TORONTO – Travelers to the Dominican Republic will be required to complete a new entry and exit form online, effective November 29.
The electronic form – a joint initiative of the Ministry of Tourism, Public Health, and Customs and Immigration Services – is designed to improve the efficiency of immigration, customs and public health processes.
Accessible at https://eticket.migracion.gob.do/, the form must be completed before going through Immigration; once completed, they will receive a generated QR code which will be scanned by authorities at the point of entry.
The form can be filled out at any time, from purchasing a plane ticket to going through Immigration. Dominican airports offer free internet access so that passengers who do not fill it before boarding the plane can do so when they arrive in the country.
For clarity, the Ministry of Tourism has created a travelers page, https://viajerodigital.mitur.gob.do/, with a video tutorial on how to complete the form as well as a list of frequently asked questions.
In addition, to accommodate travelers during this transition, between November 29, 2020 and January 1, 2021, the Dominican authorities will accept either the current paper form or the new digital form to enter the country. From January 2021, the physical form can no longer be used and the online form will be mandatory and considered the only acceptable form.
The agreement that resulted in the launch of the new form was signed last Thursday by Sanz LovatÃ³n, Public Health Minister Plutarco Arias, Immigration Director Enrique GarcÃa and Tourism Minister David Collado. According to Collado, the new form essentially condenses three forms into one: the international embarkation and disembarkation card, the customs declaration form and the traveler’s health affidavit.
“The implementation of a digital registration form for entering and leaving the country is the result of collaboration between different government entities to help streamline the immigration process, condensing three forms into one and using technology contactless, âCollado said. “It also allows the Dominican authorities to have real-time information on the arrivals and departures of passengers to our country.”