Punta Cana Crime and Health Information

The crime rate in Punta Cana is considered as Moderate, Punta Cana is a very small city size wise. We count with 100 plus all inclusive hotel in the Punta Cana area, one of the factors that help manage to keep Punta Cana safe from crime, is the heavy presence of private security combine with special tourist police (politour) Punta Cana count with a 3 different entrance by ground, this fact provides crooks fewest choices to escape the area after a criminal offense..

One of the most common ways of crime is the drive-by robbery is when the assailant will use a motorcycle or scooter to commit the crime. The assailant will drive up to the victim and try to grab anything he can’t or reachable, usually, they stop and one get off the motorcycle and point a gun to the victim demanding anything of value, you can avoid this situation staying in areas frequent by other people preferably tourist as well. Avoid walking alone isolated streets.

Avoid renting cars or driving yourself unless you are familiar with the local traffic laws, is easier to hire a taxi online before visiting the island, for those visitors who decide to drive them selfs is recommended to know how to drive defensive and offensive driving skills will be definitely necessary. Drivers in the Island are usually erratic and aggressive.
Local driving regulations require the use of seatbelt and use of helmets for motorcycles.
local driving rules are very similar to the one in the United States.
Pedestrians do not have the right away so you have to be very careful if you are crossing streets or walking on the side walk

Dominican laws penalize driving under the influence but the enforcement of the law is none existent.

Civil Unrest is also very low at this time the Dominican Republic is enjoying a very stable government. although demonstration, protests and general strikes take place from time to time in the Santo Domingo area do to the lack of basic services like Electricity, appropriate pay, and many other adequate utilities.

The Terrorism Threat is very low, Dominicans Love everybody and are consider to be a happy go lucky individuals.
Telephones and hotel rooms are usually safe to use but however if you are using credit cards to pay or take money out of ATM machine make sure to exercise discretion to avoid the loss of personal information..

Civil Unrest is also very low at this time the Dominican Republic is enjoying a very stable government. although demonstration, protests and general strikes take place from time to time in the Santo Domingo area do to the lack of basic services like Electricity, appropriate pay, and many other adequate utilities.

Punta Cana Medical Emergencies and information

Medical care in Punta Cana is adequate and appointments are easy to make sometimes within the same day or same week payment for services are made at the time of service. One of the most common medical situations that visitors are exposed are stomach pain caused by food poisoning or by drinking water from an open container.USA insurance plans are not accepted in Punta Cana. Mosquitos have an active presence on the island to avoid getting infected with Dengue fever, chikungunya, or Zika virus. We recommend travelers to take precautions and get vaccinated to avoid getting infected. for more specific health guidance please visit www.cdc.gov
Local Hospital Contact Information
Bávaro/Punta Cana Centro Medico Punta Cana, tel: (809) 552-1506
Hospiten Bávaro, tel: (809) 686-1414

US Embassy Recommendations
American Citizens are encouraged to register their visit to foreign countries on the State Department website under the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) in order to provide better assistance to traveler in case of an emergency

USA Embassy Contact Information
Address and Hours of Operation
57 Avenida República de Colombia, Arroyo Hondo, Santo Domingo, D.R.
Hours of Operation: 0800-1645 (8:00am until 4:45pm) Mon-Fri.

Contact Numbers
Main tel: (809) 567-7775 (24 hours/day)
Regional Security Office: (809) 368-7239
Embassy Operator: (809) 567-7775
American Citizens Services: (809) 567-7775
Marine Post One: (809) 368-7777
Website: https://santodomingo.usembassy.gov

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