Severity: Critical Alert

Exit/Entry: Dominican Republic relaxes entry requirements for all travelers as of Sept. 15. Domestic restrictions, curfews in place through Sept. 28.

Alert Begins 16 Sep 2020 03:49 PM UTC
Alert Expires 29 Sep 2020 11:59 PM UTC

  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Business and travel disruptions

Summary
As of Sept. 15, authorities in the Dominican Republic have relaxed entry requirements for all travelers arriving by air, as part of the nation's coronavirus disease (COVID-19) tourism recovery plan. Arriving passengers are no longer required to present a negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test; however, travelers may be randomly selected for rapid testing upon arrival at the airport. Persons testing positive will be required to enter quarantine. Cruise arrivals remain suspended, and the land border with Haiti was previously closed. Cargo transportation is likely unaffected via sea and land.

Internal movement restrictions remain unchanged, and the existing differential curfew measures will remain in place until at least Sept. 28. Only essential sector personnel and those seeking medical assistance are allowed to travel during the curfew hours. The curfew will continue to be enforced as follows:

Mondays to Fridays 1900-0500; Saturdays and Sundays 1700-0500: National District, and the provinces of Santiago, San Cristobal, La Vega, Puerto Plata, Duarte, San Pedro de Macoris, La Romana, San Juan de la Maguana, La Altagracia, Azua, Monsignor Nouel, Sanchez Ramirez, and Maria Trinidad Sanchez.

Daily 2000-0500: Espaillat, Peravia, Barahona, Monte Plata, Valverde, Hermanas Mirabal, Monte Cristi, Samana, Bahoruco, Hato Mayor, El Seibo, Dajabon, Santiago Rodriguez, San Jose de Ocoa, Elias Pina, Independencia, and Pedernales provinces.

Other measures remain in place to combat the spread of COVID-19:

 

  • Authorities continue to urge individuals to adhere to physical distancing practices by maintaining at least 1.5 meters (5 feet) between each other.

 

  • It is mandatory to wear a protective face covering in public.

 

  • Entertainment establishments, such as casinos, nightclubs, cinemas, and theaters, remain closed.

 

  • Event facilities, such as convention centers and auditoriums, galleries, sports stadiums, and arenas, remain closed.

 

  • Education facilities must remain closed, though virtual classes may continue.

 

  • Athletic training and religious services are permitted, but only under strict physical-distancing requirements.

 


All measures are subject to amendment at short notice, and officials could reimpose stricter measures.

Background and Analysis
Several governments globally have implemented recovery plans to lift restrictive measures introduced in response to the outbreak of COVID-19. Measures in the Dominican Republic are part of a State Emergency, which has been extended until Oct. 18. Should the number of COVID-19 cases significantly increase, previously relaxed restrictions may be reapplied. Likewise, a continued low number of cases may result in a further relaxation of restrictions.

Advice
Follow all official instructions. Abide by local health and safety measures. Reconfirm all transportation arrangements. Continue to emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with disposable tissues, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.


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