Dominican Republic Visa & Tourist Card: Application and Requirements

Nov 8, 2022

13 min read

What's more relaxing than blue ocean waters and white sandy beaches? Absolutely nothing can beat the Dominican Republic Caribbean island. But, maybe relaxing on the beach isn't your thing, well then you also have Santa Domingos' historic district.

This post will cover everything you need to know about the Dominican Republic Tourist Card and Visa. This will include the entry requirements, who needs a Dominican Republic Visa, what is the Dominican Republic e-ticket and we discuss whether you need a passport to go to the Dominican Republic.

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Let's get to it:


Do I Need A Visa For The Dominican Republic?

Let's look at who needs visas to visit the Dominican Republic.

Do US Citizens Need A Visa For The Dominican Republic?

No, a visa is not required for visits shorter than 30 days. US Citizens only require a tourist card.

More information on the tourist card later in the post.

Do US Green Card Holders Need A Visa For The Dominican Republic?

This depends on your passport, and that will determine whether or not you need a Dominican Republic Tourist visa or a tourist card.

You can opt to skip the complicated visa process and get your visa through Atlys. This is the easiest and fastest way to get your visa to the Dominican Republic.


Do You Need A Passport To Go To The Dominican Republic?

All foreign citizens who enter the Dominican Republic, exclusively for tourism purposes, must have a valid passport.

A valid US passport is required for all US citizens seeking to enter or transit through the Dominican Republic.


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The Dominican Republic Visa and Tourist Card Explained

This section gives a brief overview of everything you need to know before you travel to the Dominican Republic.

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What Is The Difference Between The Tourist Card And The Visa?

The Tourist Card and the Visa can only be used for tourism. I know there might be confusion between the Tourist Card and the Visa, but don't worry. I've got you covered.

The Tourist Card is basically a Visa waiver. This means that citizens from certain countries can enter the Dominican Republic without applying for a Visa.

These countries include Canada, the European Union, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, the United States, and most South American countries like Brazil and Argentina.

As I mentioned before, a Visa is only needed when you are not from one of the previously mentioned countries. Later in this post, I will explain who needs a Visa.

These countries are eligible for a Tourist Card:

Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Australia , Austria, Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Belgium, Belice, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark , Dominica, El Salvador, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macao, Macedonia, Malaysia, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Monaco, Namibia, Nauru, Netherlands, New Zealand , Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, San Marino, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Tuvalu, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland , United States, Vanuatu, Vatican City and Venezuela.

How Long Is A Tourist Card Valid For?

You can stay a max of 30 days.

Extensions are possible by paying a fee once inside the country - verify at the border upon arrival.

What Is The Tourist Card Fee?

The Tourist Card fee is USD 10.

Who Needs To Apply For The Dominican Republic Visa?

So you're not on the list of countries that only need a Tourist Card? However, I only mentioned just a handful of countries earlier. Just go to the embassy of the Dominican Republic's website to check if you need a Tourist Card.

If your country is not on that list, you need to apply for a Visa. Remember that if your name is not on that list, it doesn't mean bad news. It just means that you will have to go through some extra steps.

How Long Is The Visa Valid?

The Visa allows for a stay of up to 60 days. Remember that your length of stay depends on whether you have a Visa or Tourist Card. The Tourist Card only allows for stays up to 30 days.

What Are The Different Types Of Visas?

There are two different types of Visas. They are as follows:

  • The Simple Tourism Visa (TS): allows for single-entry
  • The Multiple Tourism Visa (TM): allows for multiple entries

What Is The Dominican Republic Visa Price?

The Visa price depends on which type of Visa you are applying for. The visa price for each are as follows:

  • The Simple Tourism Visa (TS): 95 USD
  • The Multiple Tourism Visa (TM): 125 USD

Can You Extend Your Visa?

If you stay longer than 30 days, you will be charged an additional fee upon departure, which is calculated on a sliding scale based on the total length of your stay. Perhaps you intend to extend your stay for more than 30 days.

Then you must go to the Dominican Republic Department of Immigration's website to find out the applicable fees that must be paid online and the required documents.

What Is The Dominican Republic Visa Processing Time?

The processing time can be anything between 10 - 15 business days. Remember that this depends on where you are applying for your Visa.

What Is The Dominican Republic E-Ticket?

The Dominican Republic implemented an electronic system that combined the Traveler's Health Affidavit, Customs Declaration, and International Embarkation/Disembarkation forms into a single digital form. As a result, all commercial flight passengers entering and departing the country will be required to fill out and submit their digital documents through the Electronic Ticket Portal either before or upon arrival.

I strongly recommend filling out the form at least 72 hours before your trip. You must either print or take a screenshot of the QR code. Remember to have it on hand when arriving at the airport. Your e-ticket will be scanned by the authorities as soon as you go through Customs. You will fill out two forms, one for arrival and one for departure, and the system will generate two QR codes. Your QR code will not be scanned during departure, but it confirms that the form was completed correctly.

Luckily, the Dominican Republic airports have free wifi. This means you can fill out the form at the airport if you have not done so before your trip.

Perhaps you arrive on a private flight, non-commercial vessel, ferry, cruise ship, or other modes of transportation. Then you do not need to complete the electronic form. Instead, you'll only need a physical Traveler's Health Affidavit, Customs Declaration, and International Embarkation/Disembarkation document.

For further information, you can check out the Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism's website. They also have an instructional video on how to complete the online e-ticket in Spanish and English.

