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  • Questions about Dominicana

  • 1. Is the visa necessary for coming into the Dominican Republic?

    For the citizens of Russia and Ukraine the visa isn't required. By moving into the country on its border it is necessary to fill the tourist card and to pay the tax, the size of which for both adults and children makes 10 US dollars (payment in euro is possible).

  • 2. How long is it possible to stay on the territory of the country?

    Staying for up to 30 days doesn't demand the additional registration. It is possible to prolong your stay till 90 days, having paid tax for extension (it is usually paid on the way back at the airport). The number of arrivals in a year isn't limited. If the term of continuous stay in 90 days was exceeded, you will be asked to pay a penalty on border at departure; it won't take an additional period of time for settling of some formalities.

  • 3. Is it available to receive residence permit in the country?

    In the Dominican Republic there is a big list of reasons, which allows receiving residence permit. This procedure is available enough: it is not difficult, undurable, and not expensive.

  • 4. Is the infrastructure well developed in the country?

    Outside the tourist zone, especially in the capital, there are many modern supermarkets, banks, restaurants, cafe, night clubs, salons and boutiques. The majority of the international brands, especially of American origin, are presented here. There are a lot of large shopping centers. The excellent roads, most of which are paid.

  • 5. How big is the country?

    The territory of the country is 48,7 thousand square kilometers. The Dominican Republic is bigger than Estonia, Denmark, the Netherlands or Switzerland. The total number of the population is about 10 million people, about 3 million people live in the capital of the country of Santo-Domingo. The country is divided into 31 provinces and the national district of Santo-Domingo.

  • 6. What language is spoken by the locals?

    Spanish.

  • 7. How many international airports are on the territory of the country?

    There are six international airports. They are in the cities of Santo Domingo, Punta Cana, La Romana, Santiago, Puerta Plata and Samana.

  • 8. What are the main holidays in the Dominican Republic?

    Catholic Christmas is the most important holiday and one of two largest holidays of the year. The second one is Catholic Easter which is celebrated during the whole Easter week. The New Year concedes to Christmas; however it is surely celebrated in the same form as it is celebrated in the world. The Carnival, which is dated for an Independence Day, is held at the end of February through all the country.

  • 9. What countries does the Dominican Republic border on?

    Land border: Haiti. Water border: The USA, Cuba, Venezuela, Mexico, Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica, Honduras, Nicaragua and other small countries located on Caribbean Islands and the Bahama Islands.

  • 10. Are the names the Dominican Republic, Dominicana and Dominica similar?

    The Dominican Republic and Dominicana (as its reduced name) are the similar names. But Dominica is another state of the Caribbean Basin, with the territory of 754 sq.km.

  • 11. What seas is the Dominican Republic washed by?

    The Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea.

  • 12. What are the air temperature and the temperature of water at the ocean in winter and in summer?

    It is about 28 degrees Celsius. At this time the temperature of air and water differs, as a rule, only in some degrees. In summer the air temperature is 30-33 degrees, the temperature of water is 30 degrees.

  • 13. Is there a free access on the beaches for everyone who wishes?

    In the Dominican Republic there is a law according to which all the space of beaches, up to 60 meters from a water edge, is free for access as for the citizens of the country so for its guests. Almost in all places which are densely built up with the hotels and complexes of apartments, it is possible to find a corridor which is left for access to the sea. If the protection of any establishment which is located on a beach or the resort prevents you to be on it, it is a violation of your rights. There are only the few beaches which are possible to be reached only from the sea, and even in this case you also have the right to be there.

  • 14. Are there sharks on the beaches?

    On the beaches near places visited by the tourists there are either natural coral or artificial obstacles from such large fishes as sharks.

  • 15. What are the most beautiful beaches of the country?

    In subjective opinion of many respondents they are Juanillo Beach, Dominicus, Playa Grande, Barahona, Saona and Cayo Levantado beaches.

  • 16. What shows the atmosphere of the country best of all?

    The first is the trip to the Colonial zone. The first streets and the buildings built by Spaniards at 15-16 eyelids are remained here. The second is the a half of day spent on one of a prime beaches with a cocktail in a hand. The third is the trip to the village, riding horses there and an authentic dinner.

  • 17. Is it safety for the foreigners to stay in the Dominican Republic?

    As well as in any other country, in the Dominican Republic it is worth adhering to common sense. If you are in one of numerous tourist areas in which even special patrols of police work, or in one of crowded public places, be absolutely quiet, to the exclusion of desert places and unsuccessful areas, especially in a night-time, which are also avoided by locals.

  • 18. How much is real estate here?

