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Is it Safe to Go to the Dominican Republic? Travel Experts Weigh In – PEOPLE.com

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Is it safe to travel to the Dominican Republic?

In the past year, according to the U.S. State Department, at least eight American tourists have died after falling ill in Dominican Republic resorts — and dozens more have gotten sick.

Despite the rash of illnesses, the U.S. State Department has not issued an elevated travel advisory for the island nation. In April 2019, they issued a level 2 warning due to crime, but there have been no further advisories.

While many Americans are rethinking their travel plans, several experts tell PEOPLE that the number of people who have fallen ill is statistically minimal. “People do die on vacation,” says Sven Holmbom, manager of the Travel in Style agency.

The FBI and CDC have confirmed it is investigating the deaths of at least six of the tourists who have died since the summer of 2018. Some of them passed away in what appear to be bizarre — and similar — circumstances. The agencies are not yet releasing further details about the investigations.

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Is it Safe to Go to the Dominican Republic? Travel Experts Weigh In – PEOPLE.com

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