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All about the Dominican Republic

  • Local laws and customs

    Don’t become involved with illegal drugs of any kind. There are severe penalties for all drug offences. Cases can take several years to go through the judicial process, during which the accused person is likely to be held in detention. Possession of even small quantities can lead to a long prison sentence and a hefty fine. All sentences are served in the Dominican Republic.

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  • Business (Work) Visa

    Before moving to the Dominican Republic, you need to secure either a business visa (Visa de Negocios), which comes in two forms that allow either one entry for 60 days or multiple entries for one year, but only for a maximum of two consecutive months at a time, or a business visa for employment purposes (Visa de Negocios con Fines Laborales), which is issued for one year. The latter is the relevant visa for those who are moving to the Dominican Republic to work on fixed-term contracts for private or public companies; with this visa you can apply for a driver’s license, open a bank account, etc. You can renew your visa at the Department of Immigration (Dirección General de Migración) in Santo Domingo as long as you still have a valid work contract.

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  • Geography and Climate

    The Dominican Republic is the second-largest country in the Caribbean and is located on the island of Hispaniola. The island, which it shares with Haiti, is situated between Cuba and Puerto Rico. Upon moving to the Dominican Republic, you'll recognize that the landscape is surprisingly diverse for such a small country. Obviously you shouldn't miss out on the white sandy beaches, which are so typical for the Caribbean, but the country also boasts tropical rainforests, beautiful valleys, rivers, lakes, and even semi-desert zones.

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  • Moving to the Dominican Republic

    Does moving to the Dominican Republic sound like an option for you? The country, located on the eastern half of Hispaniola Island, offers much more than just palm trees and sunshine. Read our articles to the Dominican Republic and find out all about the country, visas, housing, and more.
    In any cases, movingto another country is an important decision and there are many things to take into account before packing all your belongings.

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  • The Business Etiquette

    In the Dominican Republic, it's not what you know, it's who you know! This is why networking, name-dropping, and doing and collecting favors are important aspects of doing business in the Dominican Republic. It is important that you put a lot of work into building trusted relationships. In this endeavor, show your business partners respect and pay close attention to hierarchies.

    Whether you're traveling to the Dominican Republic for a few days or a week, understanding the local business culture can help you build a trusting relationship with local professionals. For the most part, the business culture is fairly relaxed. However, the way locals conduct business might be slightly different from your home country. Therefore, it's important that you master the business etiquette before arriving.

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  • The Job Search

    As in most other countries, working in the Dominican Republic requires some determination. Search local newspapers like the Listín Diario for job ads. They are usually listed under "Empleos" but may also be scattered all over the paper. Be sure to skim through the entire newspaper to avoid missing an interesting post. If you come across ads which do not specifically state what the job is about, you should be suspicious. More often than not, these ads are for rather dubious jobs. Your embassy or consulate, as well as your country's chamber of commerce, might also have a list of businesses and companies looking for employees from your home country.

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  • Dominican Republic's Economy

    It hasn't just been the tourism and travel sector but also the establishment of free trade zones that have given the economy a significant boost. The latter have attracted foreign investors, who have contributed to economic growth and created new jobs for locals and foreigners working in the Dominican Republic. These zones mostly focus on production in the fields of textiles, electronics, pharmaceuticals, and tobacco products.

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  • Education for Expat Children

    If you are planning on living in the Dominican Republic with your family, you'll be happy to learn that there are plenty of educational opportunities for expat children. The many different multinational schools offer instruction in a variety of languages other than Spanish. Schools in the Dominican Republic are based on a Spanish educational model. Both English and French are taught as secondary languages on private and public schools. Haitian Creole is spoken by the population of Haitian origin. However, even at these schools, the majority of the student body might be Dominican, which usually means the language spoken during breaks is Spanish.

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  • Education in Dominican Republic

    The education system in the country is consisting of 3 main levels: primary, secondary, and higher. Education is free and mandatory from ages 5 to 14. Preschool is not mandatory and were presented in some areas. The different categories of secondary school are sixyear liceo (bachillerato certificate will be given after completion), polytechnics, teacher training and vocational schools. The Secretariat of State for Education and Culture oversees the entire primary and secondary schools. There are most likely 5,684 primary and 1,664 secondary schools.

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  • Travelling by Bus

    If you don't mind the longer travel times or have a closer destination in mind, buses are an alternative to flying or driving. There are a variety of long-distance bus companies offering connections to various locations around the island on a daily basis. Capital Coach Line, Caribe Tours, and Terra Bus are but a few. A trip to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, for example, costs about USD 40 and takes between six and nine hours on a comfortable, air-conditioned coach.

    Aside from those mentioned, Expreso Santo Domingo Bávaro and Metro also offer domestic connections at reasonable prices. If you are on a backpacker’s budget, don’t mind a lack of luxury, or simply want a really authentic Dominican experience, you may want to give the Guaguas a try. 

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  • Travelling by Air

    Santo Domingo's Aeropuerto Internacional Las Américas is not only the biggest but also the most modern airport in the entire country. Aeropuerto Internacional Punta Cana, however, handles many more passengers, around five million per year. All in all, with Puerta Plata's Aeropuerto Internacional Gregorio Luperón and Santiago's Aeropuerto Internacional Cibao, there are four big airports that handle international flights and are serviced by big airlines. The flag carrier of the country is PAWA Dominicana; however, it does not operate domestic flights, but only handles flights to other Caribbean countries.

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