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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UPDATE TO THIS POST on April 3, 2018 I’ve been told by a reliable source that the incorporation of the tourist card into airline tickets did not take place on April 1, as planned, and that there will be additional delay in implementationIt could be later in April 2018. The best advice I have is to always bring your US$10 in cash in hand, and prepare to pay for the card at the airport (or online) as usual, until it is clearly stated otherwise. I’ll update here ASAP as always, and your airline is also a good source to double-check on that status. But in the meantime, it’s business as usual.

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UPDATE TO THIS POST on April 19, 2018:  HURRAH! As of today, when you’re booking your airfare online, the tourist card fee of $10 will be showing up as included in your airfare! Which means you won’t be paying $10 anymore upon entry at any of the DR’s airports. Read the last comment on this post – the reader was kind enough to alert us that he just booked his ticket today on American and the $10 is showing up on the list of airfare taxes included in his ticket; called the airline and they confirmed inclusion. I also just did a sample search on JetBlue and AA.com for trips starting next week – and the $10 is showing up as “Tourism Tax” or “Other taxes”. EXCELLENT!


Don’t forget to grab a copy of Moon Dominican Republic (2016) for your trip! But remember that this update isn’t incorporated in the book yet. Subscribe to DRVisitor.com and visit the blog for frequent updates on all things DR travel.

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 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 culture, adventure, and sustainable travel in 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.

11 Comments

  1. Is the April 1 date the day the airfare is purchased? or the date of the flight?

    • Lebawit Lily Girma

      The day the airfare is purchased. I would also check with the airline (when purchasing from April 1 onwards) to confirm what taxes are included in the fare. Knowing how long things take to implement, I would be prepared and keep a $10 bill on you *just in case* the April date doesn’t kick in. I will, of course, update the post with any new deadlines/news. Stay tuned! 🙂

  2. Kathleen Jackson

    How will the airport staff know when you booked your ticket?

    • Lebawit Lily Girma

      Well, so far the new rule hasn’t been implemented and I’ve heard that there will be some more delay. You’ll know when it is implemented by checking the list of taxes included in your ticket as you get ready to purchase – check the breakdown of taxes online before purchasing, or ask your airline if you don’t know how. I advise everyone to just bring a US$10 bill and prepare for delays on this new rule being implemented.

  3. Courtney Cole

    Is it strange that I’ve been to the Dominican republic now twice and the first time I paid $10 but never received a card and the second time which was just a month ago, I wasn’t asked to pay anything and still didn’t receive a card?

    • Lebawit Lily Girma

      There’s no entering without a tourist card, at least not until they incorporate into the airline ticket this year. They collect the tourist card sometimes, right before you go to the immigration entry booth. Other times they don’t collect it and you get to keep it. But you most definitely always have one unless you have a Dominican passport or are a diplomat.

  4. i just booked my airfare and notice an extra $10 fee, so i called American airline and they said that it is not included. I’m still bringing cash just in case

    • I’m sorry i meant to say that is it now included. sorry

      • Lebawit Lily Girma

        Woohoo! Thanks for letting us know here. I just checked with a sample Jetblue fare for next week and it DOES include the $10 tourist card fee. It lists it as “Tourism Tax.” Other airlines might call it differently. American has a line that says “Other taxes.” FINALLY! It just have become effective *just these past few days.* Thanks again for the alert.

      • Lebawit Lily Girma

        Hey Mike, can you share with us when your arrival date is? Feel free to message me privately as well. The official start date of inclusion is April 23 – just wondering if they kicked it in earlier. Cheers!

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