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Haiti – Security : 45 kg of marijuana from Haiti, seized in DR

Haiti – Security : 45 kg of marijuana from Haiti, seized in DR
06/12/2015 09:09:08 The National Drug Control Directorate (DNCD) of the Dominican Republic during several operations in the south of the country, arrested two women and four men and seized 100 lbs (45.35 kg) of marijuana from Haiti, for the micro-traffic in different districts of Greater Santo Domingo.

The arrests and seizures were made primarily in road checkpoints and in house by agents of the DNCD in coordination with members of the Intelligence Directorate (G-2) of the Dominican Army, in the presence of Deputy Prosecutors.

Marijuana entrepreneur prefers marijuana-user salespeople

Usage of marijuana has been doubled over the past years as laws and attitudes toward the drug dramatically transformed. Entrepreneurs of marijuana will choose their ambassadors to be users to relate the benefits of their products to customers.

Marijuana consumption increased among all groups studied, but researchers noted certain rise in women, Black or Hispanic individuals living in the South. These people are older or in their middle ages, according to CBS News.

Marijuana Use Prevalent Among Criminals in 7 Caribbean Countries

SAN JUAN – Marijuana is the most-used drug among convicted and accused criminals in seven Caribbean countries, according to a new study from Jamaica’s National Council on Drug Abuse.

“The highest proportion was reported in Dominica and St. Vincent and the Grenadines and the lowest proportion was in St. Kitts and Nevis, while Jamaica reported approximately 75 percent of inmates used marijuana,” NCDA Research Analyst Uki Atkinson said in a statement.

Conducted in 2014, the NCDA survey sought to explore the relationship between drugs and crime in Jamaica, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Dominica, St. Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago, Antigua and Barbuda and St. Kitts and Nevis.

Dominican Councilman arrested for drug trafficking through Haiti

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic ( – A councilman of the border province of Independencia in the Dominican Republic has been arrested for running a drug trafficking ring they say imported marijuana through Haiti.

Councilman Luis Domingo Medina Trinidad was arrested with four other men after police seized some 170 kilograms (375 pounds) of marijuana. Medina serves as Councilman of the Independencia province where Jimani is a major port of international trade between the nations.

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Dominican Republic Register Travel insurance Destinations

Last updated: October 30, 2020 10:57 ET

Still valid: November 9, 2020 02:58 ET

Latest updates: Entry/exit requirement – addition of COVID-19 – Entry and transit requirements

Risk level(s)

COVID-19 – Global travel advisory

Effective date: March 13, 2020

Avoid non-essential travel outside Canada until further notice.

This advisory overrides other risk levels on this page, with the exception of any risk levels for countries or regions where we advise to avoid all travel.

Dominican Republic – Exercise a high degree of caution

Exercise a high degree of caution in the Dominican Republic due to a high crime rate.

Safety and security

COVID-19 – Preventative measures and restrictions

Preventative measures and restrictions are in place, including a nationwide curfew in effect from:

  • 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. from Monday to Friday
  • 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays

You must wear a face covering in public and in private common areas.

  • Follow the instructions of local authorities, including those related to physical distancing
  • Avoid crowded areas


Petty crime

Petty crime, including pickpocketing and bag-snatching, occurs throughout the country. Tourists are common targets for theft. Crime tends to rise during holiday periods.

  • at resorts
  • at beaches
  • at airports
  • at bus stations
  • on public transportation

Theft also occurs from all-inclusive hotel rooms and from hotel room safes, as well as from cars, particularly rentals.

Drive-by robberies, where thieves on motorcycles, scooters or bicycles grab bags and other valuables from pedestrians, occur frequently. Thieves may even reach into vehicles, including taxis, stopped at red lights to steal belongings.

Theft of items from checked baggage at airports has been reported. These thefts have taken place most frequently when travellers are departing. Money and personal items have also been stolen from carry-on luggage while travellers are going through security checks. All bags are routinely X-rayed upon arrival and departure.

