Health, safety and other useful precautions for traveling to the Dominican Republic

Even if it may seem a little simplistic, the “DR” as it is also called is associated with its superb beaches lined with coconut trees… and hotel complexes. And it is true that the country is one of the very first seaside and all-inclusive tourism areas in the world, motivating the arrival of the vast majority of its 5 million annual visitors.

Health matter

The Dominican Republic, like most Caribbean islands, does not really pose any health problems, even if dengue or chikungunya carried by certain mosquitoes can sometimes “invite” itself there. So, nothing in particular, other than just bring an anti-insect repellent more for personal comfort than to protect yourself from diseases.

That being said, as always, it is still better to be up to date with your vaccinations even if officially nothing is obligatory to enter the country.

Hygiene question

As for hygiene, as in many countries, you might as well avoid tap water and foods that do not seem to offer any guarantee of freshness. And that just so as not to catch a tourist.
For the rest, you just have to remember to hydrate well and protect yourself from the sun, as you do everywhere when it’s hot and the sun is shining.

Health infrastructure

As for the local hospital infrastructures, particularly private, they are quite good and well equipped to handle the main problems that one might encounter. The only “disadvantage”: an American-style system which means that it is better to be well insured if you want it not to cost too much.

In terms of security

Crime and delinquency

The Dominican Republic is not really a “risky destination”, at least for tourists. Even if there is of course a certain amount of delinquency and crime in the cities, primarily the capital, these are not that huge and only affect vacationers very little.

In short, with a minimum of common sense and precautions such as not showing off your wealth, walking alone at night, etc., you won’t have much to fear. We will therefore avoid deserted beaches, isolated corners at night, hiking alone and we will also be a minimum of vigilant during the carnival.
Finally, note that drug trafficking or even drug consumption is severely repressed by local authorities.

Socio-political risks

The “DR” is not Haiti’s neighbor and, here, the socio-political situation is much calmer than on the other side of the border. This does not prevent it from always being preferable to keep informed of local news, even if in terms of local problems these do not really reach the tourist seaside areas of the country.

Climate and nature

As for natural risks, as is often the case in many Caribbean islands, it is the cyclones, especially between the end of August and October, which pose the most problems, sometimes with their share of destruction, flooding or landslides. ground. In all cases, the authorities are doing what is necessary to inform and protect the population.
More broadly, the island is also located in a seismic zone as shown by several earthquakes on the Haitian side, including the deadliest one in 2010.

Animals

In addition to mosquitoes and other biting midges to be treated with repellents, you will need to be careful on beaches or along rivers where it is advisable to wear shoes or use a towel to avoid contact with sand or soil. soil in which some parasites can nest. As for stray dogs, it is better to avoid them since some can sometimes carry rabies.

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