The Ministry of Foreign Relations has announced a US$30 dollar increase in the cost of a tourist visa for those who require them. The announcement was sent to all Dominican consulates worldwide. The new measure does not affect people with United States, Canadian or European Union passports, where the standard US$10 fee will continue to be applied. It now costs US$207 to visit the Dominican Republic, and this is before buying an airplane ticket or paying for a hotel. It is important to note that if you are a citizen of a country whose citizens need visas to travel to the Dominican Republic, but you are a legal resident of the United States, Holland, Italy, Canada, Germany, Venezuela, Spain, Portugal, Great Britain, France, Greece, Ireland or Denmark, with some exceptions, you can visit the DR with just your passport, residence card and the US$10 tourist card.
The world is still reeling from the death of pop icon Michael Jackson and this is no different in the DR, where the tributes to the King of Pop continue. First Mambo singer Omega paid tribute remixing one of his songs, "Remember the time." And now the Jaragua Hotel will host a local talent tribute to Jackson on 14 August at the Teatro Fiesta. Frank Ceara, Audrey Campos, Carolina Rivas, Hector Anibal and Luis Armando Rivera will perform the music of Jackson.