Dominican Republic Entry Requirements

Dominican Republic Entry Requirements

Passport and visa regulations


Passport required visa required Return ticket required
Switzerland Yes 1 Yes
Austria Yes 1 Yes
Germany Yes 1 Yes
Turkey Yes 1 Yes
Other EU countries Yes 1 Yes

Passport information

Generally required, the passport must be valid during the stay and during the departure. This regulation is still valid until 31.7. valid in 2022.

Visa information

Attention: Travelers to the Dominican Republic must register electronically 72 hours before both entering and leaving the country. A visa is generally required for citizens of the countries listed in the table above. Visa on Arrival [1] Citizens of the following countries listed in the table above can enter without a visa for a stay of up to 30 days (single entry). An extension of the stay must be applied for in good time at the Immigration Office (Departamento de Extranjería, Dirección General de Migración) and is subject to a fee. Penalties apply for unauthorized overstay: (a) Germany, Austria and all other EU countries, (b) Switzerland and (c) Turkey.

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Germans, Austrians and nationals of all other EU countries as well as Swiss and Turks do not need a visa for a tourist stay of up to 30 days, but have to pay a tourist fee that is included in the flight ticket. Tourist fee: 15 € or 20 CHF or 10 US$ € for a stay of up to 30 days. Note: The tourist fee used to be collected in the form of a tourist card. The tourist fee is now included in the flight ticket. A tourist fee is waived for all nationalities required to apply for a Dominican Republic visa (nationals of many African and Asian countries). In addition, the tourist tax is waived for nationals of the following countries: Argentina, Chile, Ecuador, Israel, Japan, Peru, South Korea and Uruguay. More information is available from the airlines. The visa fees for tourist or business visas are to be requested from the responsible consular representation in individual cases, as they depend on nationality, length of stay and the current exchange rate.

Visa types and costs

Tourist, work/business and student visas. All visas must be legalized by the authorities in the Dominican Republic.


Tourist visa: 60 days. Student visa: up to 1 year. Business Visa: Valid for up to 60 days or one year, it can be used for multiple entries. At least 2 weeks before departure in person or by post at the consulate or at the consular department of the embassy (see contact addresses).

Application required

Since the documents required for a visa differ depending on nationality and purpose of travel, they should be requested by telephone from the responsible consular representation in individual cases. Tourist Visa: (a) 1 Application Form. (b) 1 recent passport photo. (c) Passport that is valid for at least 6 months upon entry. (d) Copy of return/onward travel ticket or booking confirmation, proof of accommodation. (e) Proof of sufficient funds (proof of income or certificate of employment showing gross earnings). (f) Fee (cash upon application or by personal check or bank transfer with receipt). (g) if applicable, a residence permit for Germany, Austria or Switzerland. Business visa additionally:

Temporary Residence

Information from the consular representations.

Processing time

Tourist visa: when applying by post: 1 week; Express processing: 2 working days; Personal application: approx. 2 hours Business and student visa: approx. 1 week, express processing: 2 working days. Work visa: 2-3 weeks.

Proof of sufficient funds

Travelers must have sufficient funds upon entry.

Documents required upon entry

Private travel health insurance, passport and sufficient funds.

Extension of stay

If a tourist stay is to last longer than 30 days, you must apply for a fee-based extension at the responsible immigration office (Departamento de Extranjería, Dirección General de Migración).

Entry with children

German: Machine-readable children’s passport or your own passport. Austrians: Own passport. Swiss: Own passport. Turks: Own passport. Note: The same visa requirements apply to children as to their parents. Attention: Minors under 18 years of all nationalities who enter or leave the country unaccompanied by a legal guardian or only accompanied by a parent must carry a notarized declaration of power of attorney from the absent parent(s), legalized by the Attorney General of the Republic. In any case, it is advisable to find out about the exact provisions and modalities from the responsible diplomatic mission, as these vary from case to case. Since June 27, 2012, children need their own travel document (passport / children’s passport) for trips abroad (also within the EU). Entries of children in the parental passport are no longer possible.

Entry with pets

For dogs and cats, a current health certificate and a valid vaccination card are required for each animal. The health certificate may have been issued no more than 15 days before arrival in the country of origin. It must confirm that the animal is healthy and that it comes from an area that has been free of dangerous diseases within the last 3 months. Animals must have been vaccinated against rabies at least 30 days and no more than 12 months before arrival. The vaccination card and the health certificate must be translated and certified by the responsible diplomatic mission. A permit from the Dirección de Ganaderia, Secretaria de Estado de Agricultura in Santo Domingo is required for birds, fish and small animals.

Exit permit

Airport tax of 20 US$ or approx. 15 € (usually included in the ticket price). For stays longer than 30 days, a progressive fee is added to the airport tax. The airlines provide information.

Dominican Republic Entry Requirements