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Tourists wanting to visit only need to complete an online form. No tests or quarantine are required. Also, health coverage for COVID-19 is free in the territory.
Even though there has been a spike in new cases after the holidays, the number of deaths has remained low. The CDC still classifies the country as a level 4 risk.
Dominican Republic Reopening for Tourism – Latest Updates
January 22 Update
President Luis Abinader announced on January 20 that vaccination programs will start in the coming weeks and that stock is enough to vaccinate all the population with healthcare workers being prioritized.
The Dominican Republic does NOT have any quarantine entry requirements at the moment.
Free travel assistance plan – Where is the catch?
Once you arrive in The Dominican Republic the government will provide you with a temporary, free travel assistance plan that provides coverage for emergencies in case you get the COVID-19 infection while in-country.
The insurance plan includes medical attention by specialists, medical transfers, transfer of a relative, penalty for airfare changes, and lodging for prolonged stays among other benefits for up to US $10,000.
Well, the plan is actually pretty smart. But the catch is that the medical care on the island is limited and some hospitals are currently at or near full capacity. There is also a shortage of ICU beds. The hospital capacity may be an issue in case the second COVID-19 wave keeps increasing.
Will foreigners be covered after leaving the island?
No. They will not. This plan only covers you while you are on the island, and -only if- you get infected on the island, not if you arrive with the virus.