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What are the entry requirements for visiting the Dominican Republic and Philippines?

           This information can certainly change from time to time, but most people traveling to the Dominican Republic or Philippines require a Passport along with either a Visa or Tourist Card. Because these agreements can change from time to time, it is best to check with the Dominican Republic Consulate or Embassy for the most up-to-date information on this.


Do I need to have a return flight ticket?

           All non-residents should have a round trip (return) or forwarding to another country ticket to prove they will be departing the Dominican Republic and the Philippines.  If it is your intention to stay and reside in either country, our Coordinators will assist you to meet your goals.


How long am I allowed to stay in the Dominican Republic or Philippines?

           Each country has an individual agreement with the Dominican Republic in terms of how long you can stay, whether you need certain documentation to do so, etc. Generally, most people are allowed to stay for up to 60 days with a Tourist Card or Visa. Because these agreements can change from time to time, it is best to check with the Dominican Republic Consulate or Embassy for the most up-to-date information on this.


Cebu Philippines:

         You can enter the Philippines without a visa for an initial period of 30 days. You can also get a tourist visa from the Philippine Embassy before you travel, which will allow an initial 59 day stay.

Which Airport in the Dominican Republic should I fly into?

         For most destinations on the South Coast of the Dominican Republic, people fly into either the Santo Domingo Las Americas (SDQ) or La Romana Airport. For destinations on the North coast of the Dominican Republic, people generally fly into Puerto Plata Airport (POP) but the Santiago Airport (STI) is seeing an increase in traffic for flights from the US. For destinations on the west coast of the Dominican Republic, people fly into Punta Cana (PUJ) Airport.


Which Airport in the Philippines should I fly into?

         Ninoy Aquino International Airport (www.miaa.gov.ph) The busiest international airport in the country and the one you're most likely to fly into and out of. Even after recent upgrades to the main international terminal, Terminal 1, the airport receives negative reviews from travellers.

         Mactan-Cebu International Airport (www.mactan-cebuairport.com.ph) Cebu’s airport is second only to Manila in terms of air traffic, but way ahead in terms of user-friendliness. Note that the airport is actually on Mactan Island, 15km east of Cebu City.

         Clark International Airport (http://crk.clarkairport.com) Near Angeles, a two-hour bus ride north of Metro Manila. It's traditionally a hub for low-cost airlines but an increasing number of legacy Asian and Middle Eastern carriers are flying here. There's talk of a high-speed railway to Manila but that's still some way off. Airlines serving Clark with international flights include Cebu Pacific, Tigerair, Air Asia and Qatar Airways.

         Davao International Airport (www.davaointernational.com) For now, only SilkAir has flights to Singapore; routes to Malaysia might begin operating.

         Kalibo International Airport (www.kalibointernational.com) Useful direct flights to Kalibo, near Boracay, from Beijing, Kunming, Hong Kong, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore and other Asian hubs.


Besides the international airlines that come up on any internet flight search, the following regional budget and Philippine carriers are worth checking out for flights into and out of the country:


What is the weather like?

        The Dominican Republic has 27 climate zones so weather can vary. The Dominican Republic is in the Caribbean, so temperatures are generally quite warm throughout the country all year round. Some have even called the weather here 'the endless summer'.

In Cebu Philippines

  • During the months of January, February and December you are most likely to experience good weather with pleasant average temperatures.

  • On average, the temperatures are always high.

  • Most rainfall (rainy season) is seen in June, July, August, September, October, November and December.

  • On average, the warmest month is May.

  • On average, the coolest month is January.

  • September is the wettest month. This month should be avoided if you don't like too much rain.

  • April is the driest month.



What type of currency should I bring?

         US dollars are the most easily exchangeable foreign currency into the local Dominican Republic currency, Pesos, or RD. Because these agreements can change from time to time, it is best to check with the Dominican Republic Consulate or Embassy for the most up-to-date information on this.

The Philippine Peso:

        The Philippine peso (currency code: PHP) is the official currency of the Philippines. The colorful notes come in denominations of 10 (not common), 20, 50, 100, 200 (not common), 500, and 1,000. The peso is further divided into 100 centavos, however, you'll rarely deal with or encounter these fractional amounts.


Can I bring my pet to the Dominican Republic or Philippines?

         Yes, you can bring your dog or cat, but it is not recommended to bring birds for a short visit, as they will need to be quarantined for a period of time.


Can I phone from the Dominican Republic and Philippines?

          The phone system in the Dominican Republic and the Philippines is similar to that in the US or Canada. If you cannot phone from your hotel/resort, you will generally be able to phone from communications centers that are found in almost all of the larger resort areas/towns/cities in the country. The App "Whatsapp" is widely used in both the Dominican Republic and the Philippines.



Is Internet available in the Dominican and Philippines?

         Internet cafes can be found in most shopping areas in the Dominican Republic and the Philippines. In addition, many of the larger hotels offer Internet access on site, and some of these offer rooms with high-speed DSL Internet connection for laptops.  Today most restaurants and retail establishments offer free wifi.


What is the time in the Dominican Republic?

