Dominican Republic guide to relocation & settling in

Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic

The tropical climate, inexpensive properties and holiday lifestyle is bringing more and more expats to the Dominican Republic. Expats usually find jobs in the Free Zone factories and the embassies. Some expats choose to retire in the Dominican Republic. If you’re moving to this beachy place be prepared for a slower pace of life and a more relaxed attitude from just about everyone. We’ve got some great tips and advice on settling into your new expatriate life. 

Dominican Republic

Expat Clubs

There are no expat meet up clubs as such in Dominican Republic and most expats communicate online through websites such as

International Schools 

American School of Santo Domingo

The American School of Santo Domingo is a dual-program, college preparatory school with a U.S. curriculum offered in English as well as the Dominican Baccalaureate offered in Spanish. Learners graduating from the ASSD will be prepared to enter colleges in the Dominican Republic, the United States and elsewhere.

Curriculum: American, Dominican Baccalaureate

Address: Calle C #7, Cuesta Hermosa III, Arroyo Hondo, Santo Domingo

Tel: +809 567 6824

Email: [email protected]



Carol Morgan School

Today the Carol Morgan School is a co-educational day school with an American college-preparatory curriculum and an enrollment of approximately 1,100 students from over 30 countries. The school is located on a lush fifteen-acre campus in a residential suburb of Santo Domingo. Facilities include 120 classrooms, a gymnasium, weight room, covered outdoor basketball/volleyball courts, and several athletic fields. In addition, the campus has separate administration, elementary, middle and secondary school buildings.

Curriculum: American

Address: Av. Sarasota esq. Nuñez de Cáceres, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Tel: +809 947 1026


International School of Sosúa

International School of Sosúa website. ISS is an accredited private, co-educational day school from Pre K- Grade 12.

Curriculum: American, Dominican Republic Ministry of Education

Address: La Mulata 1, El Batey, Sosúa, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

Tel: +809 571 3271

Fax: 809 571 1904

Email: [email protected]


Lycée Francais de Saint Domingue

French High School in Santo Domingo.

Curriculum: French

Address: Rafael Damirón Esq. Jimenez Moya, Centro de los Heroes, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Tel: +849 622 7020

Email: [email protected]


The Community for Learning

The Community for Learning is a bilingual elementary and secondary school.


Address: Carretera La Isabela #101, La Meseta de Arroyo Hondo, Santo Domingo,Dominican Republic

Tel: +809 563 2708

Email: [email protected]



Local News in English

Dominican Republic News & Travel Information Service

DR1 is an English language news site that delivers local news, travel, business and other relevant information and happenings.


The Dominican Republic News Source in English.


Country Information 

Location: Caribbean

Capital City: Santo Domingo

Other Important Cities: 

Currency: Spanish

Language: Dominican Republic Peso

Calling Code: +809

Internet TLD: .do

Electricity: The country runs on 110V 60Hz. There are three private companies known that provides electricity in different parts of the country.


Address: Juan Pablo Duarte Avenue # 74, Santiago, Dominican Republic

Tel: +809 241 9090, Ext: 2701-2738

Email: [email protected]



Address: Calle Carlos Sánchez y Sánchez, esquina Ave. Tiradentes. Torre Serrano. Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Tel: +809 683 9292

Email: [email protected]


AES Dominicana

Address: Acrópolis Tower, 23th floor, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Tel: +809 955 2223

Email: [email protected]


Emergency Numbers: 

Ambulance: 911

Fire: 911

Police: 911

Country Information

Country Study

National Hurricane Center

Weather portal for the region.

Embassy Information

Residents Visa and Work Permit information

Nationals from most countries may enter and stay for a limited period Dominican Republic visa free using a valid passport. However upon arrival, a Tourist Card must be purchased; this is applicable to certain nationals. For a list of countries where this exemption apply please visit Dominican Republic’s Ministry of Tourism site.

For information about the tourist card visit

Nationals from countries where a visa is required must apply at the Dominican Republic embassy or consulate in their home or host country.


Santo Domingo is the place to be in Dominican Republic. Heritage and modernity fused together, the city displays a duality of past and present, from cobble stone roads to contemporary hotels. Despite the ambience of Santo Domingo, accommodations like apartments here are cheap. Santiago de Los Caballeros up north is another city with cheaper options, although the scenery is not as lively as other places.

Punta Cana and Puerto Plata are where expats in gated communities live. Properties are expensive as these areas are resort towns.

Word-of-mouth via informal agents called corredores are good sources budget listings. They can be found in social areas like coffee shops. Official corredores will likely to have more expensive listings, as with advertisements on newspapers and classifieds. Searching through an Internet database will likely to yield holiday packages.

A more pro-active approach is going round the city looking for the sign ‘se alquila’ or to let, and a phone number which is normally the landlord’s.

Driving License

UK and US driving license are valid in the Dominican Republic. Other foreigners must possess an international driving license, which they can use for up to three months. For more about driving in Dominican Republic please visit:


Medical facilities in the major cities like Santo Domingo are adequate. Emergency services outside of the capital wanes. ProMed is the nationwide ambulance service operating in the Santo Domingo.

The public healthcare system are in three categories. The first is the socialized system that caters to the poor. The second one, for those who earn less than RD$4,000/-, however this only covers the employee. The third is fee-for-service in private hospitals and clinics.

A private comprehensive insurance is advised as the public healthcare system will not be sufficient. Make sure your insurance provider can either cover all or most of the cost of the treatment or reimburse you after.

Insurance Companies

MSH International ASFE

For twenty years, ASFE has designed and managed international healthcare insurance solutions for all mobile individuals: Expatriates living abroad alone or with their families, students, interns and young people with "Working Holiday Visas", self-employed persons or company employees and seniors.

Address: 16, rue Monceau, 75008 Paris, France

Tel. +33 1 44 20 48 77

Fax +33 1 44 20 48 80



Hospiten Santo Domingo

The Grupo Hospiten (HOSPITEN Group) is an international network of private hospitals, with over 1,000 beds, committed to providing high-level healthcare services. We see over 1.000.000 patients every year. The result of our commitment can be seen in our twelve hospital centres located in major cities and tourist centres in countries such as Spain, the Dominican Republic, Mexico and Jamaica

Address: Alma Mater, Esquina Bolivar, s/n, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Tel: +809 541 30 00

Fax: +809 920 03 55

Email: [email protected]


Clinica Abreu

Address: Calle Arzobispo Portes No. 853, Ciudad Nueva, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Tel: +809 688 4411 Ext.: 0

Email: [email protected]

Website (Spanish):

Clinica Corazones Unidos

Address: Calle Fantino Falco # 21, Ensanche Naco, Santo Domingo, República Dominicana

Tel: +809 567 4421

Fax: +809 566 5732

Website (Spanish):

Centro De Otorrinolaringologia Y Especialidades

Address: 27 De Febrero & Fdco. Henriquez, Carnival, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Tel: +809 682 0151

Centro Medico UCE University Hospital

Address: Ave. Maximo Gomez & Pedro H. Urena, Gasque Areas, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Tel: +809 688 7924, + 809 221 0171

Centro Cardio Renal Dr. Yunen

Address: Alma Mater esquina Bolivar, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Tel: +809 541 3000

Fax: +809 920 0355

Centro De Medicina Avanzada

Address: Avenida Abraham Lincoln 953, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Tel: +809 227 2235