Guide to Driving In Dominican Republic - Drive Safe in Dominican Republic

With our Drive Smart guide you're fully prepared to hire a car in Dominican Republic and stay safe on unfamiliar roads.


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You drive in Dominican Republic on the Right side  
The currency in Dominican Republic is DOP/USD $
To rent a car is  21 years and to drive is 16 years of age
Current fuel price in Dominican Republic 0.86 €/Ltr

Driving Laws in Dominican Republic

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Are there any special requirements for driving or hiring a car in Dominican Republic?

Holidays to the Dominican Republic are particularly popular in the peak summer months of July and August, however it's fast becoming a very popular winter destination, between December and February, temperatures a lot lower than summer high's making it a great time to visit as the climate is much more temperate. Whilst all-inlcusive holidays to the Dominican Republic are the most popular choice for visitrs, that shouldn't stop you renting a car to see what more the island has to offer beyond the confines of the hotel complex. If you are venturing out onto the roads however, it's wise to understand local laws and rules of the road in the Dominican Republic. For example, the drink driving limit in Dominican Republic is just 30mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood, that's 0.03%, less than half of the UK's 0.08%, meaning even the smallest of drinks is likely to put you over the limit. Traffic police do carry out random road side tests and tourists in rental cars are often targetted, so our advice is that if you're driving in the Dominican Republic, it's best not to drink at all, and even be mindful the day / night before if you are planning to drive the next day as alcohol will remain in your system.

But don't let that put you off, there is so much to see and do once you get out of the resorts and rental cars can be arranged from Punta Cana and Puerta Plata and obviously from Punta Cana Airport. Prices are competitive and all the major international rental agents are well represented here including Avis, Alamo, Thirfty and Sixt. Stay safe on the roads in Dominican Republic with out Drive Smart Guide to Dominican Republic. We recommend that you avoid driving at night unless absolutely necessary, particularly on rural roads as animals tend to venture onto the highways and pose a significant risk.

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Emergency Services Numbers

Police Police: 911

Police Fire: 911

Police Ambulance: 911


Fuel Prices in Dominican Republic by Month

Parking Information

Parking regulations

Parking in the Dominican Republic can be very chaotic. Whilst major towns and cities like Punta Cana and Puerto Plata have dedicted and signed car parking, beyond that you will find people tend to park anywhere they can.

In towns and cities you should avoid parking against the flow of traffic, much like in the USA, this is not permitted, however often exercised.

Cars parked illegally or dangerously will receive a parking ticket, or in the worst cases be towed away.

Disabled Parking in Dominican Republic is very limited, if provided at all.

Emergency Information

Emergency Information

Police Police: 911

Police Fire: 911

Police Ambulance: 911

You should call 911 in an emergency, all the respective emergency services will be reachable via this number.

What to do in an emergency

You should call 911 in an emergency and the operator will direct your call to the appropriate emergency service.

Should you be involved in a road traffic accident, you should call the police who will attend to take statements from all parties. You should also advise the car rental company as soon as possible and pass any police reports to the rental agent.

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The official language of the Dominican Republic is Spanish, however the vast majority of people here speak very good English so you should have no issues communicating in English.

Dominican Republic Fuel Price History

Fuel Prices in Dominican Republic by Month
Month, YearDiesel €/ltrUnleaded €/ltr
Feb, 2021 0.65 0.86
Jan, 2021 0.63 0.83
Dec, 2020 0.61 0.79
Nov, 2020 0.57 0.78
Oct, 2020 0.56 0.80
Sep, 2020 0.56 0.79
Phil Partridge
Posted by Phil Partridge
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Travel writer, car rental guru, Phil has rented cars all over the world and shares his knowledge and experience on the Blog. Favourite country to visit: France.

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