Information on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

LATEST UPDATES

INFORMATION UPDATED AS OF APRIL 19, 2021:

 

  • Entry Requirements: Aligning with the launch of the Responsible Tourism Recovery Plan, travelers no longer need to provide a negative PCR or COVID-19 test upon arrival. Instead, airports and other ports of entry will perform a quick, aleatory breath test to between 3% and 15% of passengers, and all those who present symptoms, upon arrival. Passengers under the age of five and crew members are exempt from this procedure. All passengers will also need to perform a temperature check. Passengers who present symptoms or whose test results are positive will be isolated and attended at authorized locations. Prior to departure, travelers should confirm with their airline provider and airport of origin regarding any testing or other related requirements for inbound flights to the Dominican Republic, or necessary requirements needed upon arrival to their country of origin.

 

  • Until April 27, 2021, passengers traveling from the United Kingdom to the Dominican Republic are required to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate issued not more than 72 hours before arriving in the country. Travelers that arrive to Dominican Republic without a negative PCR certificate are subject to COVID-19 testing upon arrival and must quarantine for the next 7 days in a government facility, at their own expense. Quarantine may be extended, pending negative test results. If you were planning to travel from United Kingdom to or in transit through the Dominican Republic, please check with your travel professional. These measures also apply to travelers who have been in the United Kingdom in the two weeks prior to arriving to the Dominican Republic.

  • COVID-19 Testing: As of January 26, 2021, the Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism is offering viral antigen testing to international visitors staying at a hotel to meet the new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) travel protocols requiring all travelers ages two and above returning to the United States to present proof of a negative viral COVID-19 test (PCR or antigen) administered within 72 hours prior to departure. The viral test offering will be administered at some of the hotels across the country. For reference, the antigen tests will be performed by technical health personnel and the test results will be certified by the Ministry of Health. Antigen tests are processed faster than PCR tests. To note, while antigen tests are free to qualifying travelers, there is a small out of pocket fee to cover the cost of processing them. Some hotels have decided to absorb this cost, others will charge the guest a small fee, and a few are not part of the program. Please contact your hotel directly to make an appointment or discuss their specific process.

Upon request and at an additional cost, select hotels will also offer PCR tests to guests. As needed, travelers can also make an appointment for viral antigen testing or PCR testing across the country. Click here for more information on the various testing centers from the DR Travel Center or click here to view testing facilities as outlined by the United States Embassy.

This added testing offering is the most recent addition to the Responsible Tourism Recovery Plan and will be revisited on an on-going basis by the Ministry of Tourism in tandem with the Dominican Government to measures its effectiveness, and will be modified as needed to align with international protocols.

Based on the ever-changing nature of the COVID-19 virus, we recommend connecting with your airline or travel agent directly to discuss any protocols that may apply to your country. As needed, we also recommend visiting the International Air Transport Association (IATA) for any updates to international markets and their required procedures. IATA cannot guarantee its accuracy and can accept no liability for any errors or omissions.

  • E-TICKET: As of April 1, 2021, all foreign and Dominican passengers entering or leaving Dominican Republic on commercial flights must complete the electronic entry and exit form, which combines the Traveler’s Health Affidavit, Customs Declaration and International Embarkation/Disembarkation forms. Until April 30, 2021, Dominican authorities will exceptionally accept both types of registrations to enter the country: the current one through physical forms, and the new one through the digital system. As of May 1, 2021, the use of digital forms will be mandatory and no other method of providing the required information to enter the Dominican Republic will be allowed or be recognized as valid. The form is available in English, Spanish, French, Italian, German, Portuguese and Russian and can be accessed through the following link: https://eticket.migracion.gob.do. Passengers will need to fill out a form for arrival and another one for departure and the system will generate two QR codes. Dominican airports have free internet access, so that passengers who did not fill out the form before flying can do so when they arrive in the country. To save time during the arrival procedure, we recommend filling out the form 72 hours before the trip, printing or making a screenshot of the QR code and keeping it on hand until arrival, where it will be scanned by the authorities when passengers go through Customs. The QR code will not be scanned during departure, but it is a confirmation that the form was completed correctly. If passengers need to make any changes to the form, they must fill it out a new form. For additional information and to watch an instructional video, please visit: https://viajerodigital.mitur.gob.do/. Passengers arriving on private flights, non-commercial vessels, ferries, cruise ships, etc., do not need to fill out the electronic form. The physical Traveler’s Health Affidavit, Customs Declaration and International Embarkation/Disembarkation forms will be accepted for the aforementioned passengers.
  • Free Health Coverage Plan: All international tourists arriving on commercial flights and staying at a hotel will be granted during the check-in process a temporary, free health coverage plan that provides coverage for emergencies in the event of an infection or exposure to COVID-19 while in-country. The coverage includes medical attention by specialists, medical transfers, transfer of a relative, penalty for airfare changes, lodging for prolonged stays and more. This insurance will be provided at no cost to visitors arriving on or before April 30, 2021 and will be 100% paid for by the Dominican government. In order to obtain coverage of the health plan the tourist must enter the country exclusively by air and only applies for guests staying at a hotel. For more information or to receive assistance while in the country in the event of exposure, please contact the Seguros Reservas Assistance Line by dialing +1 809 476 3232 so that a representative can determine the appropriate course of action on a case by case basis. For additional details regarding what is and is not covered by the policy, click HERE

