Currently, American residents need only provide a government-issued photo ID to gain re-entry into the United States following a trip to the Dominican Republic or any other Caribbean destination.
Before entering the country at ports or airports, visitors are required to fill out embarkation/disembarkation forms. These must be filled out before entering the immigration line where a photo ID or passport must be presented.
Prior to immigration, a tourist card must also be purchased. (See "Tourist Card.")
Prior to entering the immigration line visitors are required to purchase a Tourist Card. It's essential that visitors have $15 US dollars for each member of their party with which to pay this tax. No coins or other currency, including Dominican pesos, can be used. In addition, ATMs are usually found only outside the immigration area making it nearly impossible for visitors to get cash upon arrival. Travelers cheques and credit cards are also not accepted.
Tourist Cards are available at booths near the immigration lines. While only one half of the document will be taken upon entry into the country, the other half will be taken upon departure. Therefore, it's imperative that visitors put this second half in a safe place for the duration of their trip. The Tourist Card is good for up to 30 days.
The U.S. Embassy is located at the U.S. Consular Section at the corner of Calle César Nicolás Pensón and Avenida Máximo Gómez. (Located across from the National Theater.) Offices are open to the public on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., but U.S. citizens must arrive prior to 7:30 a.m. for assistance. (809) 221-2171