airport fines for longer stay

retiree

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I searched but could not find a current list of fines for staying longer here than the period allowed for visitors. I see a list from 2007. For example is the fine for 3-9 months still 500 pesos? Thanks for any info.
 

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I searched but could not find a current list of fines for staying longer here than the period allowed for visitors. I see a list from 2007. For example is the fine for 3-9 months still 500 pesos? Thanks for any info.
Currently the fine for 3 - 9 months is $1000RD Pesos.

See:

:: Tarifas

Gregg

Oops - posted at the same time - LOL.

G.
 

J D Sauser

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Btw. as I understand, it is NOT a FINE. It is a tax. The initial Tax you pay at entry covers the first few weeks only. Stay longer, pay more tax.

Technically I believe that, based on international treaties, on a tourist visa-free-entry you would only be "illegal", "irregular" or overstaying after staying over 90 days (?-I believe) without an extension or having properly submitted for extension, change of status like residency or other special extended visas (like a student or business visa).


... J-D.
 

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Btw. as I understand, it is NOT a FINE. It is a tax. The initial Tax you pay at entry covers the first few weeks only. Stay longer, pay more tax.

Technically I believe that, based on international treaties, on a tourist visa-free-entry you would only be "illegal", "irregular" or overstaying after staying over 90 days (?-I believe) without an extension or having properly submitted for extension, change of status like residency or other special extended visas (like a student or business visa).


... J-D.
Fine...
Tax...

Semantics, IMHO... (you may be correct, I really don't know).

BUT if we are going to be technical the Tourist Card (which is what the vast majority of tourists to the DR enter with) is NOT a Tourist Visa. They are separate items for use by Nationals of different countries.

Tourist Card Country List
Dominican Republic Embassy United Kingdom - Tourist Card

Tourist Visa Countries by Exception
Dominican Republic Embassy United Kingdom - Tourist Visa

And some require neither as per the second link above.

Gregg
 

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Fine...
Tax...

Semantics, IMHO... (you may be correct, I really don't know).

BUT if we are going to be technical the Tourist Card (which is what the vast majority of tourists to the DR enter with) is NOT a Tourist Visa. They are separate items for use by Nationals of different countries.

Tourist Card Country List
Dominican Republic Embassy United Kingdom - Tourist Card

Tourist Visa Countries by Exception
Dominican Republic Embassy United Kingdom - Tourist Visa

And some require neither as per the second link above.

Gregg
Absolutely correct!

... a tourist visa-free-entry ...
... J-D.
Tax or fine, is not just a detail. Fine means you did something you have to be punished for... like being illegal. Tax, doesn't.

Btw, to the contrary to the DR, most countries do NOT allow status changes to people having entered their country on such a visa-free entry.


... J-D.
 

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We leave in 2 more weeks and friends that were here the same as us just left one week ago, and when they left they paid $1000 pesos each from Feb 10 - March 31 So hopefully the tarriffs posted (didn't peek yet) are up to date. All I know is we are going with $2000 for both of us and hope that is enough. Prior to hearing from our friends we thought it would be $800 DOP each but? guess not.
 

retiree

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Thanks for the link. I am going to print it and bring it with me to the airport in case there is any misunderstanding. Always leave without a problem and pay the tax - ok, not fine - but you never know when you will run into something.
 

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I thought the rates were posted in the airport, but I could be wrong.
Yes, they are... or have to be. However, there is at times some tigueraje going on. For once, they may try to convince you that these are not the up to date rates. Then, they may try to forget to give you the receipt. I once had to "remind" them of it. Sure enough, I got stopped right after paying by some idiot asking me if I had paid, to which I replied "yes" and then said I didn't because I would have to have a "so and so slip" I smacked the receipt right into his face and told him in no uncertain terms where up to he could stick his tigueraje de barrio... all that, in "Dominican". He immediately became utterly apologetic.

Short, it's not a bad idea to bring along a print out of the rates. I did, and my guests always get one along on their trip back home.

... J-D.
 

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WEll I clicked on the Tarriff link and it came up 404 Error.. so no luck.? Anyhow I should have bookmarked it when I did have it. Could anyone please send me a note with the link in it. Thanks. for some reason the 2 colon marks with Tarrif after it just won't work? Hopefully there is a way I can connect.......
 

