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.
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 implementation. It 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.
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!
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