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    Each year, the government allows Dominicans who live abroad to bring in gifts through the airports, duty free.

    For years it was $3000, but last year it was lowered to $1,500.

    They’re trying to amend the law to bring it back to $3000

    https://listindiario.com/la-republic...e-3000-dolares




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    ...for years I flew from JFK.to Santiago...almost all on plane were Dominican, they carried all the luggage the airline would allow, all full of things for family&friends...never did customs bother anyone,and that is all year.....my first time on that flight I filled out my customs form and listed everything and the value....the customs guy never looked at my form and said welcome to the DR and keep going..........Doc.............

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    Quote Originally Posted by USA DOC View Post
    ...for years I flew from JFK.to Santiago...almost all on plane were Dominican, they carried all the luggage the airline would allow, all full of things for family&friends...never did customs bother anyone,and that is all year.....my first time on that flight I filled out my customs form and listed everything and the value....the customs guy never looked at my form and said welcome to the DR and keep going..........Doc.............
    It wasn’t always like that. In the 70s and 80s they lined everyone up and opened almost every suitcase, and went through them. Those guys were the corrupt cops of today, you shook their hand with money folded inside your palm, or they’d keep you there forever and make such a mess it would be difficult to repack. Then they started profiling, and left the tourists alone, but the poor Dominicans went through hell. Even now I’m always the person who hands in the custom paper with a greeting in English. Nowadays, it’s rare to see anyone with their luggage searched




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    I remember those days, hiding folded money in the palm of your hand to give to customs. Remember it even in the early 90's. Opened up your suitcase and started to check through it, once you "shook" hands they would close the suitcase and you would be on your way.

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    Default Dates and limits for this years Christmas Duty free period?

    Does anyone know this years dates and limits? I know last year they lowered it to $1500 from $3000.

    Planning on flying into STI the earliest possible date. I hate those ladrone creeps at STI. I know about the 6 month rule. Also, does it apply to Dominican residents as well as Dominican Citizens?

    Last years info..https://dominicantoday.com/dr/econom...nicans-abroad/

    Cant seem to find the new info.

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    As far as I know, there’s a petition pending to raise it back to $3000. It’s only for Dominican citizens who haven’t been in the country for 6 months or more. In reality, I don’t think they stop anyone, but who knows.

    It will be announced when the dates and amount are determined




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    Quote Originally Posted by AlterEgo View Post
    As far as I know, there’s a petition pending to raise it back to $3000. It’s only for Dominican citizens who haven’t been in the country for 6 months or more. In reality, I don’t think they stop anyone, but who knows.

    It will be announced when the dates and amount are determined
    Thank you! Typical Dominican BS. People should know in advance to determine their flight dates and what they need to buy.

    Has it always been December 1st start date?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luperon View Post
    Thank you! Typical Dominican BS. People should know in advance to determine their flight dates and what they need to buy.

    Has it always been December 1st start date?
    the details of gracia navidena for 2018 have not been released yet.

    according to the law (la ley 9-96) it's from the period from 1st of december to the 7th of january.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dv8 View Post
    the details of gracia navidena for 2018 have not been released yet.

    according to the law (la ley 9-96) it's from the period from 1st of december to the 7th of january.
    Thanks. I never knew the dates were set by law.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luperon View Post
    Thanks. I never knew the dates were set by law.

    Ley No. 9-96, que libera de todo tipo de impuestos de importación los regalos que traigan al país los residentes en el extranjero a familiares y amigos que nos visiten para las fiestas de navidad y año nuevo.

    EL CONGRESO NACIONAL
    En Nombre de la República Ley No.9-96

    CONSIDERANDO: Que el país se beneficia con los dólares que ingresan al Banco Central por conducto de los dominicanos que visitan la República en época de navidad;

    CONSIDERANDO: Que esta situación no solo afecta las relaciones familiares y los valores culturales, que tanta falta les hacen a nuestros conciudadanos que residen en el extranjero, sino que también los extraña de su patria;

    CONSIDERANDO: Que estos dominicanos, además, les traen obsequios a sus familiares, que contribuyen a hacer más llevaderas las fiestas navideñas;

    CONSIDERANDO: Que los regalos que traen los residentes del exterior son comprados con dólares propios, con lo que contribuyen a reducir el volumen de importaciones, evitando la presión a la tasa cambiaria;

    HA DADO LA SIGUIENTE LEY:

    Art. 1.- Quedan liberados de todo tipo de impuestos de importación todos aquellos regalos que traigan al país a familiares y amigos de residentes en el extranjero que no hayan entrado al país en los últimos seis meses, y que nos visiten para las fiestas de navidad, en el período del día primero (1ro.) de diciembre al 7 de enero siguiente.

    Art. 2.- Ninguno de estos regalos consignados en el articulo primero deberá exceder en conjunto la suma equivalente a US$1,000.00 (mil dólares de los Estados Unidos de América), en pesos dominicanos, a la tasa oficial del Banco Central de la República Dominicana.

    PARRAFO. – Se exceptúan de esta ley los vehículos de motor, las armas de fuego y aquellas mercancías consideradas materia prima industrial o insumos del sector industrial o agrícola, incluyendo combustibles y sus derivados.

    Art. 3.- La presente ley deroga cualquier otra ley o disposición legal que sea contraria.

    DADA en la Sala de Sesiones de la Cámara de Diputados, Palacio del Congreso Nacional, en Santo Domingo de Guzmán, Distrito Nacional, Capital de la República Dominicana, a los cinco (5) días del mes de noviembre del año mil novecientos noventa y uno, año 148 de la Independencia y 129 de la Restauración.

    Norge Botello, Presidente.

    Nelly Perez DuvergC, Eunice J. Jimeno de Nuñez, Secretaria. Secretaria.

    DADA en la Sala de Sesiones del Senado, Palacio del Congreso Nacional, en Santo Domingo de Guzmán, Distrito Nacional, Capital de la República Dominicana, a los trece (13) días del mes de noviembre del año mil novecientos noventa y uno (1991), año 148 de la Independencia y 129 de la Restauración.

    José Osvaldo Leger Aquino, Presidente

    Oriol Antonio Guerrero Soto Amable Aristy Castro, Secretario. – Secretario. –

    LEONEL FERNANDEZ
    Presidente de la República Dominicana

    En ejercicio de las atribuciones que me confiere el Articulo 55 de la Constitución de la República.

    PROMULGO la presente Ley y mando que sea publicada en la Gaceta Oficial, para su conocimiento y cumplimiento.

    DADA en Santo Domingo de Guzmán, Distrito Nacional, Capital de la República Dominicana, a los nueve (9) días del mes de septiembre del año mil novecientos noventa y seis, año 153 de la Independencia y 134 de la Restauración.

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