  • Be wary of individuals who ask for directions or who try to be too helpful
  • Watch out for hustlers selling various wares, particularly in Santo Domingo
  • Stay in hotels and resorts with good security
  • Be wary of anyone who tries to enter your room
  • Ensure that your personal belongings, including your passport and other travel documents, are secure at all times
  • Avoid carrying your bag slung over your shoulder
  • Carry only small amounts of money and avoid showing signs of affluence
  • Keep electronic devices like cellphones, tablets, laptops and cameras out of sight
  • Keep car doors locked, windows up and your belongings out of sight
  • Don’t pack valuables in your checked luggage
  • Verify that your luggage has not been tampered with before you check in at the airport
  • Don’t carry items that do not belong to you


Violent crime against foreigners, including assault, occasionally occurs. Some have been targeted in armed robberies when travelling to the Las Américas International Airport, sometimes in taxis. Incidents take place mainly in large cities, at night or early morning.

  • Arrange your arrival to and departure from the Dominican Republic in daylight hours
  • Use the taxi service authorized by the airport
  • Avoid unmarked taxis, especially in Santo Domingo
  • Avoid walking alone in unpopulated areas and unpatrolled beaches after dark.
  • If you are threatened by robbers, don’t resist


Criminals impersonating police officers will stop vehicles and ask foreigner drivers for payment of fines for made-up offences.

Regulations require police to wear a nametag with their last name. You have the right to ask police for identification.

If Dominican police stop you for a traffic violation, you should request a traffic ticket. You are not required to pay on the spot.

Rogue lawyers

Rogue lawyers are a problem in tourist areas, particularly in Punta Cana.

These lawyers stand near the tourist police (CESTUR) station and try to recruit desperate foreigners brought to the station for detention purposes as clients. Then, they try to extort excessive amounts of money from them by offering legal representation or assistance getting out of jail.


Credit card and ATM fraud and cloning are significant concerns. Be cautious when using debit or credit cards:

  • pay careful attention when your cards are being handled by others
  • use ATMs located in well-lit public areas or inside a bank or business
  • avoid using card readers with an irregular or unusual feature
  • cover the keypad with one hand when entering your PIN
  • check for any unauthorized transactions on your account statements

Spiked food and drinks

Never leave food or drinks unattended or in the care of strangers. Be wary of accepting snacks, beverages, gum or cigarettes from new acquaintances. These items may contain drugs that could put you at risk of sexual assault and robbery.

Women’s safety

Women travelling alone may be subject to some forms of harassment and verbal abuse.

Incidents of assault, rape and sexual aggression against foreigners have occurred, including at beach resorts. In some cases, hotel employees have been implicated.

  • Exercise caution when dealing with strangers or recent acquaintances
  • Be wary of rides or other invitations
  • Avoid taking public transportation or walking alone at night

If you are a victim of a sexual assault or other crime, you should report it immediately to the nearest Canadian consulate or embassy.

You are also strongly advised to file a report with Dominican authorities. No criminal investigation is possible without a formal complaint to Dominican authorities before departing the country.


Demonstrations have largely been peaceful and have not affected tourist areas. Avoid areas where demonstrations and large gatherings are taking place as even peaceful demonstrations can unexpectedly turn violent.

Demonstrations take place from time to time throughout the country, particularly in Santo Domingo.

Demonstrations are not targeted at foreigners and do not happen near all-inclusive resorts, although local travel outside resorts could be affected. Labour strikes occur frequently in the town of Higuey near Punta Cana and may affect hotel service.

Even peaceful demonstrations can turn violent at any time. They can also lead to disruptions to traffic and public transportation.

  • Avoid areas where demonstrations and large gatherings are taking place
  • Follow the instructions of local authorities
  • Monitor local media for information on ongoing demonstrations

Recreational activities

Sporting and aquatic equipment may not meet Canadian safety standards.

If engaging in recreational activities:

  • ensure that equipment is safe and in good condition
  • ensure helmets and life jackets are available
  • before undertaking extreme or eco-tourism activities, ensure that businesses offering excursions follow proper safety measures
  • avoid excursions that are not recommended by tour operators
  • avoid participating in any water activities when you are under the influence of alcohol or other substances
  • check that your travel insurance covers accidents related to recreational activities

Water safety

Coastal waters can be dangerous. Follow the instructions and warnings of local authorities.

Rescue services may not be consistent with international standards.

Road safety

The Dominican Republic has one of the highest road accident rates in the world.

Most roads, including major highways, are poorly maintained and poorly lit. Marked lanes are lacking.

Drivers do not respect traffic laws. They often drive at excessive speeds, and are extremely aggressive and reckless. There are vehicles travelling in the wrong direction. Traffic is congested due to the significant number of trucks and motorcycles.

