The Dominican Republic has reopened tourism and is one of the few international destinations that does not require US travelers to test negative for COVID-19. Known for its amazing beaches, award-winning spas, working on an “all-inclusive,” world-class golf, exciting culture, and attractions of this diverse country have long been a welcome escape to the Caribbean for the Americans, and it is unlikely this will change in 2021. But before you start packing your bags, here’s what you need to know and what to expect before traveling to the Dominican Republic during COVID-19.
US Department of State and CDC Consultations
As of November 2020, Dominican Republic is located on the third level in the four advisory scale US State Department. It means that Americans are encouraged to review the decision to travel due to health and safety measures and conditions associated with COVID. “The Dominican Republic abolished stay-at-home rules and resumed several transportation options and business operations”, – said the department, adding that visitors should exercise extreme caution because of the crime. Betweentimes, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a Level 4 Dominican Republic Travel Notice advising US citizens to avoid travel to Caribbean hotspots and to get tested before, during, and after travel in addition to wearing face masks, social distancing, and practicing frequent hand washing, if they decide to go on a trip.
Requirements for the trip
Visitors to the Dominican Republic (except those traveling from the UK) do not need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 antigen test or PCR test to enter. Instead, airports conduct temperature checks on all arriving passengers and rapid breath tests – 3 to 15 percent of arrivals – and anyone showing symptoms of the coronavirus. Passengers under the age of 5 years are exempt from selective testing. Dominican Republic visitors must also complete and submit a printed traveler’s health sworn document stating that they have not experienced COVID-19 symptoms in the past 72 hours and providing contact details for the next 30 days, or complete an electronic entry form and departure (electronic ticket). Last includes an affidavit about the traveler’s health, the customs declaration, and forms of international embarkation/disembarkation. From 1st April 2021, a digital travel affidavit or e-ticket will become mandatory.
Travelers aged two years and older, who are returning to the US after a trip, will be necessary to receive a negative test result to an antigen COVID-19 or PCR test obtained within three days after the departure, to comply with the latest requirements of the CDC. Thankfully, the Ministry of Tourism of the Dominican Republic offers free testing for the viral antigen to all foreign visitors staying in hotels entitled to free health insurance. In certain instances, travelers probably would have to pay out of pocket for a test or a small amount for processing.
Advanced reports of occupational health and safety.
The Dominican Republic has introduced improved health and safety protocols that travelers will notice from arrival at the landing airport for the return flight home. Requirements to masks for the face, markers social distancing, ubiquitous plant safety. “I have to say that I was very impressed with the security protocols,” wrote TravelPulse senior editor Cody Lermann after a recent trip to the Caribbean. “Upon arrival in the Dominican Republic, there was enough space at the airport to disperse. All were wearing masks, and labels were placed for people to know where to stand in line.” Lerman noted that “reinforced hygiene procedures were conspicuous” on its resort and that “there has never been crowded.”
Visitors to the Dominican Republic will have many opportunities to save money and get special benefits and privileges with a host of exclusive offers. For example, travelers can experience huge savings, hundreds of dollars in resort perks and free 24-hour cancellations at all-inclusive hotels for adults and families in Cap Cana and La Romana during the Playa Hotels & Resorts launch sale at 2021 is currently valid until 18th March 2021. Guests do not have to go right away as there are discounts for stays until 31st January 2022.
Talk to a travel consultant.
The advantages of working with a trusted consultant for numerous trips, but the last year has provided many examples of the potential pitfalls associated with working alone, especially in constantly changing travel restrictions due to the pandemic. Planning and booking your vacation in the Dominican Republic with an experienced travel consultant ensures that no aspect of your trip is overlooked, and you arrive at the ideal accommodation that suits your preferences and comfort level.