VISAS, ENTRY RULES, CUSTOMS REGULATIONS in Dominican Republic
To enter the Dominican Republic, Russian citizens need to fill out a tourist card, which costs $10 and is sold at the airport upon arrival. The tourist card gives the right to stay in the territory of the Dominican Republic for 60 days. You must also have a passport valid for at least 6 months from the date of entry. When leaving the country, you must pay a fee of $ 20. Since September 2007, after the opening of the embassy of the Dominican Republic, it is possible to obtain a visa in Moscow (its cost will be about $100). This will require the following documents:
1. Passport valid for at least 6 months from the date of the intended entry;
2. questionnaire completed in English or Spanish (download here)
3. 4 photos 5X5;
4. certificate from the place of work (for students, a certificate from the place of study, for pensioners, a photocopy of the pension certificate);
5. photocopy of all pages of the passport;
6. Hotel booking confirmation or travel voucher.
The import of foreign currency into the country is not limited, the export of more than 10 thousand US dollars in cash is prohibited. Import and export of local currency is prohibited. Allowed duty-free import of up to 1 liter of alcoholic beverages with a strength of up to 22%, up to 2 liters of less strong drinks, up to 500 gr. coffee, up to 200 cigarettes or one box of cigars, up to 2 bottles of perfume, as well as personal items and gifts worth no more than $100. It is forbidden to export without special permission objects and things of historical and artistic value, some types of orchids and the core of a palm tree, as well as cigars in the amount of more than 50 pieces per person.
Embassy in Dominican Republic
Dominican Republic, embassy in Moscow
Moscow, Rublevskoe highway 26, building 1, office 211.
Reception days: Monday – Friday from 10 am to 4 pm
Phone: (495) 415-25-96
Fax: (495) 415-36 -01
Dominican Republic, Russian Embassy in the country:
Av.Los Proceres, Plaza Diamond, 2-do nivel, local 35-B. tel.: (809) 620-1471, 412-5267
Contact in Dominican Republic
Anywhere in the world can be contacted at one of the many points of the national telephone company, which you will find in almost every village. Calls are paid for in cash, credit and telephone cards.
To call from the Dominican Republic to Russia, you need to dial 011-7- area code – phone number. To call the Dominican Republic, you need to dial 8 – 10 – 1809 – the subscriber’s number. A call to the US will be considered a local call, as the Dominican Republic is in the US telephone space.
Emergency Phones in Dominican Republic
Rescue Service – 911
Embassy of the Russian Federation in Santo Domingo: 620-1471, 412-5267
Immigration Service in Santo Domingo: 6852535, 6854545
HOLIDAYS AND WEEKENDS
January 1st – New Year’s Day
January 6th – Epiphany Day
January 21st – Our Lady of Altagracia
January 26th – Duarte’s Birthday
February 27th – Independence Day
May 1st – Labor Day
August 16th – Rebirth Day of the Republic
September 24th – Our Lady of Mercedes
November 6th – Constitution Day
December 25 – Christmas
Celebrations in honor of saints are widespread in the country, of which there are a lot in the country, so celebrations happen almost every week. At the end of February, a colorful carnival takes place in the capital.
The Dominican Republic is warned about approaching typhoons in advance, so don’t miss out on such information.
According to lawschoolsinusa, shops are open from 9:00 to 19:30 from Monday to Saturday, large supermarkets are usually open from 8:00 to 22:00 from Monday to Saturday, on Sunday – from 8:00 to 14:00.
In the capital of the country, Santo Domingo, there are the largest and best stores in the country, where you can buy clothes, shoes and other goods of local and foreign production of good quality and at affordable prices.
In hotels, tips are partly already included in the cost of service, however, maids and porters still leave 1-2 US dollars. In restaurants, it is customary to leave about 10% of the amount indicated on the bill to the waiter.
Dominicans adhere to Spanish traditions, the local people are very friendly, but at the same time, very temperamental – when talking, Dominicans actively gesticulate.
There are no special requirements for vaccination of tourists in the Dominican Republic. But it is recommended to be vaccinated against hepatitis A and B, typhoid and tetanus. At the main resorts of the country, there is no danger of contracting malaria, but prevention still does not hurt, especially in the area of the resorts of Punta Cana, Monte Cristi and Dayabin, you can also use the simplest means of protection – repellents. There are regular outbreaks of conjunctivitis in the country.
Medical services in the Dominican Republic are paid, it is recommended to take out international health insurance in advance. If you have insurance, first aid is provided free of charge, all subsequent services are paid for by the invoice presented by the medical institution.