No, American citizens do not require a visa to enter the Dominican Republic as tourists. You just need a tourist card which is included in the purchase of the air ticket.
Any person who can legally travel or reside in the United States, Canada and the European Union (including Great Britain) does not need a Visa to visit the Dominican Republic for tourist purposes and can enter the Dominican Republic with a Tourist Card and a valid passport. For other cases please see the requirements under **VISAS LINK** for more details.
With a tourist card you are allowed to a 30 day stay in the Dominican Republic. If you remain longer than 30 days you must pay an overstay fee at the airport proportional to the additional time period.
If you are an American citizen or can legally travel or reside in the United States, you will need a passport valid for the time that you remain in the Dominican Republic, green card or visa for the United States (for non US citizens) and a tourist card.
Foreign minors (not residents of the DR) and Dominican minors or children of Dominican residents abroad: Written permission by parents/guardians is not needed when the minor is accompanied by the same person entering and exiting the country. In the case that the minors don’t leave with the same person, the parents or legal guardians should give license to the new escort before the Public Notary; this should be translated into Spanish and both annotated by the appropriate authority. The original document can be sent to the Consular Office as the translations from the Consular Office do not require a verification of validation in the Dominican Republic. See the translation section at: **GETTING MARRIED LINK**. The Authorization to Travel with Minors can also be issued at the Consular Office.
You should apply at the nearest Dominican Consular Office. Please see the requirements under *VISAS LINK* for more details.
You can easily access a list of Consulates in the United States just by clicking on the **CONSULATES LINK** on this Web page.
You can print the online form Poder Notarial, fill it out and send it with a copy of your ID and the name, address, identification card number of the person you are giving the power of attorney to. When your document is ready you will need to go to your nearest Dominican Consular Office accompanied by a witness to place your signature in front of a Consular Officer.
- Birth Certificate; translated into Spanish and both the original and the translation notarized and Apostilled.
- Divorce Certificate (if any); translated into Spanish and both the original and the translation notarized and Apostilled.
- Affidavit of single status and address; stating the applicant’s passport number. Translated into Spanish and both the original and the translation notarized and Apostilled.
For more details click **GETTING MARRIED LINK** on this Web page.
You need a Health Certificate for the animal issued by your local veterinary, certified by the Agriculture Department of your State and Apostilled by the State Government.
- Death Certificate; translated into Spanish and both the original and the translation notarized and Apostilled.
- Embalming Letter; translated into Spanish and both the original and the translation notarized and Apostilled.
- Letter of Non Contagious Disease; translated into Spanish and both the original and the translation notarized and Apostilled.
An Apostille is a certification provided under the Hague convention of 1961 for authenticating documents for use in foreign countries. The purpose of the Apostille is to certify the authenticity of the signature of the document. With this certification by the Hague Convention Apostille, the documents are entitled to recognition in the country of intended use, and no further certification by the US Department of State, Authentications Office or legalization by the Embassy or Consulate is required. The Convention provides for the simplified certification of public (including notarized) documents to be used in countries that have joined the convention.
Documents destined for use in participating countries and their territories should be certified by one of the officials in the jurisdiction in which the document has been issued. Said official must have been designated as competent to issue certifications by “Apostille” (usually in the office of the Secretary of State of his/her counterpart) as provided for by the 1961 Convention. For more information go to: http://www.hcch.net/index_en.php?act=authorities.details&aid=353.
The Consular Office provides translation services from ENGLISH to SPANISH for documents to be used in the Dominican Republic. Translations made by the Consular Office do not require an Apostille to be valid in the Dominican Republic. All documents must be original and Apostilled. The processing time is between 5 and 15 working days depending on date of travel, prior requests and staff availability. All documents can be submitted by mail. Applications must include a self-addressed stamped envelope. The fee is US$95.00 per page to be covered with a money order payable to: Embassy of the Dominican Republic 1715 22nd Street NW Washington, DC 20008 You can also have your documents translated into Spanish by an official translator in your state of residency and both the original and the translation notarized and Apostilled by the appropriate authority.
The Embassy accepts only Money Orders payable to: Embassy of the Dominican Republic 1715 22nd Street NW Washington, DC 20008
All children of Dominican parents are Dominicans provided that they are registered in the Dominican Republic. This registration process can be started without cost at any Dominican Consular Office considering that at least one parent is Dominican. Both parents must appear with the child at a Dominican Consular Office and must present the following documentation: a recent photograph of the child (size 2 x 2 inches, white background), Dominican Identity Card (Cédula) of the parents, Dominican Passport of the parents, Dominican Birth Certificate of the parents, Original Birth Certificate of the child issued by the Civil Registry Office where the child was born, Marriage Certificate if the parents are married to each other, one (1) Witness. For the Birth Declaration to be duly registered, parents must request a transcript of the Birth Certificate Declaration given by the Consular Office at the “Junta Central Electoral” of the Dominican Republic. If the declaration is issued before the 60th day after the child’s birth it will be considered “oportuna”, after the 60 days “tardía”.
Option A: Declare the minor in a Dominican Consular Office and then request a transcript at the “Junta Central Electoral” of the Dominican Republic. Option B: Request a transcript of the Birth Certificate issued by the Civil Registry Office in the country where the child was born. Documentation requirements: Birth Certificatetranslated into Spanish and both the original and the translation notarized and Apostilled by the proper authority, Dominican Identity Card (Cédula) of the Dominican parent, Identity Card of the non-Dominican parent (if applicable), letter from the Dominican parent addressed to the “Junta Central Electoral” requesting the transcript of the Birth Certificate so that the child can acquire the Dominican citizenship. This documentation must be presented for transcript authorization at the “Junta Central Electoral” in the Dominican Republic (located in the Plaza de la Bandera, National District). After paying the Transcript Authorization’s fee, you must choose a Civil Registry Office, where you want the Birth to be registered. After 15 days you must pick up the Transcript Authorization at the “Junta Central Electoral”, and present it at the chosen Civil Registry Office for them to proceed with the transcript of the Birth Certificate. After paying the transcript fees you may request the Dominican Birth Certificate of the child. In case the parents can not do the process personally in the Dominican Republic, a third person may be entrusted to conduct the process.