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    Thumbs up Purchasing Tourist Card Online

    I just saw that you can purchase tourist cards online: https://www.dgii.gov.do/Tturistaweb/

    Saw it on this site: El futuro del turismo criollo en la evolución de la tecnología: DGII permite adquirir Tarjetas de Turista por Internet ~ Amandysha®

    Apologies if this is already widely known.

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    Not that widely known - it has only just been announced. It is also in this week's DR1 Travel News

    New tourist card online payment
    Tour operators and tourists can now purchase tourist cards (US$10) online to visit the Dominican Republic by using American Express or Visa/Mastercard. The online explanations are in Spanish, English and French.
    The Department of Taxes has also opened kiosks at Dominican airports for the purchase of the cards, expediting it on entry. Exact change of US$10 or EUR10 is required. The tourist gets a receipt and the tourist card.
    The tourist card authorizes stay in the country for 30 days, and is valid for one use for up to 12 months following the date of purchase. It is not transferable. The same person to whom the card is issued must use it or lose it.
    The Tourist Card can also be acquired at points of sale in land, air, or seaports in the country, including the new kiosks. It is also available at Dominican embassies and consulate offices overseas and through tour operating companies.
    Most tourists will need to purchase the card, with the exception of foreigners coming from Argentina, Chile, South Korea, Ecuador, Israel, Japan, Peru and Uruguay, and those who need visas.
    About the Tourist Card

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    So now the tourist card is back to 30 days again from the 60 recently reported as the new time period?

    Or is someone going to post that the "new regulations have yet to be implemented" again?

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    If you are travelling from the UK you can buy your tourist cards from the Dominican Republic embassy before you travel. Saves a lot of hassle at the airport when you land.

    Dominican Republic Embassy United Kingdom

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reidy620 View Post
    If you are travelling from the UK you can buy your tourist cards from the Dominican Republic embassy before you travel. Saves a lot of hassle at the airport when you land.

    Dominican Republic Embassy United Kingdom

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    The longest it ever took me to buy the tourist card was 5 minutes, hardly a hassle, a lot faster than going to an embassy.

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    This one is from Terms and conditions:
    "If the Tourist Card while being checked at the check point, happens to be a duplicate, is not validated by the system, or appears as to have not been issued in the system, it will not be accepted. In this case the Tourist will have to assume the costs of buying a new card at the air, land, or sea port of arrival to be able to access the Dominican Republic."

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    Quote Originally Posted by miozio View Post
    This one is from Terms and conditions:
    "If the Tourist Card while being checked at the check point, happens to be a duplicate, is not validated by the system, or appears as to have not been issued in the system, it will not be accepted. In this case the Tourist will have to assume the costs of buying a new card at the air, land, or sea port of arrival to be able to access the Dominican Republic."
    I do not recall much checking being done at Puerto Plata, they just take the card and wave you through.

    I think most Canadian airlines include the cost of the card in their fare and hand them out before landing. They usually tell the passengers to make sure they hang onto the card as they will need it to leave the country. It is fun to see the panicked look on their faces as the card is taken away from them as they enter the immigration area.

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    Just another way to get your credit card number,

    Buy it at the Airport when you land, and avoid creating another potential problem......

    How much time are you really saving?

    You're in that much of a hurry, while on vacation?

    SAD......

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reidy620 View Post
    If you are travelling from the UK you can buy your tourist cards from the Dominican Republic embassy before you travel. Saves a lot of hassle at the airport when you land.

    Dominican Republic Embassy United Kingdom

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    Ian & Ellie
    I believe the tourist card costs 10 POUNDS in the UK rather than $10, so you are paying nearly half as much more!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tamborista View Post
    The longest it ever took me to buy the tourist card was 5 minutes, hardly a hassle, a lot faster than going to an embassy.
    You've obviously not been on the Thomas Cook flights from Manchester in May or October as the queue for the cards winds all the way back down the "temporary" walkway. In May we were told that the queue lasted for at least 45 minutes before people realised that they had a long form to fill in & no pen to do it with before they got to the kiosk.
    Plus, if you read my post, you will see that you apply for them via the mail not "going to the embassy" - perhaps you might want to read my post fully before making comments.
    We fly to the DR twice a year (since 1995) and have found it a godsend to have the card in your hand after a 9 hour flight.
    Hope this clears up any confusion.
    Tropical Regards
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