JAC supervises dismantling of US$10 fee charged to Dominican

The president of the Civil Aviation Board (JAC), José Marte Piantini, met with representatives of the airlines operating in the country, in order to follow up on the implementation of Resolution 217-2022 which orders them to stop charging $10 for the Tourist Card to Dominican passengers, as well as foreigners residing in the country.

The meeting, held with the participation of the Dominican Airlines Association (ADLA) and the International Air Transport Association (IATA), was attended by representatives of American Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Copa Airlines, Delta, Air Caraibes, Iberia, Air Century, Arajet, Red Air and Sky High Aviation Services, among other carriers.

Marte Piantini reiterated to those present that Dominicans residing abroad cannot be subject to this tax and that, on the contrary, the government is seeking more facilities so that Dominicans not residing in the country feel motivated to travel more frequently to Dominican territory, according to a press release.

At the meeting, a technical commission was created to follow up on the implementation of the resolution, with the support of the Government Office of Information Technology and Communication (Ogtic).

Background of the tourist card

Law 199 of May 9, 1966 authorizes the use of a tourist card to enter the national territory for tourist purposes, without the need for a consular visa. Decree 430-17 of December 4, 2017, provided that this US$10 payment be incorporated into the price of air and sea tickets for those tourists arriving in the Dominican Republic by these routes.

As a result of the creation of this generalized charging mechanism, the General Directorate of Internal Taxes (DGII), through General Norm 08-2018 of April 3, 2018, established the procedure through which the reimbursement of the value paid for the tourist card would be made in the following cases: Dominicans, residents in the Dominican Republic and foreign diplomatic and consular officials accredited in the country, for the duration of their functions and who enter on official mission.

However, in practice, this mechanism has been inefficient and bureaucratic, with unfriendly procedures before the DGII, which do not facilitate or guarantee the recovery of the amount.

Resolution 217-2022 instructs domestic and foreign air operators to make the necessary adjustments to their computer systems in order to eliminate the aforementioned charge, and also grants them a period of 45 days to implement the measure.José Marte Piantini

The meeting, held with the participation of the Dominican Airlines Association (ADLA) and the International Air Transport Association (IATA), was attended by representatives of American Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Copa Airlines, Delta, Air Caraibes, Iberia, Air Century, Arajet, Red Air and Sky High Aviation Services, among other carriers.

Marte Piantini reiterated to those present that Dominicans residing abroad cannot be subject to this tax and that, on the contrary, the government is seeking more facilities so that Dominicans not residing in the country feel motivated to travel more frequently to Dominican territory, according to a press release.

At the meeting, a technical commission was created to follow up on the implementation of the resolution, with the support of the Government Office of Information Technology and Communication (Ogtic).

Background of the tourist card

Law 199 of May 9, 1966 authorizes the use of a tourist card to enter the national territory for tourist purposes, without the need for a consular visa. Decree 430-17 of December 4, 2017, provided that this US$10 payment be incorporated into the price of air and sea tickets for those tourists arriving in the Dominican Republic by these routes.

As a result of the creation of this generalized charging mechanism, the General Directorate of Internal Taxes (DGII), through General Norm 08-2018 of April 3, 2018, established the procedure through which the reimbursement of the value paid for the tourist card would be made in the following cases: Dominicans, residents in the Dominican Republic and foreign diplomatic and consular officials accredited in the country, for the duration of their functions and who enter on official mission.

However, in practice, this mechanism has been inefficient and bureaucratic, with unfriendly procedures before the DGII, which do not facilitate or guarantee the recovery of the amount.

Resolution 217-2022 instructs domestic and foreign airline operators to make the necessary adjustments to their computer systems to eliminate the aforementioned charge and also grants them a period of 45 days to implement the measure.

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