The second Black couple this year has been found dead in the Dominican Republic. With their deaths still a mystery, Black travelers are feeling fearful and uneasy. Especially those who have already spent coins on upcoming excursions to the Dominican Republic.
So, we wanted to share some precautions to take if traveling there. We definitely recommend not going solo, however if you’ve already booked your travels–we do recommend sharing your itinerary with someone back home. Also, check in during your trip. The Black Space App, The Ultimate Black Travelers Guide, is also an effective way to check-in.
Before planning travel abroad, we always recommend you check travel advisories. The current travel advisory for the Dominican Republic reads as follows:
Exercise increased caution in the Dominican Republic due to crime.
Violent crime, including armed robbery, homicide and sexual assault is a concern throughout the Dominican Republic. The development of a professional tourist police corps, institution of a 911 system in many parts of the country, and a concentration of resources in resort areas means these tend to be better policed than urban areas like Santo Domingo. The wide availability of weapons, the use and trade of illicit drugs, and a weak criminal justice system contribute to the high level of criminality on the broader scale.
You can read the full advisory here.
Below we’ve listed a few safety precautions you can take while traveling in the Dominican Republic:
Resort Wristbands are designed to “Mark” you as a visitor at a specific resort. Therefore, locals who may be looking, are able to easily identify: (1) If you’re a tourist. (2) Where your staying. Which can easily allow them to find exactly where you are staying, and if your traveling solo. So, cover your Wristbands or remove them while exploring.
Don’t wear expensive items
Do not display signs of wealth, it can make you an easy target. Wear the least amount of jewelry, and dress comfortable. The goal is to blend, not stuck out like a sore thumb.
Be aware of your surroundings
Learn where emergency services are ahead of your trip. Save their numbers in your phone, for easy access. Also, enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
Most importantly if traveling solo, don’t express it to anyone.
We firmly believe that you can still enjoy your travels to the Dominican Republic, we just want you to be cautious and safe at all times! So don’t cancel your trip, or stay couped in your room due to fear. Plan accordingly and Explore, Enjoy, Experience!
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