 

  • Social Distancing: Airport terminals have established guidelines requiring social distancing as well as the mandatory use of face masks for employees and passengers. Outside of the airports, social distancing of at least 6.5 feet (2 meters) and the use of face masks in public places are required for the general and traveling public within indoor spaces and in areas where social distancing is not possible. These locations include but are not limited to airport terminals, within indoor and outdoor shopping areas, while using public transportation, when seeking medical attention within a hospital or clinic, among others. Social distancing is also required at the beach, and within pool and jacuzzi areas. Facial masks are optional for adults at the beach area, and not recommended for children. All equipment, including life jackets, snorkel, kayaks, pedal boats, etc. will be disinfected after each use. Please contact your hotel, preferred restaurant or tour operator for specific details regarding their protocols. The use of face masks is mandatory in public places and private places of public use in the national territory, as well as the other measures and protocols of social distancing adopted by the corresponding authorities; its non-compliance will be sanctioned.

 

CURRENT MEASURES  BY THE GOVERNMENT OF THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC VALID UNTIL MAY 16, 2021:

  • To control the outbreak of COVID-19 in country, there is an established curfew in place Monday through Friday from 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. There will be a free transit from 10:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. throughout the country to ensure that citizens and tourists can return to their homes or hotels. Saturdays and Sundays there will be an established curfew in place from 9:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. with free transit from 9:00 p.m. until 12:00 a.m. While hotel guests will not be required to follow these guidelines within their resort property, they will be limited to stay within the property during the associated hours. During this timeline, authorities will allow the transit of international visitors and vehicle operators who transport them, as well as properly identified employees of maritime and air transport companies, if they are moving to / from a port or airport. Hotel employees and suppliers can also transit freely while exercising work related activities. Transfers to and from the airports are allowed if presenting a passport or local identity card (cédula) and the passenger’s flight itinerary.

 

  • The country reactivated its tourism operation by opening its borders by air. The measures include:
    • Reactivation of commercial flights to and from the country’s airports.
    • Hotels restarted operations with the use of contact-free technologies and strict protocols to offer a clean, safe environment and promote social distancing.
    • Activities in bars and clubs remain suspended as well as massive national and international events and public, cultural, artistic and sports shows involving the agglomeration of people.
    • It is mandatory to keep social distancing and to wear face masks in all public spaces, such as banks, supermarkets and offices, among others.

 

  • Ports, marinas and anchorage facilities to receive yachts, ferries, and cruise ships are open.

 

  • Public transportation will operate with schedules according to the curfew, with at least 1.5 meters of separation between users and a 60% limited capacity.

 

  • Private transportation companies and malls are operating normally on the allowed working hours, except for casinos. All commercial establishments operating on closed environments must assure a separation of 1.5 meters between clients and the mandatory use of face masks, as well as the compliance of new sanitary measures announce by Public Health officials.

 

  • People will be able to use outdoor open spaces, such as parks and boardwalks, for activities that do not involve crowds and are in strict compliance with current health protocols.

 

  • Places dedicated to sports and physical exercise, such as gyms, will be able to receive clients in their facilities up to 60% of their total capacity, in strict compliance with current health protocols.

 

  • Visiting hours for protected areas and national parks will be Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Salto El Limón, Saltos de Jima, and 27 Saltos de Damajagua are open to the public. The Armando Bermúdez National Park (Pico Duarte), Montaña La Humeadora (Valle de Dios) and José del Carmen Ramírez (Valle del Tetero) National Park are open to the public to stay overnight by prior reservation 10 days in advance. To visit the protected areas, you must enter with local guides that are certified by the Ministry of the Environment. Click HERE for more information.

