Hurrah! As of January 1, 2018** — SEE UPDATE BELOW! NOW AS OF APRIL 1, 2018 — the US$10 tourist card entry fee,  normally paid upon arrival in the Dominican Republic, will be rolled into your airline ticket. If you purchased your ticket prior to or near that date, you’ll likely have to pay for the $10 at the airport so check with your airline prior to arrival.

President Medina issued Executive Order 430-17 yesterday which mandates incorporating the US$10 tourist card fee (also called “tourist visa” or “tarjeta de turista”) into the cost of airfare, effective January 1, 2018.

Soon there will be no more thinking about needing a US$10 bill before arrival, and no more waiting in long, long lines when you don’t have the exact change–thus significantly smoothing over the arrival process in the DR.

Did I already say HURRAH?!

UPDATE TO THIS POST (on Jan 4, 2018): I’ve just received word from the Ministry of Tourism that the $10 fee will officially be incorporated into all tickets as of April 1, 2018. Prior to that date, you’ll need to purchase the card separately, as usual, online or upon arrival at the airport in the DR. 


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Lebawit Lily Girma

A former corporate attorney, Lebawit Lily Girma is an award-winning travel writer, photographer, and author of several Caribbean guidebooks for US-publisher Moon Travel Guides, including Moon Belize, Belize Cayes, and Moon Dominican Republic. Originally from Ethiopia, Lily calls herself a “culture-holic”–fluent in four languages, she has lived in eight countries besides the U.S., including Belize, Jamaica, and the Dominican Republic. Her articles and photography focusing on the Caribbean region have been published in AFAR Magazine, CNN, BBC, Delta Sky, The Guardian, and others. She is the recipient of the 2016 Marcia Vickery Wallace Award for Excellence in Travel Journalism from the Caribbean Tourism Organization.

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