Customs & Immigrations procedures changed to reduce boater ripoffs

The Dominican Republic has taken steps to reduce boater ripoffs by changing rules and giving marinas the job of collecting fees.

This has been the result of a long campaign by marine organizations in the country.

In spite of the difficulties of check-in and moving from one port to another, Dominican Republic has become a popular place for cruising sailors, particularly weather-protected Luperon.

This popular cruising meeting place is a good base from which to visit the interior. Repairs and other yacht services are available here.

Once past the bureaucracy, DR has always been popular –  .. .

Luperon is very protected –  .. .

The resume of the new Decree stated in Layman’s Terms:

1.That any Private Yacht coming to a Private Marina in the Dominican Republic (DR) from a foreign port will not be boarded by all the different governmental officials, but only one Navy representative with one other official can search the vessel if there has been a report of suspicious activity on the vessel.

2.That all other Governmental forms are to be filled out in the marina offices by the Captain of the vessel.

3.Transparency of Payments: All monetary payments are to be made to the marinas directly and will show on the receipt given to the yacht when they leave the particular marina.

Dominican Republic (DR) – Caribbean at its best –  .. .

4.The following fees will be charged by the Dominican Port Authority, Dominican Navy and Immigration:
– Five percent (5%) of the vessel’s dockage before tax charged by Dominican Port Authority.
– Ten (10) USD or equivalent in Dominican Pesos to the Dominican Navy for
a Dispatch Letter only when departing to a foreign port.
– Ten (10) USD for each passenger on the vessel (excluding the crew of the Vessel) paid to Immigration.
– Sixteen (16) USD (or DOP 500) for each crew or passenger that leaves the Dominican Republic or arrives to the country by plane and is
desenrolling or enrolling on a vessel.

5.Vessels traveling in Dominican waters from one marina to another do not pay any fees regarding the Dispatch Letter. The Captain of the vessel must inform
the marina with his name, vessel’s name and the number of passengers on
board of the vessel any time the vessel leaves the marina. The 5% of
the dockage fee in the marinas covers cruising permits up to 90 days.

6.There is going to be a new vessel entrance form that will be filled out with
the vessel, crew and passenger information. This will be given to all
governmental authorities and one copy to the captain of the vessel as
proof of entry and clearance when traveling between marinas in the DR.
This document is still being made by the marinas and needs to be
approved by the Dominican Port Authority.

Ports of entry:
North coast:, Puerto Plata 19°49’N 70°42’W (Ocean World Marina 19°50 N 70°43’53” W), Luperon (Puerto Blanco) 19°55’N 70°56’W.

South coast: Casa de Campo 18°24’N 68°55’W?, Santo Domingo 18°28’N 69°53’W,
Punta Cana 18°32’N 68 °22’W?, Las Salinas 18° 16′ N 71° 19′ W.

There are good standard marinas in Boca Chica, Casa de Campo, Luperon, Puerto
Plata and Punta Cana, with all expected facilites.  Only basic repair facilities are available at Samaná where there is fuel and water on the dock and a good fresh produce market.

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