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The Dominican Republic occupies the eastern two-thirds of the island of Hispaniola, which it shares with its neighbour Haiti to the west. To the east, across the Mona Passage, lies Puerto Rico, 54 miles away.

There are two main road entry points from Haiti. One is at Jimani in the south, which connects Port-au Prince to Santo Domingo; and the second is at Dajabon in the north, which goes from Cap Haitien to the Puerto Plata area. Private motor vehicles must obtain special governmental permission from the country of origin and it is not possible to cross the border with rental vehicles.

From Haiti, the Terra-Bus has daily departures at 10:00 from Place Geffrard (just off Champ de Mars) in Port-au-Prince to downtown Santo Domingo. The cost is about US $60; the buses are large and comfortable with air-conditioning and video, and arrive in the afternoon.

The Dominican Republic has seven international airports which are operational at present, with an eighth one near Samana almost completed (2004). Two of these are in the capital area of Santo Domingo: the major Las Americas International Airport is located about 15 miles east of the city centre just before Boca Chica and Herrera Airport is in the north-western suburbs. The other major airport, La Union International, is between Puerto Plata and Sosua, about 20 miles from the former and 5 miles from the latter.

The other airports are: Los Cajuiles at La Romana; Punta Cana International on the far eastern tip of the island; the International Airport of Barahona; and Santiago de los Caballeros Airport. There is also a small airport on the Isla Saona for very small airplanes.

Only three major airports, the main one in Santo Domingo, and those in Santiago and Puerto Plata, receive regular scheduled commercial flights with major international airlines, while those of La Romana and Punta Cana are mainly served by chartered flights.

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