Holders of single-entry (NS) and multiple-entry (NM) business visas, the Business Visa for Employment Purposes (NM1) and tourists who extend their stays beyond 30 days are now subject to an exit fee at the port of exit when departing the Dominican Republic. Residence Permit holders are exempt from the exit fee.
Examples of the fee are as follows:
- RD 2,500 (approximately USD 54) when the visitor stays from 30 days through 90 days;
- RD 4,000 (approximately USD 86) when the visitor stays from 90 days through nine months; and
- RD 5,000 (approximately USD 108) when the visitor stays from nine to twelve months.
Business visitors are typically granted up to 60 days to remain in the Dominican Republic and can extend their stay an additional 30 days. Tourists are typically granted up to 30 days to remain in the Dominican Republic and can extend their stay an additional 30 days.
What This Means for Foreign Nationals
Business visitors and tourists who extend their stays should be prepared to pay an extra fee upon leaving the Dominican Republic.
Foreign nationals with pending Residence Permit applications who stay in the Dominican Republic for over 30 days may apply for a re-entry permit valid for three months, but in practice can pay the exit fee instead since the re-entry permit is more expensive than the exit fee.