FCO issues Dominican Republic warning following muggings
The Foreign Office (FCO) has issued a warning to British tourists about crime on the popular holiday island of Dominican Republic.
The advice follows a series of incidents in the capital Santo Domingo in which foreigners were mugged at gunpoint while walking in residential areas.
Last month, 20 US visitors were mugged by armed attackers in Avenida Bolivar in two separate incidents.
The men were visiting the country as part of a humanitarian trip and had split into two separate groups to visit a local church when the muggings took place, just minutes apart.
The volunteer doctors and dentists from Utah were held at gunpoint by two attackers on a motorcycle and forced to hand over their valuables and money.
The FCO said tourists should take care when passing through isolated tourist areas on foot or on scooters, especially at night.
Tourists are also warned to be alert when travelling to and from Santo Domingo’s Las Americas airport at night.
Travellers are advised not to wear expensive jewellery or carry large amounts of cash or expensive items such as cameras. They are also warned to avoid quiet, poorly-lit areas.
The website advises that British tourists abroad who wish to report a crime should contact the Tourist Police (POLITUR) using the free telephone number 1-809-200-3500.
Tourism is one of the Dominican Republic’s main industries and it is a popular stop-off for Caribbean cruise ships.
The island is a big hit with British tourists thanks to its tropical climates and miles of beaches – around 200,000 visit each year.
Many big tourist resorts have sprung up along its 900 miles of coastline and the country is also one of the premier golf destinations in the Caribbean.
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