Frequently asked questions
- What documents do Canadians and permanents residents of Canada need to enter the Dominican Republic?
- If a have a Canadian visa, do I need a Dominican visa to visit the Dominican Republic from Canada for tourism purposes?
- What is a tourist card and for how long is valid?
- What documents do I need to travel with a minor?
- I have a criminal record, am I allowed to travel to the Dominican Republic as a tourist?
- Can I bring medications for personal use from Canada to the Dominican Republic?
- Do businesses in the Dominican Republic accept Canadian dollars as form of payment?
- What tools do I have to plan my visit to the Dominican Republic for tourism purposes?
- Are electrical sockets (outlets) in the Dominican Republic compatible with the electrical equipments used in Canada?
- I wish to import products from the Dominican Republic, do you provide any assistance?
- Can I purchase real estate properties in the Dominican Republic?
a. As tourist: a passport valid for the length of the stay and the purchase of a tourist card are required.
b. For business, study, or residency purposes: a visa is required, please go to our Consular Section menu for the requirements needed for each particular visa.
2. If a have a Canadian visa, do I need a Dominican visa to visit the Dominican Republic from Canada for tourism purposes?
If you are a holder of a Canadian visa such as student, work, or tourist (temporary residence) visas, you do not need a Dominican visa in order to visit the Dominican Republic for tourism purposes. It is required that you travel with your Canadian visa and passport, and must purchase a tourist card upon arrival. Make sure that your Canadian visa is a multiple entry visa to ensure your re-entry to Canada.
3. What is a tourist card and for how long is valid?
A tourist card is a fee that recreational visitors must pay before entering the Dominican Republic. The card can be purchased upon arrival at any international airport in the Dominican Republic. It costs U.S. $10.00 and is valid for 30 days. If tourists stay beyond these initial 30 days, an additional fee must be paid when leaving the country. Additional charges are listed in our Consular Section menu.
When entering the Dominican Republic with a minor the Dominican authorities do not require any additional document as long as the minor enter and leaves the country with the same adult companion; otherwise, the Dominican authorities will required a consent letter, legalized and translated into Spanish.
5. I have a criminal record, am I allowed to travel to the Dominican Republic as a tourist?
It depends on the offense committed. Please contact our Consular Section for more information.
6. Can I bring medications for personal use from Canada to the Dominican Republic?
It is required to travel with a medical note/prescription in a legible container with clear indications concerning the use of the medication. Try not to take more than the needed amount for the duration of the stay. Marijuana-based medications are not allowed. In order to avoid any inconvenience that might arise from your particular case and quantities prescribed, please contact our Consular Section for more details.
7. Do businesses in the Dominican Republic accept Canadian dollars as form of payment?
No. Canadian currency is not widely accepted. Most businesses in the tourist regions will accept U.S. dollars or Dominican pesos, while in the non-tourist areas only Dominican pesos are accepted.
8. What tools do I have to plan my visit to the Dominican Republic for tourism purposes?
Please visit the official website of the Ministry of Tourism at http://www.godominicanrepublic.com or download the Travel Guides for any particular regions from our Tourism menu. A 100% offline mobile app is also available with guides and to-do activities in the Dominican Republic. It is available or iphones and android devices.
9. Are electrical sockets (outlets) in the Dominican Republic compatible with the electrical equipments used in Canada?
Yes. The electrical system is the same as in North America with 115-120 volts and 60 hertz, and most electrical devices from Canada do not need an adapter for the outlets.
10. I wish to import products from the Dominican Republic, do you provide any assistance?
Yes, our Embassy provides assistance along with the Investment and Export Centre of the Dominican Republic to help you make contact with the most suitable Dominican exporter for your needs. Please contact our Trade and Investment Section for inquiries.
11. Can I purchase real estate properties in the Dominican Republic?
Yes, foreigners are not subject to any additional requirements. The same rules apply for both Dominicans and foreigners concerning the purchase of real estate.
It is recommended to verify the legal status of the property at the Title Registry Office before making a purchase. After the transaction takes place, the new owner must submit a notarized original of the purchase agreement and the Title Dee in the name of the seller at the Title Registry in order to make the necessary changes.