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Dominican Republic Reopening for Tourism – Latest Updates
Until March 28, all visitors arriving in Dominican Republic from the United Kingdom must present proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken not more than 72 hours prior to departure.
If a visitor from the UK arrives without the negative test, they will have to take one upon arrival and undergo a 7-day mandatory quarantine at a government-designated facility at their own expense. This quarantine will be extended until the passenger can produce a negative COVID-19 test result.
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 a traveler arrives in The Dominican Republic the government will provide them with a temporary, free travel assistance plan that provides coverage for emergencies in case they 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 visitors while they are on the island, and -only if- they get infected on the island, not if they arrive with the virus.