Your Stay at the MTC

Dominican Republic


We are very excited about your future arrival at the Dominican Republic Missionary Training Center. We hope that this information will be helpful as you make your final arrival preparations.

When should I arrive at the MTC?

You should arrive at the MTC on the date indicated in your call, between 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. Thursday, if you live in the Dominican Republic. If you are from outside the Dominican Republic, you should arrive on Wednesday, which is the day before the day on your call. The first meetings of your training begin on Thursday at 9:15 a.m. Please be on time. The travel agent for your country will provide further information regarding your arrival.

In order to maximize the quality of your experience in the MTC, avoid arriving earlier or later than your assigned date.

Note: If you will be traveling to the MTC by plane, an MTC employee will be waiting for you in the airport. If you cannot identify the MTC employee, please call

Coordinator: Brother Antonio Del Valle: 809-787-0148 (Spanish) MTC office: 809-731-2071 or 809-731-2071 (Spanish and English) President Freestone’s cell phone: 809-980-9093 (English)

What preparations are necessary before entering the MTC?

Your mission begins when you enter the missionary training center (MTC). You must complete all preparations before entering the MTC, including the purchase of all clothing and personal items. Personal time is extremely limited. You will not be able to leave the MTC to shop.

You should enter the MTC healthy, having already taken care of all health-related matters, including dental and eye exams and follow-up treatment. Complete all medical tests requested on the Missionary Immunization/Preventive Medication Requirements form. (You or those providing for your support must pay for pre-mission medical conditions, including dental and eye care.) Take care of your health during your stay at the MTC.

You should be set apart as a full-time missionary by your stake president and, if you desire, receive a father's blessing and/or patriarchal blessing before your arrival at the MTC. You are encouraged to bring a copy of your patriarchal blessing with you.

Strive to receive your endowment before arriving at the MTC. If you are unable to do so we can coordinate an appointment with the temple for you.

If you are traveling by plane from your home to the MTC, and from the MTC to your mission, be sure to research the baggage restrictions of the airline on which you will travel.  At times, there is an additional charge for a second checked bag.

       Weight limits:  Bags on international flights are limited to 50 lbs.

       Two carry-on items permitted: handbag or briefcase and a small, carry-on bag weighing up to 10 kg. (22 lbs.)

In your carry-on luggage you should avoid sharp objects (fingernail clippers, scissors, pocket knives, and so on), liquids, shampoo, shaving cream, mouthwash, toothpaste, soaps, lotions, perfumes, and so on. These items should be stowed in your checked baggage.

What should I take to the MTC?

Bring the following when you come to the MTC:

  • Scriptures in your native language: Bible, Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, Pearl of Great Price
  • A family group sheet with your name on the first line. Complete all the information you can. Also bring a few stories about your ancestors (see Preach My Gospel, 169).
  • Current temple recommend (signed and activated by your priesthood leader)
  • Items on the mission clothing list sent from the Missionary Department
  • Personal hygiene items (shaving supplies, toothbrush and toothpaste, dental floss, mouthwash, shampoo, towel, bath sponge, deodorant, hand lotion, makeup supplies, combs, flip-flops to wear in the shower, and so on)
  • Exercise clothing (five exercise periods per week, only one laundry day). Bring comfortable pants/shorts, t-shirts, tennis shoes, and so on. Be sure that your clothing does not have images, logos, or messages that are contrary to the principles of the Church.
  • Warm clothing if you will be at the MTC during the winter months (sweater and/or light jacket) or during the rainy season (raincoat and/or umbrella)
  • At least one suit (for elders)
  • Money in cash for necessities or personal emergencies. It is recommended that those traveling from other countries bring U.S. dollars or euros, which are the only currencies that can be exchanged for Dominican pesos.
  • Government-issued photo ID (such as, driver's license, passport, military ID, and so on). This ID is required by airport authorities.
  • A copy of your completed Missionary Immunization/Preventive Medication Requirements form and documentation of the immunizations you received
  • Your user name and password for MyLDSMail and contact information for your family. Note: Don’t forget to bring the e-mail addresses for your family since you will not be able to access traditional e-mail accounts to find them.
  • Pens, pencils, a notepad, marking pens, or any other material that you will need to take notes and write letters
  • Your prescription for eyeglasses or contacts if you wear them
  • An extra pair of eyeglasses or contacts if you wear them
  • Clothes hangers
  • Any medications that you require; bring enough to the MTC to last your entire stay at the MTC and the first month in the field.

Please put your name on all clothing, luggage, and other belongings. Mark temple clothing on the tags, not on the clothing itself.

What books can I take to the MTC?

In addition to the scriptures, you may bring the following books: 

  • Preach My Gospel
  • True to the Faith
  • Jesus the Christ
  • Our Heritage: A Brief History of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
  • Our Search for Happiness

Where should I report when I arrive at the MTC?

As you arrive at the MTC, personnel will be waiting to greet you and escort you inside immediately. If you will be accompanied by family or friends, plan to make farewells as brief as possible, as we will need to check you in and provide initial instructions for your stay at the MTC. Please assist in making this a smooth and efficient process.

This is the address of the Dominican Republic MTC for you to write on the immigration papers that will be given you on the airplane.

  • Avenida Bolívar No. 825, Esq. Calle Génesis, Los Robles,
 Santo Domingo, República Dominicana,
 Teléfono Oficina (809) 731-2074, (809) 731-2071

How should I be dressed for my arrival?

