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