         The Dominican Republic is situated in the Atlantic Standard Time zone but does not follow Daylight Saving Time. This means the Dominican Republic is one hour ahead of Eastern Standard Time in the Fall/Winter (one hour ahead of New York and Toronto) and is the same as Eastern Standard Time in the Spring/Summer (same as New York or Toronto). The Dominican Republic is 4 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (UTC/GMT -4).



        The Philippines has only 1 time zonePhilippine Time (PHT), which is 8 hours ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC).

Philippines observes Philippine Time all year. There are no Daylight Saving Time clock changes.



What is the electricity/voltage in the Dominican Republic?

         Generally the electricity operates at 110 volts (like in North America) but voltage irregularities are quite common here - sometimes providing less, sometimes providing surges of far more. For this reason, expensive appliances and computers should have surge protection if they are going to be used here. Appliances from countries that use more voltage, 220 volts for example, will generally require converters or adapters.



        Electricity in Philippines is 220 Volts, alternating at 60 cycles per second. If you travel to Philippines with a device that does not accept 220 Volts at 60 Hertz, you will need a voltage converter.

There are three main types of voltage converter. Resistor-network converters will usually be advertised as supporting something like 50-1600 Watts. They are light-weight and support high-wattage electrical appliances like hair dryers and irons. However, they can only be used for short periods of time and are not ideal for digital devices.

Transformers will have a much lower maximum Watt rating, usually 50 or 100. Transformers can often be used continuously and provide better electricity for low wattage appliances like battery chargers, radios, laptop computers, cameras, mp3 players and camcorders. However, they are heavy because they contain large iron rods and lots of copper wire.

Some companies sell combination converters that include both a resistor network and a transformer in the same package. This kind of converter will usually come with a switch that switches between the two modes. If you absolutely need both types of converter, then this is the type to buy.



Can I rent a vehicle?

          Yes, in most tourism destinations in the Dominican Republic or Philippines there are a variety of vehicle rental agencies to choose from.



What is there to do in the Dominican Republic or Philippines?

           Canyoning, Catamarans, Caving,  Fishing, Golf, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Kiteboarding, Mountain Biking, Ocean World, Paragliding, Quad-riding, Rafting, Jeep Safaris, Sailing, Scenic Flights, Scuba-diving, Snorkeling, Surfing, Wakeboarding, Whale-watching, Windsurfing



Is it safe to drink the water in the Dominican and Philippines?

          Drinking purified bottled water is definitely recommended and is available everywhere in the Dominican Republic and Philippines. Hotels and restaurants use purified water to clean and cook their food, and purified water is used to make all ice. It is not recommended that you drink tap water. For those with a sensitive stomach, it is not recommended to even use tap water to brush your teeth. The different microbes in the water in the Dominican Republic and Philippines, compared to ones found in the water supply in other countries, may affect some people adversely.


Is tipping expected?

          Tipping is not required and many of the services offered, such as food & beverages at a restaurant, include a service charge of 10% in the price of the items, or this charge is added onto your final bill. If you receive good service and you feel like providing something extra, it will certainly be appreciated by the person(s) who provide you with the particular service. A dollar or two US, or about 10% of the cost of the service, is the norm, depending on the service you are being provided with. 


What kind of clothing should I bring?

          The temperature in the Dominican Republic and Philippines is similar. Due to each country"s warm, tropical climate, not a lot if you're visiting one of the coastal destinations! Lightweight material shorts, t-shirts, tank tops, bathing suits and sandals are the standard - certainly for during the day. Light pants and jackets are recommended for the evenings, or if you'll be visiting the mountains, especially in the winter months where the temperatures can cool down at night. As the norm for vacation destinations, people tend to dress a little less casually to go out for dinner or to bars, clubs or casinos. Higher end resorts, restaurants and bars, may have a dress code with more specific requirements. Dominicans tend to dress more formally than North Americans. If you are spending time in a larger city, it is recommended to have a nice set of clothing for going out in the evening. A light rain jacket (and/or umbrella) is useful to have in the event of rain showers. If you plan to participate in sporting or adventure activities, such as tennis or horseback riding, a pair of runners/sneakers will definitely be useful to have.



Do I need to speak/understand Spanish or Tagalog?

         You do not need to speak or understand Spanish to get by in most tourism destinations in the Dominican Republic. Many of the people working in tourism businesses in these areas - whether they be local Dominicans or Foreigners - generally understand at least some English, if not other languages, such as German, French or Italian. There may be times where you come upon situations where communicating your questions or desires in your lanTguage is a little more difficult. Between smiling and using hand signals, or pointing to get you're point/question across, you are likely to get by just fine. Learning a few key words and phrases before your visit can be fun and will help you enjoy your destination more by giving you an opportunity to speak to the local people. Dominicans definitely appreciate people who make an effort to speak their language and are generally helpful in coaching you how to say words properly and if you are interested in learning more.

Cebu Philippines:

        There is no need to speak Cebuano.  Cebuano`s are well educated in English. You may wish to learn Visayan or Tagalog even though they can speak & understand English quite well.



What is the legal age to drink alcohol and gamble?

Both the legal drinking and gambling age in the Dominican Republic is 18 years old. The Dominican Republic does not generally enforce these laws very strictly except in the larger cities.

In Cebu, the legal drinking age is also 18, but the legal gambling age is 21.