The Dominican Republic has extended its national curfew for another 25 days the President has announced. The use of masks has also been made an essential prevention measure for the country.
President Luis Abinader said that the national curfew will be extended until at least November 11th in a new decree and then will then be reviewed by government authorities.
The curfew runs from Monday to Friday from 9:00 pm until 5:00 am. On Saturdays, Sundays and holidays the curfew is in effect from 7:00 pm until 5:00 am.
During these times all locals, tourists and expats must be off the streets and in there respective accommodations.
Travelers staying in resorts are allowed to move within the amenities on the property but can’t leave the resort.
The curfew was extended as one of the preventive measures to fight the spread of COVID-19 in the country.
The head of state also extended the national emergency by the same amount of time in a second decree.
Both decrees were in response to epidemiological evolution of COVID-19.
The use of masks in now mandatory by law in all public and private places. The mandate has been signed in the new decree as an “essential measure” to control the spread of Covid-19. Travelers should be aware that failure to wear masks when instructed could results in fines by Dominican Republic authorities.
The latest travel advisory issued by the U.S. State Department was on August 6th. The advisory was issued as a level 4 ‘Do Not Travel’ and is still in effect as of October 17th.
The advisory reads “do not travel to the Dominican Republic due to health and safety measures and COVID-related conditions”.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Travel Health Notice for the Dominican Republic due to COVID-19.
In a recent move to bolster its tourism, the Dominican Republic removed its mandatory COVID-19 PCR testing requirement making it easier than ever to travel to the island. There are also no mandatory quarantines in place for incoming travelers.
In another promotion, the Dominican Republic government announced they will be providing free COVID-19 health insurance for every tourist up until the end of December.
The coverage includes:
- Coverage for emergencies
- Lodging for extended stays due to an infection
- Flight changes due to an infection
The Dominican Republic has began to bend its curve of new infections in the right direction.
In July and August the island was almost seeing 1000 news cases per day as the virus continued to spread uncontrolled.
As of October daily new of COVID-19 cases have trended below 500.
To date, the Dominican Republic has seen over 120,000 cases resulting in 2195 deaths.
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Originally Published October 17th, 2020
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