Depending on your nationality or purpose of your visit, it may be necessary to issue a visa that allows you to enter the Dominican territory. A visa is a conditional authorization granted by a country to a foreign citizen to enter and temporarily stay in that country.
Citizens and residents of Canada DO NOT require a visa to enter the Dominican Republic for tourism purposes; however, it is required to travel with a valid passport, and in the case of being a resident of Canada, you must also travel with your Canadian Permanent Resident card.
In the case of tourism purposes, ell nationals of countries with a valid visa or residence card from Canada, the United States of America, the European Union or Great Britain, can enter the Dominican Republic without a Dominican visa.
If your visit is for tourist purposes, please go to our TOURISM menu, where you will find a list of countries specifying which nationalities require visas and which can enter the Dominican territory without it for that particular purpose.
For other types of visas, in this section you will find the necessary information to complete the process; please select the one that corresponds with the purpose of your visit.
Business visas are issued for work purposes to those who by nature of their occupation will remain in the Dominican Republic for a year without necessarily having to leave the country. This visa is usually awarded to individuals who are fulfilling fixed-term contracts in public or private companies established in the country and may be renewed for further periods of one year while the employment contract is still valid. Beneficiaries of this visa can apply for driver's license, open a bank account and enjoy applicable customs facilities.
Business visas are issued for travelers with business, professional or commercial purposes. Normally, they are granted for 60 days with only one (1) entry to the Dominican Republic.
Business visas with multiple entries might be requested, if the person needs to travel more frequently to the country. This visa is valid for one (1) year during which the beneficiary may not remain in the country more than two consecutive months.
Dependant Visas are issued for family members of beneficiaries of diplomatic, official, courtesy, business and student visas, subject to the type of visa granted to the main family member or employer on whom they depend.
Diplomatic visas are granted to members and families of diplomatic and consular missions, including members of international organizations.
Official visas are granted to government officials and / or international organizations and their families who are holders of official passports traveling to the country on an individual basis or an official matter.
Courtesy visas are granted at the request of a foreign Government Institution or multilateral organizations to certain officers and their families who travel to the country with ordinary passports.
Article 48 of Regulation 631-11 for the Enforcement of General Migration Law 285-04. Applicable to persons interested in permanently residing in the Dominican Republic and fall under one of the following categories will be considered:
• Kinship ties (Spouse or son/daughter of a Dominican citizen or legal resident).
• Investors (Law 171-07)
• Pensioners, Retirees (Law 171-07)
• Landlords (Law 171-07)
The process consists of two steps:
• Step 1: Application for a single-entry residence visa valid for 60 days. This step can be done through our Embassy.
• Step 2: After receiving the residence visa from STEP 1, the interested party must complete a process while in the Dominican Republic before the expiration of the sixty (60) days of validity. For more information please see the sections below on "Procedure to follow" below, and "Additional information".
Student visas are issued for the purpose of carrying out studies in the Dominican Republic to those who demonstrate that they have that condition, and are accepted by the Dominican educational institution where they are going to study. This visa will be renewable every year, and interested parties must meet the requirements for this purpose.