 

  • Public beaches remain open to the public during the hours of free movement and will be guarded to avoid crowds, while still practicing social distancing.

 

  • The activities of the tourism sector will continue to be handled with a special protocol as before. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the organization, promotion and execution of massive activities, parties, concerts, events or other similar activities in tourist facilities throughout the country is prohibited.

 

  • Activities and massive events that involve the agglomeration of people are prohibited.

 

  • The opening and celebration of activities of the different churches and other religious denominations is allowed, which may be held three times a week in strict compliance with current health protocols and without exceeding 60% of the total capacity of their installations, keeping the established hours for the curfew.

 

  • Food and beverage consumption places, such as restaurants, will be able to receive customers in their facilities up to 60% of their total capacity, in strict compliance with current sanitary protocols and without exceeding 6 people per table in the places where it applies. Employees or contractors of restaurants, pharmacies or grocery stores that provide home delivery services of cooked or raw food or medicines, who will have permission to circulate until 11:00 p.m., exclusively during the exercise of their job duties. Some restrictions such as restaurant hours do not apply to hotels. For more information contact the hotel directly.

 

  • As a result of our stringent safety measures and effective vaccination plan, currently, hotel occupancy has increased from 60 percent to 80 percent, further solidifying Dominican Republic as a world example of tourism recovery amidst the pandemic.

 

  • Dominican Republic has a robust health care system that has been able to quickly detect cases of COVID-19 in the country. For more information about the coronavirus in Dominican Republic, please visit the Ministry of Public Health’s website. (https://www.msp.gob.do/web/) or download the COVID-RD mobile phone application, available on the App Store and Google Play, that works as a passport in which, through a QR code, visitors can report their condition and access many services and information.

 

  • For MITUR, the well-being and safety of visitors remains a priority, so it will continue to work in coordination with the other relevant authorities to further strengthen the country’s preventive measures against coronavirus. For more information visit https://drtravelcenter.com

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS: 

Where can I get a COVID-19 (antigen or PCR) test to travel back to my country?

Many countries require a negative COVID-19 test before boarding your departing flight or entering your home country. Please confirm with the authorities of your destination country the specific type of viral test you need (PCR, antigen or antibodies) and the time it should be administered (48, 72 or 96 hours). It is important to note that these requirements depend on the authorities of other countries and can change at any time.

Below you will find a list of laboratories within the Dominican Republic that are authorized to test for COVID-19. Please confirm with each laboratory if they perform the type of test you need to travel back to your destination country, the estimated time for delivery of results and the cost.

As of January 26, 2021, the Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism is offering viral antigen testing to international visitors staying at most of the hotels to meet the new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) travel protocols requiring all travelers ages two and above returning to the United States, to present proof of a negative viral COVID-19 test (PCR or antigen) administered within 72 hours prior to departure. The antigen test is processed faster than the PCR test. While antigen tests are free, there is a small fee to cover the cost of processing them. Some hotels have decided to absorb this cost, others will charge the guest a small fee, and a few are not part of the program. Please confirm with your hotel about in-property testing options.

Amadita Clinical Laboratory

It has 46 branches strategically located nationwide for general clinical analysis.

TESTING SERVICES FOR TRAVELERS:

Antigen Tests:

This test is available at almost every branch in the country in Santo Domingo, La Romana, Bávaro, Punta Cana, Higuey, Jarabacoa, Santiago, San Pedro de Macorís an Azua, among others. This test does not require an appointment and it can be requested directly at the branch or through the following channels:

  • Amadita App (available for Android & IOS)
  • Web page www.amadita.com
  • WhatsApp: +1(809) 682-5414

Cost: RD$1,995 (approx. USD$35)

Results: Between 2 and 4 hours

You must present your passport.

COVID-19 PCR tests:

The COVID-19 PCR test is performed nationwide by requesting a visit to your hotel of a specialist or in person at the special collection points located in Santo Domingo and Santiago. You can request the test by completing the form required by the Ministry of Health through the following channels:

  • Amadita App (available for Android & IOS)
  • Web page www.amadita.com
  • WhatsApp: +1(809) 682-5414

Cost: RD$4,300 (approx. USD$75)

Results: Between 48 and 72 hours.

You must make an appointment and present your passport.

