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Travel Advisory June 6, 2023

Dominican republic - level 2: exercise increased caution.

Reissued with updates to health information.

Exercise increased caution in the Dominican Republic due to crime.

Country Summary:  Violent crime, including armed robbery, homicide and sexual assault is a concern throughout the Dominican Republic. The development of a professional tourist police corps, institution of a 911 system in many parts of the country, and a concentration of resources in resort areas means these tend to be better policed than urban areas like Santo Domingo. The wide availability of weapons, the use and trade of illicit drugs, and a weak criminal justice system contribute to the high level of criminality on the broader scale.

Read the country information page for additional information on travel to the Dominican Republic.

If you decide to travel to the Dominican Republic:

  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Do not physically resist any robbery attempt.
  • Do not display signs of wealth, such as wearing expensive watches or jewelry.
  • Follow the advice of resort and tour operators regarding local safety and security concerns.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter .
  • Review the Country Security Report for the Dominican Republic.
  • Prepare a contingency plan for emergency situations.  Review the Traveler’s Checklist .
  • Visit the CDC page for the latest Travel Health Information related to your travel.

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Passports must be valid for the period of stay in the Dominican Republic.

1 page required for entry stamp

Not required for visits shorter than 30 days

None required if arriving from the United States

$10,000 and over or its equivalent must be declared

Embassies and Consulates

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Av. República de Colombia #57 Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic Telephone: +(809) 567-7775 Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(809) 567-7775, dial zero (0) ask for Duty Officer Email:   [email protected] Hours: Monday through Friday from 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM except U.S. and Dominican holidays 

Consular Agencies

U.S. Consular Agent - Puerto Plata Plaza el Doral, carretera Luperón KM 3 1/2 Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic Telephone:  +(809) 586-4204, +(809) 586-8023 Emergency After-Hours Telephone:  (809) 567-7775, dial zero (0) ask for Duty Officer Email:  [email protected] Hours:  Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM except U.S. and Dominican holidays

U.S. Consular Agent - Bavaro/Punta Cana Palma Real Shopping Center Business Center 2nd Floor Bavaro, La Altagracia, Dominican Republic Telephone:  (809) 552-8990 Emergency After-Hours Telephone:  +(809) 567-7775, dial zero (0) ask for Duty Officer Email:  [email protected] Hours:  Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM except U.S. and Dominican holidays

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Entry, Exit and Visa Requirements

Visas are not required for visits shorter than 30 days. Visit the  Embassy of the Dominican Republic  website for current visa information.

All visitors to the Dominican Republic are charged a $10 tourist card fee that is incorporated into airline charges. Cruise passengers must obtain a tourist card if they are disembarking for longer than 24 hours. Once used, the card allows for stays up to 30 days but can be extended at the General Directorate of Migration in Santo Domingo.

Contact the  Migration Department  in Santo Domingo for visa extension requests. Failure to request an extension will result in a fine at the airport upon departure. The fines range from approximately $55 USD for one month to as high as $1,555 USD for overstays of 10 years or more.

All passengers are required to fill out an  E-Ticket  or paper form when entering or exiting the Dominican Republic. If using E-Ticket, a new form is required for each entry and exit and the code generated upon form completion can be presented at the airport on a digital device.

Visitors must have a ticket entering and leaving the country, the financial means to pay for their stay, and an address in the Dominican Republic where they will be staying.

Exit Requirements for Children:  Minors (children under 18) who are citizens (including dual citizens) or legal residents of the Dominican Republic, if not accompanied by both parents or legal guardian(s), are required to present official proof of parental consent to travel. Please see the Dominican  Migration Department's  website for detailed instructions on the required documents.

HIV/AIDS Restrictions:  Some HIV/AIDS entry restrictions exist for visitors to and foreign residents of the Dominican Republic. The Dominican Republic has restrictions on granting residency to people with HIV/AIDS. Please verify information with the Dominican Republic’s  Migration Department  before you travel.

Yellow Fever Vaccine:  Proof of vaccination against yellow fever is required for travelers entering the Dominican Republic from Brazil. Similar requirements may apply to those traveling from other  countries with yellow fever risk .

Find information on  dual nationality ,  prevention of international child abduction ,  and  customs regulations  on our websites.

Safety and Security

Crime:  Crime is a threat throughout the Dominican Republic. Tourist destinations are generally more policed than metropolitan areas.

  • If robbed, hand over your personal belongings without resisting.
  • Do not carry or wear valuable items that will attract attention.
  • Be wary of strangers.
  • Travel with a partner or group if possible.

International Financial Scams:  See the  Department of State  and the  FBI   pages for information.

Dating App Robberies:  Several U.S. citizen travelers in the Dominican Republic have reported that they were robbed by people they met through popular online dating applications. If meeting with strangers, you should strongly consider meeting only in public places and avoiding isolated locations where crimes are most likely to occur.

Demonstrations:  Avoid areas of demonstrations and exercise caution if you are in the vicinity of large gatherings or protests.

Victims of Crime:  Report crimes to the local tourist police (POLITUR) at 809-222-2026 or  911  and contact the U.S. Embassy at 809-567-7775. 911 is operational throughout the country apart from some areas located near the Haitian border. Remember that local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting crime.

See our webpage on  help for U.S. victims of crime overseas .

  • Help you find appropriate medical care.
  • Assist you in reporting a crime to the police.
  • Contact relatives or friends with your written consent.
  • Provide general information regarding the victim’s role during the local investigation and following its conclusion.
  • Provide a list of local attorneys.
  • Provide our information on  victim’s compensation programs in the U.S.
  • Provide an emergency loan for repatriation to the United States and/or limited medical support in cases of destitution.
  • Replace a stolen or lost passport.

Domestic Violence:  U.S. citizen victims of domestic violence are encouraged to contact POLITUR (809-222-2026), the  National Police ( 809-682-2151), and the U.S. Embassy for assistance.

Sexual Assault:  Rape and sexual assault has been reported throughout the Dominican Republic, including at major resorts and hotels.

Notes for your safety:

  • U.S. citizens have been targeted with date rape drugs.
  • Sexual assault victims in the Dominican Republic should not expect the totality of assistance offered in the United States. Rape kits are often not available until the following morning and must be administered by Dominican authorities.
  • Victims often have to request medication to avoid transmission of STDs and reduce the chances of pregnancy.
  • Prosecution of a rape case moves forward very slowly. Dominican law may require the victim to return to the Dominican Republic at some stages of the judicial process.
  • Security outside of the resort area, including beach areas, is unpredictable, especially at night.

Best Practices:

  • Contact the police/hotel management if resort staff demonstrate unwanted attention.
  • Victims of sexual/other assault should contact the police and the Embassy. Insist that hotel management take immediate action by contacting the police.
  • In a resort, avoid secluded places. Always be accompanied by someone you know, even going to the restroom.
  • Do not consume alcoholic beverages alone or with new acquaintances. Do not leave drinks unattended.  Know your limits and help your friends/travelling companions to remain safe.
  • Shout for help immediately if threatened or made uncomfortable.
  • Report suspicious activity, including excessive friendliness by hotel employees, to hotel management, the U.S. Embassy, and local police.
  • Do not swim alone due to life-threatening undertows.

Tourism:  The tourism industry is unevenly regulated, and safety inspections for equipment and facilities may not commonly occur in all parts of the country. Hazardous areas and activities are not always identified with appropriate signage, and staff may not be trained or certified either by the host government or by recognized authorities in the field. In the event of an injury, appropriate medical treatment is typically available only in or near major cities or major tourist zones. First responders may be unable to access areas outside of major cities or major tourist zones. The ability to provide urgent medical treatment may be limited. U.S. citizens are encouraged to purchase medical evacuation insurance. See our webpage for more  information on insurance providers for overseas coverage . 

Local Laws & Special Circumstances

Criminal Penalties: You are subject to local laws. If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned. Individuals establishing a business or practicing a profession that requires additional permits or licensing should seek information from the competent local authorities, prior to practicing or operating a business. 

Furthermore, some laws are also prosecutable in the United States, regardless of local law. For examples, see our website on  crimes against minors abroad  and the  Department of Justice  website. Penalties for possessing, using, or trafficking illegal drugs in the Dominican Republic are severe, and convicted offenders can expect long jail sentences and heavy fines. Arrest Notification:  If you are arrested or detained, ask police or prison officials to notify the U.S. Embassy immediately. See our webpage and  general information on legal assistance  for further information.

Counterfeit and Pirated Goods: Although counterfeit and pirated goods are prevalent in many countries, their possession they may still be illegal according to local laws. You may also pay fines or have to give them up if you bring them back to the United States. See the U.S. Department of Justice website for more information.

Faith-Based Travelers:  See the following webpages for details:

  • Faith-Based Travel Information
  • International Religious Freedom Report – see country reports
  • Human Rights Report – see country reports
  • Hajj Fact Sheet for Travelers
  • Best Practices for Volunteering Abroad

LGBTI Travelers:  There are no legal restrictions on same-sex sexual relations or the organization of LGBTI events in the Dominican Republic.

See our LGBTI Travel Information page and section 6 of our Human Rights report for further details.

Travelers with Disabilities:  The law in the Dominican Republic prohibits discrimination against persons with physical, sensory, intellectual or mental disabilities, but the law is not enforced consistently. Social acceptance of persons with disabilities in public is not as prevalent as in the United States. Accessible facilities, information, communication/access to services and ease of movement is limited in most parts of the country. Large resorts and Santo Domingo may have some generally accessible infrastructure, but travelers should not expect the level available in the United States.

Students:  See our  Students Abroad  page and  FBI travel tips .

Women Travelers:  See our travel tips for  Women Travelers .

Disaster Preparedness:  Register with the Embassy on or before your arrival through our  travel registration website . In the event of a natural disaster or emergency, this will keep you informed. Additional information on  natural disasters and disaster preparedness  can be found on our website. Real Estate:  Property rights are irregularly enforced, and investors often encounter problems in receiving clear title to land. Consult a reputable attorney before signing documents or closing on any real estate transactions. Real estate investments by U.S. citizens have been subject to legal and physical takeover attempts. Absentee landlords and absentee owners of undeveloped land are particularly vulnerable. Consider purchasing title insurance. Scams:  Scammers often target elderly people by pretending to be a law enforcement official, an attorney, or a U.S. Embassy official, claiming that a loved one has been arrested overseas. The caller instructs the victim to wire money. Scammers sometimes impersonate family members, such as a scared grandchild. Contact the U.S. Embassy before wiring money to the Dominican Republic. When in doubt, try to contact your loved one directly.

For emergency services in the Dominican Republic, dial 911 or 809-202-2026 .

Ambulance services:

  • The training and availability of emergency responders may be below U.S. standards.
  • Ambulances are not present or reliable in most areas of the country. They are more reliable and available in Santo Domingo, Santiago, Punta Cana, and Puerto Plata.

We do not pay medical bills.  Be aware that U.S. Medicare/Medicaid does not apply overseas.  Most hospitals and doctors overseas do not accept U.S. health insurance.

Medical Insurance:  Make sure your health insurance plan provides coverage overseas. Most care providers overseas only accept cash payments. See  our webpage  for more information on insurance providers for overseas coverage. Visit the  U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  for more information on type of insurance you should consider before you travel overseas.

We strongly recommend supplemental insurance to cover medical evacuation.

Always carry your prescription medication in original packaging, along with your doctor’s prescription. Check with the  Ministry for Public Health  to ensure the medication is legal in the Dominican Republic.

Vaccinations:  Be up-to-date on all  vaccinations  recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Further health information:

  • World Health Organization
  • U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  (CDC)

Air Quality:  Visit  AirNow Department of State  for information on air quality at U.S. Embassies and Consulates.

The U.S. Embassy maintains a  list of doctors and hospitals . We do not endorse or recommend any specific medical provider or clinic.

Health facilities in general:

  • Public medical clinics lack basic resources and supplies.
  • Hospitals and doctors require payment “up front” prior to service or admission.
  • Private hospitals usually require advance payment or proof of adequate insurance before admitting a patient.
  • Be aware that some hotels, resorts, etc. have exclusive agreements with medical providers, which have costs associated and may limit your choices in seeking emergency medical attention.
  • Medical staff may speak little or no English.
  • Generally, in public hospitals only minimal staff is available overnight in non-emergency wards. Consider hiring a private nurse or having family spend the night with the patient, especially a minor child.
  • Patients bear all costs for transfer to or between hospitals.
  • Psychological and psychiatric services are limited, even in the larger cities, with hospital-based care only available through government institutions

Medical Tourism and Elective Surgery

U.S. citizens have suffered serious complications or died during or after having cosmetic or other elective surgery. 

If you are considering travel to the Dominican Republic for cosmetic surgery, be mindful of the following:

  • Have a medical evaluation from a U.S. doctor to determine if you are a good candidate for surgery.
  • Before travel, carefully research the doctor (e.g. qualifications, experience performing the surgery, complication rate) and credentials of the recovery facility you plan to use.
  • Share all health information (e.g. medical conditions, medications, allergies) with your doctor before your surgery.
  • Obtain international travel insurance that covers medical evacuation back to the United States and repatriation of remains. For more information, see:  https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/insurance . 
  • See a travel medicine professional in the United States at least 4–6 weeks before your trip to discuss healthy travel and to learn about specific risks related to your surgery and travel. For more information on the risks of medical tourism, see:  https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/medical-tourism .
  • Your legal options in case of malpractice are very limited in the Dominican Republic. 

Tap Water:  Tap water is unsafe to drink. Bottled water and beverages are considered safe. Please note that many restaurants use tap water for ice.

Adventure Travel

  • Visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for more information about  Adventure Travel .

General Health

The following diseases are prevalent:

  • Tuberculosis
  • Chikungunya

Visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for more information about  Resources for Travelers  regarding specific issues in the  Dominican Republic .

Travel and Transportation

Road Conditions and Safety:  Driving conditions vary across the country. Drive defensively and with extreme caution.

Consider hiring a professional driver instead of driving yourself. You can hire licensed drivers who are familiar with local roads through local car rental agencies. In case of accidents, normally only the driver will be taken into custody. In 2019 six people died per day due to traffic accidents in the Dominican Republic.

Frequent hazards include:

  • other drivers not using headlights and/or taillights after dark
  • animals in the road
  • missing manhole covers and large potholes
  • uneven road surfaces
  • scooters and motorcycles driving erratically and splitting lanes
  • driving on sidewalks or against traffic
  • intersections without stop signs
  • unregulated and congested traffic patterns
  • speeding or the running of stoplights
  • heavy urban traffic

Traffic Laws:  Traffic laws are not enforced consistently. After an accident causing serious injury or death, authorities will often take the driver into custody, even if the driver is insured and appears to have not been at fault. Detentions frequently last until a judicial decision has been reached or until a waiver has been signed by the injured party.

