How To Open A Bank Account In The Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic is known for being one of the Caribbean’s most visited destinations. With its gorgeous weather, geographically diverse landscape and welcoming culture, it’s easy to see why. But what is it like to live in the country? We’ve already covered what’s involved when it comes to finding property, but what about when it … Read more

How To Rent Or Buy Property In The Dominican Republic

If you are fully resident in the Dominican Republic, you will have to go to Santo Domingo in person for a medical exam and to collect your residency card. Your residency will have to be renewed annually for the next five years, again by visiting Santo Domingo. Therefore, you may want to consider proximity to … Read more

How To Apply For A Visa In The Dominican Republic

In order to enter the Dominican Republic, you will first need to obtain a tourist visa, unless you are a resident of the United Kingdom (UK) or currently hold a visa for entry into the United States (US), Canada or any country in the European Union (EU). There are other types of visa available, but … Read more

How To Find A Job In The Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic is popular amongst adventurous expats seeking employment. It is a beautiful location on the island of Hispaniola, and offers opportunities for different kinds of work. The Republic operates a number of Free Trade Zones, in which expats can either set up their own businesses or work for an employer. These Free Zones … Read more

Finding A School In Santo Domingo For Your Children

With some three million residents located in the city and the surrounding suburb area, Santo Domingo – the capital of the Dominican Republic – is the largest city in the Caribbean. The city also has an established expat community, and it’s highly likely that if you’re being relocated to the Dominican Republic, you will be … Read more

An Expat Guide To Schools In The Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic has plenty to offer expats who come to live and work within its shores. It has some of the best natural scenery in the world, a pleasant tropical climate, and an affordable cost of living. Its expansive coastline is home to beautiful beaches, and there is great diversity in the interiors, in … Read more

Expat Residency Requirements For The Dominican Republic

Swaying palm trees, pristine beaches, colorful abodes and plenty of sunshine are just a few aspects of the good life that you are bound to enjoy if you decide to move to the Dominican Republic. This Caribbean nation shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti, which is located to the west. It offers residents and … Read more

Annamarie Gaglione, Santo Domingo

Who are you? Im Annamarie Gaglione, a 20 something year old originally from New Jersey, United States.Author of Jersey Girl Gone Caribbean blog and a full time student studying political science. Where, when and why did you move abroad? I moved to Dominican Republic in June of 2017 because my fiancé was offered a job … Read more

Dominican Republic – Recommended Blogs

At Expat Focus, we like to be on the lookout for resources around the web that could help prospective expats adjust to their new countries. Today, we’re taking a look at the Dominican Republic and some of the blogs that might be useful for expats there.Middle of Nowhere in the Dominican Republic Well-known blogger and … Read more

Why The Dominican Republic Is The Best Place To Be An Expat

The Dominican Republic is one of the better known countries and territories in the Caribbean, and also one that draws quite a large number of expats. It shares the island of Hispaniola with its smaller neighbor, Haiti. The Dominican Republic is the second largest nation in the Caribbean after Cuba, in terms of both land … Read more

The Dark Side Of Expat Life In The Dominican Republic

Making a new life on a Caribbean island is a common expat dream. The Dominican Republic tends to be one of the more common choices, for a number of different reasons. In many ways, life in the Dominican Republic is great – expats love the sunny weather, the relaxed pace of life, the natural beauty, … Read more

Moving To The Dominican Republic With Children

The Dominican Republic, on the island of Hispaniola, is the second largest Caribbean nation. Despite its small size, it is a country with a diverse landscape. It is especially known for its typically Caribbean white sand beaches. Expats will also be treated to abundant natural beauty in the tropical rainforests, valleys, lakes, rivers and semi-desert … Read more

Giving Birth In The Dominican Republic As An Expat

Childbirth is no piece of cake in any country. The decision to have a baby in a new place makes the entire experience all the more daunting. However, with a little bit of preparation the whole procedure can become much easier. Below are the basics of giving birth in the Dominican Republic. Hospitals Almost all … Read more

Jen, Santo Domingo

Who are you? I’m Jen, a storytelling island mom-wife who writes for Drinking the Whole Bottle. I’ve been published on the Huffington Post, Matador Network, and Elephant Journal and am also a contributor for Wanderlust and Lipstick and Women Who Live on Rocks. I also have a habit of rescuing street animals. Where, when and … Read more

Ilana Benady, Punta Cana

Who are you? I’m the co-author of Expat FAQs, Moving to and Living in the Dominican Republic, Culture Smart: Dominican Republic, and Aunt Clara’s Dominican Cookbook. I work as a freelance writer, translator and editor. I’m married to a Dominican photojournalist and we have a rapidly growing teenage son called Lucas. We live in Punta … Read more

Accessing Healthcare In The Dominican Republic As An Expat

The Caribbean nation of the Dominican Republic is located on the island of Hispaniola. The western region of the island is occupied by Haiti. Occupying an area of 48,442 sq. km, the Dominican Republic has a population of about 10 million. Some of its most popular cities include Santiago, Puerta Plata and the capital city … Read more

Dominican Republic – Recommended Blogs

At Expat Focus, we like to be on the lookout for resources around the web that could help prospective expats adjust to their new countries. Today, we’re taking a look at the Dominican Republic and some of the blogs that might be useful for expats there. Drinking The Whole Bottle A fun and sometimes irreverent … Read more

Pauline Wren, Dominican Republic

Who are you? Pauline Wren, a retired teacher and psychotherapist. For the last nine years I have been running a project to bring together poor and deprived children and abandoned, neglected and abused horses and other animals. Project Isobel is having to close in its present form due to lack of financial support. Over the … Read more

What About Your Saucepans?

Expat Focus talks to Lindsay de Feliz about her new book, "What About Your Saucepans?", the extraordinary true story of her move from the UK to the Dominican Republic. Lindsay, please tell us a little bit about yourself. I am British, and left the UK in 2001 to become a scuba diving instructor and travel … Read more

Eliza Alys Young, Gazcue (Santo Domingo)

My name is Eliza Alys Young, an American originally from NYC. I have my own graphic design business and write regularly for my blog. On Feb. 22, 2003 I moved to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic where I lived for 8 years. I moved there after teaching summer courses in web design at Altos de Chavon … Read more

Lindsay de Feliz, British expat blogger in the Dominican Republic

<iframe width="420" height="315" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> Lindsay’s blog: yoursaucepans.blogspot.comLindsay’s Expat Focus column: below for interview transcript.Interview Transcript Expat Focus: Okay, Lindsay, you’re a British expat. Lindsay de Feliz: Yep. Expat Focus: Living in the Dominican republic. Lindsay de Feliz: Yes. Expat Focus: You’re also a well-known blogger, and soon, in the near future, going … Read more

Melanie Fitzsimmons de Alcequiez, Santiago

I’m Melanie, an American living in Santiago, the second largest city in the DR. It’s been a journey, but I’m still alive. I was young when I moved, I didn’t really speak Spanish and I had had absolutely no idea what the Dominican Republic was until about six months before I moved. I know, I … Read more

Lindsay de Feliz, Barrio Living In The Middle Of Nowhere

I am Lindsay. English, mid 50s. Started out life as a linguist (French and German), ended up as Marketing lecturer at Kingston University, then Marketing Director of various Financial Institutions in the City.I have been married to a very hunky Dominican for 7 years, and he has 3 boys who have all lived with us … Read more