Tourists come to the Dominican Republic from anywhere in the world, especially from the United States, Europe, Canada and Latin America. However, there are also those who choose this country to obtain permanent residence and settle there, in which case a procedure other than that required to go on vacation will be necessary. Here we show you all the requirements to fulfill, documentation to present and procedures to carry out.

Below you have an index with all the points that we are going to deal with in this article.

Entry requirements

Since May 2012 and in accordance with Law 199-67 on the Tourist Card and Law No. 875 on Visas, the documents listed below will be mandatory for all foreigners who wish to enter the Dominican Republic unless otherwise specified:



  • Valid passport: its presentation to the immigration authorities will be mandatory for any foreigner traveling to the Dominican Republic.
  • Tarjeta de Turista: it is, in fact, a tax charged by the country to those who visit it. This card can be easily obtained at any Dominican airport upon arrival in the Dominican Republic. Sometimes even the airline itself or the travel agency includes the Tourist Card in the same vacation package. It is only needed in case the entry to the country is for tourist purposes. Below you can find more information about this document.
  • Visa: with the exception of nationals of countries with which the Dominican Republic has signed Visa agreements and nationals of countries authorized to travel only with a Tourist Card (we detail each case in the following section), the rest are required to be in possession of the visa in your travel document upon entering the country.

Tarjeta de Turista

As mentioned before, the Tourist Card is a tax rate that the country charges tourists who wish to enter it in accordance with the provisions of Law 199-67, according to which the acquisition of said card is a mandatory requirement to enter the national territory without a Consular Visa. Below we list a series of details to take into account about the Tourist Card:

  • Beneficiary rights: the interested party loses his right to obtain it if his stay in the national territory is for the performance of lucrative activities.
  • Price: US $ 10.00 or € 10,00.
  • Period of validity: The Tourist Card is valid for one year and is valid only for one person. In addition, it can only be used once.
  • Wrong use: If it is misused or used for a purpose other than tourism, the individual in question will be punished by the immigration authorities and immediately expelled from the country without any formality.
  • Period of stay in the country: the Tourist Card allows the beneficiary to stay in the Dominican Republic for a maximum period of 30 days. If you wish to extend this period, the interested party must pay a fee whose amount will vary depending on the time you wish to extend your stay. For more information on this matter, it is recommended to contact the Ministry of Migration by clicking on this link.
  • Where can it be purchased: points of sale located in air, land and sea ports, Dominican embassies and consulates abroad, tour operators and through the Internet (you can access this portal by clicking on this link).

Who does not need a Tourist Card?

There are a number of specific groups that are exempt from paying the Tourist Card Because the Government of the Dominican Republic maintains agreements on immigration. These specific cases are mentioned below:

  • Dominican residents, visas and nationals.
  • Foreigners from the following countries: Argentina, Chile, Ecuador, South Korea, Japan, Israel, Uruguay and Peru.
  • Diplomatic and consular officials of foreign nationality accredited in the country as long as they maintain their functions and enter the national territory on official mission
  • Passengers who make use of a private non-commercial aircraft whenever it is for sporting, recreational, tourist, executive or business reasons, the weight does not exceed thirty thousand pounds (30.000) and the maximum capacity is 12 passengers.
  • Foreigners of Haitian nationality who are endowed with the card that enables them to enter and leave Dominican territory on the same day. According to Article 78 of the Migration Law, this only applies in the Dominican border provinces that are bordering the residence in Haiti of the holder of said card. Otherwise, they will be obliged to pay the Tourist Card.

Foreigners who do not need a Visa or Tourist Card

The following list shows the countries whose citizens are exempt from the obligation to apply for a Consular Visa and Tourist Card:

This means that these citizens do not need these documents, but they will have to present their valid passport at the time of formalizing your entry to the Dominican Republic.

Foreigners who only need a Tourist Card

Citizens from the countries listed below only need to acquire the aforementioned Tourist Card to be able to enter Dominican territory as long as their visit is solely for tourist purposes:

  • A: Akrotiri and Dhekelia (United Kingdom), Germany, Andorra, Anguilla (United Kingdom), Antigua and Barbuda, Netherlands Antilles (Netherlands Antilles), Aruba, Australia and Austria.
  • B: Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Bermuda (United Kingdom), Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei and Bulgaria.
  • C: Canada, Cyprus, Vatican City (Holy See), Costa Rica and Croatia.
  • D: Denmark and Dominica.
  • E: El Salvador, United Arab Emirates, Scotland (United Kingdom), Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, United States of America and Estonia.
  • F: Fiji, France and Finland.
  • G: Wales (UK), South Georgia (UK), Gibraltar (UK), Greece, Grenada, Greenland (Denmark), Greenland (Norway), Guadeloupe (France), Guam (United States), Guatemala, Guyana and French Guyana (France).
  • H: Hawaii (United States), Honduras, Hong Kong * and Hungary.
  • I: Ireland, Northern Ireland (UK), Bouvet Island, Cocos Island (Australia), Cook Island (NZ), Christmas Island (Australia), Faroe Island (Denmark), Heard and McDonald Islands, Norfolk Island (Australia), Palau Island (USA), American Samoa Island (USA), Iceland, Cayman Islands ( United Kingdom), Faore Islands (Norway), Falkland or Falkland Islands (United Kingdom), Northern Mariana Islands, Marshall Islands, Solomon Islands, Sandwich Islands (United Kingdom), Svalbard Islands (Norway), Tokelau Islands, Turks and Caicos Islands, Virgin Islands (United States), Wallis and Futuna Islands (France) and Italy.
  • J: Jamaica and Jan (Norway).
  • K: Kazakhstan, Kiribati and Kuwait.
  • L: Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania and Luxembourg.
  • M: Macao *, Macedonia, Micronesia, Malaysia, Malta, Martinique, Mauritius, Mayen (Norway), Mayotte (France), Mexico, Monaco and Montserrat (United Kingdom).
  • N: Namibia, Nauru, Nicaragua, Niue (NZ), Norway, New Caledonia (France) and New Zealand.
  • P: Netherlands (including Holland, Curaçao and Saint Marteen), Panama, Paraguay, French Polynesia (France), Poland, Portugal and Puerto Rico (USA).
  • Q: Qatar.
  • R: United Kingdom, Czech Republic, Republic of South Africa, Slovak Republic, Reunion (France), Romania and Russia.
  • S: Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Marino, Saint Vincent and Grenadines, Saint Helena (United Kingdom), Saint Lucia, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, St Jhon (United States), St. Croix (United States), St. Thomas (United States) States), Sweden, Switzerland, Suriname and Svalbard (Norway).
  • T: Thailand, Taiwan, French Southern Territories (France), Tokelau (New Zealand), Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tristan da Cunha (Saint Helena), Turkey and Tuvalu.
  • U: Ukraine.
  • V: Vanuatu and Venezuela.

* valid for holders of the special passport of the Hong Kong and Macao Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China.

As a general rule, citizens of countries that can enter the European Union, the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, can travel to the Dominican Republic with only the Tourist Card.

Foreigners who require a Visa

Citizens with nationality of any of the countries listed below require mandatorily of a visa to enter the Dominican Republic:

  • A: Abkhazia, Afghanistan, Albania, Angola, Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Armenia and Azerbaijan.
  • B: Bangladesh, Benin, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Burkina Faso, Burundi and Bhutan.
  • C: Cape Verde, Cambodia, Cameroon, Chad, Colombia, Comoros, Congo (Brazzaville), Congo (Kinshasa), North Korea, Ivory Coast and Cuba.
  • D: Djibouti.
  • E: Egypt, Eritrea and Ethiopia.
  • F: Philippines.
  • G: Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Equatorial Guinea and Guinea-Bissau.
  • H: Haiti and Hong Kong.
  • I: India, Indonesia, Iraq and Iran.
  • J: Jordan.
  • K: Kenya, Kyrgyzstan and Kosovo (Serbia).
  • L: Laos, Lesotho, Lebanon, Liberia and Libya.
  • M: Macao (People's Republic of China), Madagascar, Malawi, Maldives, Malì, Morocco, Mauritania, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Mozambique and Myanmar.
  • N: Nagorno-Karabakh, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria and Norfo.
  • O: Oman and South Ossetia (de facto independent within Georgia).
  • P: Pakistan, Palau, Palestine (Palestinian National Authority) and Papua New Guinea.
  • R: People's Republic of China, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Central African Republic and Rwanda.
  • S: Western Sahara, São Tomé and Príncipe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Syria, Somalia, Somaliand (de facto independent within Somalia), Sri Lanka, Swaziland and Sudan.
  • T: Tanzania, Tajikistan, East Timor, Togo, Transnistria, Tunisia and Turkmenistan.
  • U: Uganda and Uzbekistan.
  • V: Vietnam.
  • Y: Yemen and Djibouti.
  • Z: Zaire, Zimbabwe and Zambia.

