customs gift value limits

snowbrat85

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im not sure if the limit has gone up since my last trip but does anyone know the rules about bringing in gifts through customs? now that's its deemed Christmas season wha tis the monetary limit on gifts before a tax needs to be assessed, or should i "hide" that its a gift
 
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Riva_31

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Tourist always can bring gift with a max value of 500.00 dollars. The grace that will start in December only apply for Dominicans living aboard and that have over 6 months that do not visit the country.

Llast year the amount was 3,000.00 dollars but goverment said this year will increase the amount but didnt say how much.
 
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CristoRey

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Keep in mind the customs allowed amount is much lower if receiving the package by mail. $200.00 or less.
 

SKY

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Landing with more than 2 phones is a problem, If custom find out will want to make you pay taxes.
The ONLY time you can have any problem with cell phones are if in a box or 4 or 5 or more. And you have one in a pocket and 2 in a suitcase would be hard to find anyway.
 

bachata

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The ONLY time you can have any problem with cell phones are if in a box or 4 or 5 or more. And you have one in a pocket and 2 in a suitcase would be hard to find anyway.
I am Lucky always take two or there in my suitcase, old cellphones to give away.
Never miss one of them.

JJ
 

RDKNIGHT

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The ONLY time you can have any problem with cell phones are if in a box or 4 or 5 or more. And you have one in a pocket and 2 in a suitcase would be hard to find anyway.
Concur . I never had a problem bringing in more than one phone .....lets talk about the overstay chart lol
 

AlaPlaya

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The ONLY time you can have any problem with cell phones are if in a box or 4 or 5 or more. And you have one in a pocket and 2 in a suitcase would be hard to find anyway.

Can you keep the box elsewhere in your luggage (separate from the phone)? Or do you need to get rid of the box completely?
 

MariaRubia

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I always get a porter, one of the guys in white shirts, to go through customs, and I almost never get stopped. They are all friends with the customs guys, who know that stopping them means delaying them from earning the next tip. As you go into the baggage hall they ask if you need help and you say yes. You just tip them when you get out, I usually give US$ 10 for a couple of bags.

The last trip, everyone was in one line and the porter walked past them, went to a closed desk where a woman was doing paperwork, she just glanced up, smiled and me and waved us through. The time before, we were in the line, the customs guy saw us, he pulled the two people in front of us over for a check and then waved us on. Both times, the porter had been chatting to me and had said that we wouldn't be stopped.

I would suggest you put the phone in your handbag (purse), they have never asked me to empty my handbag or put it through the scanner. Or in your pocket if you have one, again they have never asked me to empty my pockets.
 
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Luperon

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Everything goes thru the x-rays at Santiago, porter or no porter. If you have a bunch of phones, keep them in your pockets. You would be surprised how many things you can fit in cargo pants and a suit jacket.
 
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Everything goes thru the x-rays at Santiago, porter or no porter. If you have a bunch of phones, keep them in your pockets. You would be surprised how many things you can fit in cargo pants and a suit jacket.

Came through STI last week and for the first time in all my years of flying here, no matter what airport, they sent my luggage through x-ray…..

Respectfully,
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