The nightly curfew regulations had to be tightened again by the Dominican government due to the recent rapid increase in infection rates. Covid-19 curfew hours in Santo Domingo and other provinces are as follows now:
- from 18:00 (6pm) to 5am Monday to Friday (also if it is a holiday),
- from 15:00 (3pm) to 5am on Saturdays and Sundays
- plus 3 hours free circulation to be home on time
Covid-19 curfew hours in the province of Puerto Plata (incl. the city of Sosúa) amongst others will stay as they were:
- from 22:00 (10pm) to 5am Monday to Friday (also if it is a holiday),
- from 21:00 (9pm) to 5am on Saturdays and Sundays
- plus free circulation until midnight to be home on time
The new curfew hours will be in place from 2 June to 9 June for now and will then be revised again.
(Update 1 June 2021)
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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.
- A nightly curfew is in place (see above the current regulations).
The Dominican government is very well ahead in its various measures implemented to return to safe travelling with the goal to stimulate tourism by this summer, as for example in its vaccination program.
Last year, the new President of the Dominican Republic, Luis Abinader, had announced a Tourism Recovery Plan with 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.