The Country

Located in the Caribbean, between Cuba and Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic is the second largest country in the Antilles, with a surface area of almost 49 thousand km2.

Its strategic location, exceptional climate, geographical and natural diversity, and the friendliness of its people all make it the top holiday destination in the region, and have earned it international renown.

This democratic republic is currently one of the countries with the biggest growth in Latin America thanks to its economic, political and social stability.

General information

GMT -4 6 hours behind mainland Spain during the summer and 5 hours behind in winter. At 12 noon, it is 6 am or 7 am in the Dominican Republic.
The island has a tropical climate with an average temperature of 28°C all year round. Nearly every day is sunny, and during the rainy season from June to September, short storms give way to bright sunshine again.
110 V current and 60 Hz frequency, although hotels have 220 V current. Plugs with two flat blades. There are many private companies that generate and distribute electricity.
Spanish is the official language, but in general Dominicans who are in contact with tourists speak English, French, German, Italian, etc.
EU citizens do not need a visa for stays shorter than 60 days, just a valid passport with a minimum validity of 6 months. A tourist card must be completed upon entering the country, which must be kept until departure.
10 USD upon entry and 20 USD upon leaving, per person, subject to change without advance notice. Customs Articles considered as personal baggage are not a problem. Allowances: 1 liter of alcohol, 200 cigarettes, perfume, etc. for personal use.
Currency is the Dominican peso, RD$, divided into 100 cents.
  • Money: coins: 1-5 RD$/1/5/10/25/50 cents
  • Bills: 1/5/10/20/50/100/500/1000/2000 RD$
  • Exchange rates: Foreign currencies fluctuate daily as the market changes. You can check the exchange rates directly at commercial banks and at any bureau de change. The Central Bank also publishes this information daily on weekdays.

Dollars, euros, traveler’s checks and credit cards are accepted. Money can be changed easily at banks, bureaux de change and hotels.

Driving is on the right. A valid driving license is required (only valid for a period of 90 days) and drivers must be over 25.
There are numerous branches of local and international car hire companies at airports and in cities. These all require an international credit card.
  • Airports: 9 in total. The main ones are Punta Cana (PUJ) and Las Américas (SDQ)
  • Flight times: Europa 8-10 hours // New York 3:45 // Miami 2:15 // Puerto Rico 0:35 // Toronto 5
  • Public: car share or public cars; motoconcho (motorcycle taxi) and guagua (local bus).
  • Taxis: available 24 hours.
  • Rail Network: only used for transporting goods.
  • Ports: 11 in total. They receive commercial traffic and travelers.
  • Metro: The Santo Domingo Metro is the road transport system that serves the city of Santo Domingo, capital of the Dominican Republic. Since the opening of the second line in 2013, is the largest metropolitan rail system in Central America and the Caribbean.
  • Fixed telephony: the main Dominican company is Verizon. Country code: 01 809 – International dialing code: 011
  • Mobile telephony: operators: Miles, Claro, Centennial, Orange, Tricom and Verizon. Spanish mobiles must be 3G in order to work.
  • Internet: service providers: Verizon, Claro, Centennial, Orange and Tricom.
You can find everything from typical stalls and street markets to shopping centers with the most modern and well-known international brands of clothing and shoes, electronics, furnishings and decoration, etc. Some noteworthy typical products include native art and crafts, as well as jewelry made from amber, larimar stone and black coral.
Its varied cuisine combines Taino, European and African influences. Typical dishes include: la bandera or “Dominican flag”, with rice, beans, meat, vegetables and fried plantains; sancocho, a type of Spanish stew; yaniqueque, deep fried flatbread; mangú, boiled puréed plantains topped with onion; casabe, bread made from ground cassava; locrio, a rice dish similar to paella; sopa criolla, soup with meat and vegetables; chacá, a dessert with corn, milk, sugar and cinnamon, in addition to all kinds of fish, seafood and tropical fruit.
No specific vaccinations are required. The most frequent health complications result from exposure to the sun without sufficient protection, heatstroke, mosquito bites, digestive problems and ear conditions.
There is no agreement with Seguridad Social (Spanish Social Security), but there is good private care, such as the international hospital network Hospiten, which has facilities in Santo Domingo and Punta Cana.
The Dominican Republic can be considered a safe country in general, provided that some basic rules of caution are followed.
The Dominican tourist police, POLITUR, is a body specializing in protecting and serving visitors to the country, providing information and preventing speculation on rates for tourist services established by the authorities. Tel. +1-809-686-8689/687-6796

Property investment

There are no restrictions on the purchase of property by foreigners in the Dominican Republic. The modernization of the country’s economy and legislation has significantly promoted the flow of external capital. Since 1995, there has been an appealing and advantageous legal framework for foreign investors:

  • guaranteeing the same legal protection as for citizens.
  • allowing the capital invested and the dividends received to be sent abroad.

All this has made the Dominican Republic a key place for commercial exchange, offering multiple opportunities for business and investment, especially in the tourism and property sectors. The taxes on purchasing a property are 4.4% of its market price and are calculated based on an appraisal of the property value carried out by government authorities. They are broken down into:

  • Transfer Tax (equivalent of VAT): 3% of the total sale price stated on the Final Sale Contract.
  • Stamps and various expenses (various stamps, certification and taxes on checks, etc.): 0.5%
  • Guarantee Fund: 5,000 Dominican pesos.

In addition to these, there are also fees for the solicitor/notary who legalizes the contracts and performs the steps required to obtain the final Certificate of Title and register it in the corresponding Land Registry.

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