What you bring with you when moving to Juan Dolio depends on a variety of factors. Will you have a house or an apartment? Are you buying a second home? Are you moving here with a job? If so, does your employer provide furnished housing and a car? Will you have an exoneration (tax exemption)? How you answer these and other questions will determine what to bring with you to Juan Dolio.
Whether or not you have an exoneration is perhaps the most decisive factor. Most imported items cost more in Juan Dolio, so if you already have the essentials for setting up house, by all means, bring them with you. Do remember to carry any important papers personally with you, including medical records, your resume (CV), photographs for applications and so on. Even with exoneration, your shipment could very well be delayed in customs.
The electric current in Juan Dolio is the same as in the United States, 110-120 volts. Generally, most rented homes do come with major appliances such as washing machines, dryers, refrigerators and ovens.
Supermarkets in nearby San Pedro or Santo Domingo stock a large variety of imports. Check the major store before bringing in those special food items you feel you cannot live without. Do not bring liquids, however. One broken bottle or loose lid, and your entire shipment could be ruined. These days almost everything can be found with-in 1 hour of Juan Dolio. Even gourmet and ethnic foods are becoming more readily available.
Consider bringing in your automobile if:
You are a diplomat and enjoy an exoneration.
Your company provides you with an exoneration.
Your car is at least three years in your possession (registration proves this) and you have already gotten your residency papers.
If not, the hassle at Customs and the high taxes you will pay do not make any savings you may get worth it.
If you have the option of bringing a vehicle, the best choice is a SUV, such as a jeep or pick up that rides high above the ground. Streets flood during very heavy rains, and there are often large holes and bumps that can do serious damage to a small car. These vehicles also have a high resale value here.
It is impossible to anticipate all of your needs when moving to a new country. Only you know what your special needs are and what you would hate to live without. Keep in mind that almost anything you overlook can either be purchased here or sent for by international courier service mail.
Information Source: Dr1
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