The Dominican Republic will reopen to tourists starting on July 1st, The Minister of Economy, Planning, and Development confirmed Wednesday (06/03).
Important Update: Until September 14th, The Dominican Republic is now requiring visitors to present a negative COVID-19 test result in order to have freedom of movement in the Caribbean country.
Visitors must have proof of a negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) or nasal swab test result recorded within five days of their arrival.
Starting on September 15th this requisite will be eliminated and instead, authorities will randomly administer a quick breath test to between 3% to 10% of passengers upon arrival
International airports in the Dominican Republic will also restart all operations beginning In July.
In an effort to ensure safe and efficient air travel to the country, additional protocols have been implemented at airports.
Upon arrival, all passengers will have their temperature checked as they disembark the plane. If a passenger registers a temperature above 100.6 F degrees or presents any other symptoms, airport authorities will administer a rapid COVID-19 test and initiate the protocols for isolation and treatment of the case.
In addition, airport terminals have established guidelines requiring social distancing as well as the mandatory use of face masks for employees and passengers. As part of immigration and customs forms provided by the airline or by Dominican authorities, passengers will be required to fill out and submit a 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 information for the next 30 days.
Public Health Minister Rafael Sanchez Cardenas confirmed the reopening of the Dominican Republic.
“The full reopening for tourism begins in phase 4, starting July 1st.” Cardenas explained.
Lawyer Juan Ariel Jiménez, who is part of the Emergency and Health Management Committee confirmed to El Nacional, that there have been “no changes in the reopening calender and that tourism will offically reopen on July 1st.”
Social distancing and face-covering requirements remain in effect to slow the spread of coronavirus.
Earlier this month, Delta Air Lines announced plans to resume several major routes between the U.S. and Caribbean, including the Dominican Republic, in June.
According to Dominican Today, tourism business leader, Frank Rainieri put pressure on the Public Health Minister to confirm dates to the media.
“If the tourism sector in the Dominican Republic is not reactivated as of July 1, it could be out of competition in relation to other countries in the Caribbean,” said Rainieri.
According to the official tourism board, Go Dominican Republic, has also confirmed the reopening.
“On Phase 4 of the de-escalation process, projected to start on July 1st, 2020, tourism will be reactivated, opening hotels, airports, gyms and restaurants.”
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.
*Important Note: The reopening of tourism activities is dependent on approval of the Dominican Republic government. Be sure to check with authorities before traveling.