Seat belts, and helmets for motorcyclists, are required by law. Violators may be fined. There are no child car seat laws. Police stop drivers using cell phones without a hands-free device.

Public Transportation:  Public transportation includes a metro and public bus system as well as shared bus or van taxis known as “guaguas” (converted vans or microbuses, often without doors). Guaguas run regular routes within urban areas and between towns in the countryside. Public buses and guaguas operating in the capital do not meet U.S. safety standards. Avoid unregulated taxis, which also often lack basic safety features. Use a reputable taxi service, either one recommended by your hotel or a well-known, vetted company. Rideshare services such as Uber are available in many parts of the country. Private bus lines travel between large cities and to popular tourist destinations. 

See our Road Safety page for more information. Visit the website of the Dominican Republic’s Ministry of Tourism and INTRANT (Instituto Nacional de Transito y Transporte Terrestre) the national authority responsible for road safety.

Aviation Safety Oversight:  The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has assessed the government’s Civil Aviation Authority as being in compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards for oversight of the Dominican Republic’s air carrier operations. Further information may be found on the  FAA’s website.   FAA’s safety assessment page .

Maritime Travel:  The U.S. Coast Guard has concerns about the security practices in the ports of the Dominican Republic. Until those concerns can be addressed, the Coast Guard advises that Mariners and passengers on commercial vessels traveling through the ports of the Dominican Republic should exercise caution.

Mariners planning travel to the Dominican Republic should also check for  U.S. maritime advisories and alerts . Information may also be posted to the  U.S. Coast Guard homeport website , and the  NGA broadcast warnings .

For additional travel information

  • Enroll in the  Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)  to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • Call us in Washington, D.C. at 1-888-407-4747 (toll-free in the United States and Canada) or 1-202-501-4444 (from all other countries) from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
  • See the  State Department’s travel website  for the  Worldwide Caution  and  Travel Advisories .
  • Follow us on  Twitter  and  Facebook .
  • See  traveling safely abroad  for useful travel tips.

Review information about International Parental Child Abduction in  Dominican Republic . For additional IPCA-related information, please see the  International Child Abduction Prevention and Return Act ( ICAPRA )  report.

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How To Purchase A Tourist Card For The Dominican Republic

Published: November 7, 2023

Modified: December 28, 2023

by Tildy Arthur

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Introduction

Welcome to the beautiful Dominican Republic! Whether you are planning a vacation, business trip, or a visit to see family and friends, there are a few essential things you need to know before entering the country. One of these requirements is obtaining a tourist card, which allows you to stay in the Dominican Republic for a specified period of time.

A tourist card, also known as a tourist visa, is an official document issued by the Dominican government that grants visitors permission to enter and stay in the country for up to 30 days. It is a mandatory requirement for most travelers, with a few exceptions such as citizens of visa-exempt countries or those with a valid visa for the Dominican Republic.

Obtaining a tourist card is a straightforward process, and this article will guide you through the different steps involved in acquiring one. Whether you choose to purchase it online before your trip or upon arrival at the airport, we will provide you with all the necessary information to make the process as smooth as possible.

So, if you’re ready to embark on your Dominican adventure, let’s dive into the step-by-step process of purchasing a tourist card!

Step 1: Determine if you need a tourist card

The first step in purchasing a tourist card for the Dominican Republic is to determine if you actually need one. As mentioned earlier, there are a few exceptions to the requirement of obtaining a tourist card.

Citizens of some countries are exempt from needing a tourist card for stays of up to 30 days. These countries include Argentina, Chile, Ecuador, Israel, Japan, Peru, South Korea, and Uruguay. Citizens of these countries can enter the Dominican Republic without a tourist card and are allowed to stay for up to 30 days under a visa exemption agreement.

However, it is essential to check the latest travel advisories and regulations before your trip, as visa policies can change. Always verify with the Dominican Republic embassy or consulate in your home country to ensure you have the most up-to-date information regarding entry requirements.

If you are not a citizen of a visa-exempt country, or if you plan to stay in the Dominican Republic for longer than 30 days, you will need to obtain a tourist card before you arrive.

Now that you’ve determined whether or not you need a tourist card, let’s move on to the next step: deciding on the type of tourist card you require.

Step 2: Decide on the type of tourist card

Once you have established that you need a tourist card for your trip to the Dominican Republic, the next step is to decide on the type of tourist card that is suitable for your stay. There are two main options: the Tourist Card and the Tourist Card Plus.

The standard Tourist Card is valid for stays of up to 30 days and costs $10 USD. This is the most common option for travelers who plan to stay within the regular 30-day tourist visa period. The Tourist Card can be purchased online or at the airport upon arrival.

On the other hand, if you plan to stay in the Dominican Republic for longer than 30 days, you will need to opt for the Tourist Card Plus. This option allows for an extended stay of up to 60 days and costs $20 USD. Similar to the regular Tourist Card, the Tourist Card Plus can be obtained online or at the airport.

It’s important to consider the duration of your stay and choose the appropriate tourist card type accordingly. If you are unsure about the length of your stay, it is advisable to opt for the Tourist Card Plus to avoid any complications or the need for an extension later on.

Now that you’ve decided on the type of tourist card you need, let’s move on to the next step: purchasing the tourist card online.

Step 3: Purchase the tourist card online

Purchasing the tourist card online is a convenient and efficient option, allowing you to complete the process before your trip and save time upon arrival in the Dominican Republic.

To purchase the tourist card online, you can visit the official website of the Dominican Republic’s immigration authorities or use a trusted third-party service. These online platforms provide a straightforward application process and secure payment options.

Here’s how to purchase the tourist card online:

  • Visit the official website or a reputable third-party platform offering tourist card services.
  • Locate the section for purchasing the tourist card or visa.
  • Fill out the required information, such as your personal details, passport information, and travel dates.
  • Review the information you provided to ensure its accuracy.
  • Proceed to the secure payment gateway to pay the tourist card fee. Accepted payment methods typically include credit or debit cards.
  • Once the payment is successful, you will receive a confirmation email with your tourist card. Print a copy of the tourist card or save it on your mobile device to present upon arrival in the Dominican Republic.

It is advisable to complete the online purchase of the tourist card well in advance of your travel date to avoid any last-minute complications. Ensure that you have a stable internet connection and all the necessary documents and information at hand when filling out the online application.

Now that you’ve successfully purchased the tourist card online, let’s move on to the next step: purchasing the tourist card at the airport.

Step 4: Purchase the tourist card at the airport

If you prefer not to purchase the tourist card online or have missed the opportunity to do so, don’t worry! You can still obtain the tourist card upon arrival at the airport in the Dominican Republic.

The process of purchasing the tourist card at the airport is straightforward and can be completed before or after going through immigration. Here’s what you need to do:

  • Upon arrival at the airport, locate the area designated for tourist card purchase. This area is usually located near the immigration counters or in a separate booth.
  • Take a queue ticket if required and wait for your turn.
  • Once it’s your turn, approach the counter and inform the officer that you need to purchase a tourist card.
  • Provide the necessary information, such as your personal details, passport information, and travel dates, as requested by the officer.
  • Pay the tourist card fee, which is typically $10 USD for the standard Tourist Card or $20 USD for the Tourist Card Plus. Cash payment in USD is usually accepted, but it’s advisable to carry smaller denominations to avoid any issues.
  • Upon payment, the officer will provide you with the tourist card. Make sure to keep it in a safe place, as you will need to present it upon departure from the Dominican Republic.

It’s important to note that there may be multiple counters available for purchasing the tourist card, so if one counter has a long queue, you can check if there are other counters that might have shorter wait times.

Now that you’ve successfully purchased the tourist card at the airport, let’s move on to the next step: filling out the tourist card form.

Step 5: Fill out the tourist card form

Once you have obtained the tourist card, whether it was purchased online or at the airport, the next step is to fill out the tourist card form. This form contains important information that the Dominican Republic immigration authorities require for entry and exit purposes.

Here’s what you need to do to fill out the tourist card form:

  • Take out your passport and the tourist card.
  • Locate the designated section on the tourist card form for filling in your personal information.
  • Provide accurate and complete information, such as your full name, passport number, date of birth, nationality, and gender.
  • Fill in the details regarding your travel dates and the purpose of your visit to the Dominican Republic.
  • Review the form to ensure that all the information you provided is accurate and matches the details on your passport.
  • Sign and date the form at the designated space.

It is essential to take your time and double-check the information you provide on the tourist card form to avoid any errors or discrepancies. Any inaccuracies may cause delays or complications during the immigration process.

Once you have filled out the tourist card form, keep it with your passport in a safe place. You will need to present it to the immigration officer upon arrival in the Dominican Republic and upon departure from the country.

Now that you’ve successfully filled out the tourist card form, let’s move on to the next step: paying the tourist card fee.

Step 6: Pay the tourist card fee

After obtaining the tourist card and filling out the necessary form, the next step is to pay the tourist card fee. The fee for the tourist card depends on the type of card you have obtained.

If you purchased the tourist card online, you would have already paid the fee during the online application process. You can simply present your payment confirmation at the airport, and there will be no additional payment required.

However, if you are purchasing the tourist card at the airport, you will need to pay the fee directly at the designated counter. The fee for the standard Tourist Card is usually $10 USD, while the Tourist Card Plus costs $20 USD.

It’s important to note that payment for the tourist card at the airport is typically done in cash, and US dollars are widely accepted. It’s advisable to carry smaller denominations to facilitate the payment process.

Upon payment of the tourist card fee, you will receive a receipt or confirmation from the officer. Keep this receipt in a safe place along with your tourist card and passport, as you may be required to present it during your stay or upon departure.

Now that you’ve paid the tourist card fee, let’s move on to the final step: receiving your tourist card.

Step 7: Receive your tourist card

After completing the payment process, you will receive your tourist card, which grants you permission to stay in the Dominican Republic for the designated period.

If you purchased the tourist card online, you would have received a confirmation email with your tourist card attached. Make sure to print a copy of the tourist card or save it on your mobile device. You will need to present this document along with your passport at the immigration counter upon arrival in the Dominican Republic.

If you obtained the tourist card at the airport, the immigration officer will hand it to you after you have completed the necessary paperwork and paid the fee. Ensure that you keep your tourist card in a secure and easily accessible place, as you will be required to present it during your stay in the country.

The tourist card is an important document that serves as proof of your legal entry into the Dominican Republic. It should be kept safe throughout your stay and handed over to immigration authorities when departing from the country.

It’s important to remember that the tourist card is only valid for the specified duration stated on the card. If you wish to extend your stay beyond the allowed period, you will need to contact the Dominican Republic’s immigration authorities for further information and possibly obtain a visa extension.

Congratulations! You have successfully obtained your tourist card for the Dominican Republic. Now you can relax and enjoy your time exploring the beautiful beaches, vibrant culture, and warm hospitality of this Caribbean paradise.

Should you need any further assistance or have any questions during your trip, don’t hesitate to reach out to the local authorities or your nearest embassy or consulate.

Have a wonderful and memorable time in the Dominican Republic!

Obtaining a tourist card for your trip to the Dominican Republic is a simple and necessary process that allows you to legally enter and stay in the country for a specified period. Whether you choose to purchase the tourist card online or at the airport, following the steps outlined in this guide will ensure a smooth and hassle-free experience.

Remember to determine if you need a tourist card based on your nationality and the duration of your stay. Deciding on the type of tourist card, whether the standard Tourist Card or the Tourist Card Plus, is crucial to ensure compliance with the visa requirements.

Purchasing the tourist card online offers convenience, allowing you to complete the process before your trip and save time upon arrival. If you prefer to purchase the card at the airport, make sure to have the necessary cash on hand and be prepared to fill out the tourist card form.

Once you have paid the tourist card fee, you will receive the card that grants you permission to stay in the Dominican Republic. Keep it with your passport and present it as required by immigration authorities. Remember, the tourist card is valid only for the specified duration, so plan your trip accordingly to avoid any complications.

Now that you have the knowledge and guidance on how to purchase a tourist card for the Dominican Republic, you can confidently embark on your journey to this captivating destination. Enjoy the breathtaking beaches, vibrant culture, and warm hospitality that the Dominican Republic has to offer!

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Do I need a tourist card to go to the Dominican Republic?

The short answer is – no, you do not need to buy a tourist card for Punta Cana because you will pay for this buying your tickets to the Dominican Republic. It saves your time to get to the hotel or apartment as soon as possible and start relaxing and enjoying your time in this beautiful paradise.

At first glance, it seems that you need a touristic card to have access to all of this beauty. Honestly, there is no need for it if you want to have a flight to this country. You used to need to buy it a few years ago when crossing the border of the DR. It was a tourist tax or tourist visa and you used to get a receipt of purchase that you handed to a migration officer.

Nevertheless, if you are planning to enter the Dominican Republic by land or sea, you need to purchase a Tourist Cards at the points of sale of the General Directorate of Internal Taxes at the ports of entry at a value of US $ 10.00.

How much is the tourist card in the Dominican Republic?

In the 2018 year, you had to pay $10.00 if you arrived to the country by plane. For now, you need to pay $10.00 only if you are entering the Dominican Republic by land or sea. Similarly, these points provide the facility to make the payment of the Tourist Card in euros to passengers who do not have US dollars. For these cases, the cost of the card is € 10.00.

Is there a tourist tax in the Dominican Republic?

All tourist taxes are included in your ticket or when you are getting a VISA you will pay these taxes. At the airport, you do not need to pay anything like that. If you travel by land or sea, you will pay $10.00 for a touristic card.

Remember, you do not need to pay any extra fees if you are staying less than 30 days, but it depends on which country you are from. Tourist cards permit varying lengths of stay – 30, 60, or 90 days. For longer stays, one can visit the Migration Department in Santo Domingo and request an extension or pay the same fee at the airport when leaving the country. The purchase of the tourist card at the airport upon arrival was cancelled to reduce the time in the queues, to guarantee a speedy customs and migration control procedure and let tourists spend just a few minutes at the airport.

It is officially considered that the cost of this type of tourist visa is included in the cost of your flight. Besides, if you are a resident or citizen of the Dominican Republic you can reimburse $10 fee from the Tax Service since you are living here not for a vacation. Please, follow this link to get a refund .

How do I get a tourist visa to the Dominican Republic?

