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Dominican Republic: COVID-19 Entry Requirements For Travelers

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With over 6 million international visits a year, the Dominican Republic is the most popular tourist destination in the Caribbean. 

Known for its white sand beaches, tropical climate and beautiful resorts, the country is a top choice for American and Canadian travelers looking to escape the cold winters of North America.

Here are all the latest COVID-19 entry requirements travelers need to know before heading to the Dominican Republic in 2022.

Ocean view on the Bavaro beach in Punta Cana. Dominican republic
Ocean view on the Bavaro beach in Punta Cana Dominican republic

Countries Allowed To Enter the Dominican Republic

Travelers from ALL countries will be permitted to enter the Dominican Republic under regular visa entry rules. 

Nov 28, 2021 update: Due to Omicron, flights/passengers from Angola, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Namibia, or South Africa are not allowed to enter.

COVID-19 Testing Entry Requirements

On September 5, 2020, the government stopped the PCR test required for entry.

Testing is not mandatory for entry

Instead, authorities will randomly administer a quick breath test to between 3% to 10% of passengers upon arrival. (As of fall 2021, this is reportedly not happening any longer)

*Temporary Restriction as of October 2021 (still valid in 2022):
Passengers coming from Australia, Congo, Spain, India, Brazil, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Kuwait, Monaco, Senegal, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Sweden, Syria, Thailand, Tunisia, or United Kingdom will need to bring: either a 72-hour negative PCR/antigen test – or – proof of being fully vaccinated at least 3-weeks before arrival.

View of a street in the colonial district in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
View of a street in the colonial district in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Quarantine Entry Requirements 

The Dominican Republic does NOT have any quarantine entry requirements and does NOT offer quarantines instead of COVID-19 testing. 

Passengers that test positive upon arrival or if a traveler is infected with COVID-19 while in the Dominican Republic, will be quarantined at locations authorized by the government.  

man sells ananas at the beach

E-Ticket Form

Starting on November 29, 2020, all passengers entering or leaving the Dominican Republic must fill out the E-ticket online form. This electronic entry/exit form will replace the old paper health affidavit form.

See the E-Ticket Form Here

Passengers will fill out the E-ticket form before entering the country and once again before leaving. Each time it will generate a QR code that the traveler must have handy at the airport for scanning. 

COVID-19 Travel Insurance Entry Requirements 

All travelers should have travel insurance the covers COVID-19 for the duration of their trip to the Dominican Republic. 

COVID-19 Health Requirements While in the Dominican Republic

All visitors must follow Dominican Republic health protocols to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

There is a nationwide curfew from Monday through Friday from 10 pm to 5 am, and on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 pm to 5 am

Face masks are mandatory in all public spaces.

Social distancing of 2 meters is mandatory in all enclosed public spaces.

COVID-19 Vaccine Entry Requirements

The Dominican Republic has not released information if proof of vaccination records will be required for entry in the future.

Starting November 2021, a vaccine passport has been initiated once inside the country but is not aimed at tourists. Visitors to the DR still do not need to show proof of vaccination to enter the country or to check into their hotel, however, they may face restrictions if they choose to leave the resort.

A vaccine passport has been put into place for government buildings, banks, and inconsistent reports of other businesses and services. Some of our readers have reported needing to show proof of vaccination to take a bus, enter a shop, or dine at an off-resort restaurant, while others say the requirement was waived for them because they were foreign tourists.

Travelers to the Dominican Republic in 2021 and 2022 should be aware of vaccine passports being used locally if they plan to leave the resort.

Visa Entry Requirements For Dominican Republic During COVID-19

All travelers will still need to follow Dominican Republic visa requirements.

Travelers in the chart below DO NOT require a visa to visit the Dominican Republic for up to 90 days.

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Source: Wikipedia: Dominican Republic Visa Requirements

Countries not listed above must apply for a visa at a Dominican Republic consulate/embassy in your home country. 

Dominican Republic Covid-19 Entry Requirements:

  1. Check if your country requires a visa to enter Dominican Republic
  2. Fill out the E-Ticket Form
  3. Follow all Dominican Republic curfews and health protocols for the duration of your trip

Hotels That Have Reopened in the Dominican Republic

Here is a full list of all hotels and resorts that have reopened safely in the Dominican Republic. 

Read More: 

Countries That Have Reopened To American Tourists

COVID-19 Entry Requirements By Country: Travelers Guide

Countries That Have Reopened To Canadian Tourists

Caribbean Countries That Have Reopened For Tourism

All Countries Reopening For Tourism

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Disclaimer: Current travel rules and restrictions can change without notice. The decision to travel is ultimately your responsibility. Contact your consulate and/or local authorities to confirm your nationality’s entry and/or any changes to travel requirements before traveling.  Travel Off Path does not endorse traveling against government advisories

Sources: Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism

Originally published August 20, 2020 with updates


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James

Monday 15th of November 2021

Can i go to republique dominicain if i have a positif test ? I was diagnosed with covid november 1st . Now i seen they request a negative test 72 hrs prior to entry . I phone a lab to see if i can get a test but they told me i would test positive for the next 90 days . Would my documentation stating i had covid almost 3 weeks ago be good enough ? Also If they random check i would likely be positive but am not longer symptomatic or spreader as it has been more than 14days . Can anyone help on what to do ?

Aina

Friday 4th of March 2022

Hi, I have 3 vaccine doses, and just had covid. Most likely l will have a positive test in April when l want to visit the Dominican Republic. Will they put us in quaranteene if we are fully vaccinated and can proof that we had covid in February? @Kashlee Kucheran,

Kashlee Kucheran

Tuesday 16th of November 2021

No, the DR does not make any exceptions for past positive tests. Most countries can enter without a test, but there are a handful of countries right now that do need to provide a negative test or proof of being fully vaccinated

Dai

Wednesday 6th of October 2021

Hi can you enter RD with a Recovery or Vaccubation certificate?

Chris

Tuesday 4th of May 2021

What is the procedure if a person who flies to DR, is randomly chosen to take the covid breath test and tests positive? Will they retest person on the spot since it is a quick test? How long is the quarantine? Who pays for quarantine stay at government approved hotel? Thank you!

Kashlee Kucheran

Wednesday 5th of May 2021

They are not entirely clear, but they say that those who test positive will be "will be isolated and attended at authorized locations." Likely for 10-14 days.

Ana Stoean

Sunday 7th of February 2021

Do I need to have a COVID 19 test to flay to Dominica Republic ,Punta Cana ? Im planing to be flaying on March 21 - 2021 with Frontier Airlines .

Kashlee Kucheran

Sunday 7th of February 2021

all of the entry requirements are clearly listed in this article. Coming from some countries, yes. Other countries, no. Give it another look and you'll get your answer

Treena

Thursday 7th of January 2021

When filling out the e-ticket and your town in Canada that you live in isn’t listed, what do you do?