Coronavirus Information for the Dominican Republic

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Last updated:  [11/30/2021]

***  Effective November 8, 2021, all non-immigrant, non-U.S. citizen air travelers to the United States will be required to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of vaccination status prior to boarding an airplane to the United States.

U.S. citizens and Legal Permanent Residents (LPRs) who are eligible to travel but are not fully vaccinated will need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test one (1) day before their flight. U.S citizens and LPRs who are fully vaccinated will need to present airlines with proof of vaccination and of a negative COVID-19 test three (3) days before their flight.

Exemptions will be considered on an extremely limited basis.  Please contact your nearest embassy or consulate to apply for an exemption. Individuals who believe they meet the criteria for an exemption from the vaccine requirement should contact the U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo at SDOW@state.gov for more information. Please visit the CDC webpages for more information about exemptions and the requirement for proof of negative COVID-19 test or recovery from COVID-19 for all air passengers arriving in the United States.

There is a Level 3 Travel Advisory advising U.S. citizens to reconsider travel to the Dominican Republic due to COVID-19.

Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Travel Health Notice Level due to COVID-19, indicating a high level of COVID-19 in the Dominican Republic.   Your risk of contracting COVID-19 and developing severe symptoms may be lower if you are fully vaccinated with an FDA authorized vaccine.  Before planning any international travel, please review the CDC’s specific recommendations for vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers.

 

Embassy Operations and Restrictions:

The U.S. Embassy has resumed limited routine operations. U.S. direct hire personnel are required to observe social distancing protocols and wear face masks while accessing indoor public or business spaces, and strongly encouraged to follow the latest CDC guidance in all other areas. Up to date guidance can be found here: How to Protect Yourself & Others | CDC

Country-Specific Information:

  • The Dominican Republic has 407,251 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 4,204 confirmed deaths.
  • Medical care is limited, 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 traveling for elective surgery, are encouraged to postpone travel due to considerations 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. U.S. citizens have suffered serious complications or died during or after having cosmetic or other elective surgery.
  • The Ministry of Public Health has announced that as of October 18, 2021, all persons 12 years and older must provide evidence of vaccination or a negative PCR test to access public spaces, schools, businesses, restaurants, bars, gyms, public transport, and other public areas.  More details may be found on the GoDominicanRepublic.com website and the Ministry of Public Health website.  We recommend U.S. citizens carry digital or physical copies of their identification and either evidence of vaccination or evidence of their most recent negative PCR test to comply with this directive.
  • Passengers are required to fill out an E-Ticket form when entering and exiting the Dominican Republic. For each entry and exit a new E-Ticket is required and the code generated upon form completion can be presented at the airport on a digital device or printed and presented on paper.   The E-Ticket form must be completed here: eTicket (migracion.gob.do)
  • The Dominican government has previously instituted restrictions on airports in Punta Cana, Santiago, and Santo Domingo permitting only ONE person to accompany travelers inside the airport for arrivals or departures with one additional person allowed to accompany travelers by vehicle.
  • Airports remain fully operational, for updated information on arrival requirements including testing, proof of vaccination, and quarantine, visit Coronavirus Information – GoDominicanRepublic.com

COVID-19 Testing

  • Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in the Dominican Republic? [Yes]
  • If so, are test results reliably available within 72 hours? [Yes]
    • Turnaround could be impacted by the increased demand – particularly for PCR tests
  • Both PCR and antigen testing are available from a variety of private laboratories and facilities.  The U.S. Embassy has prepared a list of private testing providers in the Dominican Republic.   Local service providers can administer a COVID-19 test, with results typically available within 72 hours (PCR test) or 24 hours (antigen test)  Please note the test must be a viral test (PCR or antigen) and NOT an antibody test.   The Embassy cannot administer or pay for tests.  The Department of State assumes no responsibility or liability for the professional ability, reputation, or quality of services provided by the entities on this list.  Some resorts and hotels may offer testing onsite as well as some clinics or labs on this list may offer “home visits” at an additional cost.   Please contact your hotel or the laboratory directly for details.
  • Test results are typically provided in both written and electronic form.
  • All travelers to the United States should continue to monitor the CDC website for testing and quarantine requirements, including state and local regulations related to travel.

 

COVID-19 Vaccine Information:

  • Has the government of the Dominican Republic approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use? [Yes]
  • Are vaccines available in the Dominican Republic for U.S. citizens to receive? [Yes]
  • Which vaccines are available in the Dominican Republic?  Sinovac, AstraZeneca and Pfizer
  • According to Dominican authorities, foreigners with legal residence in the Dominican Republic have the same eligibility for vaccination as Dominican citizens. U.S. citizens who are legal residents of the Dominican Republic should follow local vaccination schedules and requirements.  More information is available from the Ministry of Health.
  • Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccines in the United States.
  • The U.S. government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas. Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.

Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? No
    • COVID-19 rapid tests are performed on randomly selected travelers upon arrival.
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes
    • Temperature checks may be implemented on arrival or departure by Dominican authorities.

Movement Restrictions:

    • Is a curfew in place? No
    • As of October 11, 2021, Dominican authorities lifted the State of Emergency and associated curfew in the Dominican Republic for all provinces.  The curfew is subject to change.  Full details can be found on the Dominican Office of the Presidency website and at Coronavirus Information – GoDominicanRepublic.com
    • While not currently in effect, failure to follow future curfews may result in arrest and/or fines, including for U.S. citizens.
    • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No

Quarantine Information:

    • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes, if testing positive.
    • The Ministry of Health advises of mandatory quarantine or self-quarantine for COVID-19 positive patients.  Please call *462 for further instructions.

COVID-19 Testing and Measures in the Dominican Republic:

    • The Dominican Republic has local capacity to diagnose COVID-19 through the National Public Health Laboratory and private laboratories.
    • 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.

Transportation Options:

    • Are commercial flights operating? Yes
    • 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.
    • Is public transportation operating? Yes
    • Masks are required in public transportation.

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