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Dominican Republic

Getting there & away

Sea

Ferries del Caribe (in Santo Domingo 809-688-4400, in Santiago 809-724-8771, in Mayagüez 787-832-4400, in San Juan787-725-2643) offers the DR’s only international ferry service, connecting Santo Domingo and Mayagüez, Puerto Rico. The ticket office and boarding area are on Av del Puerto opposite Fortaleza Ozama in Zona Colonial. The ferry departs Santo Domingo Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday at 8pm and returns from Mayagüez on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8pm. The trip takes 12 hours and costs around US$129/189 one-way/return in an airplane-style seat, or around per person single/double US$182/311 one-way or single/double US$295/474 return in a private cabin with an exterior window.

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Land

Border crossings

There are three main border crossings between the Dominican Republic and Haiti: Jimaní/Malpasse in the south on the road between Port-au-Prince and Santo Domingo; in the north at Dajabón/Ouanaminthe between Cap-Haítien and Santiago; and further south at Elías Piña/Belladère. Borders open 8am to 6pm but it is always a good idea to arrive early.

When leaving the Dominican Republic, travelers will be asked to produce their passports and tourist cards. From Haiti, you must have your passport and the yellow entry card you received upon arrival.

Bus

If you want to travel to Haiti, Capital Coach Line (809-530-8266; www.capitalcoachline.com; 27 de Febrero 455), Caribe Tours (809-221-4422; www.caribetours.com.do; cnr Avs 27 de Febrero & Leopoldo Navarro) and Terra Bus (809-531-0383; Plaza Lama, cnr Avs 27 de Febrero & Winston Churchill) offer daily bus services to Port-au-Prince. Capital Coach Line has one departure daily at 10am and Caribe and Terra at 11am and 11:30am, respectively. All three use comfortable, air-con coaches and the trip takes from six to nine hours and costs US$40.

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Entering the destination

Entering the Dominican Republic

All foreign visitors must have a valid passport to enter the Dominican Republic. A tourist card is purchased on arrival.

At airports, neither immigration nor customs officials pay much attention to tourists carrying an ordinary amount of luggage. Border officials may be more vigilant.

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Air

Santo Domingo’s Aeropuerto Internacional Las Américas (SDQ; 809-549-0081) is easily the largest and most modern airport in the country; however, Aeropuerto Internacional Punta Cana (PUJ; 809-959-2473), serving Bávaro and Punta Cana, actually handles more passengers. Puerto Plata’s Aeropuerto Internacional Gregorio Luperón (POP; 809-586-1992) and Santiago’s Aeropuerto Internacional Cibao (STI; 809-581-8072) also handle a good number of international flights.

The following airports also service international flights:

Aeropuerto Internacional El Catey (AZS; 809-338-0094) New airport 40km west of Samaná that handles international flights from various European cities and San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Aeropuerto Internacional La Romana (LRM, Casa de Campo; 809-689-1548) Modern airport near La Romana and Casa de Campo; handles primarily charter flights from the US, Canada and Europe.

The following airlines service the DR:

Aeropostal (809-549-8067; www.aeropostal.com) Caracas

Air Canada (809-541-2929; www.aircanada.ca) Toronto

Air Europa (809-683-8020; www.aireuropa.com) Mallorca

Air France (809-686-8432; www.airfrance.com) Paris

Air Jamaica (809-872-0080; www.airjamaica.com) Kingston

American Airlines (809-542-5151; www.aa.com) New York, San Juan

Condor (809-689-9625; www.condor.com) Munich

Continental Airlines (809-262-1060; www.continental.com) Newark

COPA Airlines (809-472-2672; www.copaair.com) Havana, Kingston, Panama City, Port of Spain

Cubana Air (809-227-2040; www.cubana.cu) Havana

Delta (809-200-9191; www.delta.com) Atlanta

Iberia (809-508-7979; www.Iberia.com) Madrid

Jet Blue (809-549-1793; www.jetblue.com) New York, Orlando

Lan Chile (809-689-2116; www.lan.com) Santiago

LTU (809-586-4075; www.ltu.com) Dusseldorf

Lufthansa (809-689-9625; www.lufthansa.com) Frankfurt

Martinair Holland (809-621-7777; www.martinair.com) Amsterdam, Frankfurt

Mexicana (809-541-1016; www.mexicana.com) Mexico City

Spirit Airlines (809-381-4111; www.spiritair.com) Fort Lauderdale

US Airways (809-540-0505; www.usair.com) Philadelphia

Varig (809-563-3434; www.varig.com) São Paolo

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