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Santiago Travel warnings
The Dominican Republican is very strict on drug offences, and penalties can range from large fines to long jail sentences. It doesn’t matter how much or what you’re packing -- the authorities impose severe penalties
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A USA TODAY analysis of State Department data in late 2010 ranked the Dominican Republic as the third most likely country in the world for Americans to die in a car accident. A Virtual Tourist traveler to Punta Cana fear
Recommended vaccinations for Santiago
Diphtheria is a serious throat infection, which infects from person-to-person through the air. The vaccination should be less than 10 years old otherwise a booster is needed.
Hepatitis A (infectious hepatitis)
Infectious hepatitis infects through contaminated food and water. Vaccination consists of two injections about 12 months apart, which protects for up to 25 years. The first vaccination protects for 12 months. The hepatitis A vaccine can be combined with the vaccine against hepatitis B .
Tetanus is a complication to wounds contaminated by soil. If there has been a vaccination within the past 10 years it is not necessary to give a booster in case of wounds and accidents. Tetanus vaccinations are usually given in combination with diphtheria vaccine. If you are previously vaccinated, the vaccine can be given right up to departure.
There is considerable risk of malaria and prophylaxis is recommended. Chloroquine
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With everything taken into consideration, is it safe for a US citizen to travel to the Dominican Republic, more specifically Punta Cana?
I'm not sure what "everything taken into consideration" means. Does that mean considering the high levels of crime (petty and not so petty), the gangs, that ... read more »over 4 years ago
There are high levels of petty crime in DR, and serious violent incidents are not uncommon. In a 2009 survey of residents (residents not tourists) found one ... read more »about 5 years ago
Dominican Republic is struggling to contain a Cholera epidemic. There are over 10,000 reported cases and more than 70 deaths, mostly in the cities of Santo D... read more »about 5 years ago