You do not need a visa if you live in one of these eight countries: Argentine, Chile, Ecuador, Israel, Japan, Peru, South Korea, Uruguay. If you are not from any country I mentioned above, you need to have a visa for a stay longer than 30 days in the DR. The best time to apply for your Dominican Republic visa is 1-2 months before your travel date. It is very important to have an invitation letter from somebody you know there (parents, friends and so on) to get the visa.

Our advice: before buying tickets, contact the embassy to check country restrictions and if you need to add more documents to your package entering the Dominican Republic. Please, use these links for that:

  • The U.S. Department of State provides detailed Dominican Republic International Travel Information (you can find all passport requirements and travel advisories).
  • The Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism offers up-to-date information on travel to and within the country.

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Do I need a visa to visit the Dominican Republic?

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Dec 9, 2021 • 4 min read

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With its crystalline waters, sugary white sand and year-round balmy temperatures, it’s easy to see why the Dominican Republic lures visitors from all over the world. Add a dash of captivating mountain scenery and a pinch of laid-back Caribbean culture, and you’ve got the makings of a top-tier tropical getaway.

Booking your flight is the easy part. Before you reach the sand, you’ll have to navigate some red tape to get into the country. Not everyone needs a visa, but they're easy to obtain if you do. Here’s a guide to the visa requirements for the Dominican Republic, along with information on visa types, costs and information on how to apply.

Who needs a visa for the Dominican Republic?

Here's the good news: residents of 108 countries and passport-issuing jurisdictions can enter the Dominican Republic as tourists for up to 30 days without a visa. The list of visa-exempt countries includes the UK , USA , Canada , Mexico , Australia , Japan and the countries of the European Union (EU). The Dominican Republic Ministry of External Relation website has a complete list, with details of the visa durations granted to different nationalities.

To enter the Dominican Republic, you’ll need a passport with two blank pages. Your passport should also be valid for at least six months, covering the duration of your stay. Once in the Dominican Republic, visitors are required to obtain a tourist card; before 2018, visitors had to pay $10 USD at the airport to obtain this card, but today, the fee is usually incorporated into the price of airfares.

By Dominican law, there’s also a $20 USD departure tax, a cost that should also be included in your airfare. It’s a good idea to verify with your carrier that both fees have been included to avoid any surprises on arrival or departure.

Special Covid-19 rules

In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Dominican Republic is currently allowing refunds of the $10 USD tourism tax if you cancel your air ticket, regardless of your country of citizenship. Refunds are provided at the discretion of government officials and you must provide a receipt for your travel booking when requesting a refund; apply online via the  Solicitar Reembolso Tarjeta de Turista website.

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Applying for a work visa for the Dominican Republic

Anyone wishing to work or do business in the Dominican Republic for longer than 30 days will need to apply for a work visa, or a Visa de Negocios. This visa is valid for 60 days with a single entry, or a year with multiple entries.

If you’re using the multiple-entry business visa, you will not be permitted to stay in the country for more than two months per entry over the course of the year. Anything beyond that and you will need to apply for residency, a more complicated and expensive process.

Applying for a Dominican Republic visa

If you’re a legal resident of, or have a valid visa in your passport for the US, UK, Canada or the Schengen area , you can visit the Dominican Republic without a visa, regardless of your nationality.

Travelers who are not from a visa-exempt country will need to apply for a visa through the nearest Dominican Republic embassy (which may be in a neighboring country). Costs for visas vary depending on the type of visa, the length of stay and the country where you apply; expect to pay upwards of US$95 USD for a single-entry visa (not including service fees).

The processing period for visas is approximately 10 to 15 working days from the day your application was accepted. For more info about the requirements of applying for a Dominican Republic visa in specific countries, visit the website of the Dominican Republic Ministry of External Relations .

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How do you extend your stay in the Dominican Republic? 

Once you have reached the Dominican Republic, you can extend your stay for up to 120 days. Visitors wishing to do this need to submit a request through the Dominican Republic government website, along with the required documentation, and a fee of RD$2,500 (US$44) for 30-90 days or RD$4,000 (US$70.50) for 90-120 days.

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Dominican Republic Visa: What Every Traveler Needs to Know

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The beautiful and vibrant Dominican Republic is a top destination for travelers, offering stunning beaches, rich history, and warm hospitality. Before packing your bags, familiarize yourself with the visa requirements and essential trip preparations. This guide will cover everything about visas, extending your stay, and more.

Navigating Visa Requirements for the Dominican Republic

Understanding the visa process for travelers.

Traveling to the Dominican Republic requires careful planning around visas. For citizens of countries not exempt from visa requirements:

  • You may need to apply for a tourist visa based on your stay’s length.
  • The process involves an application form, supporting documents, and fees.

Required documents may include:

  • A valid passport.
  • Proof of accommodation.
  • A return ticket.
  • Proof of sufficient funds.

Always check with the Dominican Republic’s embassy or consulate in your country for the most current requirements for your nationality.

Submit your visa application at the embassy/consulate or through a visa processing center. Processing times vary, so apply well ahead of your travel dates.

The Changing Nature of the Dominican Tourist Card

The Dominican Republic has incorporated the tourist card fee into most airline tickets. However, travelers should always verify current policies with their airline or the Dominican Republic’s official sources. The tourist card system might have seen changes since then.

Visa Requirements for Visiting Punta Cana

Punta Cana is a highlight of the Dominican Republic, known for its pristine beaches and luxury resorts. For tourism purposes:

  • Most travelers need a tourist card.
  • If staying more than 30 days, consider a tourist visa.

The visa application might require an itinerary, travel insurance proof, and a Dominican host’s invitation or hotel reservation.

Different visa categories exist for non-tourism activities like business, education, or employment. Each has its requirements, so consult the relevant authorities or seek professional advice.

Exempt Countries: Visa-Free Travel to the Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic allows visa-free travel for citizens of certain countries. If you’re from an exempt country:

  • You can travel without a tourist visa.
  • It would be best if you still had a valid passport.
  • Adhere to any duration of stay restrictions. Always verify the specifics with the Dominican Republic’s embassy or consulate in your home country.

Essential Preparations for Your Trip to the D.R.

Essential documents to gather before traveling.

Before your trip, ensure you have:

  • A valid passport with at least six months of validity from your departure date.
  • Photocopies of your passport, travel insurance, and other crucial documents are kept separately.

Traveling with a US Green Card

US Green Card holders should note:

  • Typically, visa requirements are based on nationality, not residency.
  • Although a US Green Card might offer travel benefits to particular destinations, the Dominican Republic’s visa requirements typically depend on the traveler’s nationality. Green Card holders should verify entry requirements based on the passport they hold.

It’s essential to double-check this claim with current sources.

Business Visas in the Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic offers business travelers several visa types based on their activities. Requirements include:

  • A Dominican entity’s invitation letter.
  • A passport with at least six months of validity.

Travelers, including U.S. citizens, should consult the Dominican embassy or consulate for the most current visa fee and process information.

Extending Your Stay in the Dominican Republic

Overstaying can lead to fines, deportation, or re-entry bans. To maintain your legal tourist status:

  • Always carry copies of your passport and visa or tourist card.
  • Respect local laws, culture, and traditions.
  • For extended stays, contact immigration authorities ahead of time for visa extension procedures.

Quick Facts for U.S. Citizens

  • Passport Validity : Passports must be valid for the period in the Dominican Republic.
  • Blank Passport Pages : 1 page is required for the entry stamp.
  • Tourist Visa Required : Not required for visits shorter than 30 days.
  • Vaccinations : None required if arriving from the United States.
  • Currency Restrictions for Entry : None.
  • Currency Restrictions for Exit : $10,000 and over or its equivalent must be declared.

Assistance for U.S. Citizens

U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo

Address: Av. República de Colombia #57, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Telephone: +(809) 567-7775

Email:  [email protected]

Website:  U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo

Consular Agencies

  • U.S. Consular Agent – Puerto Plata :
  • Address: Plaza el Doral, carretera Luperón KM 3 1/2, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
  • Telephone: +(809) 586-4204, +(809) 586-8023
  • Email:  [email protected]
  • U.S. Consular Agent – Bavaro/Punta Cana :
  • Address: Palma Real Shopping Center, Business Center 2nd Floor, Bavaro, La Altagracia, Dominican Republic
  • Telephone: (809) 552-8990
  • Email:  [email protected]

Quick Facts for Canadian Citizens

  • Passport : Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after arriving in the Dominican Republic.
  • Visas : A tourist visa is optional for up to 30 days. Work, student, and residence visas have specific requirements.
  • Other Entry Requirements : Customs officials might request a return or onward ticket. Electronic access for entry and exit is also required.
  • Tourist Card : It’s included in air tickets issued outside the country. If you enter by land or sea, you can obtain it at your entry point.

Canadian Embassy and Consular Agencies in the Dominican Republic

  • Address: Av. Winston Churchill 1099, Torre Citigroup en Acropólis Center, 18th Floor, Ensanche Piantini, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • Telephone: (809) 262-3100
  • Email:  [email protected]
  • Website:  Embassy of Canada to the Dominican Republic
  • Address: Carretera Veron- Bavaro, km 2.5, Amstar Business Center, Building 5, Suite 521, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
  • Telephone: (809) 455-1730

FAQs Before Traveling to the Dominican Republic

Depends on your nationality. Citizens from countries like the US, Canada, and the U.K. don’t need access but require a tourist card.

The cost ranges from US$ 10-20. It’s usually included in the airline ticket price.

Countries like Saudi Arabia, Armenia, Haiti, and others need permits.

No, if your country requires a visa for the Dominican Republic, it will also be valid for Punta Cana.

You can request a stay extension on the official government Migration website. If you overstay without extending, you might have to pay fines.

In Conclusion

By acquainting yourself with visa requirements, preparations, and potential extensions, you can ensure a smooth trip to the Dominican Republic. Let the nation’s beauty and charm leave a lasting mark on you, whether for leisure or business. Safe travels!

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Below are the most frequently asked questions about travel to the Dominican Republic, to help ease your journey just a little more. For COVID-19 related questions,   please click here .

How can I get to the Dominican Republic?

The Dominican Republic has  eight international airports ,  five cruise destinations  and a variety of  marinas  for boats and yachts of all sizes, as well as smaller airports for private planes. Because this is such a large and diverse island, it is important to choose your arrival airport to coincide with the final destination of your stay.

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Which documents do I need to go to the Dominican Republic?

Most visitors arriving to the Dominican Republic–including those from the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, the European Union, Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Mexico, many South American countries, Central America, Japan, Israel, etc. do not need a visa to enter the country. 

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All foreign and Dominican passengers entering or departing the Dominican Republic on commercial flights must complete the free electronic entry and exit form at:  https://eticket.migracion.gob.do

It is no longer required to fill it out 72 hours prior to the trip . It can be filled out as soon as you have your flight information, even months in advance. However, it must be filled out before arriving at the airline counter at the airport, as it is required to present it to the airline. To avoid delays at the airport, it is advised to complete the form before the trip.

If your specific home city is not shown in the form, you can choose the nearest large city in your state or province. If you are staying at a vacation rental, please ask the host to provide the complete address, including province, municipality and sector.

If you are  traveling as a family , you must fill out the form with the data of all the family members who will be traveling, however, it is only necessary that a single user be created in the system and that this user fill in the data of all the members of the family that belong to that trip, up to 6 members additional to the one filling out the form (7 persons in total per form). It is not necessary for each traveler in the same family to fill out an individual form. If more than 7 people are traveling, you must fill out an additional form for the rest. Children do not fill out the Customs section, only adults. A single QR code will be generated for the family.

You can print or make a screenshot of the arrival and departure confirmation QR codes. If you need to make any changes to the E-TICKET, you can consult it with the application code that was issued when you started filling out the form and make changes.

Passengers arriving on private flights, non-commercial vessels, ferries, cruise ships, etc., do not need to fill out the E-TICKET. The physical Customs Declaration and International Embarkation/Disembarkation forms will be accepted for the aforementioned passengers.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

As of April 23, 2022, all passengers and crew members do not need to present a COVID-19 Vaccination Card, PCR, or antigen test to enter the Dominican Republic or to enter tourist centers, any establishments or to receive services such as excursions. Random COVID-19 testing for passengers and crew upon arrival in the Dominican Republic will no longer be performed. However, when required, random testing operations may be performed. Passengers who present their Vaccination Card will be exempted from random testing.

ROUND TRIP FLIGHT TICKET

As of April 28, 2023, during the process of registration and verification of travel documents prior to boarding, national and foreign air operators operating to and from the Dominican Republic must ensure that all foreign passengers have an air ticket to and from the Dominican Republic (roundtrip). Dominican national passengers, as well as foreigners residing in the Dominican Republic, are exempted from this requirement.

The national and foreign air operators are responsible for the strict compliance of such requirement. Failure to comply with the above will result in the denial of entry to the Dominican Republic of foreign passengers, as well as the corresponding sanctions to national and foreign air operators, established by the General Directorate of Migration of the Dominican Republic.

The Dominican Republic issues tourist, business, work, student, and residency visas. Tourist visas can be issued for one or several entries. Any person, regardless of their nationality, can visit Dominican Republic if they are a legal resident of or, if they have one of the following valid visas in their passport: United States, Canada, United Kingdom or Schengen. Travelers who do not have a passport or visa from countries listed above or from other authorized countries will need to apply for a visa. To issue a visa the passport needs to have a validity of at least six (6) months.

The Dominican Ministry of Foreign Affairs is the institution that issues visas. They have a chat line available in English and Spanish, where you may contact them for specific visa questions or for other inquiries:  https://mirex.gob.do/en/

Click  HERE  to check if your country requires a tourist visa.

See  Dominican consulates abroad here.   Please make sure to always check for updated requirements before traveling.

Who are Exempt From Needing a Visa?

  • Residents in the Dominican Republic and Dominican nationals.
  • Diplomatic and consular personnel with missions assigned in the country, as long as they remain on duty.
  • Passengers using non-commercial private aviation as long as the aircraft meets the following requirements: the trip must be for sport, leisure, tourism and business purposes, and the aircraft must not weigh more than thirty thousand (30,000) pounds and have a maximum capacity of 12 passengers.

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What happens if I decide to stay in the country for more than 30 days?

If staying beyond 30 days, expect an additional fee upon departure–determined on a sliding scale according to the total length of your stay. See the applicable fees and upload required documents  here , to be paid online before departure or at the airport’s immigration section–after check-in and past security–upon departure.

What is the cost of the departure tax?

The departure tax is US$20. It is already included in your airline ticket fare.

