INFORMATION UPDATED AS OF JANUARY 28, 2021
We created this post to provide you with the latest updates and the latest news of coronavirus in the Dominican Republic and its main tourism location, Punta Cana.
Coronavirus in the Dominican Republic – Latest Updates
To control the outbreak of COVID-19 in the country, there is an established curfew in place from January 27 to February 8 Monday through Friday from 7:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. There will be free transit from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. throughout the country to ensure that citizens and tourists can return to their homes or hotels. Saturdays and Sundays there will be an established curfew in place from 5:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. with free transit from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.
While hotel guests will not be required to follow these guidelines within their resort property, they will be limited to stay within the property during the associated hours.
During this timeline, authorities will allow the transit of international visitors and vehicle operators who transport them, as well as properly identified employees of maritime and air transport companies, if they are moving to/from a port or airport. Hotel employees and suppliers can also transit freely while exercising work-related activities. Transfers to and from the airports are allowed if presenting a passport or local identity card (cédula) and the passenger’s flight itinerary.
As of January 26, 2021, the Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism began offering free viral antigen testing to all international visitors staying at a hotel to meet the new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) travel protocols requiring all travelers ages two and above returning to the United States to present proof of a negative PCR or viral COVID-19 test administered within 72 hours prior to departure.
The complimentary viral test offering will be administered at hotels across the country at no cost to qualifying travelers. The antigen tests will be performed by technical health personnel and the test results will be certified by the Ministry of Health. This free offering is valid for all international tourists arriving via commercial airlines staying at a hotel as part of the country’s free Health Coverage Plan valid through March 31, 2021. Please contact your hotel directly to make an appointment or discuss their specific process.
Upon request and at an additional cost, select hotels will also offer PCR tests to guests. As needed, travelers can also make an appointment for viral antigen testing or PCR testing across the country. Click here for more information on the various testing centers from the DR Travel Center or click here to view testing facilities as outlined by the United States Embassy.
This added testing offering is the most recent addition to the Responsible Tourism Recovery Plan and will be revisited on an on-going basis by the Ministry of Tourism in tandem with the Dominican Government to measures its effectiveness, and will be modified as needed to align with international protocols.
Based on the ever-changing nature of the COVID-19 virus, we recommend connecting with your airline or travel agent directly to discuss any protocols that may apply to your country. As needed, we also recommend visiting the International Air Transport Association (IATA) for any updates to international markets and their required procedures. IATA cannot guarantee its accuracy and can accept no liability for any errors or omissions.
Travel Assistance Plan
All international tourists arriving on commercial flights and staying at a hotel will be granted during the check-in process a temporary, free health coverage plan that provides coverage for emergencies in the event of an infection or exposure to COVID-19 while in-country. The coverage includes medical attention by specialists, medical transfers, transfer of a relative, the penalty for airfare changes, lodging for prolonged stays, and more. This insurance will be provided at no cost to visitors arriving on or before March 31, 2021, and will be 100% paid for by the Dominican government.
In order to obtain coverage of the health plan, the tourist must enter the country exclusively by air and only applies to guests staying at a hotel. For more information or to receive assistance while in the country in the event of exposure, please contact the Seguros Reservas Assistance Line by dialing +1 809 476 3232 so that a representative can determine the appropriate course of action on a case by case basis. For additional details regarding what is and is not covered by the policy, click HERE
Measures for excursions and tours
Guidelines for horseback riding, sightseeing, zip lines, theme parks, and aquatic sports
- Taking the temperature of every passenger prior to boarding any excursion transportation
- Reduction of vehicle occupancy to 50% to guarantee safe distances between clients
- Use of masks inside all vehicles
- Preparation of one-way routes to avoid crossing paths with other groups
- Sanitization of all surfaces and equipment that customers come into contact with (reins, harnesses, helmets, vests, )
- Thoroughly sanitizing all equipment used by customers (tanks, masks, paddles, etc.) before and after use
- All boats will be sanitized before and after each use
- Maintaining established safety distance throughout the activity.