From May 2012 and in accordance with Law 199-67 on Tourist Cards and Law No. 875 on Visas, the documents listed below will be mandatory for all foreigners wishing to enter the Dominican Republic unless otherwise specified:
- Valid Passport: its presentation before the migratory authorities will be obligatory for any foreigner who travels to the Dominican Republic.
- Tourist Card: this is actually a tax charged by the country to those who visit it. This card can be easily obtained at any Dominican airport upon your arrival in the Dominican Republic. Sometimes even the airline itself or the travel agency includes the Tourist Card in the same vacation package. It is only needed in case the entrance to the country is for tourist purposes. More information about this document can be found below.
- Visa: with the exception of nationals of countries with which the Dominican Republic has signed agreements regarding Visas and nationals of countries authorized to travel only with Tourist Card (we detail each case in the following section), the rest are required to be in possession of the visa in their travel document upon entry into the country.
- 1 Documents to cross the border of the Dominican Republic
- 2 Tourist Card
- 3 Who doesn’t need a Tourist Card?
- 4 The following list shows the countries whose citizens are exempt from the requirement to apply for a Consular Visa and Tourist Card:
- 5 Foreigners who only need a Tourist Card
- 6 Citizens with nationality of any of the countries listed below require a visa to enter the Dominican Republic:
- 7 Countries needing a visa to enter the Dominican Republic Foreigners holding diplomatic or similar passports
Documents to cross the border of the Dominican Republic
As mentioned above, the Tourist Card is a tax rate charged by the country to tourists who wish to enter the country in accordance with the provisions of Law 199-67, according to which the acquisition of such card is a mandatory requirement to enter the national territory without a Consular Visa. Below we list a series of details to take into account about the Tourist Card:
Beneficiary’s rights: the person concerned loses the right to obtain it if his stay in the national territory is for the purpose of carrying out lucrative activities.
Price: US$10.00 or €10.00.
Period of validity: The Tourist Card is valid for one year and is only valid for one person. In addition, it can only be used once.
Improper use: if the card is used improperly or is used for a purpose other than tourism, the individual in question will be sanctioned by the immigration authorities and immediately expelled from the country without any formality.
Period of stay in the country: the Tourist Card allows the beneficiary to stay in the Dominican Republic for a maximum period of 30 days. If it is desired to extend this period, the interested one will have to pay a tariff whose amount will vary according to the time that wishes to extend his stay. For more information on this matter, it is recommended to contact the Ministry of Immigration by clicking on this link.
Where to buy: points of sale located in air, land and sea ports, Dominican embassies and consulates abroad, tour operators and through the Internet (you can access this portal by clicking on this link).
Who doesn’t need a Tourist Card?
There are a number of specific groups that are exempt from the payment of the Tourist Card due to the fact that the Government of the Dominican Republic has immigration agreements. These specific cases are mentioned below:
Dominican Residents, Visas and Nationals.
Foreigners from the following countries: Argentina, Chile, Ecuador, South Korea, Japan, Israel, Uruguay and Peru.
Diplomatic and consular officials of foreign nationality accredited in the country as long as they maintain their functions and enter the national territory on an official mission.
Passengers using a private non-commercial aircraft provided that it is for sporting, recreational, tourist, executive or business purposes, the weight does not exceed thirty thousand pounds (30,000) and the maximum capacity is 12 passengers.
Foreigners of Haitian nationality who are endowed with a card that enables them to enter and leave Dominican territory on the same day. According to Article 78 of the Immigration Act, this only applies in Dominican border provinces that are adjacent to the residence in Haiti of the holder of that card. Otherwise, they will be obliged to pay the Tourist Card.
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Foreigners who do not need a Visa or Tourist Card
The following list shows the countries whose citizens are exempt from the requirement to apply for a Consular Visa and Tourist Card:
- South Korea
This means that these citizens do not need these documents.
Foreigners who only need a Tourist Card
Citizens from the countries listed below only need to acquire the aforementioned Tourist Card in order to enter Dominican territory as long as their visit is solely for tourist purposes:
A: Acrotiri and Dhekelia (United Kingdom), Germany, Andorra, Anguilla (United Kingdom), Antigua and Barbuda, Netherlands Antilles (Netherlands Antilles), Aruba, Australia and Austria.
B: Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Bermuda (United Kingdom), Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei and Bulgaria.
C: Canada, Cyprus, Vatican City (Holy See), Costa Rica and Croatia.
D: Denmark and Dominica.
E: El Salvador, United Arab Emirates, Scotland (United Kingdom), Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, United States of America and Estonia.
F: Fiji, France and Finland.