What is the telephone area code for the Dominican Republic?

The country code is +1. There are three area codes: 809, 829, and 849.

What is the legal drinking age?

In the Dominican Republic, you can purchase and consume alcoholic beverages from the age of 18. This means that bars will not admit anyone under 18, even when accompanied by parents or an adult.

What is the weather like? When is the rainy season?

The Dominican Republic is surrounded by over 1,600 km (1,000 miles) of coastline on its north, east, and southern borders, and the climate is tropical. Noontime temperatures range from 27°C to 32°C (80°F to 90°F ), and can fall to 18°C and 23°C (64°F to 73°F) during the winter. Because we are in the tropics, it is hard to say if and when there is a rainy season. Rains are usually short lasting.

When is the Hurricane Season?

The  Atlantic hurricane  season begins on June 1 and extends to November 30. In the Dominican Republic, these are the summer and early fall seasons when the weather is sunny and humid, with some cloudiness and occasional rain showers in the late afternoon or at night. Historically, most hurricanes have occurred in the month of September. But chances of one hitting are slim, and if it does occur, resort staff is trained in handling these situations, and resort buildings today are equipped to withstand hurricane force. You should also take note that the Dominican Republic is a large country–this means that while one coast may be affected, another may be completely unscathed by a storm.

How does the Dominican Republic compare in size with Puerto Rico or Jamaica?

Located in the Caribbean, the Dominican Republic has a surface area of over 48,442 km² (18,704 square miles), which means that Puerto Rico could fit into the country five times, and Jamaica four times. Due to its size and the variety of its terrain, the Dominican Republic offers visitors an incredible diversity in landscapes, including beaches, mountains, pre-historic caves, deserts, lakes, islands, rivers, and numerous waterfalls. That’s why we say the Dominican Republic “Has it all.”

I hardly speak any Spanish. Will this be a problem?

You won’t have any problems communicating in the DR. Dominicans are very friendly and even if they do not speak your language, they will help you find someone who can or find a way to communicate. In the big cities, as well as in most tourist destinations, staff in hotels, restaurants, and tourist areas, as well as tour guides understand and speak English, in addition to other languages. Fluency is less common in the villages and countryside, but they will still make out the basics and help you find your way.

What clothes should I bring

The Dominican Republic has warm sunny weather all-year-round. But it does get chilly in the morning and evenings from November to March, whether in the city or in the mountains, so packing in layers is key. You should bring light cotton or linen clothing for warm weather, aside from swimwear, a light cardigan, pants, and a light jacket. Even if staying at a resort, make sure you pack a dressy outfit for special occasions, or to dine in upscale restaurants. If you are staying in Santo Domingo, bring your regular city clothes, as well as a couple of dressy options. If you go to a National Theater performance, for instance, you will need a jacket, and no jeans are allowed. In addition, if you are visiting churches or certain national monuments and museums, you may not be able to enter if you are in shorts or mini skirts. Some government offices will not admit you with a sleeveless shirt or without closed footwear.

Can I travel with my pet?

Prior to traveling with your cat or dog, call your carrier for up-to-date information. Know the cost of transporting your animal either on board or in the cargo load. Make your reservation early because some airlines restrict the number of pets that can be carried on a single flight.

A health certificate issued and signed by a licensed veterinarian must accompany each animal. The certificate needs to establish that the pet was examined within 30 days prior to departure and was found to be free of any infectious diseases, has been treated for external and internal parasites, and was vaccinated against rabies. The rabies vaccination certificate should include the date of vaccination, the established period of immunity, the product name, and serial number.

Upon arrival in the DR, ask to speak to the animal control official who will review your veterinary certificate(s), and fill in the official pet entry permission form required.

How safe is it?

The Dominican Republic continues to be one of the countries with the lowest crime rates in the region. Common sense rules, however, and it’s best to take precautions just as you would when visiting any new country or large city in the world. Don’t flash your valuables, such as smartphones and cameras–use them discreetly when you are away from tourist areas. Leave the jewelry at home, dress simply, and don’t wander down isolated streets during the day or night.

Is it the custom to address people with the polite or the familiar form of “you”?

Even though times are changing and becoming more informal, it is best to err on the side of formal rather than informal. Use the formal form of “you”  (usted)  when you don’t know the person well. Gentlemen can be referred to as  Don  or  Señor  (Mr.) and ladies as  Doña  or  Señora  (Mrs.).

At the same time, informality is common and acceptable because Dominicans are very open and sociable people. The term  amigo  (friend) and  hermano  (brother) are frequently used. Don’t be surprised if you are referred to as  mi amor  (my love) or  cariño  (dear) in the street or in local businesses–that’s just how Dominicans communicate.

Is it safe to drink tap water at the hotels?

No, it is not safe to drink the tap water in the DR, as it is not purified. Always drink bottled water, available in abundance at your resort or in the neighborhood stores and supermarkets.

Is my driver’s license valid in the Dominican Republic?

Yes it is valid, but only for the duration of your legal stay–i.e. your 30-day tourist card or visa term.

Should I rent a car?

The Dominican Republic has the  most modern road infrastructure in the Caribbean , with excellent highways leading to and linking major tourist destinations. That being said, driving in the DR is known to be nerve-wracking; you must drive defensively and keep an eye out constantly for other drivers, motorbikes, pedestrians, cows, and other potential road companions and intruders. Driving out to the countryside is less stressful than in the big cities, though once you are in the villages, you should look out for potential road obstacles. You should be experienced, with preferable prior experience driving in big cities like New York, or driving in the Caribbean.

Avoid speeding, and don’t drive at night at all costs–lighting is often poor and nonexistent, which brings opportunities for car accidents and crime.

There are tourist destinations where having your own car is easier because there is so much to see. For example, if you are traveling the north coast from Montecristi to Puerto Plata or to Cabrera, or to the beaches of Samaná, renting a car will allow you to stop and see the sights along the way. On the east coast, having a car allows for more affordable exploration of the popular tourist areas of La Romana, Bávaro, Punta Cana, and Cap Cana. The southwest of the Dominican Republic–from Barahona to Pedernales–is one of the most beautiful and untouched regions in the country, where public transportation is limited. Having a car will help you save time and money, particularly to well-known, distant sights such as Bahía de Las Águilas. The beaches and attractions surrounding the major destinations will be more accessible and affordable to you with a rental car.

For Santo Domingo, Santiago, and Puerto Plata cities, however, it is best to rely on the vast network of taxis, including UBER. You can get a taxi by calling a 24-hr dispatch taxi company. Most offer a fixed rate of approximately US$5 one-way for most in-city destinations.

Can I use my cell phone there?

If your cell phone is on the GSM network, you can use it. However, your roaming costs will be high. Your best option is to bring an unlocked phone, and purchase a  SIM card  here to have a local number–you can obtain one with your passport ID, and activate it at any of the telecommunications companies here, including Claro and Altice. The SIM card costs less than US$5, and you will need to purchase additional phone credit for calls, at your discretion.

Will businesses accept American dollars or euros?

Businesses in tourist destinations, including restaurants, bars, department stores, souvenir shops, and supermarkets tend to accept dollars, though you will receive a less favorable rate than at the banks. That said, most prices in the Dominican Republic are in Dominican  pesos . If you plan to make a big purchase in small shops and markets, negotiate first with the seller who may be interested in receiving the payment in American dollars or euros. Prices are fixed, however, in supermarkets and shopping mall stores. Your best bet is to use an ATM to withdraw local currency at the best daily  exchange rate .

Is it best to change money at the airport?

This is fine for convenience only–to pay for your airport taxi and your first transactions. Otherwise, if you must exchange money, head to one of the main banks in the Dominican Republic–they use the Central Bank’s daily rate as the benchmark for exchange transactions, so the difference in the exchange rate between banks is negligible. Banks close at 5pm on weekdays, but most branches inside shopping malls remain open until around 7pm-8pm. ATM machines are available at supermarkets and shopping malls until later hours. For security reasons, it is best to use the exchange services or withdraw from ATMs as you go along.

How much is the sales tax?

The  ITBIS  ( Impuesto sobre Transferencia de Bienes Industrializados y Servicios  or the value-added tax for transferring industrial goods and services) is 18% and is applied to most purchases. In restaurants, bars, and hotels, a further 10% is automatically added as a service charge.

What is the current exchange rate?

Foreign currencies fluctuate from day to day, according to the market. You can check the  exchange rates  directly with commercial banks and exchange offices.

What regulations exist for traveling with children?

If the child is a foreigner, only a passport is required. There are exceptions if the child has a parent who is a resident in the Dominican Republic. Consult your airline for travel requirements for unaccompanied minors.

I have booked my vacation in Dominican Republic and I have limited mobility. Can I rent a mobility scooter in the DR?

Yes, of course. Very simple: you can call 1-844-283-8989 (toll-free number) or visit  www.scootersdr.com

What are the typical foods that I should try?

Dominican food  is very diverse. In the morning, sample  mangú  (green plantains, boiled and mashed) with eggs, fried cheese, and fried salami–the traditional Dominican breakfast. At midday,  la bandera dominicana ( Dominican flag) is the typical lunch plate with rice, red kidney beans, a meat stew, and  tostones –mashed and double-fried green plantains. Also popular are  chicharrón  or pork rinds ,   locrio de pollo  or fried rice with chicken,  mofongo –plantain mound with deep fried pork or shrimp, and garlic, fish in coconut sauce, stewed crab and conch, roasted or stewed goat with boiled cassava, and  sancocho  (a seven-meat stew) accompanied by avocado for dinner. And of course, don’t forget to try cassava bread, and  queso de hoja –an artisanal cow’s milk cheese.

Dominican desserts are popular as well–sample grated coconut in cream, sweet beans, sour milk desserts, orange sweets, milk sweets, papaya and pineapple desserts, and guava and cashew paste soaked in syrup. Tropical fruit juices abound, often made into fruit milkshakes or  batidas : passion fruit, guava, pineapple, orange, strawberry, mango, mandarin, and papaya.

Don’t miss out on tasting fresh sugar cane juice from one of the fields located throughout the country. You should also sample Dominican coconut water from one of the hundreds of coconut groves and forest–you will love the Dominican coconut’s delicious, thick pulp.

Is it worth visiting the capital city of Santo Domingo?

Absolutely!  Santo Domingo  is the first city of the Americas, and was designated the American Capital of Culture for 2010. Its  Colonial City  is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, filled with museums, arts, culture, and the city’s most popular restaurants. The good news is that you can get to Santo Domingo easily and affordably, for less than US$10, from various parts of the country– including from Punta Cana, Samaná, La Romana, and Puerto Plata, among others– comfortable air conditioned coach buses:  Expreso Bávaro ,  Caribe Tours , or  Metro Tours . Staying overnight is your best bet. If you are only day tripping, keep the travel distances in mind.

Will I be able to see a baseball game during my stay?

To make sure you catch a baseball game–“ juego de pelota ” as we call it in the DR–you will need to visit during the winter baseball season which runs from mid-October through the end of January. The tournament champion goes on to represent the DR in what is known as the Caribbean Series, when the winning teams from Puerto Rico, Mexico, and Venezuela compete. No matter where you are staying in the country, you will have a stadium in your destination, or one that is less than an hour’s drive away. They are located in these main cities: Santo Domingo (Quisqueya Stadium), Santiago (Cibao Stadium), La Romana (Francisco Micheli Stadium), San Pedro de Macorís (Tetelo Vargas Stadium), and San Francisco de Macorís (Julián Javier Stadium). For schedule, tickets and prices, and other information visit official website of the  Dominican Baseball League .

I’d like to bring my drone on the trip – do I need any permits, and what are the drone-flying restrictions in DR?

Drone flying is regulated by the Dominican Civil Aviation Institute (Instituto Dominicano de Aviación Civil or IDAC). As of April 2018, if your drone weighs less than 4.4 pounds (two kilograms), you are not required to have a permit. However, we strongly suggest that you still request permission from IDAC ( http://www.idac.gob.do ) before entering the country because the customs department at the airport tends to hold this kind of item in order to charge duties taxes. Having a letter of permission ahead of arrival will make it easier for you upon entering the DR.

In addition, you must always comply with the following:

  • The drone must be made of flexible materials, in case of possible impact towards any object or person, for minimum danger to the person or object struck.
  • The drone must be manually operated, allowing you or the operator to maintain direct visual contact at all times and not exceeding 400 feet (122 meters) of distance from you or the operator;
  • You must not fly the drone inside a five-mile radius (8 kms) of any airport.
  • You must operate the drone in conditions of weather flight vision—not at night—and it must be permanently in your sight and control or that of the operator; and
  • You must be sure, prior to commencing flying your drone, that the aircraft and its control system are in safe operating conditions.
  • Obtain verbal permission from the resort or any private property over which you intend to fly your drone, and to operate when the area is not crowded so as not to invade anyone’s privacy, particularly over busy beaches.
  • If your drone is over the above 4.4 pounds (two kilograms) weight limit, you will need a permit issued from IDAC.  Contact them directly at  [email protected]  to receive an application and start the process at least a month before your trip.

If your drone weighs over 4.4 pounds (two kilograms), you are required by law to submit a permission request to IDAC ( http://www.idac.gob.do ). In this request, you must specify the date, time, and place of use, and the nature of usage (commercial or personal).

Be sure to check regularly on any changes in IDAC drone regulations.

Are there closed fishing seasons in the DR?

Yes, the Dominican Republic imposes several closed fishing seasons. By law, it is prohibited for anyone to fish, consume, or possess the following marine species during these designated time periods:

Lobster:  March 1- June 30 Crab:    March 1 – June 30 Conch:  July 1- Oct 31

This also means that these species should not be available for sale nor served at food establishments, markets, or other commercial locations during closed fishing months.

Fishing for parrotfish and sharks is strictly prohibited at all times, year round. Violating these laws will result in hefty fines and imprisonment.

I have other questions I would like to ask–who can I speak with before arrival?

The Ministry of Tourism has over 30  offices and representations abroad , including in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, South America, Europe, and Asia. Feel free to contact them directly with your additional questions.

Is the Yellow Fever vaccine required for passengers coming from Brazil?

All passengers arriving in the Dominican Republic from the Brazilian states of Espiritu Santo, Minas Gerais, Rio de Janeiro, and São Paulo, must present their International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis (CIVP) showing proof of vaccination against yellow fever at least 10 days prior to their arrival in the country.

Exempt from this provision are children under 10 months of age, pregnant women and travelers who have only transited for a period of less than 12 hours at an airport in any of the Brazilian states mentioned above. Any person who has a contraindication to the vaccine must present a medical certificate justifying it.

