Traveling to Punta Cana Dominican Republic

Traveling in Punta Cana safely requires staying alert.Traveling in Punta Cana safely requires staying alert. (Photo: amanecer punta cana image by camilo montano from Fotolia.com )

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Punta Cana attracts at least 750, 000 visitors to its beaches every year, notes the Frommer's travel website. While the area is a popular destination for travelers, it is important to remain vigilant when traveling in the Dominican Republic as health and safety issues would likely ruin long-awaited vacation plans.

Step 1

Visit your doctor before your trip. Request medication prescriptions that will last the length of your trip and have your doctor write a note explaining that the medications have been prescribed to you. Ask your doctor for a prescription for an antimalarial drug as well, as the disease is prevalent throughout the Dominican Republic. Ensure that you are up to date on all of your vaccinations, including vaccinations for common diseases found in the Dominican Republic, such as hepatitis A and B, typhoid, and rabies, if you are planning on spending a majority of your vacation outside or in the presence of animals.

Step 2

Register with the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program, run by the U.S. Department of State. Enroll in the program online through the U.S. Department of State's website once you know your vacation schedule to receive safety updates and travel information from the U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo.

Step 3

Leave all of your valuables at home. Travel lightly and with items that can be easily replaced. Make a copy of your passport, important documents and any credit cards you must bring and ensure that you have the telephone number needed to report a lost or stolen card. Give emergency funds to a friend or family member who is staying in the states instead of bringing a large sum of money with you.

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