Dominican Republic reopening to all tourists - travel restrictions

Dominican Republic open for tourism with free COVID healthcare (if needed)

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The Dominican Republic has opened its borders to all tourists by implementing a very unique and interesting COVID strategy.

The government is now offering free travel insurance to all tourists visiting their territory during the COVID-19 pandemic. This way, travelers visiting the island do not have to submit proof of a negative COVID-19 result or undergo quarantine.

Keep reading to learn about the advantages of this strategy and the new local restrictions.

(Spanish version: Republica Dominicana reabre para el turismo)

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Who is allowed entry to The Dominican Republic?

Dominican republic reopening curfew

Visitors from all countries are currently allowed entry for tourism.

Are U.S. Citizens allowed entry for tourism?

Yes. US tourists can visit Dominican Republic without bringing a COVID test or going to quarantine.

Is it safe to visit Dominican Republic now?

Do I have to bring a negative COVID-19 test result to be granted access to the Dominic Republic?

No. You don’t. Starting on September 15, the government decided to remove this requirement in order to encourage tourists to visit the island.  

Will I be tested for COVID-19 upon arrival? 

Starting on September 15, COVID-19 rapid tests will be performed on randomly selected travelers upon arrival.

Will I be screened at airports or other ports of entry? 

Yes, you will. You may probably go through temperature checks and other health screenings. 

Covid-19 situation in Dominican Republic

Is there any traveler affidavit I need to submit upon arrival?

Yes. Fill it out here.

Is there a curfew in Dominican Republic?

Starting on September 27, the country is enforcing a nationwide curfew from Monday through Friday from 9 pm to 5 am, and on Saturdays and Sundays from 7 pm to 5 am.

Do I have to quarantine once I arrive in the Dominican Republic?

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 I be covered when I leave the island?

No. You 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. Also, this plan was only created for visitors arriving before December 31, 2020. 

Since you may not show symptoms on the day of arrival, we recommend you get private insurance before traveling. Here you can find the best private insurance plans that cover COVID-19.

Dominican Republic reopening for all tourists - No travel restrictions

What am I allowed to do in The Dominican Republic as a tourist?

All kinds of tourist activities are allowed in The Dominican Republic. Here you have a list of places you can visit as of now. 

  • National Parks
  • Natural Monuments
  • Scientific Reserves
  • Ecological Parks 
  • Beaches

These are open from Monday to Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm and on Saturdays and Sundays from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm.  

  • Indoor gyms
  • Religious places
  • Restaurants
  • Liquor stores
  • Community stores

These are operating observing the curfew times established to their community. 

What am I not allowed to visit?

Unfortunately, you will not be permitted to visit public pools, lakes, and rivers. Those remain closed. 

How is the pandemic situation in The Dominical Republic?

Covid-19 in Dominican Republic

Over the last few weeks, there has been a mild spike in coronavirus cases. As of today, The country has officially reported 135,157 positive cases, 111,527 of them are already recovered and 2,293 deaths. 


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