Santo Domingo, June 29, 2016
DGA Customs and Immigration signed a collaboration agreement that establishes a single form passengers, which will simplify and significantly improve the flow of incoming and outgoing domestic travelers and tourists throughout the national territory Wednesday.
The agreement was signed by Director General of Customs, Fernando Fernández and by the Director of Immigration, Army Major General Ruben Dario Paulino Sem.
Customs director said that agreement would not only come to simplify the process, but also helps travelers to make arrangements as soon as possible.
Fernandez said that the signing of this agreement is part of the work done by the institution to further consolidate the process of modernization of the Directorate General of Customs.
For his part, the Director of Immigration, General Paulino Sem, said the decision of both institutions to adopt a single form for travelers entering and leaving the country, is part of the new policies to optimize services, transparency and passenger safety.
Under the agreement, the parties have agreed to exchange information that can contribute to better compliance with the functions assigned by law in that respect to each of the entities.
It also states that Customs and Immigration will safe handling of the information provided on the new form and arrange the measures necessary to be used only in compliance with the institutional purposes set forth in the Convention.
The new form, which “Single Immigration and Customs Declaration (DUMA”, will be called the customs and migratory contain information required for passengers entering and leaving the country.
Form Single Declaration of Immigration and Customs Enforcement will be received by the Directorate General of Immigration (DMG) in the first phase of migration control, and then stamped and signed by the official of that institution, return it to the passenger for prior present to the customs authorities for control purposes that should carry the DGA.
This form will be printed in several languages, including English, French, Italian, and Russian, in order to provide greater ease of filling tourists and travelers visiting the Dominican Republic.
In a second stage of implementation, the new form will be available in digital format, for easy filling and sending it to the authorities in advance from any mobile device and from anywhere in the world.
Migration will be the entity responsible for the filing and custody of the originals of the forms, and keep them permanently available for the DGA as well be required.
The directors of both organizations stressed the importance of the step that is taking place, in order to adapt migratory processes to simplified customs and practices, however, possible to increase security levels and compliance by travelers.
In signing the agreement they were attended by officials from the Ministries of Tourism, Foreign Airlines Association, Dealers Airports (Aerodom / Punta Cana) of the Civil Aviation Board, the Special Body Safety Civil Aviation (CESAC) and the National Drug Control Directorate (DNCD).