The Dominican Republic is open for business and accepting visitors at all eight of its airports, its seaports and all resorts, according to the Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism.

The destination had no damage from the 7.0 magnitude earthquake on Jan. 12, or various aftershocks, that devastated Haiti on the western side of the two-country island of Hispaniola.

The southern region of the D.R. has emerged as a staging area for the Haiti relief effort and an alternative route into Haiti by air and road. The road trip is reported to be an arduous, 10-hour-long trip with much of the route pockmarked by potholes and long traffic delays.

Military troops, police and immigration officers are stationed along the D.R. side of the joint border that separates the two countries to reinforce relief efforts, according to the Ministry of Tourism. Crossings into Haiti are permitted only for humanitarian reasons, such as for transporting medical supplies, equipment, food and relief kitchens to Port-au-Prince.


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