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    Hi I will be traveling to Punta Cana soon and I had a question about the tourist card. When I visited in February when I went through customs they stamped the card and then some girls were picking them up. But then when I was leaving the custome person was asking for it and then since I didn't have it I had to show her in my passport when I had arrived.

    Do you know if they are supposed to keep the card when you get there or should I insist on hanging on to it.

    Thanks a lot

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    Nobody knows for sure, thus the confusion.
    It's one of the most ridiculous anomolies of this country.
    They don't give you a copy of the tourist visa, yet ask you for it on the way out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by isabelle13
    Hi I will be traveling to Punta Cana soon and I had a question about the tourist card. When I visited in February when I went through customs they stamped the card and then some girls were picking them up. But then when I was leaving the custome person was asking for it and then since I didn't have it I had to show her in my passport when I had arrived.

    Do you know if they are supposed to keep the card when you get there or should I insist on hanging on to it.

    Thanks a lot
    The tourist card come in two bits - one half they tear off and keep when you enter the country and the other half you hand in when you leave.

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    Quote Originally Posted by daydream
    The tourist card come in two bits - one half they tear off and keep when you enter the country and the other half you hand in when you leave.
    It would seem that few ever receive the half ticket.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rocky
    It would seem that few ever receive the half ticket.
    could you tear it in half yourself infront of them at customs when you enter?

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    I have only 1/2 a ticket that I got with my plane ticket.

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    Quote Originally Posted by isabelle13
    I have only 1/2 a ticket that I got with my plane ticket.
    now I have never been given only half a ticket before??

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    The new tourist card is a credit card sized card and has only one part.

    There is NO consistancy in the new system.

    Mine has been collected upon leaving the country, (2 trips) after they stamp my passport out of the country in immigration, another time it was collected upon arrival before leaving the airport.

    I do not think there is an answer!
    Just refuse to pay a second time if asked.

    The only real purpose of this card is to show your stay was under 15 days, which your passport proves anyway.

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    The tourist card you surrender after clearing immigration. The blue and white form you fill out you need to keep as you will need to surrender it when you leave after clearing immigration. If you don't have it you'll have to fill out another one.

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    The Process Has Changed

    The Tourist Card is now a three step process.

    (1) On arrival (or in advance with some Tour Operators, most notably from Canada) you get your Tourist Card for $10US per person and it now looks like this.


    (2) With the Tourist Card you must fill out information on a blue form like this:


    When you go through Migracion they take both in their entirety.

    (3) On Departure before Migracion (sometimes at the check-in counter) you will be given another copy of the blue form (exactly as you filled in on the way into the country) and this is to be filled out and collected at Migracion when the examine your identification.

    Does this make sense - not to me ; but it is the "new way".

    As some have said - YMMV.

    Gregg

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