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    Default Bringing a DVD player to the DR

    Can someone please advise if I will have problems at the airport in Santo Domingo if I bring a DVD player and some DVD movies as my carry on? I am planning on giving it to my nieces as a gift? Will they make me pay any taxes on it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by negrecita2003
    Can someone please advise if I will have problems at the airport in Santo Domingo if I bring a DVD player and some DVD movies as my carry on? I am planning on giving it to my nieces as a gift? Will they make me pay any taxes on it?
    and only if the bribe they ask for is more than the taxes. I doubt they'll bother looking or asking frankly.

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    Will they notice it when it goes through the scanner? Where they make you put your luggage through? I would keep it in its original box and put it into a bag to carry on.



    Quote Originally Posted by ricktoronto
    and only if the bribe they ask for is more than the taxes. I doubt they'll bother looking or asking frankly.

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    Default What kind of DVD player work in dr

    I know that there are zones that dvd player and movies have I was just wondering if anybody knows the DR dvd zone. I know Spain is Zone 2 and not to sure about DR. Would it be the same as the states. Thanks

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    If anyone in your close circle is computer literate, then
    your best bet is to buy an Apex DVD Player.
    Walmart, Circuit City, Sam's Club sells them.

    You can program the Apex to disable Macrovision
    and make the player Region Free and no more
    need to worry about what region the dvd is encoded for.

    I did this on my 3 disk player Apex 5131.

    Types of players and hacks:
    http://www.nerd-out.com/darrenk/

    More info from how to forums:
    http://www.nerd-out.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=23662

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    Default I always took VCRs,Radios,and DVDs out of their original box

    and into the bottom of a suitcase before bringing them in.CC

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    Quote Originally Posted by negrecita2003
    Will they notice it when it goes through the scanner? Where they make you put your luggage through? I would keep it in its original box and put it into a bag to carry on.
    I would take it out of the box, I think a box is more likely to flag someone that this is new and worth some money. When we moved here we brought a small one as a carryon (also a digital camera and a digital movie camera, both in carrying cases) and nobody seemed to care about any of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by negrecita2003
    Will they notice it when it goes through the scanner? Where they make you put your luggage through? I would keep it in its original box and put it into a bag to carry on.
    At the airport leaving they will x-ray it and maybe you open the box to show it's a DVD player but that's not the DR. In the DR do they scan your carry on luggage? I don't know since I don't bother with the whole customs formalities anymore.

    Are you a DR citizen or just visting? If you are a visitor and they said anything I'd tell them as part of my holiday I am relaxing and watching my DVD's in the hotel room since I don't have time to do that at home. Hence the device and DVD's.

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    Default Zone 1

    Quote Originally Posted by conor
    I know that there are zones that dvd player and movies have I was just wondering if anybody knows the DR dvd zone. I know Spain is Zone 2 and not to sure about DR. Would it be the same as the states. Thanks
    N.America/DR are Zone 1 and South America is Zone 4. If you go to Plaza Lama there are a lot of Zone 1 & 4 combined DVD players as I guess it is cheaper than South America to buy them and/or a lot of S. Am DVD's come north.

    All the DVD's I saw for sale in the capital were Zone 1, undoubtedly imported from the USA.

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    Default Have experience with this at SDQ

    A buddy traveling with me to RD decided to bring his novia a DVD player. I think it was an Apex, inexpensive - he got it for like $49 or so. Had it in the original box, but did not have the receipt, of course.

    SDQ custom agents pulled him to the side, and told him to go "downstairs" to pay taxes on it. We're figuring $10-20 at most, because it weighed almost nothing. With no receipt, they tried to charge him $100+ USD for the DVD player.

    Not sure if there is some sort of tax scale or whatever, but $100+ sounded like bribe money. Of course, he left the DVD player in customs, and some custom agent is watching DVDs, courtesy of my buddy.

    My first foray in RD, at SDQ, we deal with this, and then the crooked cab drivers out front, who want a "regalo" for just saying hi.

    Luckily, the trip got much better after leaving SD.

    I've had no problems with my personal digital camera and portable DVD player, but I carry them in my carry bag, not suitcase.

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