Like in many countries around the world, the Dominican Government as well has tightened the nightly curfew now during the aftermath holiday season. The current Covid-19 curfew hours nationwide are:
- from 5pm to 5am Monday to Friday (also if it is a holiday),
- and 12pm to 5am on Saturdays and Sundays,
- all regulations with an additional 3-hour transit period to get back home on time. Metro and Omsa buses in the capital Santo Domingo will operate until 8pm daily.
The curfew regulations will probably be in place until the end of January.
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 virus:
- 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.
- 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.
- The nightly curfew is still in place (see above the new regulations).
The new President of the Dominican Republic, Luis Abinader, had announced on August 25th, 2020 a Tourism Recovery Plan whith wide-reaching measures to ensure traveler’s safety. 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.