As you have probably seen and heard since there has been a ton of media coverage recently surrounding the tragic deaths and a horrific act of violence at resorts in the #DominicanRepublic, it is completely understandable that many would have questions and concerns regarding travel to the D.R. While this situation is extremely unnerving and unfortunate, we must keep in mind that crime happens all across the globe, even when we travel so here are a few recommendations to know about before you travel to any destination.
Resorts and Cruise Lines usually do everything they can to ensure the safety of their guests but as a traveler, you should take some basic safety precautions as well. Review your personal security plans including communications preparedness/connectivity, monitor local news for breaking events and remain vigilant at all times.
- Do not answer your door at your hotel/residence unless you know who it is.
- Be aware of your surroundings.
- Do not physically resist any robbery attempt.
- Do not display signs of wealth, such as wearing expensive watches or jewelry.
- Follow the advice of resort and tour operators regarding local safety and security concerns.
- If you are going off property, let someone in your group know where you are going and when you are expected back.
- If possible, use the “buddy system” when you are on property.
- TRAVEL INSURANCE: Be sure to invest in a Travel Protection Plan and keep your pocket card that has emergency contact information with you at all times while traveling.
State Department Information:
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive updated safety and security information, and to ensure that the U.S. Embassy or Consulate can contact you in case of an emergency.
- U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist.