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US issues updated travel advisory for the Dominican Republic


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The Dominican Republic is one of the most popular vacation destinations, especially for American travelers, and the US Department of State has just updated its travel advisory for the country.

Given its proximity to the continental US, it’s a no-brainer to visit this beautiful Caribbean destination.

It is often at the top of travelers’ lists for a beach getaway due to its pristine beaches, blue waters, and immaculate resorts along the coast.

flowers on a cliff in dominican republic

Unfortunately, there have been negative headlines that do not paint a rosy picture of the Dominican Republic in recent years. This is mainly due to volatile political conflict situations and rising crime rate.

This week, the US government provided a travel advisory update for the current panorama of the country.

Here’s what travelers should keep in mind before visiting the Dominican Republic any time soon:

Level 2: Exercise Greater Caution

The US issues travel advisories based on 4 levels:

tourists walking in santo domingo
  • Level 1: Exercise normal precautions
  • Level 2 – Exercise Greater Caution
  • Level 3: Reconsider traveling
  • Level 4 – Do not travel

As of this week, the US included the Dominican in Tier 2. This is mainly due to a increased crime level.

There are 3 main airports that travelers use to reach their final destination: Punta Cana (PUJ), Santiago (STI) and Santo Domingo (SDQ).

The US states that the increase in crime is all over the country, so travelers should be careful with their surroundings everywhere.

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female tourists walking in dominican republic

The widespread use of drugs, easily accessible weapons, and an unreliable judicial system for prosecuting criminals have formed a breeding ground for crime in this country.

There have been reports of violent crime, not limited to murder, assault, and armed robbery. The good news is that a much improved system has been put in place to help protect tourists.

He tourist police force they have been trained to be present and handle issues that directly affect travelers.

An emergency call system can be accessed with the same phone number as in the US (911) in major areas.

Dominican Republic police patch

It is recommended to avoid traveling alone in major cities, such as Santo Domingo, but tourist areas often have a greater police presence to prevent criminal activity.

Will my dream vacation be affected?

It is estimated that between 80 and 90% of travelers from the United States are in Punta Cana for their getaway to the Dominican Republic.

And who can blame them? Not to say there aren’t amazing places outside of Punta Cana, but it is the shining star of this country.

beach in punta cana

With world-class resorts, restaurants, stunning beaches, and even a new theme park for the whole family to enjoy, Punta Cana is not to be missed!

Those wishing to book a trip to this popular destination must No be deterred by the recent travel advisory.

While there is definitely uncertainty with the country’s constantly fluctuating crime rates, Punta Cana has generally remained safe for quite some time.

There is little reason to believe that will change as Dominican officials ensure that tourist areas are heavily patrolled by trained officers. The last thing a busy tourist area wants is a bad reputation.

pool in resort in dominican republic

So whether you have a trip booked or planning to book a summer trip soon, this region of the Dominican Republic remains a safe haven to have the time of your life.

US Department of State Recommendations

While most travelers leave the Dominican Republic saying they had the best trip ever, if you find yourself in a dangerous situation, there are a few things to keep in mind.

The State Department suggests never resisting any kind of robbery attempt and never showing any signs of courage, as you never know who might be watching.

state department building

If you are unfamiliar with a certain area, feel free to ask local tour guides and resort workers for advice on safety and security.

It is always wise to follow the State Department on social media to see security reports for the country you are visiting.

Lastly, it’s a simple process to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to stay up to date on local threats and to be found in an emergency situation.

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