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B - IMPUESTOS POR ESTADIA PARA RESIDENCIA PROVISIONAL O TARJETA DE TURISTA
<LABEL style="FONT-SIZE: 14px; COLOR: #003366; FONT-FAMILY: geneva">VENTANILLA EXTRANJERIA</LABEL>
<TABLE class=tarifas cellSpacing=1 cellPadding=1 width=570 border=0><TBODY><TR><TD align=middle bgColor=#cccccc>CODIGO</TD><TD align=middle bgColor=#cccccc>DESCRIPCION</TD><TD align=middle bgColor=#cccccc>TARIFA VIGENTE</TD><TD align=middle bgColor=#cccccc>VIP</TD></TR><TR><TD>032</TD><TD>De 30 dias a 3 meses</TD><TD align=right>800.00 </TD><TD align=middle>-</TD></TR><TR><TD>033</TD><TD>De 3 meses a 9 meses</TD><TD align=right>1,000.00 </TD><TD align=middle>-</TD></TR><TR><TD>034</TD><TD>De 9 meses a 1 a?o</TD><TD align=right>2,500.00</TD><TD align=middle>-</TD></TR><TR><TD>035</TD><TD>De 1 a?o a 1 a?o y 6 meses</TD><TD align=right>4,000.00</TD><TD align=middle>-</TD></TR><TR><TD>036</TD><TD>De 1 a?o y medio a 2 a?os</TD><TD align=right>5,000.00</TD><TD align=middle>-</TD></TR><TR><TD>037</TD><TD>De 2 a?os a 2 a?os y 6 meses</TD><TD align=right>6,500.00</TD><TD align=middle>-</TD></TR><TR><TD>038</TD><TD>De 2 a?os y medio a 3 a?os</TD><TD align=right>9,000.00</TD><TD align=middle>-</TD></TR><TR><TD>039</TD><TD>De 2 a?os a 5 a?os</TD><TD align=right>14,000.00</TD><TD align=middle>-</TD></TR><TR><TD>040</TD><TD>De 5 a?os en adelante</TD><TD align=right>17,000.00</TD><TD align=middle>-</TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>
 

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Hi,

I was just wondering what the situation is if someone leaves the DR for a short trip, and pays the tax. Would re-entering the country a few days later with a new tourist card be hassle-free? Or would there be problems because technically a stay of longer than 30 days is illegal? Does anyone have experience with this?

Thanks.
 

redheadkatie

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Hmm...that's interesting. I was there working for 6 months and they didn't ask me for any money when I left. I returned for a month vacation after that and they didn't ask for money that time either.
 
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We leave in 2 more weeks and friends that were here the same as us just left one week ago, and when they left they paid $1000 pesos each from Feb 10 - March 31 So hopefully the tarriffs posted (didn't peek yet) are up to date. All I know is we are going with $2000 for both of us and hope that is enough. Prior to hearing from our friends we thought it would be $800 DOP each but? guess not.
from 30 days to 3 months is RD$800, not RD$1,000. That's what is posted on their site and what they were charging in May. Someone who had overstayed for just 1 day paid RD$800, whereas I overstayed by almost five months and paid RD$1000. They took us to an office to pay. Several people in line there. BTW, this was in POP. The price in US dollars was much more expensive than paying in pesos. They're still converting at RD$30/US$1.
 

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I plan on flying this week and i have not left the country for almost 5 years, I as yet do not have my residency (yes yes tut tut i know!!), but i lost my passport a few years ago and had it repleaced here in santo domingo so my new passport does not have the date i entered the country, and i presume people loose their original tourist card/visa all the time.

So how can they tell how long i have been here?

Obviously if i can get away with paying a 14,00 peso fine/tax i will, naturally i will be fluttering my eyelashes more than normal!! ;)
 

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It might not turn out to be an issue but......... :cheeky: what if they say you can't possibly be here because you never entered? So you can't be wanting to leave because..........you're not here. Didn't you ought to get some sort of letter from the British Embassy to cover when you lost your passport & why a new one was issued?
 

reminis

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I stayed exactly one month, came back 5 days ago. I was charged 1000rd.
I didn't pay it because I wasn't carrying cash. I had only a creditcard/debit and the woman let me go.
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Black Dog

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They are getting much hotter on this at POP. The last time I went back to the UK a guy stepped out of nowhere as soon as I went through the entrance "how long have you been on the island sir?" he asked. I do have my residency otherwise 'mega dosh'!