Information on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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INFORMATION UPDATED AS OF SEPTEMBER 9, 2021

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Most travelers (for example, from United States, Canada, Argentina, Mexico, Chile, Colombia, Panama, France, Germany, Italy, Russia, Puerto Rico, etc.) do not need to present a negative COVID-19 test upon arrival to enter the Dominican Republic. Airports and other ports of entry will perform a quick, aleatory breath test to a percentage of passengers, and all those who present symptoms, upon arrival. Passengers under the age of five and crew members are exempt from this procedure. Passengers who present a vaccination card no less than 3 weeks after the last dose was placed or a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival in the Dominican Republic will be exempted from the random test. 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.

Passports: All foreign citizens who enter the Dominican Republic, exclusively for tourism purposes, must have a valid passport during their stay and departure from the country. This exceptional measure is valid until December 31, 2021.

MEASURES FOR PASSENGERS AND CREW MEMBERS FROM AUSTRALIA, BRAZIL, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO, INDIA, INDONESIA, IRAQ, IRAN, IRELAND, KUWAIT, MONACO, SAINT VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES, SENEGAL, SOUTH AFRICA, SWEDEN, SYRIA, THAILAND, TUNISIA AND UNITED KINGDOM (ENGLAND, NORTHERN IRELAND, SCOTLAND, AND WALES)

All passengers and crew members arriving in the Dominican Republic from Australia, Brazil, Democratic Republic of Congo, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Iran, Ireland, Kuwait, Monaco, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Senegal, South Africa, Sweden, Syria, Thailand, Tunisia and United Kingdom (England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales) must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken no more than 72 hours prior to arrival or a vaccination card no less than 3 weeks after the last dose was administered. In case of crew members not presenting the vaccination card or PCR test, they must remain confined in their hotel or accommodation. This measure also applies to all passengers coming from the aforementioned countries arriving to the Dominican Republic from another country, and to those who have been in those countries in the last 14 days.

Passengers under the age of 5 from the aforementioned countries are exempt from the PCR requirement.

MEASURES FOR PASSENGERS AND CREW MEMBERS FROM THE KINGDOM OF SPAIN

All passengers and crew members arriving in the Dominican Republic from the Kingdom of Spain must present a negative COVID-19 test (PCR or antigen) taken no more than 72 hours prior to arrival or a vaccination card no less than 2 weeks after the last dose was administered. In case of crew members not presenting the vaccination card or COVID-19 test, they must remain confined in their hotel or accommodation. This measure also applies to all passengers coming from the Kingdom of Spain arriving to the Dominican Republic from another country, and to those who have been in the Kingdom of Spain in the last 14 days. Passengers under the age of 7 are exempt from this requirement.

E-TICKET

All foreign and Dominican passengers entering or leaving Dominican Republic on commercial flights must complete the free electronic entry and exit form, which combines the Traveler’s Health Affidavit, Customs Declaration and International Embarkation/Disembarkation forms. 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

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MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE E-TICKET

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.

As of September 1, 2021, during the registration process and verification of travel documents prior to boarding, domestic and foreign air operators operating to and from the Dominican Republic, as well as Consignees or other companies that provide passenger assistance services, must ensure and are responsible for strict compliance, that passengers have the completed Electronic Form for Entry and Exit to the Dominican Republic (E-Ticket).

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 or click here to view testing facilities as outlined by the United States Embassy.

This added testing offering is part of 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.

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.

CGE CLINICAL LABORATORY (CENTRO GASTRODIAGNÓSTICO SRL)

It has three branches strategically located in the following Santo Domingo neighborhoods:

  • Gazcue: Calle José Joaquín Pérez #208.
  • Naco: Avenida Tiradentes # 14, Plaza Alfonso Comercial, 1st Floor.
  • Los Prados: Calle Nicolás Ureña Mendoza #2.

COVID-19 PCR Tests: 

Available at all locations. Walk in at all locations (no appointment needed).

  • Cost: RD$ 3,500 (approx. USD$ 60.00)
  • Results: 15 to 24 hours.

COVID-19 PCR PRIORITY Tests: 

Available at all locations. Walk in at all locations (no appointment needed).

  • Cost: RD$ 4,300 (approx. USD$ 70.00)
  • Results: 6 to 8 hours.

