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The Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory advising U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19.
Updated August 7, 2020
- The Dominican Republic has 77,709 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 1,259 confirmed deaths.
- News reports indicate many hospitals no longer have beds vacant for COVID-19 and are no longer able to accept new COVID-19 patients. U.S. citizens are encouraged to postpone travel due to considerations noted on our website that include the significantly reduced availability of emergency medical care as well as concerns noted in our general information on travel to the Dominican Republic.
- Medical care is severely limited with many hospitals at or near full capacity, there is limited availability of ICU beds, and hospitalized patients may have an increased risk of exposure to COVID-19. U.S. citizens, including those considering travel to the D.R. for elective surgery, are encouraged to postpone travel due to considerations noted on our website that include the significantly reduced availability of emergency medical care as well as concerns noted in our general information on travel to the Dominican Republic.
- Routine operations at U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo are still suspended due to the COVID-19 epidemic and the travel warning advising U.S. citizens against any international travel remains in effect.
COVID-19 Measures in the Dominican Republic:
- On July 20, the President of the Dominican Republic signed a decree establishing a State of Emergency for 45 days.
- A new curfew began on July 21. In Santo Domingo, and some of the other larger cities and provinces, the curfew will be from Monday through Friday from 7pm to 5am and on Saturdays and Sundays from 5pm to 5am. In some provinces the curfew will be from 8pm to 5am every day. Full details can be found on https://presidencia.gob.do/.
- The Dominican Republic created a national hotline for questions relating to COVID-19 if you have been exposed or are experiencing severe symptoms. Call *462 for further instructions, but note that English-speaking operators are limited.
- Social distancing protocols have been established for a variety of activities and masks are required by law in public spaces.
- Large events and public gatherings of all kinds suspended.
- From July 30, all passengers arriving in the Dominican Republic are required to present a PCR test that was completed within five days. Passengers who do not meet this requirement or show symptoms on arrival will be tested at the airport. All individuals who test positive will be required to quarantine as instructed by authorities.
- Currently there is a Level 4 Travel Advisory to not travel to the Dominican Republic due to the impact of COVID-19.
- The Dominican government allowed the resumption of commercial aviation effective July 1. Contact the airlines directly to make a reservation to return to the United States.
- Cruise arrivals have been suspended at all ports and coasts.
- The curfew in the Dominican Republic is strictly enforced. U.S. citizens who must travel during curfew hours for international travel may be asked to show their passport, ticket, and travel itinerary to authorities to be allowed to continue to the airport.
Entry and Exit Requirements:
- Temperature checks may be implemented on arrival or departure by Dominican authorities.
- The Dominican Republic has local capacity to diagnose the COVID-19 through the National Public Health Laboratory and private laboratories.
- The Ministry of Health advises of mandatory quarantine or self-quarantine for COVID-19 positive patients. Please call *462 for further instructions.