    Real estate prices in the Dominican Republic are very similar to the prices for apartments or houses of the same area and a complete set in middle-sized cities of Ukraine and Russia. The accurate apartment with 1 or 2 bedrooms which is in 10 minutes of a driving from the ocean will cost about 50-70 thousand dollars. The proximity to the ocean is very important: the similar apartment near the coast will be more expensive in 1,5-2 times. It is explained by the cost of a ground on which the building is built. Some elite zones really have high prices of grounds and ready housing. Even the new apartment always has the turnkey repair including ready bathrooms, a floor, wooden doors, a kitchen and wardrobes in bedrooms. The number of rooms in the house or an apartment is estimated by quantity of bedrooms.

  • 19. How much is to rent an apartment or a villa in the Dominican Republic?

    The rent prices in the Dominican Republic are always pleasant. They are disproportionately low in comparison with the market price of this real estate. The place, the size, the style of construction and rent term are very important. The rentor ̓ s reason of leasing is also important. It is possible to rent the small flat (apartment), starting with the rent price of 300 dollars a month. The apartment in the new house with furniture, 2 bedrooms and good infrastructure will be 500-700 dollars a month. The price for the single villa is higher. In coastal areas the price for villa is from 1000 dollars a month and above. The utility payments, mainly the electricity, are additionally paid. At such prices the rent term has to be more than half a year. Daily rent is also well developed. The prices for apartments start with 50 dollars a day and for villas are with 100. The price for luxurious villas near the beaches is from 400 to 1000 dollars a day. Up to 5 families can live at the same time in such villas, services of the personnel are included. A cut in prices happens during the following periods of the year: from September to the middle of December and from May to June. Two times a year the prices for daily rent rise very much – in the period of Christmas and New year, and also during Ester week.

  • 20. What food is the traditional food of the Dominican Republic?

    The most national dishes are white rice, haricot sauce, platano (a special type of bananas), sancocho soup. All these dishes are usually eaten at lunch time. For traditional breakfast coffee, mangu from platano, the fried eggs/omelette and toasts are served. Seafood is seldom cooked at home. Different kinds of meat are served as a rule in well-spiced sauce. Nonalcoholic cocktails which are made on the basis of natural fruits with or without milk are a universal component of any ration. Such a shake can replace a breakfast or a dinner, to serve as a dessert or the refreshments for guests.

  • 21. What drinks are popular?

    Many people like to drink Coca Cola and Sprite in the Dominican Republic. To receive a "beach" binge dark or light rum and lime are put in it. A piece of ice is always added into the drink. Water is by default without gas. Fresh juices are almost always diluted with water, ice and sugar for receiving easily drunk beverage. They are made on the basis of orange, lime, lilikoi, strawberry or pineapple. Beer especially "light" beer is very popular. Among hard alcoholic beverages, except for rum, whisky, vodka and tequila are also drunk. Wine becomes more popular among the middle and high class. And coffee is undoubtedly loved here.

  • 22. What dishes should be definitely tasted?

    The first dish is spiny lobsters. Spiny lobsters which are served here are of a fresh today's catch. The second is sankocho. This magnificent soup with a spicy smell is made of rare root crops (yucca, yautiya, sweet potato, nyami) and, in the classical recipe, seven various kinds of meat. The third is a cake "Tres leches" and haricot jam.

  • 23. The cuisine of which countries can be found here?

    Caribbean, Italian, Spanish, German, Arab, Chinese, Vietnamese, Japanese, Thai, Mexican, Argentina, Russian.

  • 24. Are there many foreigners in the Dominican Republic who constantly live here?

    The Dominican Republic attracts people by its solar soft climate. Many foreigners, who have once visited the Dominican Republic, are attracted by the opportunity to have here the best health, not to feel cold and to be near the sea. In the first half of the 20th century the whole families from the European countries arrived here to live and to run small or medium business. Therefore the foreigners can be met on the whole territory of the country, even without speaking about the tourists.

  • 25. What is the local currency of the Dominican Republic and what currencies are circulated within the country?

    The national currency of the country is Dominican peso. The coins are called the centavo. On price tags of the shops peso is signed by the symbol which is similar to the symbol of an American dollar "$". A small problem is that the prices in the American dollars are also signed by the same symbol (the difference in rate of exchange logically helps to solve this confusion) and more often they are also marked with the "US" abbreviation. If you are in a tourist zone, it is possible to pay off with dollars and euro.

  • 26. How can be correlated the local time of the Dominican republic over time in Russia and Ukraine?

    In winter the Dominican time is 5 hours behind Moscow time and 6 hours behind Kiev time. In summer the difference is 6 and 7 hours respectively.

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