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Entry Requirements

The following tips can help to plan your travel to the Dominican Republic but always enquire with the legal authorities of your country and your travel agent to verify on the laws of entry and the recent changes in the same:

Passport

To enter in the Dominican Republic a valid passport is a requite for all nationals, except for national from Canada and USA staying upto 90 days who can show a valid ID such as birth certificate or drivers license. German nationals can show the National Identity Card.

Visa
Visas are required for nationals of all countries except for the following:

  • Nationals of Argentina, Ecuador, Iceland, Israel, Japan, South Korea, Liechtenstein and Uruguay can enter DR as tourists and stay for a maximum of 90 days.

  • Nationals of the following countries are allowed to travel on Tourist cards provided they are hold valid passports: Albania, Andorra, Antigua & Barbuda, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Croatia, Curaçao, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominica, Finland, France and French Overseas Territories, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Mexico, Monaco, The Netherlands, Norway, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, St Lucia, St Vincent & the Grenadines, San Marino, Slovak Rep, Slovenia, Spain, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, the UK, the USA (including Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands and Hawaii), Venezuela and Yugoslavia Fed Rep.

Tourist Card

A tourist card (tarjeta del tourista) allows tourists to the Dominican Republic to stay in the country for a maximum period of 90 days. The card is usually included with the airline ticket or can be obtained at the airport or at the border while crossing. The card costs US $10 and all visitors to Dominican Republic are required to purchase a tourist card.

Personal tourist card

Sometimes the tourist card given by the officers will not be your own card, but you need not panic. It is ok as long as you carry a tourist card and you will not be questioned at the time of departure.

Minors

Minors (under the age of 13), who intend to travel alone or with a person other than a parent, are required to present a written authorization from a parent duly notarized at a Dominican Consulate at the destination country. This is a law enforced by Dominican Republic to prevent child abduction.

Notice for French tourists

French Nationals should not wrongly assume that an ID card is enough to enter the Dominican Republic. Most travel agencies may also misguide on this. We have translated relevant information from the French Department of Foreign Affairs for your awareness: "For a staying up to 90 days, a passport or an ID card (new secured card) are eligible to enter the DR. But because some of our citizens have difficulties with the local authorities when showing their id card, it is strongly recommended to have a valid passport, especially for tourists who travel alone (non-organized trips)".

 Customs

  • You are allowed to bring duty free all your items for your personal needs, except the following items:

  • Automobiles, motorcycles, motor boats etc need taxes or duties to be paid.

  • Invoice required for Machines, appliances, spare parts etc. Such items are subject to customs duties.

  • Unless carried along with a doctor’s prescription, medicines, narcotics and drugs are prohibited. Illegal possession of such items without prescription can face trial and deportation.
  • You are allowed to carry alcohol and wine in adequate quantities for personal consumption only.
    • Transporting arms, ammunitions and other dangerous goods among household goods is prohibited and will be seized at customs. The shipper is liable for trial.
      • Similarly shipment of plants among household goods will lead to confiscation by customs.
        • Cats and dogs can obtain duty free entry as long as they have Rabies vaccination certificate and health certificate from the point of origin.
          • Birds are subjected to a quarantine period of minimum 10 days.
            • Shipping other animals requires import permit from the Department of Agriculture and Nation Zoo.
              • Importation of Pornographic books and materials are strictly prohibited.

                  Things that you can take out from the Dominican Republic:

                Personal need items can be taken from the DR but need to be declared at the destination country. Contact your local authorities for more information. In general, it is permissible to import alcohol, wine and tobacco, in limited quantities, and for personal use only.

                Taking plants and vegetables abroad is strictly prohibited and the same will be destroyed.

                You are not allowed to exit the Dominican Republic with more than 10,000 USD in cash.

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