Traveling freely across countries is something we’ve been missing out on due to the COVID-19 pandemic that emerged in late 2019. However, as lockdown measures lift-off, many tourism activities have resumed in the Dominican Republic.
It’s important to take into consideration all of the safety and sanitary measures being implemented on the island, such as getting vaccinated and wearing your mask at all times in public spaces.
We recommend following these tips following the guidelines issued by the Dominican Republic’s Ministry of Tourism for safe vacationing during COVID-19:
1- Fill out your electronic travel form
The electronic travel form or E-ticket is a free electronic entrance and exit form, which includes the Traveler's Health Affidavit, Customs Declaration, and International Embarkation/Disembarkation forms. You will be required to fill out this form while entering and exiting the country on commercial flights. It can be presented electronically at the airport, click here to view the form.
2- You may have to get tested upon arrival
Airports will be conducting COVID-19 quick testing on random travelers and those who exhibit COVID-19 symptoms upon arrival. Dominican officials may conduct temperature checks upon arrival or departure.
3- For your safety, it is recommended to arrive vaccinated
Most of the population across the world is eligible to get vaccinated, and people who are fully vaccinated are 90% less likely to get infected with the coronavirus, so you will be at a lower risk of infection while traveling by plane, train, or bus.
In addition to that, many establishments in the Dominican Republic are now required to ask their citizens for vaccination proof, such as study centers, restaurants, bars, grocery stores, shopping malls, casinos, gyms, and any other entertainment establishments.
In exceptional cases, the Ministry of Public Health and Social Assistance may grant special permission to individuals who are unable to receive the COVID-19 vaccine for medical reasons.
4- Practice social distancing and keep your mask on
Needless to say, wearing a mask helps protect you from contracting COVID-19 or spreading the virus to others if you have it and don’t know it. Social distancing is also mandatory in all public spaces, such as banks, supermarkets, and offices, among others. If you will be taking part in activities with large quantities of people, it is crucial to leave as much space as needed between you and others whenever it’s possible.
5- Know your transportation options ahead
There are a vast number of transportation options available when you arrive. From taxis to shuttles to public transportation. Booking a taxi at the airport can be stressful, especially when you’ve just arrived, so we recommend booking a taxi or private transfer service before you arrive.
Keep in mind that any tourist transportation activity will follow the same safety protocols indicated for hotel establishments, such as social distancing and the mandatory use of masks in closed spaces.
6- Locate places to get medical attention
Getting the necessary medical attention you need on time is crucial nowadays. To make the process easier and quicker, we recommend you study up these details ahead of time. Like finding out what are the local hospitals and clinics in the area. You might also want to find out which places offer COVID-19 testing and what are the requirements.
7- Be prepared for any change in plans
Regardless of the pandemic, we’re going through, traveling can be very unpredictable, so it’s good to be prepared for any sudden changes in plans. If possible, get travel insurance and be aware of any airline cancellation and refund policies.
Remember practicing good hygiene, wearing a mask, and getting vaccinated will ensure a safe and enjoyable trip wherever you choose to visit.