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Warning about Barahona

By Sue Richards last modified Apr 24, 2009 12:50 PM

Published: 2009-04-24 12:50:48
Countries: Dominican Republic

The British yacht Tenareze visited Barahona in the west of the Dominican Republic on the night of the 16th April 2009.

We anchored about 200 meters off the Club Nautico. There were no services.

On the morning of the 17th April, a young man came on board from “Immigration” and said we could not leave without paying $43 (forty three U.S. dollars). “Immigration” was described as “otros” (other) on the receipt.

We pointed out we had already paid $43 in Casa de Campo on entering the country on April 1st. He insisted we pay again even though the regulations state clearly that this fee is only to be paid once. It is valid for 3 months.

The official was unpleasant in manner and offered no further explanation.

Richard Lewis

Frank Virgintino, author of the Dominican Republic Cruising Guide, responded to this report.

I have forwarded a copy of the receipt you were given in Barahona for the extra immigration charge of $43.00 with a covering letter to: El Director General de Migraciónes el Mayor General de la Policía NacionalJosé Aníbal Sanz Jiminián. This man is in charge of all immigration for the Dominican Republic. I explained in the letter that you had to pay this fee albeit that you had already paid when you cleared in.

I have also sent your receipt with a copy of the letter to Mr. Jiminian to the office of Tourism for the country with a CC to the office of the President, Sr. Leonel Fernandez.

I would like to thank you for your report and for a copy of the receipt. I am sure that as these situations come to light and continue to be reported, the necessary reforms and controls will be put into place.

Frank Virgintino