Monday,  January 25, 2021  2:39 am

The Dominican Republic implements new entry & exit form

The Dominican Republic implements new entry & exit form
Pax Global Media

Starting Nov. 29, the Dominican Republic will implement a new online entry and exit form that will have to be completed by travellers to the Dominican Republic. 

The agreement was signed last Thur. (Nov. 19) in collaboration between the Ministry of Tourism, Public Health and the Customs and Immigration services.

“The implementation of a one digital registration form to enter and leave the country is the result of the collaboration between different government entities to help streamline the immigration procedure, condensing three forms into one and using contactless technology. It also allows the Dominican authorities to have real-time information on the arrivals and departures of passengers to our country,” stated the Minister of Tourism, David Collado.

Improving efficiency

The electronic form is a modern initiative, designed to improve the efficiency of immigration, customs and public health processes. 

Likewise, the new process will improve the experience of international and Dominican passengers entering and leaving the country.

The agreement, which was carried out in a hotel in the capital, was signed by David Collado, Minister of Tourism, Plutarco Arias, Minister of Public Health and the Director of Customs, Eduardo Sanz Lovatón and Director of Immigration, Enrique García.

In the agreement, the Director of Customs committed to managing the operation and technological development of the digital form, in cooperation with the General Director of Immigration, so it includes all the information on the forms:

  • International boarding and disembarking card.
  • Customs declaration form.
  • Affidavit of health of the traveller.

In addition to cooperating with the General Director of Customs, the General Director of Migration assumes the commitment of:

  •  Implement the digital form as part of its operation.
  •  Allow travellers to use either the paper form or digital form until the first (1) of January of the year 2021, after which date only the digital form will be used as a means of capturing information.
  •  Provide the means to share the information collected in digital form to the institutions of the Dominican State involved in this agreement. 

The form can be accessed here and must be completed before going through Immigration

Once completed, the generated QR code will be scanned by the authorities at the port of entry. 

The form can be filled out at any time, from the purchase of an air ticket to before going through Immigration. Dominican airports offer free internet access so that passengers who do not fill it out before flying can do so when they arrive in the country.

The Ministry of Tourism has created a travellers’ page with a video tutorial on how to complete the form, as well as a list of frequently asked questions: 

Between Nov. 29, 2020 and Jan. 1, 2021, the Dominican authorities will accept the two forms of registration to enter the country: the current paper form, and the new digital form. 

As of January 2021, the physical form can no longer be used: the online form will be mandatory and the only form accepted.