Foreigners with diplomatic or similar passports

Foreign citizens from any of the following countries benefit, by virtue of bilateral agreements, to the reciprocal cancellation of Visa for being holders of diplomatic, official or service passports of:

  • A: Argentina.
  • B: Brazil and Belize.
  • C: Chile, Costa Rica, Colombia and South Korea.
  • E: Ecuador and El Salvador.
  • G: Guatemala.
  • F: Finland.
  • H: Honduras.
  • I: Israel.
  • J: Japan.
  • M: Mexico (except official passports) and Morocco.
  • N: Nicaragua.
  • P: Panama and Peru.
  • R: Russia and Republic of China (Taiwan).
  • S: Switzerland (except official passports) and Holy See.
  • U: Uruguay and Ukraine.
  • V: Vietnam

Types of visa

To enter the Dominican Republic, there are different types of visas that can be requested at the Consulate or the Embassy of the Dominican Republic that is in our country. Each type of visa is used for a specific case, so there are up to eight types according to Law No. 875 on Visas, each with an application and a duration, which are mentioned in the following sections.

Tourist Visa

The Tourism Visa (TS) is granted to those foreign citizens who wish to enter Dominican territory to enjoy the country for tourist or cultural purposes and to attend congresses or conventions. It is valid for a maximum of 60 days and your application can be single entry or multiple entries. Similarly, the beneficiaries of this visa will not be able to carry out any kind of lucrative activity in the Dominican Republic. This Visa can be requested by all citizens of the world in a Dominican consular office.

Below we list the requirements that all foreigners must process from their country of origin:

  • Form: the Visa Form must be submitted duly completed by type or print. It can be requested in print at the consular offices or through the Internet by clicking on this link.
  • DNI and Residence Card: the interested party must present a legible photocopy of their ID of the country of nationality, as well as another of the Residence Card if they have the residence of a second country.
  • Photo: a 4 x 5 cm passport-size photograph must be presented (white background and front).
  • Passport: the original passport must be presented with a minimum validity of 6 months.
  • Authorization of parents or legal guardian: in case of being a minor, an authorization must also be requested so that the interested minor can be granted a tourist visa.
  • Flight reservation: A legible copy of the flight reservation updated to the date of your travel must be presented.
  • Hotel reservation or invitation letter: depending on where we are going to stay, one document or another must be presented. In case of staying in a hotel, we will have to present a legible copy of the hotel reservation. In case of staying at the residence of someone who lives in the Dominican Republic, an invitation letter must be delivered with the data of the person who will host the accommodation (address and general personal data).
  • Flight reservation: A legible copy of the flight reservation updated to the date of your travel must be presented.
  • Previous Dominican visas: If there are any, a legible copy of previous Dominican visas must be presented, whether it is for renewal or because you have previously traveled to the country.
  • Certificate of No Criminal Record: it must have been issued by the corresponding authorities of the last country in which the person concerned was domiciled. This requirement is not required for minors.
  • Visa application letter: the beneficiary or his representative must sign a visa application letter in which his name, nationality, activity in which he is dedicated, place of residence, financial means with which he has and purpose of travel to the country appears. Said letter must be presented without notarization.

The time to obtain the Tourist Visa can be between 1 and 10 days from your request. As for the price, the multiple entry Visa costs US $ 80.00 or € 80,00 and the single entry one amounts to US $ 70.00 or € 70,00. The amount will be paid in dollars unless we are in the Euro Zone.

Business Visa

The Business Visa is issued for business trips, for commercial or professional purposes. It is valid for a maximum of 60 days if it is a single entry, although it can be renewed automatically at the request of the beneficiary within the term of the previous 60 days. The express authorization of the Secretary of State for Foreign Relations will not be necessary. If you want to enter and leave more frequently, you can apply for a business visa with multiple entries, which is valid for one year and you will not be able to stay in the country for more than two consecutive months.

