Information on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

LATEST UPDATES

INFORMATION UPDATED AS OF MAY 18, 2020:

 

  • From the first week of February, Dominican Republic, with the support of the World Health Organization (WHO) & Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), implemented a prevention and contingency plan to address the potential risk of virus entering the country. On March 1, this plan went into its second phase and the government announced new preventive measures. Considering the global development of COVID-19, on Tuesday, March 17, the government of Dominican Republic established new measures for Phase 3 of the prevention and contingency plan, which were extended until May 17.

 

  • Starting on May 20, the Dominican Republic will enter Phase 1 of the de-escalation process, with measures including:
    • Until June 2, the country’s borders will remain closed by land, sea and air, so all flights to and from Dominican Republic from said date and time will be suspended along with the arrival and departure of all cruises in all ports in the country. As of the date of this release, the official date of reopening of the country’s borders has not been confirmed. All Dominican passengers coming from abroad will be quarantined for two weeks.
    • Activities in bars and clubs remain suspended until June 2, while restaurants will only be allowed to operate for take-out and delivery orders. Likewise, national and international events and public, cultural, artistic and sports shows are suspended for the same period.
    • Starting on May 20, bus services (OMSA), subway and cable cars will open at 30% capacity from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm.
    • It is mandatory to keep social distancing and wear face masks in all public spaces, such as banks, supermarkets and offices, among others.

 

  • The national curfew will be extended until June 1 between 7:00 pm and 7:00 am from Monday to Saturday and from 5:00 pm to 5:00 am on Sunday, except for medical, sanitary and security personnel, accredited journalists and people and vehicles related to production and distribution of food and medications; water, telecommunications, ports, airports and other essential industries.

 

INFORMATION UPDATED AS OF APRIL 30, 2020:

 

  • From the first week of February, Dominican Republic, with the support of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), has had in action a prevention and contingency plan to deal with the potential risk of virus entering the country. On March 1, this plan went into its second phase and the government announced new preventive measures. Similarly, and considering the development of the global situation of COVID-19, on Tuesday, March 17, the government of Dominican Republic established new measures as input to phase 3 of the prevention and contingency plan, which were extended until May 17.

 

  • Until May 17 the country’s borders will remain closed by land, sea and air, so all flights to and from Dominican Republic from said date and time will be suspended along with the arrival and departure of all cruises in all ports in the country. All passengers coming from abroad will be quarantined for two weeks.

 

  • Activities in bars and clubs remain suspended until May 17, while restaurants will only be allowed to operate for take-out and delivery orders. Likewise, national and international events and public, cultural, artistic and sports shows are suspended for the same period. 

 

  • The national curfew will continue until May 17 from 5:00 pm to 6:00 am, except for medical, sanitary and security personnel, accredited journalists and people and vehicles linked to the industry and trade of food, energy, water, telecommunications, ports, airports and others.

 

  • The circulation of public buses and the operation of OMSA Services, Subway and Cable cars remains suspended until further notice.

 

  • It is mandatory to wear face masks in all public spaces, such as banks and supermarkets, among others.

 

INFORMATION UPDATED AS OF APRIL 20, 2020:

 

  • From the first week of February, Dominican Republic, with the support of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), has had in action a prevention and contingency plan to deal with the potential risk of virus entering the country. On March 1, this plan went into its second phase and the government announced new preventive measures. Similarly, and considering the development of the global situation of COVID-19, on Tuesday, March 17, the government of Dominican Republic established new measures as input to phase 3 of the prevention and contingency plan, which were extended until April 30.

 

  • Until April 30 the country’s borders will remain closed by land, sea and air, so all flights to and from Dominican Republic from said date and time will be suspended along with the arrival and departure of all cruises in all ports in the country. All passengers coming from abroad will be quarantined for two weeks.

 

  • Activities in bars and clubs remain suspended until April 30, while restaurants will only be allowed to operate for take-out and delivery orders. Likewise, national and international events and public, cultural, artistic and sports shows are suspended for the same period. 

 

  • The national curfew will continue until April 30 from 5:00 pm to 6:00 am, except for medical, sanitary and security personnel, accredited journalists and people and vehicles linked to the industry and trade of food, energy, water, telecommunications, ports, airports and others.

 

  • The circulation of public buses and the operation of OMSA Services, Subway and Cable cars remains suspended until further notice.

 

  • It is mandatory to wear face masks in all public spaces, such as banks and supermarkets, among others.

 

INFORMATION UPDATED AS OF APRIL 9, 2020:

 

  • From April 3 and for the following 15 days, the country’s borders will remain closed by land, sea and air, so all flights to and from Dominican Republic from said date and time will be suspended along with the arrival and departure of all cruises in all ports in the country.

 

  • Domestic traveling for individuals is also prohibited during this period until Monday April 13.

 

  • Activities in bars and clubs remain suspended for the 15 more days, while restaurants will only be allowed to operate for take-out and delivery orders. Likewise, national and international events and public, cultural, artistic and sports shows are suspended for the same period.

 

  • The national curfew will continue from April 3 from 5:00 pm to 6:00 am for 15 more days, except for medical, sanitary and security personnel, accredited journalists and people and vehicles linked to the industry and trade of food, energy, water, telecommunications, ports, airports and others.

 

  • 16 hotels in different destinations remain open, offering services to tourists affected by travel restrictions.

 

INFORMATION UPDATED AS OF MARCH 26, 2020 (2:00 P.M.):

 

  • A national curfew was decreed starting on Friday March 27 until Friday April 3 from 5:00 pm to 6:00 am, except for medical, sanitary and security personnel, accredited journalists and people and vehicles linked to the industry and trade of food, energy, water, telecommunications, ports, airports and others.

