Short-stay visas for the Dominican Republic

Which visa do you need?

When traveling to the Dominican Republic, the majority of people will need a visa. But which one do you need?

Transit visa

A visa is not required for the Dominican Republic for those continuing their journey to another country on the same day as long as you don’t leave the airport and have all the right tickets and documentation. You should not encounter any problems as long as you stay at the airport.

Tourist card

Some countries have signed agreements with the Dominican Republic so that their citizens will only need a tourist card. A tourist card is a US$10.00 tax on incoming tourists that can be purchased at several locations such as:

Tourist cards are valid for 30 days and the process of obtaining one will take approximately 7 working days (unless getting it at the airport). Do keep in mind that tourist Cards are non-refundable. In order to extend a visit to the Dominican Republic, the tourist has to go to the offices of the Dirección General de Migración at the airport and pay for an extension. After the expiration of the 30 day tourist card, the cost of the extension starts at US$10 (depending of the length of the stay).

The website for the Dominican Republic embassy in the UK  gives you a list of countries which are eligible for a tourist card.

Tourist visa

If your country is not on this list mentioned above in the link, you will need to request a tourist visa. These are valid for one or multiple entries within 60 days of issue. The processing time will be between 10 to 15 working days. The visa is more expensive than the tourist card as the costs are US $95,00.

To get a tourist card you’ll need the following:

If you want to extend your stay in the country, the tourist needs to visit the Migration Department in Santo Domingo and request an extension. Those that do not do so will need to pay a surcharge at the airport upon departure. You only need to pay US$22 at the airport to extend your stay for up to 90 days. Other fees will apply for longer stays.

Business and work visa

The Dominican Republic offers two different kind of short term visas; a work visa (60 days) and a business visa, which allows you multiple entries in one year. Do keep in mind that you cannot be in the Dominican Republic for longer than two months in a row!

It will take 10-15 days to arrange the visa and it is recommended you begin the process in good time.

In order to apply for a visa you will need the following:

Last but certainly not least is a visa application letter containing information about yourself. What should be in the letter?

Firstly, the following all need to be included: the applicant’s name, nationality, place of residence, economic solvency and the profession or activity.

Besides that, it is important to include information about the person that will be responsible for the applicant during his/her stay in the country (if this is the case).

If the person is employed or to be employed by a company in the Dominican Republic, the application should include the position of the applicant and a written statement that the company will be responsible for any possible errors. This has to be signed by the person in charge of the applicant.

It is recommended that you choose the Business visa with multiple entries for one year as this is US$ 125.00. The Business visa with only one entry (60 days) costs US$115.00. By paying US$ 10.00 more, you know that you can leave the country and return if necessary.

Renewing this visa is relatively easy. You will have to visit the Department of Immigration (Dirección General de Migración), in Santo Domingo.You’ll need to take your former Dominican visas or residence card with you as well as a copy.

There is no such thing as a work permit. This means that any foreigner who has a visa or residency card is authorized to work in Dominican Republic, as well as any foreigner who has a work contract with a legally established company.

Dependant visa

Dependant Visas are issued for family members, subject to the type of visa granted to the main family member or employer on whom they depend. It will take 10-15 days in order to receive one and the cost is US$125,00.

The documents which you need are:

Student visa

The Dominican Republic has always been attractive for students going abroad. With an average temperature of 25 degrees, who wouldn't want to study there?

For any stay less than 90 days, students will just need a tourist card, which can be obtained from the airport upon arrival for a fee of $10. It is only actually valid for 30 days, so on departure from the country you are required to pay for any overstay after the 30 days; this is a more logical way of doing things, rather than applying for a student visa.

As of spring 2014 all international students studying in the Dominican Republic for more than 90 days will will required to apply for a student visa.

First of all, you will have to be accepted by a Dominican educational institution. After this you can focus your attention on the necessary documents which you will need for a visa. These are:

This visa must be renewed each year for as long as the applicant fulfills the conditions required and the former Dominican visas or residence card with copies are needed for this.

You will receive your student visa within 10-15 days and the cost will be US$115.00.

Address

You can send your application (no matter for which visa) to the Department of Migration (Extranjería)

Av. George Washington (Malecón, a boulevard along the sea)

Centro de los Heroes, Santo Domingo.

Tel. 809 508-2555 Ext. 246

Office hours: Monday to Friday from 8 to 3 pm

Depositing of documents closes: 2 pm


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