The following lines show the requirements to be met by the foreign interested party:

  • Form: The visa form must be completed either by typewriter or in legible print.
  • Visa application letter: signed by the company or institution to which the beneficiary belongs and addressed to the consul. Said letter must contain the name of the beneficiary, his nationality, place of residence, financial means with which he has, activity to which he is dedicated and reason for which he travels to the Dominican Republic. It must be completed by the company or institution on a stamped and stamped sheet. It must be presented without notarization.
  • Photo: from the front and with a white background, the interested party must present a 4 x 5 cm ID-type photograph.
  • Original passport: it must be valid for a minimum of 6 months.
  • Migratory status: said status is certified by presenting a legible photocopy of the DNI of the country of nationality and a photocopy of the Residence Card in the case of having residence in a second country.
  • Labor Certification: it should contain the following information: date of entry into the company, salary received and position held in the company.
  • Travel history: that is, photocopies of Dominican visas and visas from other countries (if any).
  • Certificate of No Criminal Record: must be issued by the corresponding authorities of the last country in which the interested party was domiciled.

The time to obtain the Business Visa can be 1 day or it can be extended up to 15 days from your application, depending on the urgency, previous applications, the nationality of the applicant and the availability of staff. As for the price, it is US $ 80.00 or € 80,00 for the single entry visa and US $ 90.00 or € 90,00 with multiple entries.

Business Visa for Labor Purposes

The Business Visa for Labor Purposes (NM1) is issued to those foreign citizens who, due to the nature of their occupation, must remain in Dominican territory for a year without having to go abroad. Said Visa is usually granted in cases in which the interested party is going to fulfill a contract for a specified time in a public or private company established in the Dominican Republic. This type of visa can be renewed for the duration of the contract in each specific case.

In the following, we list the requirements that the interested person must meet to obtain said visa:

  • Form: the Visa form must be completed by typewriter or in legible print.
  • Original passport: the mandatory minimum validity must be 6 months.
  • Photo: this must be passport size (4 x 5 cm), be front and with a white background.
  • Job offer: it must state the position to be occupied by the beneficiary, the base salary plus additional benefits.
  • Certification from the Ministry of Labor: it must be stated that the company is registered in the Integrated System of Labor Records (SIRLA) and that it complies with the provisions of Art. 135 of the Dominican Labor Code on the nationalization of work.
  • Medical certificate: a diagnosis of the general state of health of the interested party must appear in it, indicating, if any, any type of infectious disease that he may suffer. This certificate must be issued by the health authorities of the last country in which the applicant was domiciled.
  • Birth certificate: as appropriate, it must be duly legalized or apostilled. If it is written in a language other than Spanish, it must be translated by a sworn translator / interpreter. In the latter case, both the original and the translation must be deposited.
  • Certificate of No Criminal Record: this must be issued by the corresponding authorities of the last country in which the person in question was domiciled.
  • DNI, Residence Card and previous Dominican visas: A legible photocopy of both the DNI of the country of nationality and the Residence Card must be presented in case the interested party resides in a second country, as well as another of the previous Dominican visas that the person may have obtained.
  • Certification of the General Directorate of Migration: in it, the last entry to the country of the interested party must be recorded (in case of having previously traveled to the DR).
  • Visa Application Letter: drawn up either by the applicant or by his representative, it must be addressed to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and it must include the name, nationality, place of residence and activity to which he will be engaged in Dominican territory.

The price of this visa is US $ 90.00 or € 90,00 and the time of obtaining it can vary between 5 and 15 days from the date of application.



Diplomatic, Official and Courtesy Visas

Diplomatic Visas are issued to family members and members of diplomatic and consular missions, which include members of international organizations. As for the second type, Official Visas, these are aimed at government officials or international organizations, as well as their family members if they are in possession of an official passport and travel to the country in a private way or to carry out formalities of their position. Lastly, the Courtesy Visa is granted in ordinary passports to diplomatic or government officials and their relatives in case they travel to the country with this kind of passport; This visa is also granted to distinguished personalities, as well as their relatives.

These are the requirements that you must meet if this is your case:

  • Form: The visa form must be duly filled out (typewritten or in legible print).
  • Verbal or Diplomatic Note: it must include the Diplomatic Mission, Consular or International Organization and the following information must be indicated: name of the applicants, nationality, diplomatic rank or position, passport number and reason for the trip.
  • Photo: this must be passport size, that is, 4 x 5 cm and it must be from the front and on a white background.
  • Original passport: the minimum validity must be sufficient to cover the time that the stay in the Dominican Republic will last.

The time to obtain any of these three types of visa varies between 1 and 15 days from the date of application.

Dependency Visa

The Dependency Visa is that visa that is granted due to family dependency of the beneficiaries of diplomatic, courtesy, official, business for work and student visas. This visa will always depend on the type of visa granted to the main family member or the employer on whom they depend.

