Most visitors arriving to the Dominican Republic–including those from the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, the European Union, Mexico, many South American countries, Central America, Japan, Israel (see the full list of countries here)–only need a passport with a minimum validity of the duration of their stay to enter the country. The cost of the 30-day tourist card previously paid separately, is now included in the airline ticket.
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 here, to be paid at the airport’s immigration section–after check-in and past security–upon departure.
The Dominican Republic issues tourist, business, work, student, and residency visas. Tourist visas can be issued for one or several entries and can be extended to 60 days. Any person, regardless of their nationality, can visit Dominican Republic if they are a legal resident 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 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 departure tax is US$20. It is already included in your airline ticket fare.
Be sure to always check for up-to-date requirements before traveling.
You are allowed to bring the following into the Dominican Republic:
- A maximum of 20 packs of cigarettes, 25 cigars, or 200 grams of tobacco; and
- Up to three (3) liters total of wine, beer, rum, whisky, or liquor.
- You may also bring in gifts of a value of up to US$500 (five hundred United States dollars) once every three months.