 

  • Quarantine has been established for passengers who, in the last two weeks, traveled to the countries mentioned above.

 

  • The sanitary review of aircraft and ships are being reinforced to continuously assess the risk and mitigate the potential spread of the virus. In addition, all airports of the Dominican Republic have been equipped with temperature screening equipment that allows travelers with fever to be identified.

 

INFORMATION UPDATED AS OF MARCH 23, 2020 (6:00 A.M.):

 

  • A national daily curfew has been issued, from 8:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. every day. This curfew will go into effect on Friday, March 20 and run through Friday, April 3. Only medical, sanitary, security personnel and accredited journalists will be exempt.

 

  • The circulation of public buses and the operation of OMSA services, subway, and cable cars will be suspended beginning Saturday, March 21 at 6:00 am, until further notice.

 

  • The Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism has collaborated with travelers in destination to assure their safe return to their countries of origin, assessing case by case particularities imposed by local legislation.

 

INFORMATION UPDATED AS OF MARCH 19, 2020 (6:00 a.m.):

 

  • On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the coronavirus (COVID-19) a pandemic.

 

  • From the first week of February, Dominican Republic, with the support of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), has had in action a prevention and contingency plan to deal with the potential risk of virus entering the On March 1, this plan went into its second phase and the government announced new preventive measures. Similarly, and taking into account the development of the global situation of COVID- 19, on Tuesday, March 17, the government of Dominican Republic established new measures as input to phase 3 of the prevention and contingency plan.

 

  • From Thursday, March 19, 2020 at 6:00 am and for the following 15 days, the country’s borders will be closed by land, sea and air, so all flights to and from Dominican Republic from said date and time will be suspended along with the arrival and departure of all cruises in all ports in the country.

 

  • Ferry flights will be authorized only to return foreign citizens to their countries of origin, as well as the departure and arrival of planes, cargo ships and fuels to guarantee supplies for the country’s population.

 

  • Activities in bars and clubs are suspended for the next 15 days, while restaurants will only be allowed to operate for take-out and delivery Likewise, national and international events and public, cultural, artistic and sports shows are suspended for the same period.

 

  • Members of the Association of Hotels and Tourism of Dominican Republic (ASONAHORES) have implemented a pre-epidemic protocol to reinforce the sanitation of their facilities, following the recommendations of the Ministry of Public Health. They have implemented measures such as:
    • Ensuring that employees, contractors, and customers have access to the necessary hygiene services to prevent a spread of the virus;
    • Alcohol-based gel dispensers have been made available in easily accessible places for workers and tourists, while notices have been put up with information on handwashing;
    • Areas have been designated for isolating people who are sick until the public health authorities arrive, among other measures.

 

  • Dominican Republic has a robust health system that has been able to carry out an early identification of the cases in the country, as well as to maintain a map of these cases.

 

  • For more information about the coronavirus in Dominican Republic, please visit the Ministry of Public Health’s website (https://www.msp.gob.do/web/).

 

  • 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.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How can I reduce my chances of getting it?

Generic measures for individuals to protect themselves 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 the coronavirus?

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:

 

Are there any travel restrictions for tourists considering travel to Dominican Republic?

Effective Thursday, March 19, 2020, at 6:00 a.m., and effective through June 2, 2020, the country’s borders will be closed by land, sea and air, so all flights to and from Dominican Republic will be suspended along with the arrival and departure of all cruises in all ports in the country. 

 

Are there any travel restrictions for locals considering travel outside of Dominican Republic?

Effective Thursday, March 19, 2020, at 6:00 a.m., and effective through June 2, 2020, the country’s borders will be closed by land, sea and air, so all flights to and from Dominican Republic will be suspended along with the arrival and departure of all cruises in all ports in the country. 

 

I have a trip planned prior to June 2, 2020; how should I go about revising my travel plans?

We encourage you to contact your airline, travel agent or insurance company to discuss your travel plans and options for canceling or postponing current bookings. We understand these unprecedented times have caused many challenges, but the well-being and safety of our citizens and visitors remain our top priority. We will continue to work in coordination with the other relevant global and local authorities to further strengthen the country’s preventive measures against Covid-19.

 

I’m currently in-country at a resort, do these measures imply that I cannot leave until June 2, 2020?

No, ferry flights will be authorized only to return foreign citizens to their countries of origin, as well as the departure and arrival of planes, cargo ships and fuels to guarantee supplies for the country’s population. To discuss the next steps regarding your accommodations and travel plans, we encourage you to contact your airline, travel agent or insurance company to discuss your travel plans and options.

 

I’m currently in-country at a resort, what measures are being taken to ensure our safety? 

Members of the Association of Hotels and Tourism of Dominican Republic (ASONAHORES) have implemented a protocol to reinforce the sanitation of their facilities, following the recommendations of the Ministry of Public Health. They have implemented measures such as:

  • Ensuring that employees, contractors, and customers have access to the necessary hygiene services to prevent a spread of the virus; 
  • Alcohol-based gel dispensers have been made available in easily accessible places for workers and tourists, while notices have been put up with information on handwashing;
  • Areas have been designated for isolating people who are sick until the public health authorities arrive, among other measures.

 

I have a trip to Dominican Republic planned post-June 2, 2020; will I be able to go? 

As of now, the current measures prohibiting outbound and inbound travel are in effect March 19 through June 2, 2020. However, with the ever-changing nature of the situation, we are unable to speak to the travel environment following June 2, 2020 but will continue to provide proactive updates via our GoDominicanRepublic.com website, as well as our social channels The well-being and safety of our citizens and visitors remain our top priority. That being said, we will continue to work in coordination with the other relevant global and local authorities to further strengthen the country’s preventive measures against COVID-19 as needed, if additional measures are announced we will share as they are available.

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