Respiratory SARS COV 2 (COVID-19) tests:

This test is performed nationwide by requesting a visit to your hotel of a specialist or in person at the special collection points located in Santo Domingo and Santiago. You can request the test  through the following channels:

  • Amadita App (available for Android & IOS)
  • Web page www.amadita.com
  • WhatsApp: +1(809) 682-5414

Cost: RD$12,500

Results: Between 4 and 8 hours.

You must make an appointment and present your passport.

For more information contact +1(809) 682-5414 or www.amadita.com.

Amadita Clinical Laboratory at Las Américas International Airport (Santo Domingo)

Amadita Clinical Laboratory offers antigen and respiratory panel testing at Las Las Américas International Airports (Santo Domingo) only for emergencies.

The lab in the airport is located on the third level and is open from Monday to Sunday, between 5:00AM and 8:00 PM.

Antigen Test cost: RD$1,995

Respiratory Panel Test cost: RD$12,500

Results: Between 2 and 4 hours

More information:

  • App Amadita (available for Android & IOS)
  • WhatsApp: +1(809)682-5414
  • amadita.com

Referencia Clinical Laboratory

A network of 51 locations throughout the country.

Antigen Tests:

Available without appointment, starting at 2:00PM, to travelers presenting a confirmed flight itinerary and a form of identification, at the Santo Domingo, Santiago, Punta Cana, Bávaro, Higuey, La Romana, Puerto Plata, San Francisco de Macorís, La Vega, Nagua, Azua, Baní and San Juan de la Maguana branches.

Cost: RD$1,750

Results: 3 hours.

PCR Tests: 

Available at all branches throughout the country  with home-testing at hotels or  drive-through service (Auto Service). Appointment is required.

Cost: RD$4,300

Results: 48 hours

Express PCR Test:

Available at the Santo Domingo, Punta Cana, Bávaro and La Romana branches.

Cost: RD$5,000

Results: 24 hours

For more information or to schedule an appointment:

Patria Rivas Clinical Laboratory

With 10 branches throughout the country, the lab also offers the service of home testing.

PCR Test:

Available in the San Cristóbal, Punta Cana and  El Seibo Branches.

Cost: RD$4,300

Results: Between 48 and 72 hours.

To schedule an appointment:

WhatsApp: +1(829)292-9612

For more information:

Tel. +1 (809) -685-0950, ext. 1002 and 1003

https://patriarivas.com.do/covid-19/

email: info@patriarivas.com.do

Punto  Médico

Branches in:

  • Santo Domingo
  • Santiago
  • La Romana
  • San Cristobal
  • Bávaro

COVID-19 PCR tests:

Cost: USD$90

Results: Between 24 and 72 hours

An appointment is necessary. The lab also offers home testing at selected hotels.

To schedule an appointment:

https://www.puntomedico.com.do/prueba-covid-19

Tel: +1(809)338-3338 and +1(809)562-0040

Whatsapp: +1(809)562-0040

Antigen Test:

No appointment is necessary. Available at the following branches, from 7:00AM to 5:00 PM:

  • Punta Cana International Airport
  • Bávaro City Center, Bávaro.
  • Punto Medico Plaza Coral, Santiago
  • Punto Medico La Fuente, Santiago
  • Punto Medico Zona Universitaria, Santo Domingo,
  • Punto Medico Diamond Plaza, Santo Domingo.
  • Punto Medico Occidental Mall, Santo Domingo.
  • Hospital Semma, Santiago

Cost: USD$45

Results: Between 30 and 40 minutes

More information: https://www.puntomedico.com.do

Punto  Médico at Punta Cana International Airport

Punto Médico laboratory offers antigen testing at the Punta Cana International Airport, from Monday to Sunday, between 7:00AM and 5:00 PM. No appointment is necessary.

Antigen Test cost: USD$45

Results: Between 30 and 40 minutes

More information:

Centro Médico Punta Cana

COVID-19 PCR tests:

Cost: RD$4,500

Results: 48 hours

Antigen Tests:

Cost: RD$2,000

Results: If the test is administered at the branch, between 2 and 4 hours. If the test is administered at the hotel, between 24 and 48 hours.

Express PCR Test:

Cost: RD$5,000

Results: 24 hours

Additionally, guests staying at the following hotels can have the PCR or antigen test administered at the medical center in the property: Majestic Resorts, Nickelodeon, Catalonia Bávaro, RIU Republic, RIU Complejo, Viva Dominicus Bayahibe, Hilton Bayahibe, and Catalonia Bayahibe.

