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Is the Dominican Republic Open for Travel?

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Última actualización: 11/4/2021

The Dominican Republic began reopening to international tourists on July 1, 2020. DR has very few entry restrictions at the moment and is open to tourists from all countries, so it is one of the easiest international destinations you can travel to right now.

As of September 25th, 2020, travelers no longer need to show a negative COVID-19 test result. All travelers need to do to enter DR is to either fill out an online ETicket form 72 hours before their trip and print out or screenshot the QR code generated by completing the form, or submit a physical Traveler’s Health Affidavit form. (From April 1st, 2021, only the digital ETicket form will be accepted.)

They will also have their temperatures checked and may be subject to a random COVID breathalyzer test at the airport. 

Can I travel to the Dominican Republic right now?

The Dominican Republic is open to visitors from all over the world. Below is a map of all the countries that can visit DR at the moment.

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Travelers from any country can currently visit the Dominican Republic.

The Dominican Republic has not currently banned any countries from entering,

Dominican Republic COVID-19 travel restrictions

The Dominican Republic is one of a limited number of countries with very few entry requirements.

All you need to do to enter DR is to fill out an online ETicket form (which combines the Traveler’s Health Affidavit, Customs Declaration, and International Embarkation/Disembarkation forms) 72 hours before your trip and print out or screenshot the QR code generated by completing the form.

Alternatively, you can complete a physical Traveler’s Health Affidavit form, although from April 1st, 2021, only the digital ETicket form will be accepted. You will also have your temperature checked and may be subject to a random COVID-19 breathalyzer test (they test between 3% and 15% of travelers arriving in DR).

Is PCR testing mandatory to travel to the Dominican Republic?

A PCR COVID test is no longer mandatory to travel to the Dominican Republic. However, you may be subject to a random COVID-19 rapid test upon arrival. Additionally, before you leave for DR, check if your airline or country requires you to take a PCR COVID test before you travel; if they do, you will still have to get tested before you leave for DR.

Travelers from the United Kingdom or who have been in the United Kingdom in the last 14 days must have a medical certificate for a negative PCR test result that was obtained within 72 hours before travel in order to enter the Dominican Republic. Travelers from the UK without proof of a negative PCR test result will be tested on arrival and will have to quarantine for at least 7 days in a government facility at their own expense.

Is there a mandatory quarantine upon arrival in the Dominican Republic?

There is no mandatory quarantine upon arrival in DR. However, if you exhibit symptoms or test positive when you are randomly tested at the airport, you will have to self-isolate.

Dominican Republic COVID-19 travel restrictions

Is there any mandatory quarantine upon arrival in the Dominican Republic?

Additionally, if you are traveling from the United Kingdom or have been in the United Kingdom in the last 14 days, and you do not have a certificate for a negative PCR test result from within 72 hours before travel, you will have to quarantine for at least 7 days from your arrival in a government facility at your own expense.

Is travel insurance with COVID-19 coverage mandatory to enter the Dominican Republic?

Travel insurance with COVID-19 coverage is not mandatory to enter the Dominican Republic.

However, all international tourists who arrive on commercial flights and stay at a hotel will be given a free health coverage plan that includes coverage for emergencies related to COVID-19.

The plan covers medical attention, medical transfers, transfer of a relative, penalty for changing flights, accommodation for lengthened stays, and more. This plan is completely free for tourists who arrive on or before March 31, 2021 and is paid for by the Dominican government. To qualify for the plan, tourists must arrive by air and stay at a hotel.

As you can see on the policy, the plan only covers a global maximum amount of $10,000. That is why I also recommend purchasing travel insurance with COVID-19 coverage like the one that Heymondo provides.

For more information, you can check Go Dominican Republic’s Information on Coronavirus page.

COVID-19 vaccine to travel to the Dominican Republic

Although COVID-19 vaccine distribution has begun in most countries around the world, the government has not yet confirmed whether it will be mandatory to present a proof of vaccine record (POVR) or an international certificate of vaccination or prophylaxis (ICVP) to enter the Dominican Republic.

If you’re going to get the COVID-19 vaccine before traveling to the Dominican Republic, I recommend taking a copy of a vaccination record or certificate with you in case DR changes its entry requirements.