The following list lists all the requirements that must be met for the issuance of said visa:

  • Form: As in all previous cases, the visa form must be duly completed, either by typewriter or in legible print.
  • Photo: it must be 4 x 5 cm, from the front and on a totally white background.
  • Original passport: the minimum validity must be equal to or greater than the duration of the visa being requested.
  • Marriage Certificate or Birth Certificate of the children: this will depend on the specific case of the person requesting the Dependency Visa.
  • Copy of Dominican Visa or Residency Card and passport: a copy of these documents must be presented from the person on whom the applicant depends.
  • Medical certificate: it must include a complete diagnosis of the interested party's state of health, as well as whether he or she suffers from any type of infection. This certificate must be granted by the health authorities of the last country in which the interested party was domiciled.
  • Certificate of No Criminal Record: like the medical certificate, it must be issued by the corresponding authorities of the last country where the applicant was domiciled.
  • Authorization of parents or legal guardian: this requirement should only be met if the interested party is a minor. The father or mother who is not in the Dominican Republic is required to agree to the fact that the other parent takes the minor in question to Dominican territory.
  • Photocopy of DNI and Residence Card: the DNI must be that of the country of nationality and the Residence Card in the event that the interested party has residence in a second country.
  • Economic solvency: documents must be presented proving that the person on whom the applicant depends has financial solvency, such as a bank letter, property titles, employment letter ...
  • Previous Dominican visas: If you have previously been in the Dominican Republic, you must present a legible photocopy of said visas.
  • Visa Application Letter: it must be addressed to the consular office and must be written by the person on whom the beneficiary depends. This person will have to identify himself and present proof that he is in possession of the Student Visa or the NMI Visa. In addition, it must indicate if the person for whom the Dependency Visa is requested depends on her due to family ties or employment relationship.

Like other types of visa, the Dependency Visa can take between 5 and 15 days from when it is requested, always depending on the urgency, the nationality of the applicant and other factors. The price is US $ 80.00 or € 80,00.

Residence Visa

Residency Visas (RS) are issued to those interested in permanently residing in the Dominican Republic. This type of Visa can be granted to people who are in any of the following cases:

  • Family relationship, either family reunification by marriage or direct dependence.
  • Pensioners, retirees or rentiers in accordance with the provisions of Law 171-07.
  • Investors, is in accordance with the provisions of Law 171-07.

The Residence Visa is valid for 60 days and for a single entry. Its price is US $ 90.00 or € 90,00 and it may take between 5-15 days from your request. Once in Dominican territory, the interested party must go to the General Directorate of Migration to formalize the procedures of their temporary residence, among which is the fulfillment of the additional requirements that are demanded in each case of those mentioned in the following sections.

Residency Visa Requirements for Family Reunification:

  • Visa Application Letter: it must be addressed to the corresponding consular office and must be signed by the beneficiary. It must include the following information: name, nationality, place of residence, occupation and information on how to proceed to settle in the country as the spouse or child of a foreigner legally resident in the Dominican Republic. This letter should not be legalized or apostilled.
  • Photo: this will be a passport type, that is, measures 4 x 5 cm, white background and front.
  • Form: the corresponding visa form will be filled out and duly completed by typewriter or in legible print.
  • Original passport: the minimum validity required is 18 months.
  • DNI and Residence Card: a legible photocopy of both documents must be presented: the DNI of the country of nationality and the Residence Card in case of having permanent residence in a second country.
  • Medical certificate: it must include the general medical condition of the interested party, as well as any infectious disease that he suffers. This must be issued by the health authorities of the last country in which the person in question was domiciled.
  • Certificate of No Criminal Record: duly legalized or apostilled as appropriate, it must be issued by the competent authority in this matter. Not required for minors.
  • Birth certificate: duly legalized or provided. Also, if it is in a language other than Spanish, it will have to be translated by an official sworn translator and both documents will be delivered, that is, the original and the translation.
  • Marriage certificate: This requirement may vary depending on the case. If one of the parties is a native of the DR and their marriage took place abroad, then a transcribed marriage certificate must be submitted to the Civil Registry of the Central Electoral Board (JCE). On the other hand, if both parties are foreigners and your marriage took place abroad, only the marriage certificate must be presented. If it is not in Spanish, it must be translated by an official sworn translator and the original (duly apostilled or legalized) and mandatory translation will be deposited.
  • Economic solvency: A series of documents will be presented that demonstrate the economic solvency of the guarantor: Letter from the Bank, Labor Letter, copies of certificates of real estate or real estate titles, copy of Financial Certificates, Certification of Pension Income and any other document that serves to said end.
  • Guarantee letter: This letter serves for the person residing in the Dominican Republic to state that they assume responsibility for the expenses of repatriation and maintenance, as well as respect for the moral and economic conditions of the foreigner. It must be signed by the latter and two witnesses and be duly notarized and legalized at the Office of the Attorney General of the Republic.

