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Last updated: [01/15/2021]
There is a Level 3 Travel Advisory recommending U.S. citizens to reconsider travel to the Dominican Republic due to health and safety measures and COVID-19-related conditions.
Embassy Operations and Restrictions:
The U.S. Embassy remains closed for routine operations. Until further notice, U.S. direct hire personnel are prohibited from accessing indoor public or business spaces where mask usage is not required, such as restaurants, bars, and nightclubs. Staff are also strongly encouraged to avoid any situations where social distancing is not possible.
- The Dominican Republic has 188,969 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 2,432 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. 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. U.S. citizens have suffered serious complications or died during or after having cosmetic or other elective surgery.
- The Dominican government has 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. One additional person can accompany travelers by vehicle but will not be allowed access inside the terminals. Cell phone use is not permitted inside the airports.
- Airports remain fully operational, however flights to and from the United Kingdom have been suspended.
- Passengers are required to fill out an E-Ticket or paper form when entering or 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.
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.
- Is a curfew in place? Yes
- The government of the Dominican Republic has extended the state of emergency and nationwide curfew. Failure to follow the curfew, including for U.S. citizens, may result in arrest and/or fines. Full details on the curfew can be found at https://presidencia.gob.do/
January 11-26 (M-F): Curfew from 5pm to 5am, with a grace period for transit until 8pm each day.
January 11-26 (Sa-Sun): Curfew from 12pm to 5am, with a grace period for transit until 3pm each day.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- The American Citizen Services Unit is providing limited 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 and services 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 email@example.com to request an emergency appointment.