Other travel restrictions for the Dominican Republic during COVID-19

DR has a few other restrictions in place for travelers:

  • All travelers must complete an online ETicket form 72 hours before their trip and print out or screenshot the QR code generated by completing the form. They must also complete this form when they leave the Dominican Republic. Alternatively, until April 1, 2021, travelers can complete a physical Traveler’s Health Affidavit.
  • All travelers will have their temperatures checked upon arrival.
  • Between 3% and 15% of passengers will be given a COVID-19 breathalyzer test at random.
  • Face masks are required in all public areas.
  • Social distancing (at least 6.5 feet) must be observed.
  • You may need a tourist visa to enter DR. Check if you need one below.

What’s open in the Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic has a wealth of hotels, restaurants, and attractions that are currently open to international visitors. You can do everything from sunbathing at the beach and going for a swim to visiting a national park and going zip-lining.

Hotels and accommodations that are open in the Dominican Republic

Hotels and accommodations in the Dominican Republic reopened on July 1, 2020, so you should have plenty of choices for places to stay. My favorite all-inclusive resorts in the Dominican Republic (Punta Cana) that are open right now are:

Lots of safety measures are in place to protect both staff and guests.

For all accommodations, guests will be subject to a health screening when they check into the accommodation. It will include a temperature check and filling in a Declaration of Health and Travel, a public health form that allows guests to report any symptoms and whether they have been in contact with someone who has COVID-19 in the last 14 days. Staff will also inform guests of the accommodation’s COVID regulations.

What’s open in the Dominican Republic

Hotels and accommodations that are open in the Dominican Republic

Masks must be worn at all times within accommodation and guests must social distance from other guests who are not in their family group. There will be hand sanitizer available in the accommodation’s main areas. The reception will also have masks and hand sanitizer for guests who need them. Elevators are cleaned every hour and will have limits on the number of people who can share them.

More information on hotel and accommodation regulations is available here.

Beaches that are open in the Dominican Republic

Beaches in the Dominican Republic are currently open, so there’s no need to worry about missing out on getting a tan or swimming in warm Caribbean waters.

Beachgoers must keep a distance of 2 meters from others who are not in their family bubble, both in the water and on the sand. They must also wear masks when entering and exiting the beach. The number of people allowed into the water will be restricted in order to prevent crowding. Hand sanitizer and wipes will be available for beachgoers to disinfect their hands.

More information on beach regulations can be found here.

Attractions that are open in the Dominican Republic

DR has tons of options for things to do: zip-lining, visiting a national park, taking a tour, snorkeling, diving, and more. Luckily, these attractions and activities are currently open, so there won’t be a single dull moment on your trip.

These are the most popular tours that are running right now:

National parks and protected areas are open from 8 AM to 5 PM Monday through Friday and 8 AM to 4 PM Saturday and Sunday. Face masks must be worn at all times. Groups must not be larger than 5 people in total. Guests cannot stay overnight and absolutely cannot swim in rivers or lagoons.

The Dominican Republic began reopening to international tourists

Attractions that are open in the Dominican Republic

For tours and water sports, all visitors will have their temperatures taken at the start. Visitors also have to wear masks at all times except when they are in the water or the tour leader considers it safe to remove them. Group sizes may be smaller than usual, and vehicle occupancy will be limited to 50%, so consider booking your tour in advance.

More information on attractions and activities can be found here.

Restaurants that are open in the Dominican Republic

Restaurants in the Dominican Republic are open, so you’ll be able to eat plenty of delicious food if you visit.

Clients must disinfect their hands upon entering (there should be hand sanitizer available for this purpose). Clients must also wear a mask when they enter and exit the establishment, but they can take it off as soon as they are seated. Some restaurants may check clients’ temperatures before they can enter.

Tables are placed at least 2 meters apart in accordance with social distancing rules. There is a limit of 6 people per table.

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Restaurants that are open in the Dominican Republic

Restaurants are operating at 60% capacity and their opening hours are based on curfew times, which means restaurants currently close by 7 PM on weekdays and 5 PM on weekends.

More information on restaurant regulations can be found here.

Airports that are open in the Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic has seven different international airports, and the one you fly into will depend on where your final destination is.