COVID-19 Antigen Tests: 

Available at all locations. Walk in at all locations (no appointment needed).

  • Cost: RD$ 1,600 (approx. USD$ 27.00)
  • Results: 1 to 2 hours.

For more information:

Amadita Clinical Laboratory

It has 47 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$1,700 (approx. USD$30)

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$4,100 (approx. USD$72)

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$8,500

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$1,700

Cost of Mini Respiratory Panel with SARS COV 2 Test : RD$8,500

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

Laboratorio Clínico Sireny. Las Terrenas. Samaná

It is strategically located in the municipality of Las Terrenas, Samaná. It has clinical analysis services in general and also offers testing service for travelers.

Antígen test COVID-19:
Available by appointment at home or at the hotel. It is essential to have a passport if it is for travel. Also available with self-service in the laboratory parking lot, on a first-come, first-served basis.

Cost: RD$3,500 (aprox. USD$62)

Results: 24 horas

COVID-19 PCR tests:
Available with Self Service in the laboratory parking lot. It is essential to make an appointment.

Cost: RD$ 6,500 (aprox. USD$114)

Results: 24 to 48 hours

To schedule an appointment or for more information:
  • Tel. +1(809) 240-5910
  • WhatsApp +1(809) 847-3880
  • Cel. +1(809) 756-7476

MEASURES FOR THE TOURISM AND HOTEL SECTOR

MEASURES BY THE GOVERNMENT OF THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC VALID FOR THE TOURISM AND HOTEL SECTOR UNTIL REVISED BY THE CORRESPONDING AUTHORITIES.

  1. The occupation level in hotel establishments is allowed up to 100%.
  2. The capacity in the vehicles destined by the tourist establishments for their employees or tourists, is allowed up to 90%.
  3. The level of occupation in the excursions, the marine transport, the activities of ranch, horse and aquatic parks is allowed up to 85%.

CELEBRATION OF EVENTS IN HOTELS AND TOURISM COMPLEXES

Prior authorization issued by the Ministry of Tourism is required for the celebration of events that are not part of the daily activities of the hotel or tourism complex. The application must be submitted two weeks in advance. Such events have a tourism characteristic and must meet at least one of the following conditions:

  1. It requires promotion, marketing, or advertising.
  2. Some of the participants will have to pay to attend.
  3. It is a concert, party, or activity of more than 50 people.
  4. It is a congress, meeting or activity requested by a public or private external party.
  5. It is a wedding of two foreigners who are not residents of the Dominican Republic.
  6. It is an international sporting event, tournament, or competition.
  7. It will be attended by persons who are not hotel guests or employees.

Event organizers must fill out the form and adhere to the National Protocol for Health Risk Management in the face of COVID-19 for Events in Hotels and Tourist Complexes available at https://actividades.mitur.gob.do/formulario-y-protocolo-de-adhesion/.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THESE MEASURES

The Ministry of Tourism has the authority to inspect hotel facilities and verify the implementation of health risk management measures in the events and/or activities to be carried out, before and during its celebration.

The event organizer, after obtaining the approval of the Ministry of Tourism, must request a Letter of No Objection from the Ministry of Public Health and Social Assistance, which must then be deposited with the Ministry of Tourism.

Usual activities of the Tourism Sector. Tourist activities or services that do not meet the aforementioned conditions will follow the guidelines that have been established through the Covid-19 Health Risk Management Protocols for the Tourism Sector posted on the website:

https://protocolos.mitur.gob.do/en/protocolos/

CURRENT MEASURES BY THE GOVERNMENT OF THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

As a result of our stringent safety measures and effective vaccination plan, currently, hotel occupancy has increased to 85%, further solidifying Dominican Republic as a world example of tourism recovery amidst the pandemic.

100% of the Tourism sector personnel (hotels, airports, restaurants, transportation, etc.) have been vaccinated. Vaccinations in the Dominican Republic are scheduled to conclude before the end of 2021. A vaccination program is currently underway to administer the third dose to all employees in the tourism sector. More than 150,000 doses of Pfizer vaccines for COVID-19 will be administered, seeking collective immunity for all those who provide tourism services in the country. With this vaccination program we will continue to strengthen the safety and health of all those who work in the sector in order to guarantee the safety and health of all tourists who visit us. The hotels, restaurants and partners will continue to work hand in hand with the authorities. 

