Dominican Republic – Baggage Claim and Customs

Baggage claim in the Dominican Republic
Baggage claim in the Dominican Republic

Now you’ve reached Baggage Claim.  Normally, there is only one or two belts for all aircrafts so you’ll easily find which belt to go to.  Find a spot and wait for your bags.  If you are traveling in a large group, then it would be wise to signal a porter to bring a cart.  There will be plenty of porters available just waiting to help. There is no charge for the cart.  You’ll just need to tip your porter.   Once you’ve secured your luggage, follow everyone else as you make your way to the exits and Customs Check before meeting up with your hotel transfers or taxis.  This is the point where you might be stopped and have your bags checked.  I don’t know their rules or what they look for; but if they stop you, let me look through your bags.  One of my daughters got stopped once but that was the only time.  Most times, you’re just walking by them.

Domincan Republic customs form.
Domincan Republic customs form.

The Custom Officers will be collecting the white Customs form that you received on the plane and have hopefully filled out.  There have been times when this form was not collected from me but most times it was.  They are more critical on your trip home than arriving in the Dominican Republic.

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