  • Punta Cana International Airport is best if you’re spending time in Cabeza de Toro or Punta Cana.
  • Las Américas International Airport is your best bet for staying in the Colonial Zone, Boca Chica, Juan Dolio, or Barahona.
  • Gregorio Luperón International Airport is the best choice if you’re staying in Puerto Plata, Cabarete, or Cabrera.
  • La Romana International Airport is perfect for getting to Casa de Campo or La Romana.
  • Cibao International Airport is the best option if you’re staying in Santiago de los Caballeros, Jarabacoa, or Constanza.
  • Samaná El Catey International Airport is ideal if you’re staying in Samaná.
  • La Isabela International Airport is great if you’re planning on flying to other Caribbean destinations.

All seven airports are currently open.

At all airports, all travelers must wear face masks and keep a distance of 6.5 feet from other travelers who are not in their family group. All travelers will be subject to temperature checks on arrival and may be subject to a COVID breathalyzer test as well.

Curfew in the Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic has implemented a curfew from 7 PM to 5 AM Monday to Friday and from 5 PM to 5 AM Saturday and Sunday until February 22nd, 2021. There is free transit throughout the country from 7 PM to 10 PM Monday to Friday and from 5 PM to 8 PM Saturday and Sunday so that citizens and tourists can return to their homes and accommodations.

As soon as they have returned to their accommodation, tourists must stay at their accommodation for the duration of curfew hours. Transfers to or from the airport are allowed as long as the travelers can show their passport and travel itinerary. It remains to be seen whether this curfew will be extended or not.

Where to get a PCR test in The Dominican Republic

Your country may require you to take a PCR test in order to fly back home. As of January 26, 2021, the Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism is offering free viral antigen testing to all international tourists who qualify for the Free Health Coverage Plan. Testing is at hotels and the actual test is free, but there is a small fee to process the test.

Some hotels cover this fee, while others will charge guests for the fee, so be sure to check your hotel’s policy for this testing.

If you need to get a PCR test in the Dominican Republic, here and here are lists of places you can get a PCR test.

The Dominican Republic reopening its borders to tourists – F.A.Q.

Check out these FAQs related to The Dominican Republic reopening for tourists and let us know if you have any other questions in the comments below.

Yes, you can travel to DR no matter which country you’re traveling from.

There are currently 53,000+ active cases and 2,800+ deaths due to COVID-19 in DR as of today. The CDC classifies travel to the Dominican Republic as “Level 4- Very High Risk.” If you have a pre-existing condition or any health condition that could increase your chances of serious illness, do not travel to the Dominican Republic. Additionally, even if you are not high-risk, you might want to reconsider travel to DR.

No, there is currently no travel ban for any countries.

No, quarantine is not required to visit the Dominican Republic. However, if you exhibit symptoms or test positive upon arrival, you will have to self-isolate. You will also have to self-isolate for at least 7 days if you are traveling from the UK and do not have a certificate for a negative PCR test result from within 72 hours before travel.

 

No, you do not need to take a PCR COVID test to travel to the Dominican Republic unless your country or airline requires it or you are traveling from the UK. However, you may be subject to a random COVID-19 rapid breath test upon arrival. If you’re traveling from the UK, you must have a medical certificate for a negative PCR test result from within 72 hours before travel.

Yes, until at least February 22, 2021, there is a curfew from 7 PM to 5 AM Monday to Friday and from 5 PM to 5 AM Saturday and Sunday.

 

No, there are no restrictions on intercity and interregional travel.

Yes, DR’s hotels are currently open.

Yes, the Dominican Republic’s airports are open and commercial flights are available.

Yes, restaurants in DR are open and operating according to curfew times.

 

Yes, beaches are open, but social distancing must be observed.

Yes, national parks are open from 8 AM to 5 PM Monday through Friday and from 8 AM to 4 PM Saturday and Sunday. You must wear a face mask when you visit, you cannot stay overnight, and you cannot swim in rivers or lagoons.

Yes, Americans can currently visit DR. However, since the CDC classes travel to DR as “Very High Risk,” you may want to reconsider traveling there.

Yes, Canadian tourists can visit the Dominican Republic right now.

Sources

We will update this guide on the Dominican Republic reopening to tourism with any new developments. If you need more information on travel to the Dominican Republic, you can check these official sources:

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Hi, I'm Ascen, a globetrotter based in Philadelphia, USA. I enjoy exploring new landscapes and creating in-depth travel guides for Capture the Atlas.

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