Dominican Republic Banknotes
- Currency Used: Dominican Peso
- Coins: In denominations of 1, 5, 10 and 25 centavos, and 1, 5, 10, and 25 pesos
- Banknotes: In denominations of 20, 50, 100, 200, 500, 1000, and 2000 pesos
- Currency Easily Exchanged: The US dollar is widely accepted. The US Dollar is implicated in almost all commercial transactions of the Dominican Republic. Many tourist sites will often take the Euro as well.
- ATM: Banco Popular, Banco Progreso, Banco de Reservas, Banco León and Scotiabank all have ATMs that accept most foreign debit cards.
- Credit Cards: Visa and MasterCard are accepted widely, especially in areas frequented by tourists. However, most businesses add a surcharge for credit card purchases (typically 16%).
- Visas: Canadians entering the Dominican Republic for tourist purposes must purchase a tourist card, at a cost of $10 US, which is valid for 30 days. Those wishing to stay for a longer period must pay a surcharge at the airport upon departure or request an extension by visiting the Department of Immigration in Santo Domingo. Those wishing to work in the Dominican Republic must apply for a business visa.
- Tipping is much appreciated in the Dominican Republic, as wages are low. A dollar to them means a lot.
- Guests can leave small items and usually 1 or 2 U.S. dollars each morning on the pillows for the maids and just add a little note to let them know that it is for them.
- It is also common to tip at restaurants, and at the bar.
- You will find that once you have tipped, they will run for you and go out of their way to make sure you don’t need anything else.