To schedule an appointment: scan this QR code 

For more information call: + 1 (809) -552-1506

Call Center – 24 hours / day: +1 (809) 473-7283

Email: internacional1.cmpc@gruporescue.com

Website: https://www.centromedicopuntacana.com

Hospiten Bávaro, Punta Cana

Hospiten has a partnership with several hotels in Punta Cana. Bávaro, Capcana and Uvero Alto to administer testing on the property. Please confirm with your hotel if they are part of this agreement.

COVID-19 PCR tests:

Cost: USD$125

Results: 24 hours

For tests administered on hotel property please check availability with Guest Services. For tests administered at the lab, please make an appointment by calling:

Tel: +1 (809) 686-1414 ext. 2560

Antigen Test:

Cost: USD$35

Results: 20 minutes

For more information:

Email: bavaro@hospiten.com

Tel: +1 (809) 686 1414

https://hospiten.com/centros-y-hospitales/cid/6

IMG Hospital, Punta Cana

To schedule an appointment: +1 (809) 285 6116

For more information visit: https://img.hospital

Bournigal Medical Center, Puerto Plata

COVID-19 PCR tests:

Cost: RD$4,500

Results: 48 hours

Antigen Tests:

Cost: RD$2,000

Results: If the test is administered at the branch, between 2 and 4 hours. If the test is administered at the hotel, between 24 and 48 hours.

Express PCR Test:

Cost: RD$5,000

Results: 24 hours

Additionally, guests staying at the following hotels can have the PCR or antigen test administered at the medical center in the property: Lifestyle Hotels Cofresi, Senator, and Casa Marina Sosua.

To schedule an appointment: scan this QR code

For more information: +1 (809) 586-2342

Cellular / WhatsApp +1 (829) 679-3155 (Monday to Friday from 8 am-6pm)

Email: internacional.cmbo@gruporescue.com

For more information: https://www.centromedicobournigal.com

Bournigal Medical Center at Gregorio Luperón International Airport, Puerto Plata

Antigen Tests:

Service available from 10:00Am to 5:00PM.

Cost: RD$2,000

Results: Between 20 and 30 minutes

Hospiten Santo Domingo

COVID-19 PCR tests:

Cost: USD$125

Results: Same day, approximately 3 to 4 hours

Tests are administered only in the mornings, starting at 8:00 AM, from Monday to Friday.

For more information:

Tel: +1 (809) 541 30 00 ext. 2840

Email: evelyn.delossantos@hospiten.com

For more information visit: https://hospiten.com/centros-y-hospitales/cid/4

Centro Diagnóstico de Helicobácter Pylori y Laboratorio Clínico Especializado, Santo Domingo

Antigen Tests:

Cost: RD$3,000

Results: Between 1 and 2 hours.

An appointment is not necessary but suggested. Walk-ins welcomed and served on a first-come basis.

For more information or to schedule an appointment:

Tel: +1 (809) 567-1996 or +1(809) 732-7044 (for information in English please ask to speak to Dr. Lyanne Santana)

Whatsapp: +1(809)857-1952

Email: l.helicobacter@gmail.com

Address: Calle Frank Félix Miranda #11. Ensanche Naco. Santo Domingo

How can I reduce my chances of contracting COVID-19?

General measures to protect against respiratory diseases include:

  • Frequently clean your hands (wash them with soap and water or alcohol solutions), especially after direct contact with sick people or their environment.
  • Avoid contact with people with signs of a respiratory illness, such as coughing or sneezing.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with disposable tissues when you cough or sneeze, and then wash your hands.

These measures also help protect you against frequent illnesses like the flu.

What should I do if I suspect I have COVID-19?

If you suspect that you have symptoms of COVID-19, the United States Center for Disease Control advises you to take the following steps:

  • Stay in your home or hotel room and call the doctor before going for a medical visit.
  • Avoid contact with other people and animals.
  • Wear a mask.
  • Cover your mouth or nose with a disposable tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  • Wash your hands regularly and for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid sharing personal items with others.
  • Clean all high-contact surfaces every day.
  • Monitor your symptoms.
What are the symptoms of the coronavirus?

The most common symptoms are fever, cough, and feeling short of breath. In some cases, there may also be digestive symptoms like diarrhea and abdominal pain. Symptoms can be aggravated in vulnerable individuals such as the elderly or people with compromised immune systems, among others.

Where can I get information about the coronavirus?

Information on COVID-19 can be found on the websites of different official organizations. Our recommendations are as follows:

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