Dominican Republic Customs and regulations states that travelers to the Dominican Republic are always required to show a visa or a tourist card.
To enter the Dominican Republic you also need an official Photo ID, such as a current valid Passport or a current drivers license.
A tourist card can be purchased at most airline ticket agents or at the international airport of arrival or departure.
You should always try to purchase the tourist card before your arrival to the Dominican Republic, lines can be long once you are in the country, especially if your arrival is in Santo Domingo.
The tourist card, in essence, is your visa, which allows you to legally remain in the Dominican Republic for up to 3 months
Always check with your country's travel officials for changes to the rules. Dominican Republic customs official always inform other country's of any changes that's going to affect visitors.
The tourist card cost $10US no matter the country of origin.
The Dominican tourist Card is important and must be presented upon your departure.
An additional $20US exit tax must also be paid if you lose it and can incur a fine of up to RD$200.
If you are in Santo Domingo and plan to stay beyond the 90 day period, just go to the Immigration office in the Huacal Building, or call the General Director of immigration
Telephone number - 809-685-2535 or 809-685-2505.
Many Santo Domingo hotels or resorts front desk may be able to guide you, simply reguest a point of interest map, many of the better hotels have them.
Before you leave home!
What can you take home from the Dominican Republic?
The U.S. government charges an additional 4% on the next $1000US worth of purchases.
For more information you can visit www.cbp.gov
Visitors to the Dominican Republic are allowed to bring one liter of alcohol, 200 cigarettes and a gift article with a value not to exceed US$100.
Dominican Republic Customs search routines tend to be relaxed, but the Dominican authorities take an extremely hard line on anything connected with firearms or illegal drugs.
The Import of wildlife souvenirs that are from rare or endangered species may be illegal or require special permits, these special permits are sometimes required at your point of origin and your travel destination, so check with your country's official travel booklet. We recommend this booklet.
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Incase of theft or loss it is a good idea to photocopy all of your travel documents, (or at least your important pages) having a photocopy will make it easier to get replacements and if the authorities get involved, you will find that they can help you much faster and you will have a smoother experience.
If you lose any of your documents, contact the consulate representative of your country as soon as possible and contact the Visa section-consulate department of chancery in Santo Domingo.
Dominican Visa Section-Consulate
Telephone Number 809-535-6820 ext.238.
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