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Last updated: [02/26/2021]
*** Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel. Alternatively, travelers to the U.S. may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel. Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.
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 238,205 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 3,082 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 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.
- 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. 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.
Waivers to the testing requirement may be granted by the CDC on an extremely limited basis when extraordinary emergency travel (such as an emergency medical evacuation) must occur to preserve someone’s health and safety, and testing cannot be completed before travel. There are no waivers available for individuals who test positive for COVID-19. Individuals – or air carriers seeking to allow boarding by potentially qualifying individuals – who believe they meet the criteria for a waiver should contact the U.S. Embassy at SDOW@state.gov, and provide the information required per the link below. The U.S. Embassy or Consulate will then submit the request to the CDC for consideration.
- For information on limited humanitarian exemptions to CDC’s requirement that all U.S. bound travelers present a negative COVID test, please review the following page: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/covid-testing-required-us-entry.html
Humanitarian exemptions to this order will be granted on an extremely limited basis and will only be considered when the country of departure lacks adequate COVID-19 testing capacity. To submit information in support of an exemption, email SDOW@state.gov
COVID-19 Vaccine Information:
- Has the government of the Dominican Republic approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use? [Yes]
- The government of the Dominican Republic has been developing vaccination plans and further information will be posted here as specifics become available. The Dominican Ministry Of Health has detailed information about COVID.
- The United States 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.
- Information from the CDC regarding 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.
- Is a curfew in place? Yes
- Beginning January 27, the government of the Dominican Republic has issued a revised curfew nationwide. 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/
- Monday through Friday: Curfew from 7pm to 5am, with a grace period for transit until 10pm each day.
- Saturday and Sunday: Curfew from 5pm to 5am, with a grace period for transit until 8pm 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to request an emergency appointment.