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. 

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.

REGULATION OF PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SPACES FOR PUBLIC USE

REGULATION OF PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SPACES FOR PUBLIC USE APPLICABLE THROUGHOUT THE NATIONAL TERRITORY (SOME EXCEPTIONS APPLY FOR THE NATIONAL DISTRICT AND LA ALTAGRACIA PROVINCE AFTER AUGUST 9, 2021 AND PEDERNALES AFTER SEPTEMBER 8, 2021):

Sale of alcoholic beverages: the sale of alcoholic beverages to be consumed in public and private spaces for public use is prohibited nationwide from 11:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m., as well as the consumption of these products in such places.

Regulation of places of consumption of food and beverages: places of consumption of food and beverages throughout the national territory may receive customers in their facilities up to 50% of their total capacity, in strict compliance with current sanitary protocols and without exceeding 6 persons per table in the applicable places.

Regulation of outdoor open spaces: people may use outdoor open spaces throughout the national territory, such as parks and boardwalks, for activities that do not involve agglomeration and in strict compliance with health protocols in force.

Regulation of places dedicated to sports and physical exercise: places dedicated to sports and physical exercise throughout the national territory, such as gyms, may receive clients in their facilities up to 50% of their total capacity, in strict compliance with the sanitary protocols in force.

Regulation of places for the celebration of religious activities: the activities of the different churches and other religious denominations may be held three times a week throughout the national territory, in strict compliance with the sanitary protocols in force and without exceeding 50% of the total capacity of their facilities.

Regulation of other public and private spaces for public use: throughout the national territory, other public and private spaces for public use not expressly mentioned, may receive in their facilities up to 50% of their total capacity. These places must additionally apply those protocols and distancing measures dictated by the relevant entities for their safe operation under the pandemic.

Regulation of the tourism sector: the activities of the tourism sector will continue to be regulated through its sectoral protocol. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the organization, promotion and execution of mass activities, parties, or other similar activities in tourist facilities throughout the country are prohibited.

Prohibition of massive activities and events: massive activities and events involving the agglomeration of people are prohibited throughout the national territory.

Click HERE for more information.

VISITING HOURS FOR NATIONAL PARKS & OVERNIGHT STAYS

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 visit permit 15 days in advance, by contacting yaristy@ambiente.gob.do. Only 100 visitors can stay in the parks per night. To visit the protected areas, you must enter with local guides that are certified by the Ministry of the Environment. 

ADDITIONAL MEASURES

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 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.

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.

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.

CGE CLINICAL LABORATORY (CENTRO GASTRODIAGNÓSTICO SRL)

It has three branches strategically located in the following Santo Domingo neighborhoods:

  • Gazcue: Calle José Joaquín Pérez #208.
  • Naco: Avenida Tiradentes # 14, Plaza Alfonso Comercial, 1st Floor.
  • Los Prados: Calle Nicolás Ureña Mendoza #2.

COVID-19 PCR Tests: 

Available at all locations. Walk in at all locations (no appointment needed).

  • Cost: RD$ 3,500 (approx. USD$ 60.00)
  • Results: 15 to 24 hours.

COVID-19 PCR PRIORITY Tests: 

Available at all locations. Walk in at all locations (no appointment needed).

  • Cost: RD$ 4,300 (approx. USD$ 70.00)
  • Results: 6 to 8 hours.

COVID-19 Antigen Tests: 

Available at all locations. Walk in at all locations (no appointment needed).

  • Cost: RD$ 1,600 (approx. USD$ 27.00)
  • Results: 1 to 2 hours.

For more information:

Amadita Clinical Laboratory

It has 47 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$1,700 (approx. USD$30)

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$4,100 (approx. USD$72)

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$8,500

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$1,700

Cost of Mini Respiratory Panel with SARS COV 2 Test : RD$8,500

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

Laboratorio Clínico Sireny. Las Terrenas. Samaná

It is strategically located in the municipality of Las Terrenas, Samaná. It has clinical analysis services in general and also offers testing service for travelers.

