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things to know before traveling

Traveling to Dominican Republic Soon?!

Dominican Republic is a Caribbean hotspot for sun, sand, and affortable vacations. This geographically diversified country has lovely 1,287 km (800 miles) of coastline with golden sands and pleasant waves. Before visiting the Dominican Republic, read bellow.

If you are traveling to the Dominican Republic for the first time, we recommend that you inform yourself of everything you need to make it an unforgettable vacation. The Dominican Republic is a wonderful place to spend your holiday, with gorgeous scenery, fabulous weather, and plenty of activities to try.

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Entry Requirements

The majority of travellers entering the Dominican Republic do not require a visa, including those from the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, the European Union, Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Mexico, several South American nations, Central America, Japan, Israel, etc. All foreign nationals entering the Dominican Republic only for tourism purposes are required to have a valid passport for the duration of their stay and departure. This extraordinary measure remains in effect until April 30, 2023.

As of April 23, 2022, travelers and crew members will no longer be required to provide a COVID-19 Vaccination Card, PCR, or antigen test in order to enter the Dominican Republic, visit tourist centers, establishments, or enjoy services such as excursions. Passengers and crew arriving in the Dominican Republic will no longer be randomly tested for COVID-19. However, random testing activities may be conducted as necessary. Passengers who exhibit a Vaccination Card will not be subject to random testing.

 

Quick Facts for US Citizens traveling to the Dominican Republic

 

Travel Facts!

  • Passport must have six months of validity at the time of entry to the Dominican Republic.
  • Have two blank pages in your passport.
  • Tourist card – “This Dominican government tax now is included in your airfare when entering to the country as a tourist (verify with your carrier).
  • tourist visa is not required if your visit is shorter than 30 days. Visit the Embassy of the Dominican Republic website for current visa information.
  • Vaccinations are not required if arriving from the United States.
  • Currency restrictions – No restrictions for entry.  Amounts of $10,000 and over must be declared.

 

E-Ticket

The Dominican Republic has implemented an electronic system that combines the Traveler’s Health Affidavit, Customs Declaration, and International Embarkation/Disembarkation forms into a single electronic form. All travellers entering and departing the nation on commercial flights will be expected to complete and submit their digital forms using the Electronic Ticket Portal either prior to their arrival or upon their departure. To save time during the arrival procedure, we suggest filling out the form at least 72 hours prior to departure, printing or taking a screenshot of the QR code, and having it on hand until arrival, where it will be scanned by Customs. 

 

Passengers will need to complete an arrival form and a departure form, and the system will create two QR codes. The QR code will not be scanned at the time of departure, but it serves as assurance that the form was correctly filled out. In the E-ticket portal, you can pick the option to examine the issued E-ticket, enter the form’s application code, and make the necessary changes if you need to modify the form. Airports in the Dominican Republic feature free internet connection, allowing travelers who did not fill out the form before travelling to complete it upon arrival. Please visit https://viajerodigital.mitur.gob.do/english/ for additional information and to view an instructional video. The electronic form is not required for passengers arriving on private planes, non-commercial vessels, ferries, or cruise ships, etc. For the aforementioned passengers, the physical Traveler’s Health Affidavit, Customs Declaration, and International Embarkation/Disembarkation documents will be acceptable.

 

MUST DO BEFORE AND AFTER!

If you are traveling with your family, you can complete the form for yourself and 6 members of your family (7 in total).

You will reveive one QR code per family group 

Tourist Card

Since April 2018, all tickets purchased outside of the Dominican Republic include the $10 tourist card cost. Tourist cards may also be acquired prior to arrival at the Dominican Embassy in Washington or Dominican Consulates, as well as at Dominican airports. Typically, tourist permits permit legal stays of up to thirty days. 

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Those wishing to prolong their stay in Dominican Republic must visit the To prolong their stay in the Dominican Republic, visitors must visit the Migration Department in Santo Domingo and submit a request. Failure to request an extension will result in a departure fee surcharge at the airport. The majority of visitors to Dominican Republic, including those from the United States, do not require a visa to enter the country; nonetheless, all foreign residents who enter Dominican Republic only for tourism purposes must possess a valid passport throughout their stay and exit. This extraordinary measure remains in effect until December 31, 2022.

According to Dominican legislation 285-04, 115-17, 72-02, and 226-06, each passenger must provide accurate information on an Electronic Ticket for the General Immigration Office, the General Customs Office, and the Ministry of Public Health. This will produce a QR code that must be displayed upon arrival.

 

EXTENSION costs

Expect to pay an extra cost upon leaving if your stay exceeds 30 days, decided on a sliding scale based on the overall length of your stay. Here, you can view the necessary fees and submit required documents, which must be paid online prior to departure or at the airport’s immigration department – after check-in and security – upon departure. Here are the costs based on the amount of days:

  • 30-90 days: $50.00 USD
  • 3-9 months: $80.00 USD
  • 9-12 months: $100.00 USD

Corona Virus Information

Please visit HERE for COVID-19 updates and additional information on the measures being done in the tourism business of the country.

 

Customs

The following items may be brought into the Dominican Republic:

  • Twenty packs of cigarettes, 25 cigars, or 200 grams of tobacco maximum.
  • Three (3) liters of wine, beer, rum, whiskey, or liquor in total.
  • Once every three months, you may also bring in presents of up to $500 (five hundred United States Dollars).
  • Medicines for personal use in quantities justifiable for the passenger’s exclusive use. You must present a valid prescription while purchasing psychoactive medications.

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