Arrive at the missionary training center dressed according to missionary standards and with a missionary haircut.

Regular missionary attire is the standard for dress at the MTC. For more information on missionary dress and grooming, please refer to your call packet or see dress and grooming guidelines.

What supplies and services will the MTC provide?

All bedding supplies (sheets, blankets, pillows) and meals are provided. Laundry facilities, haircuts, and a small store where Church items can be purchased are also available.

What expenses will I have in the MTC?

You do not need to bring money to the MTC for room and board, training materials, laundry, or materials to clean your residence.

Missionaries must pay for other expenses such as stamps, personal care items, snacks, and so on. Stamps can be obtained at the MTC, but it is preferred that you bring them from home.

The MTC does not have an ATM.

May my family come to the MTC?

On the day of your arrival, we will be receiving many missionaries at the same time. As such, it would be most helpful to this intake process if you would have your farewell activities with family and friends prior to your arrival at the MTC. Only one vehicle per missionary should arrive at the MTC. Because the drop-off time is very short, you will have only a few brief moments for a quick farewell, and there is very limited time for picture taking. Thank you for your cooperation in this process.

May I have visitors at the MTC?

Your training schedule will not allow time for visits from family or friends. Please advise your family not to request visits, because such visits would distract you and your companion from your training. Please do not meet your family or friends at the temple at any time. Church leaders have also asked that missionaries not be excused from the MTC to attend funerals, marriages, farewells, baptisms, or other family events. While you are at the MTC, all communications with family and others should be limited to weekly letters and/or weekly family e-mails.

May my family deliver packages to the MTC?

Any packages or letters for missionaries must be sent through the US Postal Service, UPS, or other commercial carriers. Your family may call the MTC at 809-731-2071 or 809-731-2074 to verify that your package arrived before your departure to the field.

Package delivery is Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. in the MTC reception area with Brother Ramírez. Letters or packages should be addressed to you with your full name and assigned mission. If you want to receive letters or packages during your stay at the MTC, use the following address:

  • Centro de Capacitación Misional, Avenida Bolívar No. 825
, Esq. Calle Génesis, Los Robles,
 Santo Domingo, República Dominicana

Required Vaccinations

  • Tetanus and diphtheria: You must receive the primary series of the DPT vaccine (diphtheria, tetanus, and whooping cough). If you did not complete this series as a child, you must complete it before your mission. If you have received a tetanus and diphtheria vaccine in the last five years, you will need one before entering the MTC.
  • Measles, mumps, and rubella: You should have received two doses of this vaccine. Because health standards have changed, some people have only received one dose and must get a second dose. If you are not sure if you received a second dose, it is recommended that you get it. If you have never received any doses of this vaccine, you should receive both doses, with 30 days between each. People born before 1957 do not need this vaccine.
  • Hepatitis A and B: Vaccination against both types of hepatitis is required. The hepatitis A vaccine consists of two injections, and the hepatitis B vaccine consists of three. In some areas, a combined hepatitis A and B vaccine is available in a series of three injections. If you have not already received them, begin these vaccinations immediately, as it takes time to complete them and they must be complete before you arrive.
  • Typhoid: There are three types of vaccines against typhoid. Indicate which type you have received in the required vaccinations form from your call packet.

Optional Vaccinations

  • Chicken pox: If you have never had chicken pox, it is strongly recommended that you receive two doses of this vaccine, with one month between each, before arriving at the MTC. This vaccine is not available at the MTC.
  • Flu: If you will be at the MTC during the winter months, it is wise, if possible, to receive a flu shot before arriving.
  • Yellow fever: If required for your specific mission assignment, receive the vaccine before arriving at the MTC.
  • Meningococcal meningitis: It is recommended that you receive this vaccine at least 10 days before arriving at the MTC.

Is it possible to receive immunizations at the MTC?

You should receive all the required vaccinations before arriving at the MTC. However, if you require a second or third dose of hepatitis, typhoid, tetanus, or flu, the booster shots can be administered at the MTC. The cost will be billed directly to your ward or stake.

What about travel from the MTC to the mission field?

Missionaries from Outside the Dominican Republic

You should contact the Church Travel Department for the area in which you live for information regarding your travel. Please call or write us to confirm that your flight to arrive in the Dominican Republic has been confirmed: (809) 731-2071, (809) 731-2074, ramireza@ldschurch.org. This will help us in our preparations to welcome you.

Missionaries from the Dominican Republic Serving in a Foreign Mission

The Church Travel Department will handle arrangements for your travel to the field. They will also give you official passport and visa instructions. You must follow these instructions carefully. You may be requested to send certain documents required for a visa. If you do not submit these documents by the requested date, your departure to the field may be delayed, requiring that you spend time in a local mission. Your departure may also be delayed because visas to certain countries are difficult to obtain.

If you are called to serve outside the Dominican Republic, please contact Sister Elizabeth Báez Gómez, who is in charge of travel for the Caribbean Area: BaezE@ldschurch.org, +1 (809) 980-1450. You may also contact Alexis Meléndez, area secretary: Alexis.melendez@ldschurch.org, +1 (809) 731-2162. 

How will my mission be paid for?

Your priesthood leader may contact the Caribbean Area administrative offices to receive instructions on this matter.