International Market In the nineties the Dominican Republic decided to open its borders to international markets, and to establish commercial links in many different areas in order to follow the path of globalization, and at the same the legal basis for this was established.

This process occurred as the country started to establish itself on the world tourist map, and European investors decided to expand their hotel emporiums on the national coastline, and industrial parks were built mainly on undeveloped land.

Industrial corporations and prestigious global services companies – in exceptional cases some had established themselves much earlier – followed the trend of investment, and continued to grow rapidly with the constant demand for information about the country and the procedures to be followed in order to get there, whether it was for investment, to study, to get to know the area or simply to enjoy its cultural heritage.

Because of this, they are an important part of our current range of national laws and administrative requirements playing an active role in its commercial, industrial and education infrastructures and allowing a fully enjoyable stay in the country.

Urban and rural citizens alike will find essential information in this chapter about how to fulfill your duties and to assert your rights.

Procedures, public services, payment of taxes, civil registration, maps…the guide will cover a wide range of subjects to light your path, whatever your direction.