Is the Yellow Fever vaccine required for passengers and crew members coming from the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela?

As of October 15, 2021, all passengers and crew members arriving to the Dominican Republic from the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela must present the Vaccination Card, evidencing that they have been vaccinated against yellow fever. This measure also applies to all passengers coming from the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela arriving to the Dominican Republic from another country, and for those who have been in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in the last 14 days or less. This measure applies to all passengers aged one (1) or over.

Are there any restrictions for passengers and crew from the Republic of Equatorial Guinea due to Malburg Virus?

As of February 21, 2023, the entry into the Dominican Republic of passengers and crew coming from the Republic of Equatorial Guinea is suspended, due to the sanitary alert declared in said country for the Marburg virus.

This measure also applies to all passengers and crew coming from a third country that have been in the Republic of Equatorial Guinea since February 8, 2023, as well as transit passengers and minors.

This measure may be revised, rescinded, or extended by the Dominican Civil Aviation Board, according to updates received on the health alert issued by the Republic of Equatorial Guinea.

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Visas and Tourist Card

To enter the Dominican Republic, some tourists require a visa while others only need to acquire the Tourist Card: a tax charge that the Dominican Republic imposes to its visitors, according to Law 199-67. This Law establishes that the acquisition of this card is a requirement for entry into the national territory, for tourism purposes, without the need for a Consular Visa. The price in 2017 was US$10.

All foreigners who wish to enter the Dominican territory must have a valid and current travel document (diplomatic, official, special, service or ordinary passport), or official travel documents issued by international organizations (laissez-passer), or official travel documents provided to refugees, which in some cases are issued by the immigration authorities of each country.

Tourist Card

Foreigners legally residing in the European Union, Great Britain, the United States of America or Canada, can enter the Dominican Republic, for tourist purposes, just by presenting the Tourist Card. Each Tourist Card is valid for 1 year from the date of purchase, can be used only once, and is valid for up to 30 days per visit.

The Tourist Card has a cost of US$10.00 or €10.00 and can be purchased upon arrival in the Dominican territory, at the airport, port or land control checkpoint at the border, just before reaching the immigration booths. It can also be purchased in Dominican embassies around the world, the country’s consular offices abroad, and through the vast majority of tour operators.

More information on the Tourist Card is provided here: http://www.dgii.gov.do/tarjetaTuristica/en/about/Paginas/default.aspx

Did you know? The Tourist Card can also be purchased online, through the following link: https://www.dgii.gov.do/Tturistaweb/Order-en

Tourists who stay in the Dominican territory beyond the 30-day period must pay a fee, depending on the length of their stay. This must be done at the General Immigration Office or when leaving the country.

More information may be found here: www.migracion.gob.do/web/tarifas.php

Tourist Card Exemptions

According to the General Directorate of Internal Revenue (DGII), all tourists entering the national territory must acquire the Tourist Card, except for the countries with which the Dominican Republic maintains agreements.

The following individuals are exempt from acquiring a Tourist Card:

  • Residents, individuals holding visas, and naturalized Dominicans.
  • Foreigners from Argentina, Chile, South Korea, Ecuador, Israel, Japan, Peru and Uruguay.
  • Foreign diplomatic and consular staff accredited to the country, while their duties last and while they enter the country on official mission.
  • Passengers using private, non-commercial aviation, provided that the passengers and the aircraft meet the following requirements: the trip must be for sport, leisure, executive, tourism and business purposes, and the aircraft must weigh no more than thirty thousand pounds (30,000) or that it has a maximum capacity of 12 passengers.
  • Haitian nationals who hold a card that allows them to enter and leave the national territory of the Dominican Republic on the same day. Article 78 of the regulations governing the Migration Act specifies that the use of this card will only be valid in the Dominican province that borders the province in Haiti where the bearer of the card resides. Otherwise, the purchase of a Tourist Card is mandatory.

More information on this topic is available at: http://www.dgii.gov.do/tarjetaTuristica/en/about/Paginas/default.aspx

Visas and Entry Requirements to the Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic issues tourist, business, work, student and resident visas. Tourist visas can be issued for one or several entries and can be extended for 60 days.

Directory of Dominican consulates abroad: www.consuladord.com/directorio.aspx

More details about the different types of visas issued and their respective requirements are provided here: www.consuladord.com/contentlist.aspx?catid=73&lang=ES

For more information about the entry requirements to the Dominican Republic, visit: http://www.godominicanrepublic.com/about-dr/entry-requirements/

The following individuals are exempt from acquiring visas and tourist cards:

  • Residents and Dominican nationals.
  • Foreigners arriving from Argentina, Chile, South Korea, Ecuador, Israel, Japan, Peru and Uruguay.
  • Diplomatic and consular staff with assigned missions to the country, while on duty.
  • Passengers using private, non-commercial aircraft, provided that the aircraft complies with the following requirements: the trip must be for sport, leisure, business or tourism purposes, and the aircraft must not weigh more than thirty thousand pounds (30,000), and must have a maximum capacity of 12 passengers.

More information is available here: http://www.godominicanrepublic.com/about-dr/entry-requirements/

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Dominican Republic Tourist Card and Entry Requirements Information

We often get inquiries about Dominican Republic Tourist Cards and Visas, and general entry requirements for visitors to the Dominican Republic.

It is true that whilst visitors from some countries may not need a Tourist Card, or a Visa -- or in some case even a national passport! -- to enter legally into the Dominican Republic, the majority of visitors from around the world will need to obtain one or other document to allow them to make a vacation visit to the DR.

With the close relationship with the United States, US citizens can enter the DR without a tourist card, that would cost others the princely sum of $10 for a 30-day holiday visit duration. But they should still carry a passport... if they hope to get easily back into their home country!

Although, if you need a Tourist Card to enter the Dominican Republic, the process is simple enough to obtain one after landing at your given airport and prior to being allowed through the gates onto official Dominican territory.

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Dominican Republic Tourist Card

Going to the Dominican Republic on tourism? You might be eligible for the Tourist Card. The Tourist Card for the Dominican Republic is for those entering the country for tourism purposes only. You can get it the airport upon arrival in the Dominican Republic.

Citizens of the countries on this list  can enter the Dominican Republic and purchase a Tourist Card on arrival.

Go to my Dominican Republic visa page for information on other types of visas for the Dominican Republic.

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Punta Cana Tourist Card: Buy Online or at the Airport?

Airport

You no longer need to buy this card at the airport. The airlines are applying an extra $10 to your plane tickets on behalf of the dominican government, this should greatly decrease the time you spend in customs.

For some travelers buying a tourist card is a necessary purchase when visiting Punta Cana. You have a choice of buying the card at customs at the airport or online before your trip.

As you are entering the Dominican Republic, it is necessary to have a tourist card to exit from the airport.

Punta Cana International Airport Information

According to the of Punta Cana customs and immigration desk, you’ll receive a 30-day tourist card, instead of a visitor’s visa. The cost is $10. (There is also a departure tax when you are leaving; this cost is usually included in your airfare.

You should check with the carrier regarding this fee.)

The tourist card is valid for a year; requirements when purchasing it at the airport include a valid passport and payment of the $10 fee.

Be prepared to wait in line if you choose to buy the card at the airport. If the transfer to your resort involves other people, you will also have to wait for them.

If you are carrying things, are with others and the airport is busy, it just makes sense to have the tourist card before you arrive. You can read some advice  here .

Buying the Card Online

It is smart to buy the tourist card before you get to the Dominican Republic; you can buy it online  here . Why wait in line when you can purchase it from the comfort of your home before you leave?

As you were entering the Dominican Republic it is necessary to have a tourist card, so why not be prepared and have it ready when you arrive? Traveling is stressful enough, and being prepared is one of the best ways to cut down on the stress of standing in line and waiting for entry into the country.

Additionally, you will not be holding up others if your resort includes the transfer and there are others going with you.

You can go to the airport website and scroll down to the icon that says, Tourist Card. Click on it; if you see Spanish text, just click on the green bar and you will get to a page that can take your  order .

Just select the number of cards that you want to purchase, pay, and you will have that out of the way before you even board the plane.

Buying the card online is a good decision. Then, relax and have fun on your Punta Cana vacation.

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My fiancée , Australian, has been conducting a Government job in Dominican Republic for the past 7 weeks, now completed. He was at the airport today, ticket & baggage paid for & booked, but was advised by the airlines he had to pay $2000 AUD for a travel ticket. He has US $’s but they declined stating he MUST pay in AUD! This is a very urgent matter can you please advise ASAP REGARDS Renee Stubbs

I am from Zambia traveling to Dominican end of this month as a tourist do I need a visa to go to Dominican republic

If your plane ticket was purchased with credit card points, do you then have to purchase the tourist card separately?

I don’t think so since the tourist card should be already fixed on the ticket price regardless of payment method.

How would we verify that the fee was already added to airfare? Call the airline? Traveling via Copa Airlines. Thanks!

Yes, you can call the airline and ask them if that tax is included; if you purchased your tickets recently it’s more likely than not that it is already included since the airlines even automatically charge this tax to dominicans and we then have to ask for a refund to our tax authority.

Do you need to buy a tourist card if you have a valid passport?

Hi Debra, yes, the tourist card is like a visa to visit the DR, or more like a tax.

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Border closure with Haiti

The Embassy of Canada in Santo Domingo cannot help you enter the Dominican Republic from Haiti.

Crime occurs in the Dominican Republic, including violent crime, especially in major cities. However, most incidents are opportunistic crime which is the most significant threat for tourists.

Petty crime

Petty crime, including pickpocketing and bag-snatching, occurs throughout the country. Tourists are common targets for theft. Crime tends to rise during holiday periods.

Incidents occur:

  • at airports
  • at bus stations
  • on public transportation

Theft also occurs from all-inclusive hotel rooms and from hotel room safes, as well as from cars, particularly rentals.

Drive-by robberies, where thieves on motorcycles, scooters or bicycles grab bags and other valuables from pedestrians, occur frequently. Thieves may even reach into vehicles, including taxis, stopped at red lights to steal belongings.

Theft of items from checked baggage at airports has been reported. These thefts have taken place most frequently when travellers are departing. Money and personal items have also been stolen from carry-on luggage while travellers are going through security checks. All bags are routinely X-rayed upon arrival and departure.

  • Be wary of individuals who ask for directions or who try to be too helpful
  • Watch out for hustlers selling various wares, particularly in Santo Domingo
  • Stay at hotels or resorts with good security
  • Be wary of anyone who tries to enter your room
  • Ensure that your personal belongings, including your passport and other travel documents, are secure at all times
  • Avoid carrying your bag slung over your shoulder
  • Carry only small amounts of money and avoid showing signs of affluence
  • Keep electronic devices like cellphones, tablets, laptops and cameras out of sight
  • Keep car doors locked, windows up and your belongings out of sight
  • Don’t pack valuables in your checked luggage
  • Verify that your luggage has not been tampered with before you check in at the airport

Violent crime against foreigners, including assault, occasionally occurs. Incidents take place mainly in large cities, at night or early morning. Some have been targeted in armed robberies when travelling to the Las Américas International Airport, sometimes in taxis.

  • Arrange your arrival to and departure from the Dominican Republic in daylight hours
  • Use the taxi service authorized by the airport
  • Avoid unmarked taxis, especially in Santo Domingo
  • Keep car doors locked and windows up, especially at a traffic light
  • Avoid walking alone in unpopulated areas and unpatrolled beaches after dark
  • If threatened by robbers, don’t resist

Security forces are understaffed and underequipped. The police are often unable to respond in a timely manner to calls for assistance.

Criminals impersonating police officers will stop vehicles and ask foreign drivers for payment of fines for made-up offences.

Regulations require police to wear a nametag with their last name. You have the right to ask police for identification.

If Dominican police stop you for a traffic violation:

  • request a traffic ticket
  • don’t pay the ticket on the spot

Rogue lawyers

Rogue lawyers are a problem in tourist areas, particularly in Punta Cana.

These lawyers stand near the tourist police (CESTUR) station and try to recruit desperate foreigners, brought to the station for detention purposes, as clients. Then, they try to extort excessive amounts of money from them by offering legal representation or assistance getting out of jail.

Credit card and ATM fraud and cloning are significant concerns. Be cautious when using debit or credit cards:

  • pay careful attention when your cards are being handled by others
  • use ATMs located in well-lit public areas or inside a bank or business
  • avoid using card readers with an irregular or unusual feature
  • cover the keypad with one hand when entering your PIN
  • check for any unauthorized transactions on your account statements

Overseas fraud

Spiked food and drinks

Never leave food or drinks unattended or in the care of strangers. Be wary of accepting snacks, beverages, gum or cigarettes from new acquaintances. These items may contain drugs that could put you at risk of sexual assault and robbery.

Women’s safety

Women travelling alone may be subject to some forms of harassment and verbal abuse.

Incidents of assault, rape and sexual aggression against foreigners have occurred, including at beach resorts. In some cases, hotel employees have been implicated.

  • Exercise caution when dealing with strangers or recent acquaintances
  • Be wary of rides or other invitations
  • Avoid taking public transportation or walking alone at night

If you are a victim of a sexual assault or other crime, you should report it immediately to the nearest Canadian consulate or embassy.

You should also file a report with Dominican authorities. No criminal investigation is possible without a formal complaint to Dominican authorities before departing the country.

Advice for women travellers

Demonstrations and strikes

Demonstrations take place from time to time throughout the country, particularly in Santo Domingo.

Demonstrations have largely been peaceful and have not affected tourist areas, although local travel outside resorts could be affected.

Labour strikes occur frequently in the town of Higuey, near Punta Cana, and may affect hotel service.

Even peaceful demonstrations can turn violent at any time. They can also lead to disruptions to traffic and public transportation.

  • Avoid areas where demonstrations and large gatherings are taking place
  • Follow the instructions of local authorities
  • Monitor local media for information on ongoing demonstrations

Mass gatherings (large-scale events)

Power outages

The power infrastructure is unreliable and lacks maintenance. Power outages are frequent although they mainly occur in poor neighbourhoods of major urban areas.

Recreational activities

Sporting and aquatic equipment may not meet Canadian safety standards.

If engaging in recreational activities:

  • ensure that equipment is safe and in good condition
  • ensure helmets and life jackets are available
  • before undertaking extreme or eco-tourism activities, ensure that businesses offering excursions follow proper safety measures
  • avoid excursions that are not offered by tour operators
  • avoid participating in any water activities when you are under the influence of alcohol or other substances
  • check that your travel insurance covers accidents related to recreational activities

Water safety

Coastal waters can be dangerous. Follow the instructions and warnings of local authorities.