Residency Visa Requirements for Rentista:

  • Visa application letter: signed by the interested party and addressed to the corresponding consular office. It must contain name, nationality, place of residence, productive activity to which it is dedicated and information on what is your plan to settle in the country as a rentier. This letter is not legalized or apostilled.
  • Form: the interested party must duly fill in the visa form, either by typewriter or in legible print.
  • Photo: size 4 x 5 cm, white background and the person concerned will appear from the front.
  • Original passport: the minimum validity required in this case is 18 months.
  • DNI and Residence Card: it is mandatory to present a legible photocopy of both documents. The DNI, for its part, will be that of the applicant's country of origin and, the Residence Card, that of the second country of the interested party, if any.
  • Certificate of No Criminal Record: It must be requested in the corresponding authority of the countries in which the person has resided in the last 5 years. It will be duly legalized or apostilled, as appropriate.
  • Medical certificate: a comprehensive diagnosis of the interested party's state of health must appear in it, specifying if he or she suffers from an infectious disease. It must be issued by the medical authorities of the last country in which the applicant was domiciled.
  • Birth certificate: if it is not written in Spanish, its translation must be requested by an official sworn translator. The original apostilled or legalized, as the case may be, and the translation will be presented.
  • Rentista with personal investment in the country of origin: in this case, the financial document of the institution from which the accumulated funds come will be deposited, as well as bank certification, certification of financial entities (eg stock brokers), property rental contracts and documentation that accredits the interested as a shareholder or owner of companies from which the income comes.
  • Rentista with personal investment in the Dominican Republic: if this is your case, then you will have to show a document proving the personal investment made in national territory. You will have to present a copy of the real estate titles, the documents of companies that demonstrate that it is operating under the conditions imposed by the Ministry of Labor and bank certificates in the Dominican Republic.
  • Minimum amount: the rentier must receive a monthly income of US $ 2,000.00 or its equivalent in Dominican pesos (DOP).

Investment Residence Visa Requirements:

  • Visa application letter: it must include the signature of the beneficiary. It will be addressed to the corresponding consular office and will contain the name, nationality, place of residence and occupation of the applicant. Information will also appear on how you plan to establish yourself as an investor in the country. This letter should not be legalized or apostilled.
  • Form: The corresponding visa form must be duly completed by typewriter or in legible print.
  • Photo: it must be a passport-type photograph, which means that the person concerned must appear from the front and on a white background. The measurements must be 4 x 5 cm.
  • Certificate of No Criminal Record: As mentioned on other occasions, it must be granted by the corresponding authority of the countries where the interested party has resided in the last 5 years. In addition, it must be duly legalized or apostilled, as appropriate.
  • Original passport: the minimum validity will be 18 months.
  • DNI and Residence Card: a legible photocopy of these two documents must also be deposited. The Residence Card is only necessary in the event that the beneficiary possesses residence in a second country other than her nationality.
  • Medical certificate: in said certificate the state of health of the interested party will be accredited, indicating whether or not he or she suffers from an infectious disease. It must be issued by the health authorities of the last country where the person was domiciled.
  • Birth certificate: if it is in a language other than Spanish, it must be translated by an official sworn translator / interpreter. In this case, the original (apostilled or legalized) and the translation will be presented.
  • Investor Certificate by CEI-RD
  • Employment Certification Letter from the recipient: in the case of husband / wife and children (if any), these must also be included in the guarantee letter of the host company.
  • Guarantee letterThis is only necessary if the applicant is an economic dependent, domestic employee, direct line ascendant or child over 18 years of age of the beneficiary, or ward. If the applicant is a shareholder of the company, an Act of the Administrative Council of the original company must be presented, as well as a copy to deliver.

