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Dominican Republic Reopening To Tourists July 1st

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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

Dominican Republic beach with national flag

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.

Dominican republic airport

The reopening will see hotels, restaurants and tours begin operating at 100% including all staffing levels returned to normal according to El Nacional.

Hard Rock Hotel in Dominican republic

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

Dominican Republic Beach (1)

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.” 

punta cana hotel from sky

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.

delta plane flying into the domincan republic

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. 

resort in the domincan republic

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.”

Punta Cana hotel

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. 

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Lisa

Tuesday 15th of September 2020

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

Zorik

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

Mark

Tuesday 1st of September 2020

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

Lorie

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.