Dominican Republic Customs, Currency & Airport Tax regulations details

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Import regulations:

For persons of 16 years of age or older:
- 200 cigarettes;
- 1 liter of alcohol;
- goods for personal use;
- gifts up to a maximum of USD 100.-.

Arms and Ammunition regulations:

Import permit, issued by the Ministry of Interior and Police, is required.

Wild Fauna and Flora:

The import of certain endangered species of plant, live animals and their products is prohibited or restricted under CITES.
For further details please refer to CITES:

Additional Information on regulations:

Import of meat and plants and their products require an import permit, issued by the office of the Plant Protection and Quarantine Service of the Division of Agriculture.
In addition, a phytosanitary certificate from the exporting country is also required if importing meat.

Export regulations:

Free export of reasonable quantities of tobacco products and spirits.


Cats and dogs require:
- health certificate issued within 15 days prior to arrival by a competent veterinarian in country of origin;
- rabies vaccination certificate, issued more than one month and less than one year prior to arrival;
- rabies anti-body test showing a serum antibody level of at least 0.5 IU/ml;
- import permit, issued by the Veterinary Dept. of the Division of Agriculture.

Prohibited: the import of any type of bird.

Baggage Clearance regulations:

Baggage is cleared at first airport of entry.
- Passengers arriving on international flights and transiting with the same airplane to another airport in Dominican Rep. In that case the baggage will be cleared at the airport of the final destination;
- Passengers transiting to a third country.


Currency Import regulations:

Local currency (Dominican Peso-DOP): prohibited.
Foreign currencies: must be declared on arrival. At departure 30% of the originally exchanged foreign currencies can be reconverted, only if showing original receipt.

Currency Export regulations:

Local currency (Dominican Peso-DOP): prohibited.
Foreign currencies: up to the amounts imported and declared, with a max. of USD 10,000.- or equivalent.

Airport Tax

Departure Tax of USD 20.- is normally included in the ticket. However, if not included, this must be paid on departure. The tax also increases depending on the length of stay.
Place of payment: Migration Office.

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