CHECK-IN FROM A FOREIGN PORT We provide free assistance with entry into the harbor. The entrance is clearly marked with standard navigational buoys and you can call out “Safe Yachts” on Ch 68 once you are inside and we can settle you down in the anchorage which has a couple of shallow mud spots, either on a mooring, on anchor or on the Puerto Blanco Marina dock. After that, run up your Q flag plus DR courtesy flag and stay on-board until we get hold of the Naval Comandante who will come on-board your boat to report your arrival and other officials will come on to do a check through your boat.
After that, we can arrange assistance with the rest of the check-in proceedure on land with our town councilman who is fluent in English and French at no cost.
The approx. cost for a 40ft sailboat with 3 crew = USD150 then USD20/month for the boat for a maximum of 90 days, then should you wish to cruise around DR after 90 days then you need to apply for a "Cruising Permit" (please ask for details on same which we are currently confirming 4 January, '20)
Then budget for USD10/person for the tourist visa/month, which decreases in cost with the amount of time you spend in DR plus you can stay here for as long as you want and the boat can.
CHECK-INTO LUPERON FROM ANOTHER DR. PORT Once you have checked in elsewhere (say Samana) then you only have to pay the entrance to the bay and the monthly harbor fee which covers the cost of dredging Luperon harbor, maintaining channel markers plus the free bin on the govt. dock and then your tourist visa will carry on running as usual and is only due for the balance as above when you fly or sail out.
CHECK OUT TO A FOREIGN PORT (*** PLEASE READ THIS CAREFULLY***) Allow 1-2 day’s notice for check-out (despatcho) as the officials need to inspect your vessel again. Please also bear in mind that the Navy can call a shut-down of the harbor due to weather so you would have to wait for the next weather window (this is due to boats in the past having to have been rescued or wrecked on DR coastlines). Please also note that it is illegal to leave without a despatcho as some have done in the past and the navy can put their vessel to sea to bring you back in which means your boat will be locked on the govt dock and you will go to jail. The reason for this is that rules that are imposed on the DR by the US Govt. with there being a problem with smuggling due to Hispaniola sharing the island and DR has to abide by the US rules.
A nice bonus is that there is no check-out required any more for day sails down to the beautiful Cambiaso beach (it can roll there at night!) or to go out to empty your holding tank 5nm off shore from any harbor in the DR. Just go and see the Comandante and let him know you are wanting to do same and he record same.
The officials will accept US Dollars as per the below rates sheet (rates are also on the outside wall) and should you need DR Pesos, they will let the Captain go into town to an ATM/Bank (unfortunately Luperon is not set up for Debit or Credit cards at this moment in time (January 2020).