Retirement / Pension Residence Visa Requirements:

  • Visa application letter: signed by the beneficiary, it will be addressed to the corresponding consular office and it will contain the name, nationality, place of residence and occupation of the interested party. It should also be described how you plan to establish yourself as a retiree / pensioner in the country. It should not be legalized or apostilled.
  • Visa form: completed either by typewriter or in legible print.
  • Photo: card type, that is, the person concerned must appear from the front and on a white background. Dimensions must be 4 x 5 cm.
  • Certificate of No Criminal Record: issued by the competent authority of the countries where the beneficiary has resided in the last 5 years. It must be duly legalized or apostilled, as appropriate.
  • Original passport: the minimum validity will be 18 months.
  • DNI and Residence Card: legible photocopy of these two documents. The Residence Card is only necessary in the event that the beneficiary possesses residence in a second country.
  • Medical certificate: in it, the state of health of the interested party will be accredited, indicating if they suffer from any type of infectious disease. It must be issued by the health authorities of the last country where the applicant was domiciled.
  • Birth certificate: if it is not in Spanish, it must be translated by an official sworn translator. In this case, the original (apostilled or legalized) and the translation will be presented.
  • Certificate from the government, private company of foreign origin or official body: it is a certificate issued by one of these three entities in which the interested party provided their services. If it is not in Spanish, it must be duly translated into it by an official sworn translator. In such certificate the general data of the interested party, the position he held and the salary received as a pension will appear.
  • Minimum amount: US $ 1,500.00 dollars or the equivalent in Dominican pesos (DOP).

Student visa

The Student Visa is issued to all those foreigners who demonstrate their status as students and have been accepted for their studies at an educational institution in the Dominican Republic. This type of visa can be renewed annually.

The following are the necessary requirements to obtain the Student Visa:

  • Visa form: this must be completed either in legible print or by machine.
  • Passport photography: the measurements will be 4 x 5 cm and the person concerned must appear in the front and with a white background.
  • Certificate from the University or Study Center: it is the document through which the definitive acceptance in said University or Center of Studies is certified. Such document will contain the following data: level of studies to be carried out, selected institution and time that it will last.
  • Document accrediting the scholarship (if any): if it is a study grant or the same are paid for by an institution in the country of origin, this document must be presented, which will specify the amount granted to the beneficiary or the grant awarded and the duration for the expected. Whether it is a scholarship or a funded study, this document must be written on letterhead and certified by the competent institution.
  • Medical certificate: in which a comprehensive diagnosis of the health status of the student in question will appear. It must be issued by the medical authorities of the last country where the interested party has been domiciled.
  • Certificate of No Criminal Record: issued by the competent authority of the last country where the interested party resided. Not applicable for minors.
  • Parental or legal guardian authorization: if it is a minor, both parents must agree that their child will move to Dominican territory.
  • Photocopy of DNI and Residence Card (This in case you reside in a second country).
  • Economic solvency: the documents that prove it must be shown, such as a bank letter, property titles, etc.
  • Previous Dominican visas (if any).
  • Application letter: it must be addressed to the corresponding consular office by the interested party or their legal representative and it must state the name and nationality of the student.

The price to obtain the Student Visa amounts to US $ 80.00 or € 80,00. As for the obtaining time, it is around 5 and 15 days from the date of application.

Temporary Worker Visa (VTT)

The Temporary Worker Visa (VTT) is the most common when it comes to labor migration to Dominican territory. It is granted to foreign citizens who have a job offer from a company registered in the Dominican Republic. The maximum validity will be one year, either visa with one or multiple entries, always subject to the conditions of the employment contract.

What is mentioned below are the requirements that must be met in order to qualify for the VTT:

  • Visa application letter: this must be addressed to the head of the diplomatic or consular mission and it must include the name and nationality of the beneficiary, the details of the employing company and the activity to which the beneficiary is going to engage.
  • Visa form: As always, it must be completed either by typewriter or in legible print.
  • Passport photography: the size will be 2 x 2 cm, front and on a white background. No jewelry or any other accessories may be worn. In addition, the ears must be uncovered.
  • Original passport: the minimum validity must be 18 months and it will also be accompanied by a copy of the complete passport.
  • Photocopy of the DNI of the country of origin: a legible photocopy of the same will be deposited, as well as of the Residence Card in case of residing in a second country.
  • Certificate of No Criminal Record: this must be issued by the competent authorities of the country of origin of the interested party or of the last country where he was domiciled. If it is not in Spanish, it must be translated by an official sworn translator.
  • Original letter: this will be issued by the institution, company, individual or body with which the foreigner will carry out the temporary work.
  • Insurance surety bond: This requirement must be met in order to ensure that repatriation and medical expenses will be covered.
  • Medical certificate: a complete diagnosis of the interested party's state of health must appear on said certificate, indicating whether he or she has any contagious disease.
  • Communication from the employing company with the job promise: in addition, a Certification from the Ministry of Labor must be attached showing that said company is registered in the same and is registered in the Social Security Treasury (TSS).
  • Entry application approved by the General Directorate of Migration (DGM): This requirement is only required in the case of visa applications for temporary workers under the contracted quota regime.

