Immigration and Customs Regulations


Before arriving at the country's ports, airports or crossing the border, the international regulatory form should be filled out and given handed to immigration authorities upon arrival and departure.

Customs Regulations

Personal luggage or other personal items generally clear customs without much difficulty. You are entitled to bring 3 liters of liquor, 200 cigarettes, your laptop, and medication under prescription.

However, depending on where your flight originated, and on the "tourist sensibility" of the customs officer, you may either be waved through the entire process or undergo a cursory inspection of your luggage, with the full authorization of Dominican law.

If you are on a business trip, on vacation or traveling for health reasons, everything will undoubtedly turn out well. If, on the contrary, you are part of a group that is smuggling firearms, explosives, drugs or other illegal substances, you will probably find yourself face-to-face with an INTERPOL agent.

According to Act. 50-88 on drug enforcement in the Dominican Republic:

For the purposes of the present legislation, the following are defined as narcotic drugs:

  • Opium in all its forms and all its by-products (alkaloids, salts, compounds, synthetic preparations or replacements).
  • Heroin.
  • Coca (Erythroxylum Coca).
  • Cocaine, its by-products, synthetic replacements or any other compound whose base it is used as.
  • All plants of the Cannabinacea Family and those by-products having narcotic or stimulating properties, such as: Cannabis Indica, Cannabis Sativa, Marijuana and other herbs which present similar properties.

Severe sanctions are applied to those people who do not comply with the above-mentioned legal provisions.

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