Punta Cana passport: entry
and exit requirements
out new regulations for US citizens 2007)
Advice on whether you need a Punta Cana passport seems to vary according
to where you get your information. The Dominican consulate states
that anyone entering the Dominican Republic needs to have a valid
passport unless you are from the US, Canada or France. Tourists
from the US and Canada can travel to Punta Cana with valid photo
ID (birth certificate, driver’s license, etc.). French tourists
can apparently travel with some sort of tourist card.
I do not suggest taking this advice!
If you’re traveling to Punta Cana, a passport is a very good
The world is changing, whether you are officially allowed to travel
without a passport is not the question. The important question is
what do the border guards think of tourists traveling without passports?
You don’t want questions like – why don’t they
have one? – popping into their heads. If you are able to get
a passport, get one.
As of 2008, the Dominican Republic is changing their requirements
anyways – tourists will all have to carry valid passports.
Heck, by then you’ll even need a passport to travel between
the US and Canada. There have been reports, in other parts of the
Dominican Republic, of tourists not being allowed to depart without
a valid passport. Return flights delayed while they have a passport
issued by their embassy. Don’t be the first person this happens
to in Punta Cana.
Punta Cana passport: Entry
and exit requirements for people traveling with children
There is never a problem if both parents are traveling with their
own children – although all children should have valid passports.
When traveling abroad – one parent taking their own child
or adults traveling with children other than their own should have
some documentation. The best idea is a notarized letter signed by
both parents giving permission for travel (with location and dates).
When entering the Dominican Republic, these letters should be translated
to Spanish – this can all be done at the closest Dominican
consulate to where you live.
Again, there is drastically different information given online.
The Dominican consulate declares that you can travel to and from
Punta Cana with a child other than your own without any documentation
whatsoever – as long as the child enters and departs Punta
Cana with the same adult. The US State Department declares that
you must have notarized letters in Spanish.
I have talked to hundreds of tourists traveling to Punta Cana without
passports and with children other than their own. I have not heard
of many problematic situations, but when it comes to international
borders and grey areas – err on the side of caution.
Tourist visas for entering
and departing Punta Cana
When traveling to Punta Cana, you will receive a tourist card from
your travel agent or on your flight. Fill it out and make sure you
don’t lose it – you’ll need it to exit the Dominican
Republic. If you do lose it, they are available at the airport at
a cost of $10.
Punta Cana Departure tax
There is a $20 US departure tax to leave the Dominican Republic
via the Punta Cana airport. Make sure to keep this much cash so
that you don’t slow yourself down trying to get onto your
return flight. Note: this Punta Cana departure tax must be paid
in US dollars so keep a US 20 in your pocket. We’ve talked
to so many tourists that purposely spent every bit of cash they
had on souvenirs only to find out they needed to pay the departure
tax before being allowed on their flight.
Tip for a Punta Cana passport
I have only one tip as far as a Punta Cana passport goes. Regardless
of what you read on other websites – get a passport!
Cana Passport Rules for US Citizens
As of January 2007, all US citizens are required to have a valid
US passport to return to the United States from anywhere in the
Caribbean. This has caused many travelers to have to cancel their
The US passport office was not equipped to put this new regulation
into place, resulting in huge delays to get passports. In the summer
of 2007 we are now looking at delays of 10 to 14 weeks to get your
Punta Cana Passport. You are only entitled to put a "rush"
on your passport at the time of application, I strongly suggest
that you do this. Better to pay a small, maybe unnecessary, fee
up front than to possibly have your vacation ruined.
from Punta Cana passport page