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Appropriate business attire is expected. Despite the warm weather, men should wear conservative dark-colored suits. Women should wear suits or dresses. Dominicans are fashion conscious and businesspersons take great pride in their appearance.

Lunch meetings are common. Breakfast meetings are common, particularly among companies doing business internationally. Business appointments are generally required, but strict punctuality is not a consistent part of Dominican business practices. Many Dominican businesspersons speak English but communication in Spanish is far more prevalent. Business cards are exchanged.

Travel Advisory

Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)

Visitors to Dominican Republic are encouraged to register their trip with the U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo through the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). By registering with STEP, you will ensure that you receive important information from the Embassy about safety conditions in Dominican Republic, helping you make informed decisions about your travel.  Also, registering with STEP will help the Embassy contact you in an emergency, whether natural disaster, civil unrest, or family emergency. 

The U.S. Department of State maintains Travel Information Pages for every country at This website provides basic information about passport and visa requirements, safety and security information, crime concerns, current alerts, and other topics that may be of use to U.S. citizen travelers, including those traveling for business.  It also includes further links to Dominican government web sites, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and other offices and agencies that travelers may wish to consult in advance of travel to Dominican Republic. Travelers should check the above link shortly before their planned trip to obtain the latest information.

Visa Requirements

Since April 2018, the US$10 tourist card fee is included in all tickets purchased outside of Dominican Republic. Tourist cards may also be purchased at the Dominican Embassy in Washington or Dominican Consulates prior to arrival, as well as at Dominican airports at the time of entry. Tourist cards normally permit a legal stay of up to 30 days. Visitors who would like to extend their time in Dominican Republic should visit the Migration Department in Santo Domingo and request an extension.   Failure to request an extension will subject the visitor to a surcharge at the airport upon departure.

Most visitors arriving to Dominican Republic–including those from the United States-do not need a visa to enter the country, however, all foreign citizens who enter Dominican Republic, exclusively for tourism purposes, must have a valid passport during their stay and departure from the country. It is mandatory for each passenger to truthfully complete the information on an Electronic Ticket for the General Immigration Office, the General Customs Office and the Ministry of Public Health, according to dominican laws 285-04, 115-17, 72-02 and 226-06. This will generate a QR code which must be presented upon arrival.

U.S. visitors for business purposes should apply for a business visa at the Dominican Embassy in Washington or Consulate prior to arrival.

For more information on visa requirements and fees please visit Embassy of Dominican Republic in the United States of America portal.    

U.S. companies that require travel of Dominican businesspersons to the United States should be advised that visa application services will be provided to visa applicants by an authorized partner.

To learn more about the visa application process, pay the visa application fee online, schedule an appointment, and follow up on the status of your application please visit U.S. Visa Information Service for Dominican Republic portal.

U.S. Companies that require travel of foreign businesspersons to the United States are advised that security evaluations are handled via an interagency process. Visa applicants should go to the following link(s):  State Department Visa Website


The Dominican Peso is the official currency of the Dominican Republic.  It is fully convertible for commercial and capital transactions.  The locations where currency can be exchanged most easily include hotels, wire transfer offices, and banks. Many local companies accept U.S. dollar and major credit cards (visa and master card) as a method of payment.

These include restaurants, supermarkets, hotels, cell phone and electronic stores, and travel companies. The use of ATM machines is available in urban areas including hotels, shopping malls, and international airports.


AnchorAnchorAnchorAnchorAnchorThe telecommunications industry in Dominican Republic has grown over the last five years and has been characterized by greater competition, price reductions, and the introduction of new technologies, which allows the industry to offer the latest products and services. The highly-competitive cellular sub-sector has experienced significant growth in the last few years. The country has a modern telecommunication law, which facilitates investment in the sector by providing equal treatment for local and foreign investors; allows price rates to be set freely by the industry players; and guarantees interconnection rights. Although there are four providers of telephone services; the local, long distance, cellular, and ISP markets are dominated by Claro and Altice. Other providers of telecommunication services are Viva and Wind Telecom.


The DR has eight international airports:

  • Aeropuerto Internacional Las Américas Jose Francisco Peña Gomez (SDQ) –  Santo Domingo
  • Aeropuerto Internacional La Isabela Dr. Joaquin Blaguer (JBQ) – Santo Domingo
  • Aeropuerto Internacional de Punta Cana (PUJ) –  Provincia la Altagracia
  • Aeropuerto Internacional del Cibao (STI) – Santiago de los Caballeros
  • Aeropuerto Internacional de La Romana (LRM) – La Romana
  • Aeropuerto Internacional Gregorio Luperón (POP) – Puerto Plata
  • Aeropuerto Internacional Presidente Juan Bosch (AZS) – Samana
  • Aeropuerto Internacional María Montez (BRX) – Barahona

Las Americas International Airport in Santo Domingo is the largest of the international airports in Dominican Republic, however, the airport in Punta Cana processes more travelers primarily visiting this popular tourist destination.

Ground transportation is available through taxis, car rentals, and public transportation; extra time should be built in to allow for possible delays arising from traffic congestion.



Spanish is the official language of Dominican Republic.


Travelers can check the latest health information with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia. A hotline at 800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention portal give the most recent health advisories, immunization recommendations or requirements, and advice on food and drinking water safety for regions and countries. Special attention to the CDC advisories and publications is strongly advised. The CDC publication “Health Information for International Travel” can be found at CDC Traveler’s Health

All passengers are required to fill out an E-Ticket or paper form when entering or exiting the Dominican Republic which includes the traveler’s address and contact information. If using E-Ticket, a new form is required for each entry and exit and the code generated upon form completion can be presented at the airport on a digital device. For current information travel restrictions and health information, visit   

There is a growing trend in Dominican Republic to travel to the United States for medical treatment, especially among executives and upper-class families. Dominicans regard the United States as the best source for health care services and modern medical technology. Favorite destinations for medical treatment are Florida, New York, Ohio, Texas, and Puerto Rico. Some major private hospitals have patient referral contracts with U.S. hospitals.

Local Time, Business Hours and Holidays

The Dominican Republic is on Atlantic Standard Time (AST) year-round and does not observe daylight savings time. AST is the same time as Eastern Standard Time (EST) from April to November, but the DR is one hour ahead during daylight savings time (DST).

Business hours are generally from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Government offices work from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Some companies work on Saturday mornings. The lunch hour is from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. or 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Dominican Holidays 2023

January 1st New Year’s Day
January 9th (In observance of Day of the Epihany, January 6th)Day of the Epiphany
January 21stThe Virgin of Altagracia
January 30th (In observance of Duarte’s Birthday, January 26th)Duarte’s Birthday
February 27th Dominican Independence
April 7th  Good Friday
May 1st    Dominican Labor Day
June 8th   Corpus Christi
August 16th Dominican Restoration Day
September 24th The Virgin of Mercedes
November 6thConstitution Day
December 25th Christmas Day


Source: Dominican Ministry of Labor Portal.

Temporary Entry of Materials or Personal Belongings

Those who wish to bring in items temporarily such as software, exhibit material, etc., are required to identify the items at Customs (Aduanas in Spanish), and fill out a form of temporary admission (Formulario de Admision Temporal); no tax payment is required.  On departure from the country, the Customs authorities will require the traveler to fill out another form to verify the previous form filled out upon arrival. Laptop computers can be brought in duty free.

Travel Related Resources

U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo, U.S. Citizen Services

U.S. State Department – Bureau of Consular Affairs- Dominican Travel Country Information