Rescue services may not be consistent with international standards.

Water safety abroad

Road safety

The Dominican Republic has one of the highest road accident rates in the world.

Road conditions and road safety can vary greatly throughout the country. Although major highways connecting cities and tourist areas are generally in good condition, most secondary roads, are poorly maintained and poorly lit. Marked lanes are lacking. There are vehicles travelling in the wrong direction. Traffic is congested due to the significant number of trucks and motorcycles. Pedestrians don’t have the right of way, even at traffic lights.

Drivers don’t respect traffic laws. They often drive at excessive speeds, and are extremely aggressive and reckless. Drinking and driving is prevalent. Many vehicles are in poor condition and don’t have working headlights or mirrors.

Military and police road blocks are common, especially in areas near the Haitian border.

  • Don’t drive after dark
  • Be especially cautious if you need to drive during holiday periods, such as Christmas or Easter
  • Take extra care when walking, particularly in Santo Domingo

The number of moped and scooter accidents involving tourists is increasing.

If renting a scooter or moped:

  • be vigilant while driving
  • avoid renting from operators who don’t provide a helmet with the rental
  • avoid driving on roads in disrepair

Border with Haiti

The security environment is highly unpredictable in the border areas between Haiti and the Dominican Republic, particularly in Dajabón, with regular disturbances and incidents which can lead to violence. Emergency services are often not available near the border. 

If you choose to travel near the border with Haiti:

  • exercise caution at all times
  • avoid travelling at night
  • monitor local media to stay informed of the current situation
  • follow instructions from local authorities and security forces.

Public transportation

Private companies operate reliable buses between cities.

Avoid public buses and gua-guas – microbuses – which often don’t have doors.

Taxis are not metered. Upon arrival to the Dominican Republic, use the taxi service authorized by the airport.

During your stay:

  • use hotel taxis or ride-hailing apps which are generally safe
  • avoid unmarked taxis
  • avoid using or renting motorcycle taxis (motoconchos)
  • avoid route taxis (gua-guas or carros publicos)
  • negotiate the fare prior to departure

We do not make assessments on the compliance of foreign domestic airlines with international safety standards.

Information about foreign domestic airlines

Every country or territory decides who can enter or exit through its borders. The Government of Canada cannot intervene on your behalf if you do not meet your destination’s entry or exit requirements.

We have obtained the information on this page from the authorities of the Dominican Republic. It can, however, change at any time.

Verify this information with the  Foreign Representatives in Canada .

Entry requirements vary depending on the type of passport you use for travel.

Before you travel, check with your transportation company about passport requirements. Its rules on passport validity may be more stringent than the country’s entry rules.

Regular Canadian passport

Your passport must be valid for a minimum of 6 months after the date of your arrival in the Dominican Republic.

Passport for official travel

Different entry rules may apply.

Official travel

Passport with “X” gender identifier

While the Government of Canada issues passports with an “X” gender identifier, it cannot guarantee your entry or transit through other countries. You might face entry restrictions in countries that do not recognize the “X” gender identifier. Before you leave, check with the closest foreign representative for your destination.

Other travel documents

Different entry rules may apply when travelling with a temporary passport or an emergency travel document. Before you leave, check with the closest foreign representative for your destination.

Useful links

  • Foreign Representatives in Canada
  • Canadian passports

Tourist visa: not required for up to 30 days Work visa: required Student visa: required Residence visa: required

Other entry requirements

Customs officials may ask you to show them a return or onward ticket.

Electronic ticket for entry and exit

You must complete an electronic form to enter and exit the country in order to share information about your health and your stay with local authorities.

You must fill this form before boarding your flight to the Dominican Republic. This electronic form doesn’t replace the Tourist card.

Electronic ticket for entry and exit – Government of the Dominican Republic

Tourist card

As a tourist, you must obtain a tourist card to enter the Dominican Republic. It is included in all air tickets issued outside the country.

If you enter the Dominican Republic by land or sea, you can obtain the card from the General Directorate of Internal Taxes at your point of entry. It is valid for one year from the issuance date and it can be used for a 30-day stay period.

If you overstay the duration of your tourist card, local authorities could deny you entry, on your next trip, if you don’t have the proper visa, even if you paid a fine when leaving the country.

Dominican tourist card  – Directorate general of internal taxes (in Spanish)

Stay extension

You can apply for a stay extension for a period up to 120 days. You must request your stay extension to the Dominican Directorate General for Migration once you are in Dominican Republic, before your tourist card expires.

If you wish to stay in the Dominican Republic for more than 120 days, you must obtain a resident visa from the Dominican authorities in Canada prior to your departure.   

If you overstay the period for which you have been authorized to stay, you will have to pay fine to immigration authorities when leaving the country.  You may also need to apply for a visa the next time you wish to return to the Dominican Republic.

Local authorities could deny you entry in the country if you don’t have the proper visa.

Stay extension  - Dominican Directorate General for Migration

Identification

Immigration officials may conduct random ID checks.

You must carry photo identification and a copy of your entry stamp with you at all times.

  • Keep a photocopy of your passport in a safe place, in case it’s lost or confiscated
  • Cooperate with authorities if they question you

As a foreign national, you will be required to provide biometrics to enter the Dominican Republic. For instance, authorities will take your fingerprints and a photograph.

Drug screening

The Dominican Republic is actively working to fight drug trafficking.

You may be subjected to drug screening measures by authorities upon departure from the country. They may search your luggage and ask you to sign a form, in Spanish, stating that the search was performed within procedural requirements.

In some cases, they may ask you to undergo an X-ray.

Children and travel

Learn more about travelling with children .

Yellow fever

Learn about potential entry requirements related to yellow fever (vaccines section).

Relevant Travel Health Notices

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  • Zika virus: Advice for travellers - 31 August, 2023
  • COVID-19 and International Travel - 13 March, 2024
  • Dengue: Advice for travellers - 25 March, 2024

This section contains information on possible health risks and restrictions regularly found or ongoing in the destination. Follow this advice to lower your risk of becoming ill while travelling. Not all risks are listed below.

Consult a health care professional or visit a travel health clinic preferably 6 weeks before you travel to get personalized health advice and recommendations.

Routine vaccines

Be sure that your  routine vaccinations , as per your province or territory , are up-to-date before travelling, regardless of your destination.

Some of these vaccinations include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, varicella (chickenpox), influenza and others.

Pre-travel vaccines and medications

You may be at risk for preventable diseases while travelling in this destination. Talk to a travel health professional about which medications or vaccines may be right for you, based on your destination and itinerary. 

There is a risk of hepatitis A in this destination. It is a disease of the liver. People can get hepatitis A if they ingest contaminated food or water, eat foods prepared by an infectious person, or if they have close physical contact (such as oral-anal sex) with an infectious person, although casual contact among people does not spread the virus.

Practise  safe food and water precautions and wash your hands often. Vaccination is recommended for all travellers to areas where hepatitis A is present.

Yellow fever  is a disease caused by a flavivirus from the bite of an infected mosquito. Travellers get vaccinated either because it is required to enter a country or because it is recommended for their protection.

  • There is no risk of yellow fever in this country.

Country Entry Requirement*

  • Proof of vaccination is required if arriving from some states in Brazil, including travellers having transited for more than 12 hours through an airport in those same states.

Recommendation

  • Vaccination is not recommended.

About Yellow Fever

Yellow Fever Vaccination Centres in Canada * It is important to note that  country entry requirements  may not reflect your risk of yellow fever at your destination. It is recommended that you contact the nearest  diplomatic or consular office  of the destination(s) you will be visiting to verify any additional entry requirements.

Measles is a highly contagious viral disease. It can spread quickly from person to person by direct contact and through droplets in the air.

Anyone who is not protected against measles is at risk of being infected with it when travelling internationally.

Regardless of where you are going, talk to a health care professional before travelling to make sure you are fully protected against measles.

  Hepatitis B is a risk in every destination. It is a viral liver disease that is easily transmitted from one person to another through exposure to blood and body fluids containing the hepatitis B virus.  Travellers who may be exposed to blood or other bodily fluids (e.g., through sexual contact, medical treatment, sharing needles, tattooing, acupuncture or occupational exposure) are at higher risk of getting hepatitis B.

Hepatitis B vaccination is recommended for all travellers. Prevent hepatitis B infection by practicing safe sex, only using new and sterile drug equipment, and only getting tattoos and piercings in settings that follow public health regulations and standards.

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious viral disease. It can spread from person to person by direct contact and through droplets in the air.

It is recommended that all eligible travellers complete a COVID-19 vaccine series along with any additional recommended doses in Canada before travelling. Evidence shows that vaccines are very effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalization and death from COVID-19. While vaccination provides better protection against serious illness, you may still be at risk of infection from the virus that causes COVID-19. Anyone who has not completed a vaccine series is at increased risk of being infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 and is at greater risk for severe disease when travelling internationally.

Before travelling, verify your destination’s COVID-19 vaccination entry/exit requirements. Regardless of where you are going, talk to a health care professional before travelling to make sure you are adequately protected against COVID-19.

 The best way to protect yourself from seasonal influenza (flu) is to get vaccinated every year. Get the flu shot at least 2 weeks before travelling.  

 The flu occurs worldwide. 

  •  In the Northern Hemisphere, the flu season usually runs from November to   April.
  •  In the Southern Hemisphere, the flu season usually runs between April and   October.
  •  In the tropics, there is flu activity year round. 

The flu vaccine available in one hemisphere may only offer partial protection against the flu in the other hemisphere.

The flu virus spreads from person to person when they cough or sneeze or by touching objects and surfaces that have been contaminated with the virus. Clean your hands often and wear a mask if you have a fever or respiratory symptoms.

Malaria  is a serious and sometimes fatal disease that is caused by parasites spread through the bites of mosquitoes.   There is a risk of malaria in certain areas and/or during a certain time of year in this destination. 

Antimalarial medication may be recommended depending on your itinerary and the time of year you are travelling. Consult a health care professional or visit a travel health clinic before travelling to discuss your options. It is recommended to do this 6 weeks before travel, however, it is still a good idea any time before leaving.    Protect yourself from mosquito bites at all times:  • Cover your skin and use an approved insect repellent on uncovered skin.  • Exclude mosquitoes from your living area with screening and/or closed, well-sealed doors and windows. • Use insecticide-treated bed nets if mosquitoes cannot be excluded from your living area.  • Wear permethrin-treated clothing.    If you develop symptoms similar to malaria when you are travelling or up to a year after you return home, see a health care professional immediately. Tell them where you have been travelling or living. 

In this destination, rabies is commonly carried by dogs and some wildlife, including bats. Rabies is a deadly disease that spreads to humans primarily through bites or scratches from an infected animal. While travelling, take precautions , including keeping your distance from animals (including free-roaming dogs), and closely supervising children.

If you are bitten or scratched by a dog or other animal while travelling, immediately wash the wound with soap and clean water and see a health care professional. In this destination, rabies treatment may be limited or may not be available, therefore you may need to return to Canada for treatment.  

Before travel, discuss rabies vaccination with a health care professional. It may be recommended for travellers who are at high risk of exposure (e.g., occupational risk such as veterinarians and wildlife workers, children, adventure travellers and spelunkers, and others in close contact with animals). 

Safe food and water precautions

Many illnesses can be caused by eating food or drinking beverages contaminated by bacteria, parasites, toxins, or viruses, or by swimming or bathing in contaminated water.

  • Learn more about food and water precautions to take to avoid getting sick by visiting our eat and drink safely abroad page. Remember: Boil it, cook it, peel it, or leave it!
  • Avoid getting water into your eyes, mouth or nose when swimming or participating in activities in freshwater (streams, canals, lakes), particularly after flooding or heavy rain. Water may look clean but could still be polluted or contaminated.
  • Avoid inhaling or swallowing water while bathing, showering, or swimming in pools or hot tubs. 

Cholera is a risk in parts of this country. Most travellers are at very low risk.

To protect against cholera, all travellers should practise safe food and water precautions .

Travellers at higher risk of getting cholera include those:

  • visiting, working or living in areas with limited access to safe food, water and proper sanitation
  • visiting areas where outbreaks are occurring

Vaccination may be recommended for high-risk travellers, and should be discussed with a health care professional.

Travellers' diarrhea is the most common illness affecting travellers. It is spread from eating or drinking contaminated food or water.

Risk of developing travellers' diarrhea increases when travelling in regions with poor standards of hygiene and sanitation. Practise safe food and water precautions.

The most important treatment for travellers' diarrhea is rehydration (drinking lots of fluids). Carry oral rehydration salts when travelling.

Typhoid   is a bacterial infection spread by contaminated food or water. Risk is higher among children, travellers going to rural areas, travellers visiting friends and relatives or those travelling for a long period of time.

Travellers visiting regions with a risk of typhoid, especially those exposed to places with poor sanitation, should speak to a health care professional about vaccination.  

Salmonellosis is a common illness among travellers to this country. It can be spread through contaminated food or beverages, such as raw or undercooked poultry and eggs, as well as fruits or vegetables.

Practice safe food and water precautions . This includes only eating food that is properly cooked and still hot when served.

Pregnant women, children under 5 years of age, those over 60 years of age, and those with weakened immune systems are at greater risk of becoming seriously ill.

Most people recover on their own without medical treatment and from proper rehydration (drinking lots of fluids).

  • Carry oral rehydration salts when travelling.

Travellers with severe symptoms should consult a health care professional as soon as possible.

Insect bite prevention

Many diseases are spread by the bites of infected insects such as mosquitoes, ticks, fleas or flies. When travelling to areas where infected insects may be present:

  • Use insect repellent (bug spray) on exposed skin
  • Cover up with light-coloured, loose clothes made of tightly woven materials such as nylon or polyester
  • Minimize exposure to insects
  • Use mosquito netting when sleeping outdoors or in buildings that are not fully enclosed

To learn more about how you can reduce your risk of infection and disease caused by bites, both at home and abroad, visit our insect bite prevention page.

Find out what types of insects are present where you’re travelling, when they’re most active, and the symptoms of the diseases they spread.

There is a risk of chikungunya in this country.  The risk may vary between regions of a country.  Chikungunya is a virus spread through the bite of an infected mosquito. Chikungunya can cause a viral disease that typically causes fever and pain in the joints. In some cases, the joint pain can be severe and last for months or years.

Protect yourself from mosquito bites at all times. There is no vaccine available for chikungunya.

