Coronavirus Information for the Dominican Republic

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Last updated:  [09/25/2020]

There is a Level 4 Travel Advisory recommending U.S. citizens not travel to the Dominican Republic due to health and safety measures and COVID-19-related conditions.  While the Global Level 4 Travel Advisory has been removed, the Dominican Republic remains at Level 4.

Country-Specific Information:

  • On July 20, the President of the Dominican Republic signed a decree establishing a State of Emergency.
  • The Dominican Republic has 89,867 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 1,533 confirmed deaths.
  • Medical care is limited with some 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 suspended due to the COVID-19 epidemic.

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
    • The Government of the Dominican Republic announced that starting September 15, COVID-19 rapid tests will be performed on randomly selected travelers upon arrival. Once this measure is in place the requirement for a negative COVID-19 test prior to arrival will be eliminated.
  • 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? Yes
  • From September 28, there is a nationwide curfew (all cities and provinces) from Monday through Friday from 9 pm to 5 am, and on Saturdays and Sundays from 7 pm to 5 am.  Full details can be found on https://presidencia.gob.do/.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Cruise arrivals have been suspended at all ports and coasts.
  • Is public transportation operating? Yes
  • Masks are required in public transportation.

Consular Operations:

  • The American Citizen Services Unit is only providing emergency services to U.S. citizens in the Dominican Republic. Passports for citizens with immediate travel plans to the U.S. remain available; U.S. citizens should contact SDOAmericans@state.gov to request an appointment and explain their emergency. A full list of requirements can be found here: https://do.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/passports/  If you need emergency assistance, contact us through SDOAmericans@state.gov or 809-567-7775.
  • The United States Embassy in Santo Domingo remains unable to resume routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa services at this time.  We will resume routine visa services as soon as possible but are unable to provide a specific date.  If you have an urgent matter and need to travel immediately, please contact support-dominicanrepublic@ustraveldocs.com to request an emergency appointment.

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