Location: Caribbean Sea
Currency: Dominican peso (1 USD = approx 53 Dominican pesos)
Time Zone: GMT -4 (Portugal observes daylight savings time. Your 6 pm BJT classes start at 6 am in DR.)
Population: 11 Million
Internet Speed: According to Speed Test’s Global Rankings, the DR comes in at 79th place with fixed broadband speeds of 30 down and 7 up. Other articles report average speeds of approximately 10 down and 4 up in the bigger cities. Since the DR is a tourist destination, if you stay in the larger cities, you should have access to broadband service adequate for teaching.
Visa: If you are American, you can enter the DR and stay for up to 30 days without a visa. The great news is the DR offers a variety of visas for those wishing to stay long-term. The retirement visa requires pension income of $1,500 USD per month. While the DR does offer a business visa, the terms of travel and residence within the country are limited. A rentista visa may satisfy the needs of digital nomads. It requires monthly income of $2,000 USD. This need not be from a pension. Check with your local embassy or consulate to see if your business/teaching income can qualify.
Healthcare: Healthcare in the DR can be quite good and the country offers universal healthcare. While most countries don’t honor US health insurance, the US State Department has a list of providers who have accepted US insurance in the past. Expat Finder has a great article on healthcare in the DR where they recommend taking out private insurance. Check out World Nomads for travel insurance.
Cost of Living: The DR is an incredibly cheap place to live. Investopedia pegs the total cost of living to about $1,000 USD per month. Numbeo paints a similar picture with average rents in the city center just under $400 for a one-bedroom and far cheaper outside of the city. Basic utilities should set you back less than $100 per month.
The information provided in this article is provided purely as a matter of convenience and does not constitute legal or professional advice. Always seek the advice of a qualified immigration attorney before making the decision to relocate.