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What is the Dominican Republic departure tax?

When you fly back from certain countries, such as the Dominican Republic, you need to pay a departure tax. Sometimes this is included in the cost of your holiday, it depends completely on the tour operator. To avoid extra expense, ensure this is the case before departure.

How do you pay your departure tax?

Make sure have the exact money ready at the airport. It costs 20US$ and needs to be paid at the airport on departure. Even though the local currency is pesos this amount is usually preferred in US dollars.

However, if you only have local currency on you, the conversion rate means it will come to approximately 920 Dominican Republic pesos, which translates to approximately £11 per person.

It's worth noting children under two are excluded from having to pay, as are government or airport officials who are on duty.

Tourist card

A tourist card is different to departure tax. What's the difference?

  • A tourist card can be purchased before departure and will cost you US$10

  • You can get it at the airport or on the plane, but this depends on which airline you fly with

  • You'll be asked if you have a tourist card when you're entering the Dominican Republic

  • Tourist cards allow you to stay for 30 days

  • If you would like an extension, you can apply when you are in the Dominican Republic

  • Be aware that some online agencies will try to charge you extra for a card, only apply for your tourist card online at dominicanembassy.org.uk/touristpurchase.php

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