INFORMATION UPDATED AS OF OCTOBER 24, 2020:
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, the government has decided to extend the curfew until November 11. The Curfew will be starting from 9:00 pm to 5:00 am from Monday to Friday and from 7:00 pm to 5:00 am on Saturdays and Sundays throughout the country.
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.
Aligning with the launch of the Responsible Tourism Recovery Plan on September 15th, The Dominican Government announced that travelers no longer need to provide a negative PCR or COVID-19 test upon arrival. Instead, airports and other ports of entry will administer a quick, aleatory breath test to between 3% and 10% of passengers, and all those who present symptoms, upon arrival.
All passengers will also need to perform a temperature check. Passengers who present symptoms or whose test results are positive will be isolated and attended at authorized locations. Prior to departure, travelers should confirm with their airline provider and airport of origin regarding any testing or other related requirements for inbound flights to the Dominican Republic, or necessary requirements needed upon arrival in their country of origin.
As part of the immigration and customs, travelers will be required to fill out a health affidavit provided by the airline or by Dominican authorities, Traveler’s Health Affidavit. Through this form, passengers declare they have not felt any COVID-19 related symptoms in the last 72 hours and provide contact details for the next 30 days.
Travel Assistance Plan
All international tourists arriving on commercial flights and visiting a hotel will be granted during the check-in process a temporary, free travel assistance 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 December 31, 2020 and will be 100% paid for by the Dominican government.
In order to obtain coverage of the assistance plan, the tourist must enter the country exclusively by air and only applies for guests staying at a hotel. 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
Airport terminals have established guidelines requiring social distancing as well as the mandatory use of face masks for employees and passengers. Outside of the airports, the social distancing of at least 6.5 feet (2 meters) and the use of face masks in public places are required for the general and traveling public within indoor spaces and in areas where social distancing is not possible.
These locations include but are not limited to airport terminals, within indoor and outdoor shopping areas, while using public transportation, when seeking medical attention within a hospital or clinic, among others.
Social distancing is also required at the beach and within the pool and jacuzzi areas. The maximum group size allowed is 10 people. Facial masks are optional for adults at the beach area, and not recommended for children. All equipment, including life jackets, snorkel, kayaks, pedal boats, etc. will be disinfected after each use.
Please contact your hotel, preferred restaurant, or tour operator for specific details regarding their protocols.
On July 1, the country reactivated its tourism operation by opening its borders by land, sea, and air. The measures include:
- Reactivation of commercial flights to and from the country’s airports.
- Hotels restarted operations with the use of contact-free technologies and strict protocols to offer a clean, safe environment and promote social distancing.
- Activities in bars and clubs remain suspended as well as national and international events and public, cultural, artistic and sports shows.
- It is mandatory to keep social distancing and wear face masks in all public spaces, such as banks, supermarkets, and offices, among others.