When you’re getting ready for vacation, your mental to-do list tends to be a mile long. How many pairs of socks do you need? Should you pack that extra bikini? We’re sorry to tell you that you’re about to have to add another thing before traveling to beautiful Punta Cana. As of April 1st, 2021, travelers must present an e-ticket to enter the Dominican Republic.
Don’t worry; we’ve got you covered, and this guide will tell you everything you need to know about the newest electronic migration form. Why not put a bottle of wine or a fun snack in the fridge to reward yourself with after you’ve completed the form?
What is the Dominican Republic Electronic Ticket?
The Dominican Republic eTicket is a digital form required to enter or leave the country. Anybody over 18 needs to fill out and submit these digital forms in the e-ticket portal. The form must be filled in truthfully before you head for the Dominican Republic.
Why do you need an E-Ticket for the Dominican Republic?
This long-awaited move from paper to electronic tickets combines digital versions of:
- Traveler’s Health Affidavit: this provides your contact details and confirms whether or not you have any coronavirus symptoms
- Customs Declaration: this official government form lists details of all goods being imported or exported into or out of the Dominican Republic. This includes cash amounts, live animals, plants or food products, and many others.
- International Boarding/Disembarking Forms: also known as an arrival card, is used by immigration authorities to provide a record of who is entering the Dominican Republic.
This change has been made to make the passenger entry and exit procedures run more smoothly and continue to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
What Happens When you Don’t Get the Dominican Republic E Ticket?
The eTicket is mandatory, and failure to fill the information out will mean you cannot enter or exit the Dominican Republic. Being denied entry is a frustrating and scary experience. We know you want a relaxing vacation, and there’s no need for bureaucracy to stand in your way of exploring the very best Punta Cana has to offer.
How to Fill Out the Dominican Republic E-Ticket Form
The process is free, and thanks to some changes in the forms, it has been made even more user-friendly.
Important Note: This was written in December 2021. We live in a world where visa requirements, e-ticket regulations, and entry restrictions can change at a moment’s notice. Please make sure to check your local embassy for any news and updates before leaving for the airport. We want you to have the easiest possible travel experience.
1. Access Choice Matters
Many people have reported that filling the Dominican Republic e-ticket form out on a smartphone can be an incredibly frustrating experience. The form works best combined with a desktop or laptop, and it is recommended you use Chrome or Firefox. Don’t forget being plugged into the power, so you don’t suddenly lose your hard-earned progress.
2. Access the Portal En Inglés, por favor
You want to go onto the official website of the Dominican Republic Ministry of Immigration. The e-ticket is free, and there’s no need to use visa service agencies that pretend to be the real deal. Some websites are floating around that promise to be held accountable for any mistakes in exchange for money. Don’t fall for these tricks, and make sure any website you access ends in gob.do.
“Ahhhhh, everything is in Spanish!” Not to worry, while the Dominican Republic’s national language is Spanish, you can change it to English in the drop-down menu found in the upper right-hand corner.
3. How Many People Are Traveling with You?
Step one of the application asks you to confirm how many people you are traveling with. Don’t get caught out by answering how many are in your party in total.
Top Tip: if you’d prefer to have one immigration QR code per person, you can answer this question as if you are traveling independently. Just make sure every traveler fills out their own Dominican republic e-ticket form. This also avoids the system crashing on more than one person.
4. General Information Time
You should know everything in this section. The system will be asking for:
- Your permanent address
- The country you reside in
- Your home city
- Are you arriving or leaving the Dominican Republic?
- Which state are you from?
- What’s the zip code of your permanent address?
- Do you have any layovers on the way?
See, simple stuff!
5. Migratory Information
This is all the good stuff you’re used to filling out on a bit of paper card on the plane. Including:
- Your name
- Your birth date and place of birth
- Your gender
- Your nationality
- Your passport number
- Your civil status
- Your occupation
- The address of the place you’re staying
- Name of the airport you’re traveling from
- Your flight number
- The flight date
- The airport you’re going to in the Dominican Republic
- What airline or cruise ship you’re traveling with
- The flight confirmation number
- Why you’re traveling
- How long you’re staying, in days
6. Customs Time
The usual questions regarding customs, answer to the best of your abilities. A handy extra box will open whenever you click yes to explain the details.
7. Health Questionaire
The Dominican Republic takes coronavirus seriously, and in this final section, you will ve asked:
- Any countries you visited in the past 30 days
- Whether you’ve had any symptoms listed in the past 72 hours
- Your phone number to contact you via
8. Accept and Send
9. QR-Code to Download
You made it. You’re done! Before you pour yourself a glass of well-earned wine, grab hold of that QR code, making traveling to the Dominican Republic incredibly easy. We can’t wait to welcome you to paradise.
At Punta Cana Adventures, we’re all about helping you explore everything this magnificent place has to offer outside of your resort. We’re here to help you with any frequently asked questions and bookings.