  • In this country,   dengue  is a risk to travellers. It is a viral disease spread to humans by mosquito bites.
  • Dengue can cause flu-like symptoms. In some cases, it can lead to severe dengue, which can be fatal.
  • The level of risk of dengue changes seasonally, and varies from year to year. The level of risk also varies between regions in a country and can depend on the elevation in the region.
  • Mosquitoes carrying dengue typically bite during the daytime, particularly around sunrise and sunset.
  • Protect yourself from mosquito bites . There is no vaccine or medication that protects against dengue.

Zika virus is a risk in this country. 

Zika virus is primarily spread through the bite of an infected mosquito. It can also be sexually transmitted. Zika virus can cause serious birth defects.

During your trip:

  • Prevent mosquito bites at all times.
  • Use condoms correctly or avoid sexual contact, particularly if you are pregnant.

If you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy, you should discuss the potential risks of travelling to this destination with your health care provider. You may choose to avoid or postpone travel. 

For more information, see Zika virus: Pregnant or planning a pregnancy.

Animal precautions

Some infections, such as rabies and influenza, can be shared between humans and animals. Certain types of activities may increase your chance of contact with animals, such as travelling in rural or forested areas, camping, hiking, and visiting wet markets (places where live animals are slaughtered and sold) or caves.

Travellers are cautioned to avoid contact with animals, including dogs, livestock (pigs, cows), monkeys, snakes, rodents, birds, and bats, and to avoid eating undercooked wild game.

Closely supervise children, as they are more likely to come in contact with animals.

Person-to-person infections

Stay home if you’re sick and practise proper cough and sneeze etiquette , which includes coughing or sneezing into a tissue or the bend of your arm, not your hand. Reduce your risk of colds, the flu and other illnesses by:

  •   washing your hands often
  • avoiding or limiting the amount of time spent in closed spaces, crowded places, or at large-scale events (concerts, sporting events, rallies)
  • avoiding close physical contact with people who may be showing symptoms of illness 

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) , HIV , and mpox are spread through blood and bodily fluids; use condoms, practise safe sex, and limit your number of sexual partners. Check with your local public health authority pre-travel to determine your eligibility for mpox vaccine.  

Tuberculosis is an infection caused by bacteria and usually affects the lungs.

For most travellers the risk of tuberculosis is low.

Travellers who may be at high risk while travelling in regions with risk of tuberculosis should discuss pre- and post-travel options with a health care professional.

High-risk travellers include those visiting or working in prisons, refugee camps, homeless shelters, or hospitals, or travellers visiting friends and relatives.

HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus)   is a virus that attacks and impairs the immune system, resulting in a chronic, progressive illness known as AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome). 

High risk activities include anything which puts you in contact with blood or body fluids, such as unprotected sex and exposure to unsterilized needles for medications or other substances (for example, steroids and drugs), tattooing, body-piercing or acupuncture.

Medical services and facilities

Quality of care varies greatly throughout the country. Good health care is generally available only in major cities.

Private hospitals and clinics are better equipped than public ones. However, there are reports of overcharging for medical services, variable pricing and unnecessary overnight hospital stays at private facilities.

Beware of aggressive sales tactics of in-house resort doctors, who are often contracted out by private hospitals and try to sell you on their facility.

If you go to the hospital:

  • inquire about fees prior to undergoing treatment
  • let the hospital administrators know if you feel you have been overcharged after a visit
  • request assistance in English or French from the hospital’s guest services desk

Make sure you get travel insurance that includes coverage for medical evacuation and hospital stays.

Travel health and safety

Medical tourism

Canadian citizens have had serious health complications following cosmetic or other elective surgeries abroad.

Before leaving for a medical travel:

  • make sure you have done your research
  • use reputable health-care providers only

Receiving medical care outside Canada

Keep in Mind...

The decision to travel is the sole responsibility of the traveller. The traveller is also responsible for his or her own personal safety.

Be prepared. Do not expect medical services to be the same as in Canada. Pack a   travel health kit , especially if you will be travelling away from major city centres.

You must abide by local laws.

Learn about what you should do and how we can help if you are arrested or detained abroad .

In accordance with Dominican law, a person detained or arrested by the authorities may be held without charges for up to 48 hours before the case is presented to a judge.

Judicial processes may last several years during which accused individuals are normally detained. It could lead to very long prison sentences in harsh conditions.

Overview of the criminal law system in the Dominican Republic

Penalties for possession, use or trafficking of illegal drugs are severe. Convicted offenders can expect lengthy jail sentences and heavy fines.

The island is used as a drug trafficking hub between South and North America.

The authorities are enforcing strict border controls. Should you be found transporting illegal substances, you will be taken into custody right away.

  • Carry only your personal belongings, and don’t leave them unattended
  • Don’t agree to carry packages that are not your own

Drugs, alcohol and travel

Reporting crime

Dominican law stipulates that victims of crime, including foreigners, are responsible for reporting incidents to police.

If you wish to pursue prosecution or seek compensation, you will have to retain Dominican legal counsel to file a formal complaint to the police and to pursue the case through the justice system.

Dual citizenship

Dual citizenship is legally recognized in the Dominican Republic.

If you are a Canadian citizen, but also a citizen of the Dominican Republic, our ability to offer you consular services may be limited while you're there. You may also be subject to different entry/exit requirements .

Travellers with dual citizenship

International Child Abduction

The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction is an international treaty. It can help parents with the return of children who have been removed to or retained in certain countries in violation of custody rights. The convention applies between Canada and the Dominican Republic.

If your child was wrongfully taken to, or is being held in the Dominican Republic, and if the applicable conditions are met, you may apply for the return of your child to the Dominican court.

If you are in this situation:

  • act as quickly as you can
  • contact the Central Authority for your province or territory of residence for information on starting an application under The Hague Convention
  • consult a lawyer in Canada and in the Dominican Republic to explore all the legal options for the return of your child
  • report the situation to the nearest Canadian government office abroad or to the Vulnerable Children’s Consular Unit at Global Affairs Canada by calling the Emergency Watch and Response Centre

If your child was removed from a country other than Canada, consult a lawyer to determine if The Hague Convention applies.

Be aware that Canadian consular officials cannot interfere in private legal matters or in another country’s judicial affairs.

  • List of Canadian Central Authorities for the Hague Convention
  • International Child Abduction: A Guidebook for Left-Behind Parents
  • Travelling with children
  • The Hague Convention - Hague Conference on Private International Law
  • Canadian embassies and consulates by destination
  • Emergency Watch and Response Centre

Investments

If you plan on buying property, or making other investments in the Dominican Republic, seek legal advice in Canada and in the Dominican Republic. Do so before making commitments. Related disputes could take time and be costly to resolve.

Many tourists have reported financial problems and complications involving time-share arrangements and other property investment activities.

Time-share representatives may be very persistent. They use pressure tactics and offer free tours, meals, gifts or alcoholic beverages. At the airport, they pose as tourist operators and try to force tourists to make property investments.

  • Exercise caution whenever approached by time-share representatives
  • Provide your credit card only if you are sure you want to make the purchase

Before purchasing a timeshare:

  • gather as much information as possible
  • review carefully the contract; anything not included in the contract will not be honoured
  • ensure that constant vigilance of land will take place, as there have been several instances of disputed land occupation in the absence of the alleged owner
  • keep copies of all correspondence

Legal representation

If you are arrested or detained in the Dominican Republic, you have the right to a lawyer, who can be present during any questioning and at any trial or hearing.

If you cannot afford a lawyer, the Dominican government can provide you with a public defender.

Marriages legally performed in the Dominican Republic are legally recognized in Canada.

If you wish to marry in the Dominican Republic, you should consult the Embassy of the Dominican Republic in Canada for information on documents and procedures.

  • Foreign diplomatic missions and consulates in Canada
  • Marriage overseas factsheet

If you are involved in a road accident, you may be detained by police until the circumstances of the accident have been investigated.

You must carry an international driving permit.

International Driving Permit

The currency of the Dominican Republic is the Dominican peso (DOP).

U.S. dollars are widely accepted. Canadian dollars are not.

Hurricane season

Hurricanes usually occur from mid-May to the end of November. During this period, even small tropical storms can quickly develop into major hurricanes.

These severe storms can put you at risk and hamper the provision of essential services.

If you decide to travel to a coastal area during the hurricane season:

  • know that you expose yourself to serious safety risks
  • be prepared to change your travel plans on short notice, including cutting short or cancelling your trip
  • stay informed of the latest regional weather forecasts
  • carry emergency contact information for your airline or tour operator
  • follow the advice and instructions of local authorities
  • Tornadoes, cyclones, hurricanes, typhoons and monsoons
  • Large-scale emergencies abroad
  • Active storm tracking and hurricane watches and warnings  - United States’ National Hurricane Center

Seismic activity

The Dominican Republic is located in an active seismic zone. Tremors occur from time to time.

Emergency operations centre  - Dominican Republic government (in Spanish)

Local services

In case of emergency, dial 911.

Tourist police

The tourist police (CESTUR) provide a security presence in tourist areas and first response assistance to tourists.

If in tourist areas, contact CESTUR: 1 809 200 3500

Road assistance

Free road assistance is offered on all major toll highways 24 hours a day.

Dial 1 829 688 1000.

Consular assistance

For emergency consular assistance, call the Embassy of Canada to the Dominican Republic, in Santo Domingo, and follow the instructions. At any time, you may also contact the Emergency Watch and Response Centre in Ottawa.

The decision to travel is your choice and you are responsible for your personal safety abroad. We take the safety and security of Canadians abroad very seriously and provide credible and timely information in our Travel Advice to enable you to make well-informed decisions regarding your travel abroad.

The content on this page is provided for information only. While we make every effort to give you correct information, it is provided on an "as is" basis without warranty of any kind, expressed or implied. The Government of Canada does not assume responsibility and will not be liable for any damages in connection to the information provided.

If you need consular assistance while abroad, we will make every effort to help you. However, there may be constraints that will limit the ability of the Government of Canada to provide services.

Learn more about consular services .

Risk Levels

  take normal security precautions.

Take similar precautions to those you would take in Canada.

  Exercise a high degree of caution

There are certain safety and security concerns or the situation could change quickly. Be very cautious at all times, monitor local media and follow the instructions of local authorities.

IMPORTANT: The two levels below are official Government of Canada Travel Advisories and are issued when the safety and security of Canadians travelling or living in the country or region may be at risk.

  Avoid non-essential travel

Your safety and security could be at risk. You should think about your need to travel to this country, territory or region based on family or business requirements, knowledge of or familiarity with the region, and other factors. If you are already there, think about whether you really need to be there. If you do not need to be there, you should think about leaving.

  Avoid all travel

You should not travel to this country, territory or region. Your personal safety and security are at great risk. If you are already there, you should think about leaving if it is safe to do so.

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What is the   electronic ticket  .

It is a digital form required by multiple institutions to enter or leave the national territory.

It is mandatory for each passenger to truthfully complete the information in the electronic ticket for the General Directorate of Migration and the General Directorate of Customs, according to laws 285-04, 115-17, 72-02 and 226-06.

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How to get a Dominican Republic tourist card - requirements and fees

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When you travel to the Dominican Republic, one of the first things you need to do is acquire a tourist card . That is if you want to go there as a tourist. If you go for business purposes, you still need to make a trip to the Dominican Republic embassy. Nonetheless, a tourist card can be purchased online, and this article will tell you everything about it.

What do you need?

To be honest, you do not need much. It is not like you are applying for a visa when multiple documents are required. Instead, a tourist card is a lot easier to obtain, and all you need is a passport and a means of payment. The passport has to be valid, and the means of payment can be a credit/debit card or even a Paypal account.

The application

Once you have your passport and the means of payment, you can move forward to the application itself. All you have to do is write in some general information about yourself, choose the processing time, and provide an email address. The whole process should last just a few minutes. After you are done, you submit the application and wait for the tourist card.

The processing time depends on which one you choose. You have three options: standard, rush, and super rush processing . The first one costs 30$ (or the equivalent in your country’s currency,) and you receive the card in one business day. Rush processing lasts just two hours, but it will add 20$ to your bill, and the Super Rush Processing costs an additional 40$, but you can apply and have your tourist card on your way to the airport. It lasts only 15 minutes.

What you should know

There are a few rules that you should be aware of when it comes to the Dominican Republic tourist card. It is very different from a visa, which is why you should make a difference. The tourist card is valid for 30 days from your departure date, but you can extend your stay once you are within the Dominican Republic borders . Just ask at the border where you can do that. Also, once you have the tourist card, you do not have to leave right away. You have a year to use it until it loses its validity.

Unlike a visa, which can include your child, a tourist visa is strictly nominal. If you have two kids, for example, you have to pay a tourist card for each of them. Also, you can use it only once, for a single entry. Last but not least, if you go to the Dominican Republic for business purposes, you cannot use a tourist card. You have to go to the embassy for that.

The fact that you can buy online a Dominican Republic tourist card is a beneficial thing. You are no longer required to waste time at the embassy to get your documents. At the same time, the online process is effortless, fast, and it does not cost very much. Surely you find this better than staying in line at the consulate.

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Entry requirements.

This advice reflects the UK government’s understanding of current rules for people travelling on a full ‘British citizen’ passport from the UK, for the most common types of travel.

The authorities in the Dominican Republic set and enforce entry rules. If you’re not sure how these requirements apply to you, contact the Embassy of the Dominican Republic in the UK .

COVID-19 rules

There are no COVID-19 testing or vaccination requirements for travellers entering the Dominican Republic.

Passport validity requirements

An exemption is in place until 30 May allowing British passport holders to enter and leave the Dominican Republic as long as their passport remains valid for the duration of their visit.

Check with your travel provider that your passport and other travel documents meet requirements. Renew your passport if you need to.  

You will be denied entry if you do not have a valid travel document or try to use a passport that has been reported lost or stolen. 

Checks at border control

You may be refused entry if you do not have proof of onward or return travel when you arrive in the country.

Border officials will take your fingerprints and take a photograph of you before allowing you into the country.

Entry and exit form

You must fill in an entry and exit form before arriving in and leaving the Dominican Republic . This form includes your:

  • customs declaration
  • international boarding and disembarking form

You can fill in the form up to 7 days before you arrive in the country. You’ll get a QR code, which you may be asked to show at check-in, or when you arrive in or leave the country.    

Visa requirements

You can visit the Dominican Republic for tourism without a visa for 30 days.

To stay longer (to work or study, for business travel or for other reasons), you must meet the Dominican Republic government’s entry requirements.

