 (tel. 877/287-8667), and request the pamphlet.
The Dominican Peso, the Dominican currency, is approximately RD$ 50 pesos for US$ 1 dollar. (January 2019). Most ATM Machines accept US and European debit card. The ATM machine only offer RD$ Dominican Pesos. Visa, MasterCard & Amex are accepted most everywhere on the island.
Please call your bank prior to departure in order to tell them your dates of travels so they don’t block the use of your card credit card.
Electricity is 110 volts, same as in the USA but is very expensive. Power is four times more than in the United States or Europe per kilowatt. Please be mindful when you leave your room, to turn off the lights and the air conditionings units. We always ask the villa staff to turn off the air conditioning units when you are not in the bedrooms during the daytime. When you go to bed, or leave the villa at night, please turn as many lights as possible.
All restaurants and hotels add a 10% service charge by law to your check. Most people usually add 10% to 15% more, especially if the service has been good.
The average temperature is 77°F (25°C). August is the warmest month and January the coolest month, although, even then, it’s warm enough to swim.
January 1 New Year’s Day; January 6 Epiphany/Three Kings Day; January 21 Our Lady of Altagracia; January 26 Duarte Day; February 27 Independence Day Carnival; March/April Maundy Thursday, Holiday Friday, Easter Sunday; April 14 Pan-American Day; May 1 Labor Day; July 16 Foundation of Sociedad la Trinitaria; August 16 Restoration Day; September 24 Our Lady of Mercedes; October 12 Columbus Day; October 24 United Nations Day; November 1 All Saints’ Day; and December 25 Christmas.