If you need to change the form, go to the E-ticket portal, select the option to consult the issued E-ticket, enter the form's application code, and make the necessary changes.

Have a look at e Ticket Dominican Republic: e Ticket Forms, Fees, And Application Process for more information regarding the e-ticket.


What Are The Visa Requirements For The Dominican Republic?

As I mentioned earlier, you need a few travel documents for your Visa application. The Dominican Republic visa requirements are:

  • Visa application form
  • Passport-Size Picture
  • Valid passport
  • In the case of minors, permission must be granted from the parents or guardian if the applicant is not the mother or the father (must present a document that is translated to Spanish and apostilled)
  • Proof Of Financial Solvency
  • Photocopy of your National Identity Document and Permanent Residents Card
  • Copy of hotel itinerary (hotel booking confirmation)
  • Copy of Flight itinerary
  • Copy of a former Dominican Republic Valid Visa or residence card (if applicable)
  • Criminal record certificate (document must be notarized, translated to Spanish, and both the original and the translation Apostilled)

Passport-Size Picture

Your passport-size picture should meet the following requirements:

  • Dimensions: 3cm x 3cm or 2inch x 2inch.
  • For electronic pictures: JPG format and a maximum of 150Kb.
  • Must have a white background.
  • Taken recently.
  • You must stare ahead, and your entire face must be visible.
  • You must have a neutral facial expression.
  • You're not allowed to wear headgear (except for religious reasons) or eyeglasses that obstruct your eyes or face.
  • If you wear headgear for religious reasons, make sure it does not cover your face.

Use Atlys' free passport photo checker tool to make this process so much easier!

Valid Passport

The passport validity is at least another six months and at least two remaining blank pages for visa stickers. If it’s not valid for the required time, you need to renew your passport before you start your application process.

Proof Of Financial Solvency

You need to provide a copy of your bank statements or credit card statements to prove that you have enough funds to cover your stay in the Dominican Republic.


How To Apply For A Visa To The Dominican Republic?

Before you can enjoy your international travel experience, you need to complete your Dominican Republic Visa application. Here are a few easy steps you must follow to secure your Visa:

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Step 1: Gather All The Required Documents

Firstly, you must gather all the documents that I mentioned earlier. Remember to make copies of each document. Then, if some of your travel documents get lost, at least you have more copies.

Step 2: Complete The Online Application Form

After gathering all the required documents, you must complete the online application form. Although you can complete the application form online, you must still print and sign it for submission. This is where the next step comes in.

Step 3: Make Your Visa Appointment

So you have all your required documents, and you have printed and signed your online application form. The next step is to book a visa appointment. You must book your visa appointment at the closest Dominican Republic embassy or consular. You can find a Dominican Republic Embassy or consulate in one of the bigger cities in your country.

Step 4: Attend Your Visa Appointment

After sending an email booking your visa appointment, you will receive confirmation of your booking date and time. So now, all you have to do is attend your scheduled visa appointment.

Your visa appointment will consist of a few questions from a consulate or staff member. This will only be questions about your personal information and your trip to the Dominican Republic.

After your visa appointment, you must submit your Visa application. This is also where you will need to pay your visa application fee.

Step 5: Wait For Your Visa To Be Processed

The hard part is now officially over. All you can now do is wait for your visa to be processed. As I mentioned earlier, the processing time will be between 10 and 15 business days.

Step 6: Collect Your Approved Visa

As soon as your Visa has been processed, you will be notified by the embassy or consulate. So what are you waiting for? Head over to the embassy and collect your approved Visa.

Remember to complete your E-Ticket before you arrive at the airport.

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What Are The Required Documents For Dominican Republic Tourist Card For US Citizens?

As a U.S. citizen traveling to the Dominican Republic, you will only need a passport to go to the Dominican Republic and also pay the 10 USD fee. However, you must also remember to complete your E-Ticket.


How Do I Get A Dominican Republic Tourist Card As A US Citizen?

Okay, so now that you know what travel documents you need, you probably wonder how you can get your Tourist Card?

You can get Tourist Card at the gate of the airport. Alternatively, the Tourist Card is included in some tour operators' travel packages.


What To Expect When Entering The Dominican Republic As A US Citizen?

As soon as you arrive at the Airport, you can head to the immigration. Have all your documents ready - your passport, and any other supporting documents.

The immigration officer will issue your tourist card and stamp your passport.

The last thing you must do is enjoy your Dominican Republic getaway.


Free Atlys Tools You Can Use To Travel With Certainty

I know you will be very excited about this next section because I am. You've probably noticed that we've linked some of our tools, such as the hotel itinerary tools.

These tools were created by travelers for travelers to make traveling easier. Here's a list of Atlys' free tools that will make your next visa application a breeze:


I Hope You Are Packed And Ready To Go

I can only think how tired you are after the Dominican Visa application but look on the bright side. Finally, you are officially ready to go and enjoy the beautiful Dominican Republic Caribbean Island.

Will you be using Atlys for your next visa? It is the app I wish I knew about sooner! Download the Atlys app and start your application now.

Please feel free to check out our FAQ section for additional information.

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Written By: Armando Du Preez
Fact Checked By: Mohak Nahta

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I Need To Present A COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate?

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 enter tourist centers, establishments, or receive services such as excursions as of April 23, 2022. Therefore, passengers and crew will no longer be subjected to random COVID-19 testing upon arrival in the Dominican Republic. On the other hand, random testing operations may be performed when necessary. Passengers who show their Vaccination Card will not be subjected to random testing.

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