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:


Did you know? The Tourist Card can also be purchased online, through the following link:


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.

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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.

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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:

More details about the different types of visas issued and their respective requirements are provided here:

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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.

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