Country-specific safety information
According to youremailverifier, crime in the Dominican Republic is significantly higher than in European countries. In Santo Domingo as well as in the tourist areas of the north coast there has been a noticeable increase in violent crime recently.
The crime is rarely directed explicitly against foreigners, but threatens all population groups and thus also affects foreign tourists and Germans living in the country. Foreign tourists have also been targeted victims of attacks in tourist centers. Particular caution should be exercised in more remote, rural areas – including secluded beaches.
There have recently been an increasing number of armed attacks on tourists and Germans living in the country. Both pedestrians and drivers are affected (e.g. in a traffic jam or standing in front of a red light). The raids occur even during rush hour and on busy main roads. The windows and doors of the car should be locked during the entire journey and valuables should not be visible from the outside. It is recommended not to buy out of the car from street vendors and not to display jewelry or cell phones in the street. In the event of a robbery, it is strongly advised not to resist and to hand over valuables without resistance.
Basically, it is necessary to closely follow what is happening on the street at all times and to pay attention to wallets and valuables, especially when there are large gatherings of people (e.g. in markets, at bus stations, during bus trips, in dance halls). It is also recommended that you do not withdraw large amounts of cash outside of business hours and that you do not allow anyone to watch you withdraw. Withdrawals from ATMs should mainly be made in secure areas – for example at a bank in a busy shopping center. Travelers should avoid dark streets and unsafe residential areas and only enter poor areas if they are accompanied by someone familiar with the area.
In the border area with Haiti there has recently been an accumulation of armed robberies on motor vehicles.
Excursions should only be carried out with local renowned tourism companies with insurance cover. The insurance coverage of bus operators is lower compared to Germany.
Tourists and Germans living in the Dominican Republic are urgently advised to leave valuables at home, to deposit passports and large amounts of cash in the hotel safe and to only carry photocopies of important documents (e.g. flight ticket, passport, driver’s license). When handing over valuables to hotel safes, in some cases it is advisable to prepare a detailed handover list with a signed confirmation from the hotel management. The legal relationships in the event of loss should be clarified with witnesses before handover.
In public bars, discos and in-house clubs, drinks should never be left out of your sight in order to avoid that narcotic substances (“knockout drops”) are mixed in. Dominicans sometimes use handguns as a threat in conflict situations. Generally speaking therefore, aggressive behavior should be avoided in the event of differences of opinion or conflicts.
1 Dominican Peso = 100 Centavos. Currency abbreviation: RD $, DOP (ISO code). Banknotes are available in denominations of 2000, 1000, 500, 200, 100, 50, 20 and 10 RD $; Coins in denominations of 1, 5, 10 and 25 RD $.
MasterCard, Visacard, American Express and Diners Club are accepted in almost all hotels, shops and restaurants (however, payment with cash is recommended for security reasons). Details from the issuer of the credit card in question.
ec / Maestro card / Sparcard
cards with the Cirrus or Maestro symbol are accepted throughout Europe and worldwide. Further information from banks and credit institutes. The maximum limit for withdrawals within 24 hours is the equivalent of $ 1000.
Attention: Travelers who pay with their bank card abroad and want to withdraw money should find out about the possibilities of using their card from their bank before starting their journey.
Bank opening times
Mon-Fri 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. / 4 p.m., Sat 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. In shopping centers also Mon-Fri 9 am-7pm, Sat 9 am-1pm.
Foreign exchange regulations
The import of the national currency is officially possible up to RD $ 20,000 (however problems can arise when importing such high amounts). The import of foreign currencies is unlimited and must be declared; Approval must be obtained from an equivalent value of US $ 10,000. The export of the local currency is not permitted, the export of foreign currencies is permitted up to the amount declared, minus the exchange amounts. (Keep exchange receipts!)
The peso is not exchangeable outside the Dominican Republic. The euro and the currencies of Canada, the USA and Great Britain can increasingly be exchanged in the Dominican Republic. However, it is recommended to bring US dollars, the second means of payment in the Dominican Republic. For security reasons, however, the amount of cash you take with you should not be too high. A mix of travelers checks and cash is recommended. Remaining amounts in the local currency up to a value of 30% of the amount originally exchanged can be exchanged before departure.
Only banks, exchange offices, e.g. B. at the airports and hotels that have a permit from the central bank are allowed to change money. In the offices of the Western Union you get a better exchange rate than in banks or hotels. Most banks have Maestro machines that can be used to withdraw cash with credit cards. There are also some ATMs that are integrated into the Maestro system and at which cash can be withdrawn using the ec / Maestro card.