Bringing Your Children to the Dominican Republic
Should you visit the Dominican Republic with your children? Yes! The abundance of outdoor activities, the opportunity to explore the beauty of the island, and the relaxed atmosphere of the Caribbean, all contribute to making the Dominican Republic a great place for the whole family!
Proper Documentation to enter the Dominican Republic
As of May 23rd, 2005, you no longer need any documents to take your children, as long as the person taking the children, is the person returning with the children. However, you should still contact the Dominican Republic Consulate or Embassy in your country for the documentation you might require for your circumstances. Your airline representatives or travel agent should also know what you might need, if anything.
Travel Tips For Before You Leave
- If you are coming to visit for an extended period of time, it is advised that your children see their Pediatrician, pre-travel, for a general check-up and to ensure they are up-to-date on all of their childhood vaccinations.
- Ensure you purchase any prescription medications before you leave in the event they are unavailable in the Dominican Republic during your visit.
- It is wise to pack important medications for your children (prescription drugs, allergy medications, etc.) in a carry-on bag in case of flight delays or luggage loss.
- It is advisable to bring sun hats and plenty of high SPF sunscreen to protect your children from sunstroke and/or sunburn in the Dominican Republic's warm, sunny climate.
- If you have a baby, or very small child, and plan on Renting A Vehicle, you may want to ensure in advance that the rental agency have child car seats available. If not, you can decide whether to bring yours from home.
If your child is old enough to be away from you for short periods of time, ensure they know the name and address of the hotel/resort where you are staying and all other emergency information in the event they get separated from you for some reason.
- Some accommodation options offer free stays (or discounts) for children under a certain age (usually 12) when they are accompanied by parents/guardians staying in the same room.
- If you need special bedding, such as a crib, it is wise to identify whether the accommodation option can provide you with these before making your reservation.
- Some accommodation options offer children's activities or play areas on site. If this is important to you, make sure you check whether a particular accommodation option offers this.
Many accommodation options in the Dominican Republic offer Nanny/Babysitting services on site. If they do not, most will be happy to arrange for these services on your behalf.
Please see our Kids Activities section to find out what types of activities are available in, or near, the Dominican Republic destination you will be visiting.