Pedestrians do not have the right of way, even at traffic lights.

Military and police road blocks are common, especially in areas near the Haitian border.

  • Don’t drive after dark
  • Take extra care when walking, particularly in Santo Domingo


The number of moped and scooter accidents involving tourists is increasing.

If renting a scooter or moped:

  • be vigilant while driving
  • avoid renting from operators who do not provide a helmet with the rental
  • avoid driving on roads in disrepair

Public transportation

Private companies operate reliable buses between cities. Avoid public buses.


Most taxis are not metered. Upon arrival to the Dominican Republic, use the taxi service authorized by the airport. During your stay:

  • use hotel taxis
  • avoid unmarked taxis
  • avoid using or renting motorcycle taxis (motoconchos)
  • avoid route taxis (gua-guas or carros publicos)
  • negotiate the fare prior to departure

Air travel

We do not make assessments on the compliance of foreign domestic airlines with international safety standards.

Entry/exit requirements

COVID-19 – Entry and transit requirements

The Dominican Republic has not implemented additional entry requirements for travellers arriving from Canada. However, keep in mind that your transit points could affect your ability to enter the country.

This information may change at any time. Local authorities may impose additional requirements without notice and your travel plans could be severely disrupted. You should not depend on the Government of Canada for assistance related to changes to your travel plans.

It is your responsibility to verify this information with the appropriate foreign diplomatic office and to ask if you will be allowed entry, based on your individual circumstances and itinerary.

Monitor the media for the latest information.

COVID-19 – Border closures

The land border with Haiti remains closed until further notice.

Every country or territory decides who can enter or exit through its borders. The Government of Canada cannot intervene on your behalf if you do not meet your destination’s entry or exit requirements.

We have obtained the information on this page from the authorities of the Dominican Republic. It can, however, change at any time.


Entry requirements vary depending on the type of passport you use for travel.

Before you travel, check with your transportation company about passport requirements. Its rules on passport validity may be more stringent than the country’s entry rules.

Regular Canadian passport

Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months beyond the date you expect to leave the Dominican Republic.

Passport for official travel

Different entry rules may apply.

Other travel documents

Different entry rules may apply when travelling with a temporary passport or an emergency travel document. Before you leave, check with the closest diplomatic mission for your destination.

Useful links
  • Foreign diplomatic missions and consulates in Canada
  • Canadian passports


Tourist visa: not required
Work visa: required
Student visa: required
Residence visa: required

Other entry requirements

Customs officials may ask you to show them a return or onward ticket.

Tourist card

Canadians entering the Dominican Republic as tourists must obtain a tourist card. It is included in all air tickets issued outside the country. If you enter the Dominican Republic by land or sea, you can obtain the card at your entry location for US$10. ‎It is valid for a 30-day stay period.

Dominican tourist card – Directorate general of internal taxes (in Spanish)

Stay extension

You can apply for a stay extension for a period up to 120 days. You must request your stay extension to the Dominican Directorate General for Migration once you are in Dominican Republic, before your tourist card expires.

If you wish to stay in the Dominican Republic for more than 120 days, you must obtain a resident visa from the Dominican authorities in Canada prior to your departure.

If you overstay the period for which you have been authorized to stay, you will have to pay fine to immigration authorities when leaving the country. You may also need to apply for a visa the next time you wish to return to the Dominican Republic. Local authorities may deny you entry if you don’t have the proper visa.

Stay extension – Dominican Directorate General for Migration (in Spanish)


Immigration officials may conduct random ID checks.

You must carry photo identification, a proof of onward or return travel, and a copy of your entry stamp with you at all times.

Keep a photocopy of your passport in a safe place, in case it’s lost or confiscated.

Cooperate with authorities if they question you.


As a foreign national, you will be required to provide biometrics to enter the Dominican Republic. For instance, the authorities will take your fingerprints and a photograph.

Drug screening

The Dominican Republic is actively working to fight drug trafficking.

You may be subjected to drug screening measures by authorities upon departure from the country. Your luggage may be searched and you may be asked to sign a form, in Spanish, stating that the search was performed within procedural requirements.

In some cases, you may be required to undergo an X-ray either at the airport or at a local hospital.

Travel Advice and Advisories from the Government of Canada for Dominican Republic ]]>