Dominican Republic Entry Requirements & Visa Information

Most visitors (residents of 108 countries) don’t need a visa to enter the Dominican Republic for stay less than 30 days as tourists, providing they have all the required documents and a valid passport. This includes residents from countries like United States, Canada, United Kingdom, the European Unions, Australia, Mexico, Russia, and more.

Required Documents

Below are the required documents for any foreigners who wish to enter the Dominican Republic need to have:

  1. Passport with a minimum validity of 6 months.
  2. Proof of onward travel air, maritime, or land ticket.
  3. Tourist card – this is typically included in your airline ticket but can also be purchased upon arrival for $10
  4. Completed entry and exit e-ticket application.
  5. Proof of accommodation.
  6. Proof of sufficient funds to cover expenses during the stay.


The Dominican Republic issues 5 categories of visa, depending on your reason for travel as follows:

  1. Tourist Visa: Valid stays for up to 30 days. Exceeding the duration will be resulted in an additional fee upon departure.
  2. Business Visa: Available for business trips, conferences or meetings.
  3. Work Visa: Necessary if you’ll be employed in the Dominican Republic. The work visa is valid for 1 year with multiple entries.
  4. Student Visa: Required for enrolling in a Dominican Republic academic program and is available for 1 year, with renewable annually up to 6 years.
  5. Residency Visa: For those seeking to live in the country for long-term.  Permanent residents must renew their residency card after one year; subsequent cards will be renewable every four years, except for retirees who must renew every two years.


Visa application fees vary depending on the type and processing time. For more information, visit The Dominican Ministry of Foreign Affairs at They are available for chat in both English and Spanish.


As of 1st of April 2021, the Dominican Republic government makes it mandatory that all travelers entering or leaving the country by air must complete the electronic ticket before their trip. This measure was put to streamline the immigration and customs process, reduces the risk of errors compared to handwritten paper forms, and to better keep track of the travelers for security purposes. For more information, read and apply for the e-ticket here.

Note: When completing an e-ticket application, all the family members traveling with you should be added except for children. The QR you receive will cover your family and only adults need to be added to it.


Travelers can bring the following items duty-free:

  • Up to 20 packs of cigarettes, 25 cigars, or 200 grams of tobacco.
  • Up to 3 liters of alcoholic beverages (wine, beer, rum, whiskey, or liquor) in total.
  • Gifts with a total value of US $500 once in every 3 months.

Restricted Items

  • Firearms and ammunition (requires a special permit)
  • Fruits, vegetables, and plants (may require inspection by agricultural authorities)
  • Endangered species and wildlife products.
  • Narcotics and illegal drugs.

Important Reminders

  • You must declare all valuables such as jewelry and electronics (may be asked to show receipts upon departure) and  a large sums of money (over US $10,000))
  • Carry doctor’s prescription for any medications you bring, especially those that contain psychotropic substances.

Exceptions for Diplomatic Members

The Dominican Republic offers visa exemptions for diplomatic and consular members to enter the country for official duties. The requirements are as follows:

  • The member must present a valid diplomatic or official passport upon arrival
  • The member must present an official document or identification card issued by their embassy or consulate.
  • The Dominican Republic Mistry of Foreign Affairs might need prior notification of a diplomatic member’s arrival.


Note: The specific requirements and procedures for diplomatic entry can vary, depending on the member’s country of origin and their specific role.

Health & Vaccination Requirements

  • Since April 2023, there are no COVID-19 testing or vaccination requirements for entering the Dominican Republic.
  • The Dominican Republic doesn’t have any mandatory vaccinations for entry as of April 2024 for the majority of countries.
  • Those traveling from Brazilian states of Espiritu Santo, Minas Gerais, Rio de Janeiro, and São Paulo, and the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela must present proof of vaccination against yellow fever at least 10 days prior to the arrival of the country.