Extending your visit

You can pay to extend your visit up to 120 days by contacting the Dominican Republic Immigration Service .

Vaccine requirements

At least 8 weeks before your trip, check the vaccinations and certificates you need in TravelHealthPro’s Dominican Republic guide .

Depending on your circumstances, this may include a yellow fever certificate. 

Children and young people     

For children aged 17 and under travelling alone, parents should check travel requirements with the airline and with Dominican Republic Immigration Service .

Customs rules

There are strict rules about goods you can take into or out of the Dominican Republic (in Spanish). You must declare anything that may be prohibited or subject to tax or duty.

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New regulation for Tourist Card in the Dominican Republic

With its breathtaking beaches and stunning island scenery that looks like it was pulled right out of a travel magazine, the Dominican Republic is a coveted vacation destination. But before you depart for the DR, there are some important things to know about the required tourist cards.

What is the Dominican Republic Tourist Card?

The Tourist Card for the Dominican Republic is a visitor tax launched by the Dominican Republic under Law 199-67 which makes the acquisition of a Tourist Card necessary for tourists to enter national territory without the need for a consular visa.

It is issued to allow tourists from eligible countries to enter the Dominican Republic for a period of thirty (30) days. Until recently this card was obtained through online application or by going to an embassy or consulate. However, this has all changed as there have been some new regulations for tourist cards in the Dominican Republic.

New Regulations for Dominican Republic Tourist Cards

President of the Dominican Republic Danilo Medina issued Executive Order 430-17 which mandates incorporating the tourist card fee of US$10 into the airfare cost. While this was supposed to be effective from January 1, 2018, it only became widely implemented four months later.

As of April 2018, Dominican Republic tourist card entry fees are incorporated into airfare. This means that the fee for entry into the country which was previously paid upon arrival at the airport will now be included in your airline ticket.

This is great news for a lot of travelers as it means no more worrying about having a ten dollar bill ready at the airport, and it spells an end to frustrating hours spent in long, long lines for those who didn’t have the exact change. All in all, this new regulation will serve to smooth over the arrival process in the Dominican Republic.

However, people entering the DR by land or sea, or even those who obtained their tickets prior to the implementation of the new regulations (before May 2018) will have to complete the online application form and provide details of valid travel documents or passports.

The tourist card is electronically issued and valid for one year from the date of issue. Once used, it allows for stays of up to 30 days but this can be extended at the General Directorate of Migration in Santo Domingo. Any visitors wishing to extend their stay in the Dominican Republic should request an extension.

Failure to do this will subject them to a surcharge upon departure at the airport. The charge is assessed on a sliding scale and ranges from US$30 to $500 depending on how long the stay was. The DR Tourist Card doesn’t allow the holder to take part in paid activities while in the country. If you wish to travel to the Dominican Republic for business then you will need to apply for a Business Visa.

Frequently Asked Questions about the Dominican Republic Tourist Card

What are the requirements for applying online?

To apply for the Dominican Republic Tourist Card online, you need a valid passport, email address, and a payment method (debit card, credit card, or PayPal).

Do minors need a tourist card to enter the Dominican Republic?

Minors traveling to the Dominican Republic for tourist reasons from eligible countries are required to apply for a Tourist Card. Whether they have their own passports or they are included on a parent’s passport, they have to have their own tourist card.

How long does it take to process a Dominican Republic Tourist Card?

For those traveling by air, this is now something that happens automatically with each purchase of an air ticket into the Dominican Republic. For those who are traveling by sea or land, however, once your application is complete, your card will be processed within 24 hours. You will receive the approved tourist card in your email as a PDF.

In Conclusion

As a general rule of thumb, if you are a foreigner wishing to enter the Dominican Republic for tourist purposes then, in addition to a valid passport, you need a tourist card visa. This is now easily accomplished for those traveling into the country by air, but those traveling by land or sea still need to apply online.

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Is It Safe to Travel to the Dominican Republic Amid the Crisis in Haiti?

As haiti endures severe unrest and political upheaval, travelers may be wondering what the situation on the ground is like in the neighboring dominican republic..

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Travelers flock to the Dominican Republic for its beauty, beaches, culture, and cuisine.

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A new wave of gang violence is wreaking havoc on the streets of Haiti. Thousands of residents have been forced to flee Port-au-Prince, police stations have been set ablaze , and there is widespread call for the resignation of de facto leader Prime Minister Ariel Henry. Haiti is in the midst of one of its worst crises to date, and travelers may be wondering whether or not it’s safe to visit both Haiti and its Caribbean neighbor, the Dominican Republic.

For the past two years, Haiti has been suffering from widespread gang violence, which escalated in the aftermath of the assassination of President Jovenel Moise in 2021. Most recently, the head of the G9 Haitian gang alliance, Jimmy “Barbecue” Cherizier, made a statement in early March that if Prime Minister Henry does not resign, civil war and genocide could be on the horizon.

The U.S. State Department issued a Level 4 travel advisory for the country last July and that remains firmly in place. Level 4 is the highest advisory level, urging U.S. citizens to avoid travel to the country altogether due to the possibility of kidnapping, crime, civil unrest, and because of the country’s poor healthcare infrastructure.

While State Department travel advisories are often not the clearest indicators of whether or not a destination is safe, this time it would appear that travelers ought to proceed with extreme caution or, even better, heed the advice to the letter.

“I’d say that now is not the time to be visiting Haiti,” says Stephen Bennett, a Caribbean destination expert and cofounder of Uncommon Caribbean, an online resource for Caribbean travel. “The primary airports in the capital, Port-au-Prince, and Cap-Haitien, more than 120 miles to the north, remain closed, so flying there isn’t an option at present.”

However, Bennett confirmed that he feels it is completely safe to visit the Dominican Republic at this time and does recommend travelers keep their travel plans there. The Dominican Republic shares its western border with Haiti, although the border between the two countries remains closed with heightened security and border patrols.

The U.S. State Department last updated its travel advisory to the Dominican Republic on June 6, 2023. Since then, it remains at a Level 2 , which encourages visitors to exercise increased caution. Many other popular tourist destinations have also been ranked at a Level 2 advisory, including Denmark, Costa Rica, Turks and Caicos, France, Germany, Italy, and others.

Mark Chesnut, a travel writer who specializes in the Caribbean, just returned from a trip to the Dominican Republic, including to Santo Domingo, which is the largest city closest to the Haitian border.

“I have visited Santo Domingo and the [Dominican Republic] many times over the past 30 years and during my most recent visits to both Santo Domingo and Punta Cana, I didn’t feel any different about my sense of security,” he says. “On the Dominican Republic television, there is tons of news about the border, so I was more aware of the situation because of the news, but I didn’t have a sense of a different level of danger in the DR. The crisis was a topic of conversation among locals and hotel staff, but none of them warned about increased security measures. I didn’t feel any difference in safety related to that situation.”

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Prior to the current escalation in violence, Labadee was a popular cruise port in Haiti.

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Amid Haiti travel advisory, how cruise lines and airlines are responding

Haiti, however, is a different situation.

At present, JetBlue, American Airlines, and Spirit have canceled their flights into Haiti. Sunrise Airways announced on Instagram that it will operate special flights between Cap-Haitien and Miami beginning again on March 25.

Up until last week, Royal Caribbean still had calls to Labadee on the northern coast of Haiti scheduled into its upcoming itineraries. However, the cruise line has suspended upcoming calls to the port as of March 14.

“Due to the evolving situation in Haiti, and in an abundance of caution, we’re temporarily suspending our visits to Labadee for our entire fleet,” Royal’s assistant vice president Aurora Yera-Rodriguez said in a statement. “We continue to monitor and assess the situation with our global security and intelligence team.”

Royal Caribbean Group owns Celebrity Cruises and Silversea. The port of call in Labadee is a private port accessible only to cruise passengers and employees. It features a day-use resort with multiple beaches, a zip line, and other facilities.

Bennett says that officials at Sunrise Airways, which operates regularly scheduled flights throughout the country, have expressed hope that airports will reopen soon. Once that happens, Cap-Haitien, which Sunrise serves nonstop from Miami, will begin operations for visits to Haiti in the short term.

“The city’s proximity to several of Haiti’s top visitor attractions, combined with its extended stance from the crux of the tumult in Port-au-Prince should make it a viable option more quickly,” he said. He noted that the distance between Cap-Haitien and Port-au-Prince is further than the distance from New York City to Philadelphia, for a bit of perspective.

Still, an immediate solution feels far away. According to Human Rights Watch, the country is on the brink of “total collapse .” Criminal groups hold power in the country now and have killed more than 1,100 people since the beginning of 2024, reports the United Nations. Between January 2022 and early March 2024, 13,000 people have been killed, injured, or kidnapped. Thousands of women and children have been the victims of sexual violence, and hundreds of thousands of people are displaced.

According to Reuters, the U.S. and Canadian embassies have reduced their staff , leaving only essential employees in the country, and the embassies are temporarily closed to the public. For now, travelers are forced to alter their plans to visit Haiti because getting there is impossible. In the near future, should that change, deciding whether or not it is safe to visit will depend on how the situation evolves in the coming months.

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Exploring the Dominican Republic: A Budget Backpacker’s Guide

A re you a budget traveler longing for adventure in a tropical paradise? Look no further than the Dominican Republic (DR), a hidden gem in the Caribbean that offers a wealth of experiences for backpackers on a budget. 

The history of the Dominican Republic is deeply intertwined with the legacy of Christopher Columbus, who arrived on the island of Hispaniola during his first voyage to the New World in 1492. His landing marked the beginning of European colonization in the Americas and initiated centuries of cultural exchange and conflict. 

Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic, holds the distinction of being the oldest continuously inhabited European settlement in the Americas, serving as the seat of Spanish colonial power in the region. 

Visitors can explore the cobblestone streets of the Zona Colonial , a UNESCO World Heritage site, and marvel at architectural treasures such as the Alcázar de Colón, the former residence of Columbus's son Diego.

Why Choose the Dominican Republic?

1. diversity of landscapes.

The DR is blessed with diverse landscapes, including white sandy beaches, towering mountains, dense jungles, and picturesque waterfalls. 

2. Affordability

One of the biggest draws of backpacking in the Dominican Republic is its affordability. From budget-friendly accommodations to cheap eats, transportation, and activities, you can stretch your travel budget further here than in many other Caribbean destinations.

3. Rich Culture and History

Immerse yourself in the vibrant culture and fascinating history of the DR as you explore its colonial cities, visit local markets, and interact with friendly locals. From the lively rhythms of merengue and bachata to the mouthwatering flavors of Dominican cuisine, you'll be captivated by the country's unique cultural heritage.

4. Easy Entry Requirements

It's essential to review the visa requirements applicable to your country to determine whether you need both an e-ticket and a visa. If your country is exempt from visa requirements, you can enter using only your DR e-ticket and passport.

Getting Around

1. public transportation.

The Dominican Republic has an extensive network of buses, guaguas (minibusses), and motoconchos (motorcycle taxis), making it easy to get around on a budget. While public transportation may be crowded and chaotic at times, it's a great way to experience local life and connect with fellow travelers.

2. Hitchhiking

For the more adventurous traveler, hitchhiking is a popular and relatively safe way to get around the DR. Just be sure to use common sense and trust your instincts when accepting rides from strangers.

3. Renting a Car

If you prefer more freedom and flexibility in your travels, renting a car is convenient for exploring the DR at your own pace. Remember that driving in the DR can be challenging due to poor road conditions and aggressive drivers, so proceed cautiously.

Accommodations

Hostels are the go-to choice for budget-conscious backpackers in the Dominican Republic. With dormitory-style accommodations and communal facilities, hostels offer a fun and social atmosphere where you can meet like-minded travelers from around the world.

2. Guesthouses and Homestays

For a more authentic and intimate experience, consider staying in a guesthouse or homestay with a local family. You will save money on accommodations and gain insights into Dominican culture and customs that you won't find in a traditional hotel.

For the ultimate budget-friendly experience, bring your tent and camp out under the stars in one of the DR's many national parks or beachside campgrounds. Just be sure to check local regulations and obtain any necessary permits before pitching your tent.

Must-Visit Destinations

1. santo domingo.

As the capital city of the DR, Santo Domingo is a must-visit destination for history buffs and culture vultures alike. Explore the cobblestone streets of the Zona Colonial, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and visit iconic landmarks such as the Alcazar de Colon and the Cathedral of Santa Maria la Menor.

2. Punta Cana

Renowned for its pristine beaches and all-inclusive resorts, Punta Cana is a paradise for sun-seekers and water sports enthusiasts. Spend your days lounging on the beach, snorkeling in crystal-clear waters, or zip-lining through the jungle canopy.

3. Samana Peninsula

Located on the northeastern coast of the DR, the Samana Peninsula is a hidden gem waiting to be discovered. Explore secluded beaches, hike to breathtaking waterfalls, and embark on a whale-watching excursion during the winter months.

Budget-Friendly Activities

1. beach hopping.

With over 1,000 miles of coastline, the DR is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean . From the turquoise waters of Playa Rincon to the vibrant nightlife of Playa Bavaro, there's a beach for every taste and budget.

2. Hiking and Nature Trails

Lace up your hiking boots and explore the DR's lush rainforests, rugged mountains, and scenic nature trails. Don't miss the opportunity to hike to the summit of Pico Duarte , the highest peak in the Caribbean, for panoramic views that will take your breath away.

3. Cultural Experiences

Immerse yourself in Dominican culture by attending a traditional dance performance, sampling local cuisine at a street food market, or joining a guided tour of a coffee plantation or rum distillery.

Safety Tips

1. exercise caution in tourist areas.

While the DR is generally safe for travelers, petty crimes such as theft and pickpocketing can occur, especially in crowded tourist areas. Keep your valuables secure and be aware of your surroundings at all times.

2. Respect Local Customs and Traditions

Show respect for the local culture and customs by dressing modestly, asking permission before taking photographs, and greeting people courteously and respectfully.

3. Stay Informed

Stay informed about current events and travel advisories in the DR by monitoring local news sources and registering with your embassy or consulate before traveling. Read things to know before visiting the RD . 

Backpacking in the Dominican Republic offers an unparalleled opportunity to experience the Caribbean's beauty, culture, and adventure on a budget . With its diverse landscapes, rich history, and warm hospitality, the DR will leave a lasting impression on every traveler who ventures off the beaten path to explore its hidden treasures.

This story is published in partnership with DR Easy Ticket.

The post Exploring the Dominican Republic: A Budget Backpacker’s Guide appeared first on Go Backpacking .

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