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Vaccinations needed for Cuba or Dominican Republic?

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Vaccinations needed for Cuba or Dominican Republic?

Looking to book vacation to Cuba or Dominican Republic. Wondering if vaccinations are a must have? I think I already have Hep A & B from many years ago.

Also should we bring cash and if so, what currency?
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yoshim wrote:
Sep 13th, 2018 5:32 am
Looking to book vacation to Cuba or Dominican Republic. Wondering if vaccinations are a must have? I think I already have Hep A & B from many years ago.

Also should we bring cash and if so, what currency?
No you don’t- at all.

Cuba- bring CAD and convert to CUC upon arrival. Don’t forget to exchange any leftovers (Cuban currency is only available in Cuba- nowhere else)

Dominican Republic- bring USD for tips / small purchases. Would use a credit card for larger purchases incl excursions (so you have some sorry of recourse just incase).
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yoshim wrote:
Sep 13th, 2018 5:32 am
Looking to book vacation to Cuba or Dominican Republic. Wondering if vaccinations are a must have? I think I already have Hep A & B from many years ago.

Also should we bring cash and if so, what currency?
The Government of Canada travel website is a very good starting point for all kinds of questions related to travel to other countries including health questions, travel advisories, and entry requirements.

https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/cuba

https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/dominican-republic
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I'd consider at least Twinrix vaccine against Hepatitis, and tetanos as well are minimum requirement. You should consider consulting a travelers clinic

EDIT: take in consideration that I am not a doctor! ;)
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Conquistador wrote:
Sep 13th, 2018 11:23 am
The Government of Canada travel website is a very good starting point for all kinds of questions related to travel to other countries including health questions, travel advisories, and entry requirements.

https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/cuba

https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/dominican-republic
Great post.

EVERY traveller should look at the Travel Advisories for the countries they are considering.

You’ll want to check out all the tabs / pages for each country.

Diseases & Vaccines can be found under the health section

Personally, I will travel to Cuba long before I will go back to the Dominican Republic

The DR truly is a 3rd world country, that shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti.

Both countries on the island are riddled with health & safety issues, that put them outside of my comfort zone.

And not enough Tourists do any sort of homework / research before hand which makes them even more prone to being caught off guard while there...

Here’s just one example
https://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/ont-coupl ... -1.3777198
https://www.cbc.ca/news/health/travelle ... -1.4512975
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cuba is a funny country, its very poor, with mega resorts along its nice beaches, drive 10 minutes away, and its poverty. Money is not freely available like in Canada. when we got off the plane the money exchange closed suddenly, so no money to be had. our resort had a money exchange that only opened certain days, and they would run out. the good news is, you don't need money, only for tips, and my mindset was, if I don't have money, I cannot tip. visa machines and bank machines are non existant, our hotel had a debit machine and it never worked, the airport shop had one and it did work.

we didn't get any money till nearing the second full day of our cuba trip.
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DoorCrasher wrote:
Sep 13th, 2018 12:38 pm
I'd consider at least Twinrix vaccine against Hepatitis, and tetanos as well are minimum requirement. You should consider consulting a travelers clinic

EDIT: take in consideration that I am not a doctor! ;)
crystallight wrote:
Sep 13th, 2018 8:50 pm
Are all vaccines covered under OHIP?
You should get those ones routinely, even if you don't travel!
BTW, Tetanus is covered by OHIP and you can get it for free at your family doctor.
Hepatitis A/B (Twinrix) is not covered. But if you ever actually get that disease, you'll wish you had spent the money.
Tuition to the School of Life is not tax deductible.
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Jucius Maximus wrote:
Sep 14th, 2018 11:02 pm
You should get those ones routinely, even if you don't travel!
BTW, Tetanus is covered by OHIP and you can get it for free at your family doctor.
Hepatitis A/B (Twinrix) is not covered. But if you ever actually get that disease, you'll wish you had spent the money.
Twinrix is good for 20 years I've been told, so routinely tes, but not often ;) and, as you said, better invest the money for Twinrix than having a sick liver

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