G: Wales (United Kingdom), South Georgia (United Kingdom), Gibraltar (United Kingdom), Greece, Grenada, Greenland (Denmark), Greenland (Norway), Guadeloupe (France), Guam (United States), Guatemala, Guyana and French Guyana (France).
H: Hawaii (United States), Honduras, Hong Kong* and Hungary.
I: Ireland, Northern Ireland (United Kingdom), Bouvet Island, Cocos Island (Australia), Cook Island (New Zealand), Christmas Island (Australia), Faroe Island (Denmark), Heard and McDonald Islands, Norfolk Island (Australia), Palau Island (USA), American Samoa Island (USA).), Iceland, Cayman Islands (United Kingdom), Faore Islands (Norway), Falkland Islands (United Kingdom), Northern Mariana Islands, Marshall Islands, Solomon Islands, Sandwich Islands (United Kingdom), Svalbard Islands (Norway), Tokelau Islands, Turks and Caicos Islands, Virgin Islands (United States), Wallis and Futuna Islands (France) and Italy.
J: Jamaica and Jan (Norway).
K: Kazakhstan, Kiribati and Kuwait.
L: Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania and Luxembourg.
M: Macao*, Macedonia, Micronesia, Malaysia, Malta, Martinique, Mauritius, Mayen (Norway), Mayotte (France), Mexico, Monaco and Montserrat (United Kingdom).
N: Namibia, Nauru, Nicaragua, Niue (New Zealand), Norway, New Caledonia (France) and New Zealand.
P: Netherlands (including Holland, Curaçao and Saint Marteen), Panama, Paraguay, French Polynesia (France), Poland, Portugal and Puerto Rico (USA).
R: United Kingdom, Czech Republic, Republic of South Africa, Slovak Republic, Reunion (France), Romania and Russia.
S: Saint Kitts and Nevis, San Marino, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Helena (United Kingdom), Saint Lucia, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, St Jhon (United States), St Croix (United States), St Thomas (United States), Sweden, Switzerland, Suriname and Svalbard (Norway).
T: Thailand, Taiwan, French Southern Territories (France), Tokelau (New Zealand), Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tristan da Cunha (Saint Helena), Turkey and Tuvalu.
V: Vanuatu and Venezuela.
*Valid for Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and Macao Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China passport holders.
As a general rule, citizens of countries that can enter the European Union, the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom can travel to the Dominican Republic with only the Tourist Card.
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Foreigners requiring a visa
Citizens with nationality of any of the countries listed below require a visa to enter the Dominican Republic:
A: Abkhazia, Afghanistan, Albania, Angola, Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Armenia and Azerbaijan.
B: Bangladesh, Benin, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Burkina Faso, Burundi and Bhutan.
C: Cape Verde, Cambodia, Cameroon, Chad, Colombia, Comoros, Congo (Brazzaville), Congo (Kinshasa), North Korea, Ivory Coast and Cuba.
E: Egypt, Eritrea and Ethiopia.
G: Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Equatorial Guinea and Guinea-Bissau.
H: Haiti and Hong Kong.
I: India, Indonesia, Iraq and Iran.
K: Kenya, Kyrgyzstan and Kosovo (Serbia).
L: Laos, Lesotho, Lebanon, Liberia and Libya.
M: Macao (People’s Republic of China), Madagascar, Malawi, Maldives, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Mozambique and Myanmar.
N: Nagorno-Karabakh, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria and Norfo.
Oman and South Ossetia (de facto independent within Georgia).
P: Pakistan, Palau, Palestine (Palestinian National Authority) and Papua New Guinea.
R: People’s Republic of China, Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic and Rwanda.
S: Western Sahara, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Syria, Somalia, Somaliand (de facto independent within Somalia), Sri Lanka, Swaziland and Sudan.
T: Tanzania, Tajikistan, East Timor, Togo, Transnistria, Tunisia and Turkmenistan.
U: Uganda and Uzbekistan.
Y: Yemen and Djibouti.
Z: Zaire, Zimbabwe and Zambia.
Countries needing a visa to enter the Dominican Republic
Foreigners holding diplomatic or similar passports
Foreign citizens coming from one of the following countries benefit, by virtue of bilateral agreements, from the reciprocal abolition of the visa as they are holders of diplomatic, official or service passports:
B: Brazil and Belize.
C: Chile, Costa Rica, Colombia and South Korea.
E: Ecuador and El Salvador.
M: Mexico (except official passports) and Morocco.
P: Panama and Peru.
R: Russia and Republic of China (Taiwan).
S: Switzerland (except official passports) and Holy See.
U: Uruguay and Ukraine.