VTT renewal

In addition, in case of wanting to renew the employment contract, the worker must meet, apart from the aforementioned requirements, those listed below as long as the country is physically in the country at the time of wanting to renew the VTT:

  • Original contract accompanied by the resolution granted by the Ministry of Labor in order to order the registration of the contract.
  • Copy of admission application approved by the DGM in case of temporary workers under the contracted contingent regime.

The price to obtain the VTT is RD $ 935.00 Pesos if we are in the Dominican Republic and US $ 30.00 or € 30,00 if we are abroad. Obtaining this visa may take between 5 and 15 days from the date of application for it.

Naturalization

Naturalization or nationalization is the process by which an original citizen of a first country obtains the nationality of a second country and, therefore, they are considered from that moment as citizens of that country. In the case of the Dominican Republic, the application process for ordinary Dominican naturalization is carried out in accordance with the provisions of Law 1683, according to which the requirements listed below must be met:

  • Application letter: it must be addressed to the Executive Branch through the Secretary of State for the Interior and the Police.
  • Photographs: you will have to deliver 5 passport-type photographs (measures 2 x 2 cm) in which you appear from the front. In addition, they must be recent and, if the applicant is a man, he must be shaved.
  • Certifications of Permanent Residence in the country: the interested party must deposit two certifications issued by the General Directorate of Migration in which it is shown that the person has more than two years of Permanent Residence in the Country and that he has delivered the letter of guarantee at that address.
  • Valid residence permit: a photocopy of it must be delivered. Additionally, it must be a minimum of 4 months prior to its expiration date.
  • Certificate of No Judicial Background: must be requested at the Attorney General's Office.
  • Birth certificate: previously legalized at the Consulate or the Dominican Embassy of the country of origin of the interested party, as well as at the Secretary of State for Foreign Relations of the DR If said certificate is not in Spanish, its translation must be requested by an official sworn translator and legalize it too.
  • Guarantee letter: it must be notarized and legalized in the Attorney General's Office and supported by a citizen of Dominican origin and financially sound. In addition, said citizen must declare that he is responsible for the conditions (moral, economic, maintenance and repatriation) of the applicant and will deliver a copy of the following documents: a copy of the vehicle registration, the bank letter and the Property Title of Property.
  • Sworn declaration: in it, the interested party, with three Dominican witnesses of origin, will determine what will be their domicile in Dominican territory. Said declaration will be made before a Notary Public and will be duly legalized at the Office of the Attorney General of the Republic.
  • Invoice of a National Circulation Newspaper: by reason of the right to publication of a Notice of Dominican Nationality.
  • Naturalization application receipt: the value of said receipt is RD $ 1,500.
  • Color photocopy of the first three pages of the applicant's Passport.
  • Five photocopies of all the documents mentioned above.

If the interested party is going to take an Oath as a Dominican Naturalized, they will have to pay the Tax for Right to Swearing in Foreigners, the value of which is RD $ 5,000. Once all the documents listed above have been deposited, the interested party will be called to attend an interview a week later.

For any questions about these requirements, you can call the phone (809) 686-6251 (Ext. 2055, 2057 and 2058).

Vaccines

There is no legally mandatory vaccine that is required as a mandatory requirement to travel to the Dominican Republic. However, the health authorities do recommend taking into account some vaccines, such as those mentioned below:

  • Typhoid fever: the objective of applying this vaccine is to reduce the risk of contracting this disease if you stay in or visit rural areas with poor hygiene conditions, especially related to factors such as water quality or food handling.
  • Tetanus-diphtheria: this is a disease with worldwide distribution, so applying this vaccine as a prevention is highly advisable.
  • Hepatitis A and B: If you have never been vaccinated against this disease or suffered from it, it is especially recommended if you are going to carry out any risky activity.
  • Malaria and dengue: These vaccines are recommended only to those who are going to visit rural areas with little tourism in the country.

In any case, what you should always keep in mind is avoid drinking non-bottled water during the entire time that your trip will last and, in general, never drink any type of fresh water that has the minimum risk of being contaminated.

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