Antígen test COVID-19:
Available by appointment at home or at the hotel. It is essential to have a passport if it is for travel. Also available with self-service in the laboratory parking lot, on a first-come, first-served basis.

Cost: RD$3,500 (aprox. USD$62)

Results: 24 horas

COVID-19 PCR tests:
Available with Self Service in the laboratory parking lot. It is essential to make an appointment.

Cost: RD$ 6,500 (aprox. USD$114)

Results: 24 to 48 hours

To schedule an appointment or for more information:
  • Tel. +1(809) 240-5910
  • WhatsApp +1(809) 847-3880
  • Cel. +1(809) 756-7476
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:

PROTOCOLS

CURRENT MEASURES FOR ALL PROVINCES, EXCEPT FOR LA ALTAGRACIA, PEDERNALES AND THE NATIONAL DISTRICT

CURRENT MEASURES BY THE GOVERNMENT OF THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC FOR ALL PROVINCES, EXCEPT FOR LA ALTAGRACIA AND THE NATIONAL DISTRICT AFTER AUGUST 9, 2021 AND PEDERNALES AFTER SEPTEMBER 8, 2021. ALL THESE MEASURES WILL BE IN FORCE UNTIL THE CORRESPONDING AUTHORITIES REVIEW THEM.

CURFEW

To control the outbreak of COVID-19 in country, there is an established curfew in place. 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.

  • Curfew is established throughout the country, except in the National District and La Altagracia province after August 9, 2021 and Pedernales after September 8, 2021, every day from 11:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m., with free circulation until 1:00 a.m. The free circulation has the sole purpose of allowing people to go to their respective hotels or residences.
  • Public entities that provide public transportation services, such as the Office for the Reorganization of Transportation (OPRET) and the Metropolitan Office of Bus Services (OMSA), will offer their services during the hours of free circulation.

Circulation during curfew hours: throughout the national territory, the following persons will be allowed to circulate:

  1. Persons with any medical emergency who need to go to any health center or pharmacy.
  2. Employees or contractors of restaurants, pharmacies or grocery stores that provide home delivery service of cooked or raw food or medicines, exclusively during the exercise of their work duties.
  3. International passengers and operators of private or commercial vehicles that are transporting them, as well as employees of the maritime and air transportation sector duly identified, in transit to or from ports and airports.
  4. Employees or contractors of the hotel, mining, and free zones sectors, exclusively during the performance of their work duties.
CURRENT MEASURES FOR LA ALTAGRACIA, PEDERNALES AND THE NATIONAL DISTRICT

MEASURES BY THE GOVERNMENT OF THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC VALID FOR THE NATIONAL DISTRICT AND THE PROVINCE OF LA ALTAGRACIA AFTER AUGUST 9, 2021 AND FOR THE PROVINCE OF PEDERNALES AFTER SEPTEMBER 8, 2021, UNTIL REVISED BY THE CORRESPONDING AUTHORITIES.

CURFEW

As of August 9, 2021, at 5:00 a.m., the curfew and restrictions on freedom of transit is lifted in the province of La Altagracia (it includes Bayahíbe and the entire destination of Punta Cana) and the National District (does not include the province of Santo Domingo) are left without effect. As of September 8, 2021, at 5:00 a.m., the curfew and restrictions on freedom of transit is lifted in the province of Pedernales.

In the rest of the national territory the curfew (every day from 11:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m., with free circulation until 1:00 a.m.) and the other established measures remain in force.

Measures subsequent to the lifting of the curfew. Once the curfew is lifted in the province of La Altagracia, Pedernales and the National District, the following measures will be applied:

  1. The mandatory use of masks in public places and private places of public use is confirmed, as well as the other sanitary measures and protocols in force.
  2. The sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages is prohibited in public places and private places of public use every day from 12:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m.
  3. Special permits are required for the celebration of activities that imply agglomeration, regardless of the place in question, which shall be granted by the authorities of the corresponding sector, in coordination with the Ministry of Public Health and Social Assistance.
  4. Public and private establishments for public use, regardless of the type of activity they organize, may receive people only up to 75% of the total capacity of their facilities, always in compliance with the sanitary protocols in force.
  5. Outdoor spaces, such as parks and boardwalks, may be used in compliance with the sanitary protocols in force.

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