110 volts AC, 60Hz. American-style two-pin plugs are in use.
The Dominican Republic is the Caribbean's most geographically diverse country, showcasing everything from tropical rainforests and alpine ranges to mangrove swamps and desert expanses. These natural gifts offer superb adventure travel and eco-tourism options, catering for mountain-bikers, trekkers, watersport fanatics among other outdoor enthusiasts.
A heady blend of Caribbean rhythms, American influences and European ancestry, today's Dominican Republic is as much defined by its booming music and a passion for all things baseball as by its time-faded colonial heritage. But while many overseas visitors are drawn by the all-inclusive resorts peppering the north and east coasts, to consider the Dominican Republic as just another palm-fringed beach bolthole is to sell it short.
Capital Santo Domingo's Zona Colonial is rich in remarkable architecture, and makes the most natural starting point for cultural visitors, particularly those who like their music loud: throughout the country, fast-step merengue and guitar-based bachata blare from storefronts and taxis.
There have been 279 confirmed cases of cholera, including four deaths, in the Dominican Republic since an outbreak of the disease was confirmed in neighbouring Haiti in October 2010. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office advises visitors to eat and drink only well-prepared and properly stored food and bottled water. Personal hygiene is paramounnt, including regular washing of hands before meals.
Most visits to the Dominican Republic are trouble-free, but there are incidents of crime and violence. These tend to occur within the local community but can sometimes affect tourists and residents. There have been occasional incidents of serious attacks on foreign visitors, as well as more opportunist crime including burglaries, breaking into cars and pick pocketing. By remaining alert to the threat you can reduce the risk of becoming a victim.
Arrests of British nationals for attempting to traffic drugs have increased markedly. Penalties for possession, distribution or manufacture of drugs are severe and can lead to imprisonment.
Credit card cloning and fraud are common. It is safer to use cash.
The hurricane season in the Dominican Republic normally runs from June to November.
There is a low threat from terrorism in Dominican Republic. But you should be aware of the global risk of indiscriminate terrorist attacks which could be in public areas, including those frequented by expatriates and foreign travellers.
This advice is based on information provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK. It is correct at time of publishing. As the situation can change rapidly, visitors are advised to contact the following organisations for the latest travel advice: