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Dominican Republic Travel Restrictions – What Travelers Need To Know In 2021

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The Dominican Republic is one of Americans favorite holiday destinations and with the vaccine rollout ramping up in the U.S., more travelers will be looking to head back to the tropical beach destination. Millions of tourists flock to the white sand beaches and all inclusive luxury resorts of the Dominican Republic every year. Here are the latest travel restrictions for 2021 and everything travelers need to know before planning their trip to the Dominican Republic.

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Latest Dominican Travel Restrictions For 2021

The Dominican Republic Is Open For Tourism

The Dominican Republic is fully open for tourism under its regular visa requirements. There are currently no restricted countries due to the pandemic. While visitors will face restrictions while on the island, entry requirements are relatively easy.


U.S. State Department Travel Warning For The Dominican Republic

The U.S. State Department currently has a level 3 ‘Reconsider Travel’ advisory in place for the Dominican Republic due to Covid-19.

Additionally, the State Department warns ‘violent crime, including armed robbery, homicide and sexual assault is a concern throughout the Dominican Republic'.


CDC Travel Warning For The Dominican Republic

The CDC has issued a Level 4 ‘Very High Level of COVID-19 in the Dominican Republic' advisory and currently recommends that travelers should ‘avoid all travel‘ to the Dominican Republic.

The level 4 warning is the highest level of warning the CDC is issuing for countries at this time. It should be noted that this level 4 warning has also been issued to 165 additional countries including the United States and Canada.

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Covid Entry Requirements For The Dominican Republic

There are currently no mandatory testing or quarantine requirements when arriving in the Dominican Republic.

*Due to variants passengers from South Africa, Brazil, and the UK must bring a negative 72-hour PCR test with them

Tourists should be aware while there are no mandatory tests prior to arriving on the island, authorities may randomly administer a quick Covid-19 breath test on selected travelers. All passengers are required to fill out an online E-ticket form before arriving.


Are Masks Required In The Dominican Republic?

Face masks are required in all public spaces in the Dominican Republic. This includes both indoor and outdoor areas.

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Curfews In The Dominican Republic

There is a nationwide curfew the the Dominican Republic from Monday through Friday from 9 pm to 5 am, and on Saturdays and Sundays from 7 pm to 5 am. The curfew does apply to all tourists.

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Beach Restrictions In The Dominican Republic

All beaches in the Dominican Republic and are operating on the same hours as the national curfew. Adults are not required to wear masks on the beach.

Returning Home From The Dominican Republic

Travelers returning home from the Dominican Republic are most likely required to present proof of a negative Covid-19 test.

Type of Test Required:

USA – PCR-type test – OR – Rapid antigen-type test, performed no longer than 72 hours before departing on the flight back to the U.S.

Canada – PCR-type test, performed no longer than 72 hours before departing on the flight back to Canada. Antigen not accepted.

UK – PCR-type test – OR – Rapid antigen-type test, performed no longer than 72 hours before departing on the flight back to the UK. 

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Where To Get A Test In The Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic has a vast network of testing facilities and has made it easy for travelers to get a Covid-19 test in order to return home.

See the complete guide on where to get a test in the Dominican Republic.

Travelers Tip: Many resorts are offering guests free onsite Covid-19 Antigen testing for Americans and as well will perform PCR tests for a fee. Check with the concierge at your resort.

Cayacoa Beach, Samaná, Dominican Republic

Travelers Who Have Been Vaccinated

The Dominican Republic does not currently offer any preferential treatment for travelers who have been vaccinated.

Vaccine Tourism In The Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic is currently not offering Covid-19 vaccines to travelers.

See the list of countries offering the Covid-19 vaccine for travelers.

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Prevention Measures In Place To Protect Tourists In The Dominican Republic

The Dominica Republic has enacted many Covid-19 prevention protocols to help keep tourists safe while there are on the island.

Prevention Methods and Health Protocols Include:

  • Mandatory use of masks
  • Social distancing markers
  • Temperature checks
  • Digital menus
  • Luggage sanitation
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The Dominican Republic Has Received The WTTC Safe Travels Stamp

The Dominican Republic has received the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) ‘Safe Travel Stamp‘. Some of the individual properties and areas of the Dominican Republic have also been recognized.

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Tuesday 15th of September 2020

Does anyone know of you need to quarantine for two weeks in NJ upon return from the DR?


Saturday 12th of September 2020

Can you please provide the source for not requiring test from September 15th. I could not find any information on the embassy website. Also Is the curfew still in place? Thank you

Kashlee Kucheran

Sunday 13th of September 2020

This is an older article that we updated, If you want the newest ones with the sources about the tests, look at these: -Dominican Republic Covid Entry Requirements (Click HERE to read) - Dominican Battles for Tourists (Click HERE to read)

Jennifer Gallozzi

Thursday 10th of September 2020

Do you have to wear mask in public..resorts excursions


Tuesday 1st of September 2020

No quarantine required upon arrival? Not even for 24 hours? Yay!


Wednesday 26th of August 2020

Sorry, just confirming that you need to bring a negative test with you, no problem with that, then get tested again while there? Do they do the test at the airport or the resort at which you are going to? The process is confusing to me. If you could advise that would be great, thank you.

Kashlee Kucheran

Wednesday 26th of August 2020

You will need to bring a negative PCR test that has been taken, with results, within 5 days prior to arrival. Upon arrival at the airport, they might test you again if they see fit.