Deputy Graciela Fermín demands to eliminate illegal departure tax
PUERTO PLATA, Deputy Graciela Fermín Noesi, claimed from President Danilo Medina and Tourism Ministry the elimination of charging an illegal tax that foreigners have to pay when leaving the Dominican Republic, the tax was set by Immigration department via Memorandum.
The lawmaker complained on the Puerto Plata television program “Todo Incluido” – overstay from one day to three months – the departure tax of RD$ 1,500 must be paid, and it goes up to RD$70,000.00.
“I do not know how we are going to get Haitians to pay RD $ 70,000.00 to leave the country.”
This tax collection is a pure abuse, and it generates many negative comments about the country.
“You think, a tourist is buying an expensive ticket to come to the Dominican Republic to spend their hard earned money and to enjoy a good time, on the way out of the country they are supposed to want to re-visit the country in the future, BUT… the departure tax is a total abuse.” – said Fermin Noesi.
She alleged that foreigners come to invest in this country, but the government is penalizing their stay in the country, which is a great abuse and illegal, because that tax is not covered by any law.
In the residential areas there is a paper circulating with a table full of various amounts referred to tax fines for overstay of foreigners in DR. “But it turns out that is not approved in any law, only through a resolution, and it was not passed to the Congress.
The representative of Puerto Plata Chamber of Deputies reported that the foreigners who are charged this tax are not given any receipt showing the payment of that hidden tax.
“A family of four at General Gregorio Luperon International Airport was charged RD $ 2,500.00 each; these people wept and pleaded, but had to pay the tax and were not handed the receipt for this, looks like the country is a jungle,” she said.
Fermín Noesi asked, “Is this a kind of practice we are encouraging tourism and foreign investment? When a foreigner pays, the tourist card is left in his/her passport, so on the way out its clear how long they stayed in the country. “
“Tourists come with a stamp in a passport, immigration authorities have the intention to make it digital, they will no longer stamp the passports. What sort of jungle country is this? That is not the country, President Danilo Medina spoke about on February 27th”.
Source: Detras Del Rumor
March 20, 2015
Category: DR News |