The Dominican Republic is still under State of Emergency which allows the government and parliament to take regulatory and preventive actions to confront the advance of the Corona virus. Here is what to currently expect in the country when travelling to the Dominican Republic:
- Airports are open for international travel while land borders stay closed; maritime restrictions have just been lifted: cruise ships are allowed to enter Dominican harbours again.
- Beaches can be visited, respecting the social distancing measures.
- Watersports like scuba diving, windsurfing, kite boarding, or SUP are possible as well as going onto excursions and field trips, again, respecting the social distancing measures.
- Supermarkets, shops, banks and businesses are open, some of them on reduced opening hours.
- Gyms as well as public pools, lakes, bathing spots and rivers stay shut down.
- Colmados (small local shops) and restaurants are open for delivery or take out UNLESS they can serve their clients on open terrace spaces of the restaurant.
- Wearing a mask is mandatory at all times when leaving your home.
- The nightly curfew is still in place, now until the end of November. Curfew times have been eased: People are not allowed to be on the streets from 9PM to 5AM during the week from Monday to Friday, and on Saturdays & Sundays from 7PM to 5AM.
The new President of the Dominican Republic, Luis Abinader, had announced a Tourism Recovery Plan on August 25th with wide-reaching measures to ensure safety for people travelling to the Dominican Republic. See further information about the new President’s Tourism Recovery Plan:
On Tuesday, August 25, President Luis Abinader announced that tourists do not need a health certificate upon arrival in the country, that they are not infected with the Covid-19 virus. The tourists are however randomly tested for a possible infection. The president also said that if someone is infected, the cost to the tourist for the extended stay in an accommodation and the cost of a flight change will be reimbursed by the Dominican state. This insurance is valid until December of this year. The president wants to assure tourists that they can book a holiday in the Dominican Republic with peace of mind.