Posted by: Anni Orekh | June 28, 2010

FAQ’s

 Here are some tips and questions that people generally ask us about mission trips:

Tips:

Don’t forget Airport tax at departure time. If you fly you pay about US$ 30+3 as departure tax

-Travel light.

Is Dominican Republic  a safe place to visit?

I sometimes hear about acts of violence happening there. Dominican Republic s is a relatively safe country. There is a share of violence happening, but it is usually related to other type of illegal activities. We have served many groups over the years without having to go through any incidents. Every place you go, you should always exercise caution. Along with Honduras in Central America where we have another Children’s soup Kitchen it is probably the safest country in the Caribbean region. It is very friendly with tourists and foreigners. However, as in any third world country, things occasionally happen. It is highly recommended that visitors exercise caution and care with regards to what places they visit and when they do it. The safest way of visiting would be by having a local who takes care of you.

Do I need a visa to enter into the country?

If you are a Canadian citizen, you do not need a visa to enter the country. You can stay in the country for 30 days, renewable. If you are from another country you might want to check with the Dominican Republic consulate in your country. For Dominican Republic consulate address and phone numbers in Canada.

Do I need to exchange money into national currency or may I pay with foreign currency?

What about credit cards? Depending where you are in Dominican Republic, you can get away without exchanging money! The official currency of Dominican Republic is El Peso. If you are going to be spending your time at the main cities ( Santo Domingo, La Romana, Punta Cana, Santiago and Samana) you may pay with US$ and people will gladly take them, however, if you go to the countryside it is very unlikely people will take dollars. You can exchange money at a currency exchange house, usually located near the airports or at big cities. They will only take US$. Banks usually will NOT exchange money if you do not have an account with them. They have Scotiabank  Branches there, but the best way to go is to have your local counterpart work out the money exchange for you.

Are there ATM machines available in Dominican Republic?

Yes, there are, however two things are important to know. First they are located only on major cities and second, they will give you cash in local currency, usually at bad exchange rates.

What is an appropriate dress code?

It is very difficult to explain what is an appropriate dress code for the country. But what you don’t want to do at any time is to call the attention to yourself by wearing too tight or too short. Conservative clothing would be appropriate. Shorts are generally ok as long as they follow the above.

How’s the weather in Dominican Republic?

Like in any tropical country, we mainly have two seasons, dry and rainy.

Is tap water safe to drink?

No, it’s much better if you buy bottled water.

What is the electrical current in Dominican Republic?

110 volts, 60 HRZ, even though in some older building you can feel fine 220 volts 60 HRZ, always wise to ask before plugging in any electric device.

Is it easy to rent a car in Dominican Republic?

It is not too complicated if you have a valid credit card. Most car rentals will ask for a deductible that is automatically frozen from your account (it could be up to about US$2,000) even if your credit card has automatic car insurance.

Your Safety!

Your safety is our biggest concern, but your safety must begin before you come. Most provinces and areas have travel clinics to inform you about what should happen before you come, some diseases are preventable with immunization or medication while you are in Dominican Republic. If you take important medicine at home be sure to bring twice the amount you need and place it in two separate places.

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