Right now the Canadian travel advisory warns of the Zika virus in the Dominican Republic, as does the UK. They're recommending "special precaution", which isn't the highest alertness level, but enough to be taken into consideration, here's what they say (emphasis mine)
It is recommended that pregnant women and those considering becoming
pregnant discuss ...
No, it is not possible. There are no visa waiver programs for girlfriends or anything like that. There is a special visa (K-1) for girlfriends who are coming to marry an US citizen, but it is still a visa, not a visa waiver.
She has some other options depending on her age, skill, occupation and other qualities (work-and-travel, study, sport/religion/...
The "neighboring countries" clause in the Visa Waiver Program is intended as a way of stopping people from doing "visa runs" to neighboring countries to re-start their Visa Waiver clock.
In your case you are clearly not visiting the DR as a "visa run", so you will not have any issues at all.
In practice, presuming you are leaving the US by air, then when ...
Yes, you are allowed to go to the Dominican Republic. To re-enter the US, though, you need a valid F-1 visa. If your visa has expired, you have two options:
If your trip to the Dominican Republic is 30 days or shorter, you may be able to use automatic revalidation.
If your trip to the Dominican Republic is longer than 30 days, or if you cannot use ...
Anyone can be barred from entering the United States, including Canadian citizens, but that should not prevent you from overflying the country in a non-stop flight departing from Canada. A visa is not necessary, as you would not enter the United States. To do that, you have to have feet on the ground.
However, those on the No Fly List can be prevented from ...
It seems from the CDC's details page on DR that their concerns boil (sorry) down to two main issues, both of which you should be ok with if you've had your vaccinations - Hep A, and Typhoid.
It's worth noting that the Australian Smart Traveller website has a concern about cholera as well:
Cholera and other infectious diseases
Confirmed cholera ...
According to http://www.phantompilots.com/the/dominican-republic-drone-laws.62421 there is a 16 page document from the civil aviation authority website to fill in for customs, but for a drone under 2kg (like a Phantom) you don't need permission.
I can say that the risk of Zika is everywhere but since I am Dominican and I have family back in the island I can tell you that, I haven't heard of any one with the case is Zika. So, I would say go and enjoy and buy repellent. I actually buy this one for my clothing.
I wouldn't go if I was female and planning on having a baby, ever
Until more information is known, I would not go.
Here is the current CDC advisory for the DR. It does not list Zika. Zika is there though.
Here is the current CDC advisory for the Caribbean which DOES list Zika.
Here is the CDC Zika Website.
If you are a female and plan on having ...
Besides Viator, GetYourGuide.com seems to have some tours as well, though again, you are limited by choice and the current ones don't inspire a lot of confidence.
Kijubi has some tours listed for Dominican Republic, though I couldn't find anything for Santo Domingo specifically.
You can hire guides off TourHQ s well. They have a decently strong guide ...
Yes. Viator is a service that allows you to do just that. Their list of Santo Domingo tour guides is short, though.
I've used these guys in the past and was very pleasantly surprised. However, as none of the guides are employed by Viator, mileage will vary.
Google has implemented this very feature last year on their Maps: zooming in on any city you can see which areas are the most popular (they're highlighted brown). Specifically for Puerto Plata the answer is that the hotspot of activity is around Estacion Metro. There are also several popular restaurants visible in that area on the map.
Yes, it is true.
Timatic, the database which airlines use to verify passenger travel documents, states:
Visa required, except for Passengers with a valid visa issued by Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Ireland (Rep.), Romania, USA, United Kingdom or a Schengen Member State traveling as tourists for a maximum stay of 90 days.
When looking for hotels in specific areas I like using google maps. I just look around and click around. I use both the street view and satellite view help to judge the size and the quality of the place.
It may take a little bit longer, but it's fun and kind of feels like your already on on a little pre-vacation.
According to Visa policy of the Dominican Republic, citizens of Mexico do not require a visa to enter the Dominican Republic (same as for US citizens).
Your student should have no paperwork problems on the trip and of course should bring both her Mexican passport and her US Permanent Resident card.
Note also that:
As of 1 January 2018 visitors to ...
I have never done this in Dominican Republic, but I have in some other Central American and Caribbean countries.
It's usually fairly easy to rent a car and driver for a fixed trip to a specific place, or just for a fixed amount of time. It's best to book somewhat in advance, like a day or two. Assuming you are staying at a hotel or resort, try to book ...
According to http://www.domrep.org/visa.html, which as far as I can tell is an official DR embassy website:
Any person who can legally travel or reside in the United States, Canada and the European Union (including Great Britain) does not need a visa to visit the Dominican Republic for tourist purposes and can enter the Dominican Republic with a Tourist ...
The Dominican Republic, like most of the Caribbean, uses the same plugs and voltage as mainland North America.
Several plug-information websites mention that sockets that accept earthed plugs (with three prongs) are uncommon in the Dominican Republic. There are other sites that disagree with that, but if any or your chargers come with an earthed power cord, ...
The Embassy of the Dominican Republic in Washington, D.C. has this statement:
Who can enter the Dominican Republic with ONLY a tourist card for tourist purposes only?
Any person who can legally travel or reside in the United States, Canada and the European Union (including Great Britain) does not need a visa to visit the Dominican Republic for ...
I was looking for local flights (from an european country to an overseas territory of the same country) like Paris to Martinique or Guadeloupe because I thoguht this type of flight would be cheaper. As I was searching I found XL Airways France. They have a Paris <--> Punta Cana flight for around 500 euros.