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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 May 26, 2020
- The Dominican Republic has 15,264 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 468 confirmed deaths.
- The President of the Dominican Republic extended the State of Emergency for an additional 15 days. The curfew has been modified and the new hours go into effect today, Monday, May 18th and will remain in place through June 1st. The new curfew hours are Monday through Saturday 7 p.m. to 5 a.m., and Sunday 5 p.m. to 5 a.m.
- Masks are required in all public spaces in the Dominican Republic.
- The Embassy has advised staff that the facility we use for emergency and specialized care has reached its full capacity. As the outbreak proceeds, access to medical care and specialized equipment will be increasingly difficult to obtain, and hospitalized patients will have an increased risk of exposure to COVID-19.
- Flights are available to the United States through JetBlue and United Airlines. Check with the airline directly regarding booking flights.
- U.S. citizens who wish to depart the Dominican Republic should do so immediately or be prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.
- The Dominican Republic has put in place a number of measures to slow the spread of COVID-19 including:
- A national curfew that prohibits all traffic and movement of people.
- Creation of 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.
- Cruise arrivals have been suspended at all ports and coasts.
- On May 20, some public transportation services, including buses, metro trains, and cable cars restarted with social distancing guidelines and reduced schedules.
- Events and public gatherings of all kinds suspended.
- Roadblocks have been set up at various points throughout the country prohibiting internal travel in the country. U.S. citizens with urgent travel, including travel to the airport for departure, should be prepared to present supporting documentation to the Dominican authorities at each check point.
Entry and Exit Requirements:
- Effective at 6 am on March 19, the President of the Dominican Republic suspended the arrival of incoming passengers and has effectively closed the borders of the Dominican Republic for an initial period of 15 days. While the President announced that outbound flights will continue to ferry foreigners out of the Dominican Republic to their home countries. Contact your airline to indicate demand for these services.
- The Dominican Republic has local capacity to diagnose the COVID-19 through the National Public Health Laboratory. The Ministry of Health advises of mandatory quarantine or self-quarantine for COVID-19 positive patients. Please call *462 for further instructions.