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.
Don’t forget to grab a copy of Moon Dominican Republic (2016) for your trip, and 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.
Latest posts by Lebawit Lily Girma (see all)
- Santo Domingo 2018 Final Carnival Parades and Events: The Details - February 20, 2018
- Theater and Tapas: Santo Domingo’s New Microteatro - February 15, 2018
- Playa Rincon in CNN’s ‘A Year of the World’s Best Beaches’ - February 12, 2018