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Dominican Republic

Visa Requirements for Business Travelers in the Americas

Dominican Republic 
Short-term Business Visit

Visitor Visa 
Citizens (including business persons) of the following FTAA countries require a visitor visa for admission and transit Dominican Republic:
  • Belize
  • Bolivia
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Ecuador
  • El Salvador
  • Guatemala
  • Guyana
  • Honduras
  • Nicaragua
  • Panama
Citizens (including business persons) of the following FTAA countries do not require a visitor visa for admission to Dominican Republic:
  • Antigua & Barbuda
  • Argentina
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • Dominica
  • Grenada
  • Haiti
  • Jamaica
  • Mexico
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • St Lucia
  • St Vincent & the Grenadines
  • St. Kitts and Nevis
  • Trinidad & Tobago
  • U.S.A.
  • Uruguay
  • Suriname
  • Venezuela

Citizens of the countries listed above do not require a visa prior to departure, but must purchase a tourist card at arrival.

Required for 
Application for 
a Visitor Visa 
A visitor seeking entry to Dominican Republic is required to establish to the satisfaction of the immigration officer identity and purpose of entry. All persons require a passport to enter to Dominican Republic, except nationals from Canada and the U.S.A. holding appropriate ID such as a Birth Certificate or a Driver's License.
  • A valid passport (recommend a minimum of six months validity beyond intended stay).
  • Photocopy of the photo page of the passport
  • Application form· 4 photos 2x2 inches
  • Return airline ticket
  • Health certificate
Method of
Application for a visitor visa must be made at Consulate (or Consular section at Embassy). Applicants are required to lodge their visa applications personally. Nonetheless in some countries applications by mail will be allowed, for that purpose a stamped self-addressed envelope is required.

Processing time A few days for Tourist Cards; 6-8 weeks for Tourist and Business visas which have to be referred to the authorities in the Dominican Republic unless requested by cable (the cost of which must be paid by the applicant). 

Multiple Entry 

Tourist visas. Single entry and Multiple-entry Business visas. 
Validity/Extension Tourist visas and single entry Business visas are valid for 60 days. Multiple-entry Business visas are valid for up to 1 year. Tourist cards are issued to travelers visiting the Dominican Republic for tourism purposes for stays of up to 90 days. Tourist cards may be issued on arrival, though this can be a lengthy process. Extensions are possible.

Cost of Visa Application

The fee is US$17
Accompanying dependants
Family members accompanying a visitor to Dominican Republic must also meet all requirements for temporary entry. 

General Requirements for Temporary Entry of Short-term Business Visitors Dominican Republic's Immigration Regulations allow for persons to enter Dominican Republic to carry on certain business or trade-related activities without the need to hold an employment authorization, as they are not considered to be coming to Dominican Republic to work. These persons usually represent a foreign company, therefore they must present proof of it. Examples are: representatives coming to Dominican Republic to sell goods other than to the general public; employees of an organization coming to consult with a branch, subsidiary or parent; representatives of a foreign firm coming to purchase goods or services and persons seeking entry to attend meetings or negotiate contracts.

  • All the requirements specified for visitors visa
  • A letter from the company specifying purpose of travel

Contact local Embassy or Consular section of the Embassy


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