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Travel Unravelled: Travelling to the Dominican Republic

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Q: We’ve been planning to go to the Dominican Republic for a while, maybe at an all-inclusive resort. Is it safe, after the earthquake in Haiti?
— Joanne Hornby, Edmundston, New Brunswick

A: Yes, it is safe to go to the Dominican, especially if you’re booking a vacation at an all-inclusive resort. The two main destinations for tourists—Puerto Plata and Punta Cana—are well away from the border with Haiti, and are operating as per usual. There are reasons to be concerned: there is an influx of refugees at the border, and thanks to congestion and damage at Haiti’s Port-au-Prince airport, organizations such as Médecins sans Frontiéres (Doctors Without Borders) have been forced to fly into airports in the Dominican Republic and truck their supplies overland. But this only affects travellers planning to explore the Dominican’s border regions, or drive into Haiti (which we highly discourage). If you’re a beach-goer heading to a resort area, your vacation should be unimpeded. For more information, check out the Travel Report from Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada. For help planning your trip, the Dominican Republic’s Ministry of Tourism has a useful website.

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