The DR has many excellent international flight connections to mayor airports in Europe and the USA! A return ticket from New York sells typically for 400,- $US and from Germany tickets start at 500,- $US. Depending on where you get the best flight deal you can choose from four international airport options
Watch out before booking: Only two of these four airports are really closed to your volunteer placement location in Samaná or Las Terrenas: Las Américas (SDQ / MDSD) and El Catey (AZS / MDCY) airport. Also please note that your arrival date falls between Monday and Friday since we check in new volunteers during weekdays only!
Distance: 2 hours drive on airconditioned coach to Samaná or Las Terrenas
Cost: Welcome & Pick-up service and Coach, all-in for 37,- $US
Distance: 40 Minutes car drive to Samaná or Las Terrenas
Cost: Welcome & Pick-up service and transfer, all-in for 50,- $US
The other two airport options, Punta Cana (PUJ / MDPC) and Gregorio Luperón (POP / MDPP) are rather far from your placement location about 4 to 5 hours travel on local buses and taxis. Even though you can book Marcos, our driver for the pick-up at Punta Cana, it often requires an overnight hotel stay if your incoming flight arrives in the afternoon or at night and there are no conecting buses until the next day! Costs are between 50$US and 180$US without overnight costs. We suggest that only experienced travelers with spanish skills arrive on these routes! Please contact us for more detailed information!
Following Immigration: When you pass through customs and walk into the main terminal you will be met by your previously booked welcome, pick-up & transfer service. Marcos, your driver, speaks fluently English and is extremely helpful and patient.
Marcos will be waiting for you with your name on a big board! If your flight arrives late, he will wait for you, don`t worry! Marcos will take you to the Bus Terminal about 10 minutes away and purchases the bus ticket for you! There are airconditioned buses and coaches leaving several times every day at 8:30am, 10.30am, 12:30pm, 15:00pm and 17:00pm. Travel time is aproxm. two (2) hours to Samana or Las Terrenas, where we are waiting for you at the bus stop! Airport welcome, pick-up & transfer service with Marcos costs all-in only 37,- $US and includes your Coach/Bus ticket!
In case your incoming flight is in the evening and does not allow for a bus connection and you choose to spend a night in Santo Domingo before traveling on to our Foundations` location in Samana or Las Terrenas, Marcos, the driver, will bring you to the Hotel of your choice. (We suggest Hostal Los Jensen (25,- $US) a very pleasant and centric Hostel in Santo Domingo)
Next day Marcos picks you up from the hotel and brings you to the bus terminal from where you are in Samana or Las Terrenas in 2,5 hours where we are waiting for you at the bus stop! Total airport welcome, pick-up & transfer service as well as next day transfer to the bus including bus ticket costs only 42,- $US
Following Immigration: When you pass through customs and walk into the main terminal you will be welcome by your previously booked welcome, pick-up & transfer service. Samuel, your driver, speaks fluently English and is extremely helpful and patient. He will be waiting for you with your name on a big board, welcome you and bring you to the Foundations` Volunteer Guesthouse in Samana or Las Terrenas, just a 40 minutes drive from the airport. Total airport welcome, pick-up & transfer service costs only 50,- $US
Europeans union members, Canadians and US citizens as well as many other nationalities don't need any entry visa! Since as a volunteer or a intern you are not “working” in the common sense but rather “helping out and visiting” you will declare yourself a “tourist” and as such you will receive the “tourist card” on arrival when you pass through customs! (10,- $US)
Now you can stay up to one year and only have to pay a small fee (10,- $US to 13,- $US) for every extra month after the first month! This "extension fee" can be paid in advance, while you are here, or, what we consider the most practical way, checking out on the airport the day of your departure! Sometimes proofing that you where helping as a volunteer in a charity you will actually receive a discount or be exonerated on departure!
Read on here: Entry requirements Dominican Republic
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Your passport, airline tickets and a copy of your flight itinerary, Insurance certificate and policy document, travelers’ cheques receipt numbers (keep separate) Vaccination card A copy of all credit card and bank account numbers, your pre-departure info with useful contact numbers
Office: +1 8297055123 English and Spanish speaking
Skype: "sabanero11"; WhatsApp: +18297055123
If your luggage is searched make sure you are present.
Don't leave unlocked valuables in your hotel room or the bus.
Do not openly display money.
The currency of the Dominican Republic is the Pesos. Check the updated currency exchange rate with http://www.xe.com/
Credit cards are accepted in Dominicans` ATMs and over-the-counter bank transactions. Changing cash money is easy at multiple locations throughout the country.