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Country Information

Dominican Republic

Travel money

Recommended:
  • Travel Cash Card in Swiss francs (CHF)
    For ATM cash withdrawals
in addition to:
  • Banknotes in US dollar (USD)
    Change cash in local currency when outside larger urban areas

Travel Cash

Phone +41 31 710 12 15
  • In this country, an additional fee is charged by ATM owners. The latter not only applies to Travel Cash withdrawals but to all card withdrawals.
  • Please see «Banknotes» below for important information

Credit cards

  • Customary credit cards are accepted in most places. For more detailed information, please contact the credit card issuer.
  • Credit cards are recommended for car rentals. Prepaid cards are generally accepted for payment but not for reservations. Please check the possible payment methods with the car rental company in advance.

Banknotes

Local currency / ISO Code
Peso dominicano DOP
Currency exchange rate (effective date)
DOP 1 =~ CHF 0.02 ; CHF 1 =~ DOP 42.55 (09/2019)
Import local currency
prohibited
Import foreign currency
unlimited; USD 10'000.00 or more must be declared
Export local currency
prohibited
Export foreign currency
limited to amounts imported and declared (minus exchange)
Note
  • Keep exchange and transaction receipts for reconversion.
  • Travelers are advised to bring cash in US dollar (in small amounts).
  • Currency exchange not advised on the black market.
  • Please note that cash in USD is considered the principal mode of payment in tourist areas. The national currency is less popular and is sometimes not accepted as mode of payment. The national currency is less popular and is sometimes not accepted as mode of payment.
  • Reconversion limited to 30% of exchanged amounts.

Time difference with Switzerland

- 5 h / - 6 h during our summer time

National language

Official language
Spanish
Language capabilities
English

Capital

Santo Domingo

Country code for calling Switzerland

011 41 (disregard '0' preceding Swiss area codes)

Voltage

110 volt / adapter required

Travel documents for Swiss citizens

Passport still valid 6 months or more after arrival, return or onward travel ticket and proof of sufficient funds for stays up to 3 months.
Mandatory tourist card issued upon arrival (USD 10.00).

Swiss Embassy / Consulate

Santo Domingo, Ave. Jimenez Moya 71 (Churchill esq. Desiderio Arias)
Tel. +1 809 533 37 81 / +1 809 534 69 44 / +1 809 532 99 97

Opening hours

Banks
8.00 - 16.00 h (Mon - Fri)
9.00 - 13.00 h (Sat)
Stores
8.30 - 18.30 h (Mon - Sat)

Driving

Swiss driver's license accepted for car rentals.
Minimum age for car rentals: 21 to 25 (varies by company).
Blood alcohol limit: 0.5 ‰.

Health situation

Do not drink tap water.
Mosquito protection advised.
Risk of dengue fever.
Risk of malaria in certain areas.
Vaccination against diphtheria, tetanus, hepatitis A, polio and measles recommended.

Other information

Security
High crime rate.
Travelers should pay close attention to their personal security.
Do not carry valuables (watches, jewelry, expensive cameras, etc.) on you.
Avoid demonstrations and large crowds.
Avoid nighttime driving.
Special legal regulations
Very strict laws to fight illegal drugs.

Tourism

For current travel informations visit also http://www.eda.admin.ch/

Important

While every precaution has been taken to verify the information provided, Swiss Bankers Prepaid Services Ltd does not guarantee the accuracy or completeness of Country Information. Swiss Bankers Prepaid Services Ltd therefore shall not be held liable for any damage or loss sustained in connection with any errors or omissions contained therein.