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    The Diario Libre article, as translated using Google Translate.....

    SANTO DOMINGO. The Directorate General of Internal Taxes (DGII) announced that the entry into force of the payment of the tourism card through air and sea tickets was postponed until April 1, 2018.
    In a press release, the tax authority pointed out that the "coordination that is required to be carried out between related state entities, the international organizations that have an impact on the matter, as well as the companies dedicated to the international transport of passengers by air and sea, will imply having a period of 90 calendar days to carry out the necessary technological and operational adjustments for the effective implementation of the payment mechanism ".
    The entry into force of the measure was scheduled for this Monday, January 1, 2018. Currently the payment of the tourist card is made at the entrance to the Dominican Republic, at a box office prior to airport or port migration.

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    The more things change, the more they stay the same. Life in the RD.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Caonabo View Post
    The Diario Libre article, as translated using Google Translate.....

    SANTO DOMINGO. The Directorate General of Internal Taxes (DGII) announced that the entry into force of the payment of the tourism card through air and sea tickets was postponed until April 1, 2018.
    In a press release, the tax authority pointed out that the "coordination that is required to be carried out between related state entities, the international organizations that have an impact on the matter, as well as the companies dedicated to the international transport of passengers by air and sea, will imply having a period of 90 calendar days to carry out the necessary technological and operational adjustments for the effective implementation of the payment mechanism ".
    The entry into force of the measure was scheduled for this Monday, January 1, 2018. Currently the payment of the tourist card is made at the entrance to the Dominican Republic, at a box office prior to airport or port migration.
    I just arrived last week with Air Canada and was not given a tourist card. I think it was to due to a last minute plane substitute in Toronto (YYZ) When we hit customs they were expecting tourist cards from us and held us for about 20 minutes (11:00 pm) trying to figure out what to do with us. Mean while nobody from Aircanada Crew or airport came to our rescue. They closed the cabin door until we left as far as I could figure out. So we have about 150 Canadians looking for US cash ($10) to pay for the tourist card. Some of us had US but were held up by people not understanding and having to go back to get money exchanged. The whole issue took us about one hour to complete. I did send a letter of disappointment off to AC over their lack of concern.

    As for exit fees the following is on my return ticket
    Airport Authority Fee - Dominican Republic 19.06
    Airport Infrastructure Fee - Dominican Republic 20.71
    Airport Departure Tax - Dominican Republic 25.41
    Transportation Tax - Dominican Republic 36.54

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    Quote Originally Posted by debinatore View Post
    Just booked Sunwing last night from Canada to PUJ for travel in January 2018, I specifically asked Sunwing WHY we still have to pay the $10 in and the $20 out as there was "supposed" to be a new rule/law in the D.R. ... she had no clue.

    Sunwing/Signature has never included the entry and exit fee in their airline or package prices.
    UPDATE.... so we land in PUJ, enter the building, queue up, lady hands us $10 bills, walk 3 feet, hand over the $10 bill and on our way :-)

    Now, does anyone know about the finger printing procedure? Can't find any threads on it here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by debinatore View Post
    UPDATE.... so we land in PUJ, enter the building, queue up, lady hands us $10 bills, walk 3 feet, hand over the $10 bill and on our way :-)

    Now, does anyone know about the finger printing procedure? Can't find any threads on it here.
    With whom was "the lady" affiliated with? Your airline, or was it a Dominican representative?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Caonabo View Post
    With whom was "the lady" affiliated with? Your airline, or was it a Dominican representative?


    I have to guess it was at least initiated by Sunwing. Probably because it was included in the ticket price, but something failed somewhere with the new process?

    On the other hand, handing someone a 10, then walking three feet and the flyer hands that same 10 to somebody else does sound very Dominican.

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    Quote Originally Posted by debinatore View Post
    UPDATE.... so we land in PUJ, enter the building, queue up, lady hands us $10 bills, walk 3 feet, hand over the $10 bill and on our way :-)
    In this day and age that is just ridiculously funny, tell me that was a joke and you made it up.... ! lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by debinatore  View Post
    UPDATE.... so we land in PUJ, enter the building, queue up, lady hands us $10 bills, walk 3 feet, hand over the $10 bill and on our way :-)
    In this day and age that is just ridiculously funny, tell me that was a joke and you made it up.... ! lol     Appropriately enough, the implementation of the new regulations were postponed until April Fools day.

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    When travelling via Canadian Airlines (Sin Sunwing) the departure and tourist card are included.
    However they do state that if you loose the card you will have to pay $20 upon leaving... not true Airlines have to get the procedure straight.
    When traveling through USA we had to pay the entry Tourist $10.00 fee at the in-kiosk.
    There was probably a fee taken when I arrived at USA as well.... but hidden within the Ticket price.

    Don't want to shake too many people up,but, if I am paying $1100.oo CDN for a return flight from Halifax to POP ... the cost of the Tourist card is not even on my mind.... as we say ''the cost of doing business''.
    If the DR Government makes a few bucks on double dipping . Good on them. Every other Country does!
    One time in the past we had to pay an additional $10.00 at the Montreal airport as a Airport improvement tax...Cash!
    The cost of doing business. It is also now included in tickets.

    When you look at the cost of the actual flight and then count in all the taxes it is plain to see that the actual flight was cheap.
    What sticks in my craw are the 'Temporary' charges that somehow become permanent.
    You all have a good day.
    ''If you want to dance, you gotta pay the fiddler''.
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    I suspect that the inclusion of the the $10 tourist card in the cost of the airline ticket is another attempt by the DR Govt to remove the temptation for those payments to go missing a la the immigration fines. There are probably boxes and boxes of bulk tourist cards sitting somewhere so it makes no sense to install a pay & print system so that checks and balances can be implemented. Just easier to have the airlines collect the fee, hand out the card on the plane and then be billed $10 per passenger listed on the flight manifest.

    Probably only a handful of charter airlines were not collecting the fee to begin with. Sunwing still not doing so at this time is indicative of a purchasing system that is not very flexible in its programming or resistance by the airline for some reason.

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