Things you should know before coming to Punta Cana:
Country: Dominican Republic
Language: The official language is Spanish.
Currency: Dominican Pesos
Province: La Altagracia
Time Zone: Atlantic (UTC-4)
Starting with the currency, the dominican pesos comes in denominations of 1, 5, 10 and 25 pesos coins and 50, 100, 200, 500, 1000 and 2000 notes.
Dollars and euros can be exchange in banks and authorized offices. However, in Punta Cana, Bavaro you can pay in dollars everywhere.
I recommend you to go to authorized offices outside the hotels to exchange money.
Please note there are restrictions on bringing more than US$ 10,000 cash into the country and if you are bringing an amount like this or more than that you should declared on the customs from.
You can not depart with more than US$ 10,000 or the equivalent in cash.
I do not recommend to travel carrying big amounts of cash. Always take with you your credit or deposit card whenever you travel anywhere, it is more safer that way.
If you need cash go to a bank, it is more convenient.
In Punta Cana banks are open from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM, some banks are open until 7:00 PM
Wonder if you need a Visa?
If you are coming from United States or Canada you can enter the country with a 30 day tourist card, which can be bought at arrival in the Dominican Republic and the cost is around US$ 10.00
Check here if you need a tourist card here: https://www.dgii.gov.do/Tturistaweb/
Majority of European countries can enter the Dominican Republic with a 30 day tourist card if they have any of the following valid visas in their passport: United States, Canada, United Kingdom or the European Union (Schengen).
In case you fall in love with Punta Cana and wish to stay longer you need to extend your tourist card to 90 days, you will need to pay an amount of UD$20 (RD$800) to immigration when you leave the country.
The exit tax is US$20.00, but this is usually included in the airline ticket.