In addition to opening doors to their own land, obtaining a visa to the United States can give Dominicans access to many other countries.
The following is a list of the territories of the American continent that can be visited by Dominicans who hold a visa to enter the United States.
These countries are Argentina, Aruba, Bonaire, Chile, Costa Rica, Curaçao, Haiti, Jamaica, Saba, Saint Eustatius, Saint Martin, Mexico, Panama, and Uruguay.
Since April 14, 2014, Dominicans with multiple visas from the United States, Canada or Schengen countries can go to Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Saba and St. Eustatius.
Argentina requires a visa for all Dominican nationals, with some exceptions, including if they have an electronic travel authorization required with a US visa.
Dominicans with US visas of any type, except for transit visas and with a validity of at least six months, do not need a visa to travel to Chile since April 2019.
In the case of Costa Rica, Dominicans are allowed to enter as long as they have a valid visa and multiple entries from the United States, Canada or the European Union.
Holders of valid visas from the United States, Canada and the Schengen countries can travel to neighboring Haiti. The same conditions apply to those Dominicans who wish to travel to Mexico.
Jamaica allows entry only to Dominican nationals with visas from the United States, Schengen countries, Canada or the United Kingdom, but for a period not exceeding 30 days of stay.
To travel to Panama, Dominican nationals who hold an American, Australian, Canadian or British visa or residency valid for at least one year can enter Panamanian territory, otherwise they must apply for a visa in this Central American country.
Dominican nationals who wish to visit Saint Martin can enter that region if they have a valid multiple visa from the United States, Canada and Schengen countries since 2014.
On the other hand, in 2019, the Uruguayan government exempted Dominican nationals who have visas to enter the United States, United Kingdom, and Northern Ireland from visa requirements.
The previous point is only valid if the visa is valid for at least six months after the expected date of entry to Uruguay and for a maximum of 90 days.
In the “Dominican travel conditions” section of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MERCEX) website, you can confirm the conditions that countries impose on Dominicans to visit their territory.
Requirements to apply for a US visa
The United States offers foreigners a wide range of visas, among the most requested in the Dominican Republic is the B-1/B-2 visitor visa, for people traveling to that country temporarily for business (B-1) or tourism (B-2).
According to the US State Department’s official visa assignment service, the applicant must prove to the consulate that he is eligible for this visa, stating that he is not a prospective immigrant.
You must prove that your trip is a temporary visit, that you have funds to cover your expenses during the trip, and that you reside outside the United States.
You must also pay the application fee and fill out a form. The application fee for business or tourist visitor (B1/B2) visas and other non-petition-based PINs, such as student and exchange visitor visas, was recently increased from $160 to $185.
The following documents must be attached to these steps: a nonimmigrant visa electronic application confirmation sheet, and a valid passport for travel to the United States with a validity of at least six months longer than the time you will be from that territory.
On the day of the interview, in addition to these documents, the person must submit an appointment confirmation letter.
And if they do not have a visa? These are the countries that Dominicans can go to without a visa.
Dominican nationals can travel to dozens of countries as tourists without having to hold any type of visa, albeit for a certain period of time.
In countries such as Belize, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Taiwan, a Dominican stay without a visa cannot exceed 30 days.
For 60 days, they can choose Brazil, Honduras, Morocco, Paraguay, Peru or Russia as their vacation destination.
In the case of Botswana, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Gambia, Israel, Japan, and Trinidad and Tobago, Dominicans are allowed to stay without a visa for about 90 days.
They can travel to Tunisia for a week, to Georgia for 360 days, and to Qatar for 180 days.
Dominicans also do not need a visa to enter South Korea, Cuba, Lebanon, Nicaragua and Suriname as tourists.
For travel to Peru, there are direct flights that last about five hours and tickets range from 30,000 to 35,000 pesos, depending on the time of year.
While traveling to Colombia, there is more than one direct flight option with prices ranging from $16,000 to $23,900. There are also direct flights from Santo Domingo to Havana, Cuba.