All travelers entering the Dominican Republic must show proof of a negative COVID-19 / PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) test, administered within the last 5 days. If no proof of testing is available, government personnel will perform a quick test at the airport - at no additional cost to the passenger.
The rapid diagnostic test provides reliable results through blood serology analysis in less than 10 minutes. In addition, a health evaluation is conducted upon arrival and passengers who present symptoms or positive test results will be isolated and attended to at authorized locations. Children less than 5 years old are exempted of this requirement. For updated visitor health and safety protocols see: drtravelcenter.com
The curfew still remains in effect throughout the Dominican Republic. Read more here.
Currently, there are 74,295 positive Covid-19 cases in the Dominican Republic or approx. 0.68% of the population (10.85 million). The fatality rate still remains low with only 1213 deaths (1.63%).
If you're traveling to the Dominican Republic, remember that wearing a face mask is mandatory in most places along with the practice of social distancing.
As you may have heard, the tropical storm/hurricane Isaias passed through the Caribbean, including the Dominican Republic, last week. As far as we know, the damage in the Dominican Republic was minimal. Unfortunately, though, Isaias did kill 2 people.
Furthermore, there was some flooding in parts of the country, but no damages in tourist areas apart from some minor damages to trees and such.
The Dominican Republic is OPEN and people are visiting and posting about it. Check out the 10 Reasons Why the Dominican Republic Should Be on Your Must-Visit List and watch this video with almost 1 million views from one of our most popular vacation rental villas.
Some hotels are still not open and those that are, have a limited number of guests and staff on property. A limited number of guests also means that some hotel facilities aren't open, e.g. restaurants, bars, pools, etc. This is, however, normal given the fact that we're currently in the low season.
The low season (i.e. from around May till November) is nevertheless a great time to visit the Dominican Republic because it's less crowded. So, you can enjoy the beaches, golf courses, excursions, fishing, etc., without lots of other tourists - and some places might even be so "empty" that you basically have the place to yourself!
Since some golf courses and excursions may be running at a limited capacity, we do recommend that you book in advance, i.e. prior to arrival.
If you don't want to stay in a half empty hotel and you still want a high-quality service, consider choosing a vacation rental in the popular tourist areas instead! Our vacation rentals include staff so you never have to worry about anything. Right now, we have a special price at these properties:
Prices are valid until Oct. 31, 2020.
If you want to start planning your vacation to the Dominican Republic, feel free to contact me. We hope to see you soon!