The Dominican Republic is a dream destination for lovers of rejuvenating beach holidays. When planning a stress-free sojourn on palm fringed sandy sores, it is essential that you make yourself aware of health and safety issues in your chosen holiday spot.
Booking your break with a reputable UK travel agency will also guarantee that, should an incident or injury occur, you will be able to claim travel accident compensation under UK law.
According to advice given by the British Government, UK travellers need a travel card to enter the Dominican Republic. This can be purchased prior to your holiday from the Embassy of the Dominican Republic in London, or you can simply pay on arrival on the island. The cost is approximately $10.
It is also imperative that you have six months validity remaining on your passport, from your intended date of travel back into the UK.
Health issues in the Dominican Republic
As with all faraway destinations, the Dominican Republic poses risks of tropical illnesses and ailments. It is necessary to notify your GP of your travel, no less than eight weeks before your date to departure, so your vaccinations can be arranged.
It is also worth noting that there is a predominant drug scene in the Dominican Republic and involvement in this should be avoided.
Travel accident compensation
When booking a holiday through a UK holiday company, they have a legal responsibility to ensure your health and safety. Package holidays, which include flights, transfers and accommodation, booked through a travel agency, ensure that UK law covers all elements of your getaway.
With this is mind, if you injure yourself or suffer from illness while on holiday at the fault of your hotel or during your journey, you may be able to claim travel accident compensation.
How to claim
If you, a family member, or friend have suffered from an injury or illness while on holiday, a law firm, such as Accident Advice Helpline, can help you claim the compensation you deserve.
To check your eligibility, simply take the quick 30-second test on our website. This online compensation calculator gathers the basics of your claim, giving our team of experts adequate information to advise whether or not your claim will be successful.
When it is established that you have a valid case worth pursuing, our legal team works on a no win, no fee* basis to manage the legalities of your claim. There is often no need for you to attend court, and you can relax safe in the knowledge that there is not a penny to pay in solicitors’ fees unless your claim is successful.
To discuss your claim with a member of our expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now.
Date Published: January 9, 2014
Author: David Brown