Punta Cana Covid-19 restrictions. Is it safe to travel to the Dominican Republic today?
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A new outbreak of the incidence of Covid-19 was announced in the Dominican Republic. How to travel to the Dominican Republic safely? How to prepare and what to expect during the trip? Is it safe to travel to Punta Cana today?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has made a Level 4 Traveler Health Notice for the Dominican Republic due to COVID-19, indicating a very high level of COVID-19 in the country. But fortunately, borders are not closed and you’re still able to come over, rent an apartment and get a nice vacation. In this article we’re going to give you some useful tips how to make your trip to Dominicana as safe and comfortable as possible.
If you do not like to read too much, in this video below we will tell you about Punta Cana Covid-19 situation and will answer why it is safe to travel to the Dominican Republic today. We will dispel some of the mass media myths about the high incidence in Punta Cana and tell you why summer 2023 is one of the best option to spend your vacation in June-July 2023.
Video about Punta Cana Covid-19 situation in June 2023
And of course, you can always find fresh and live videos about real situation on Dominican beaches and resorts. Below is a short video about Barceló Bávaro Palace and Bávaro Beach during Covid-19 and curfew restrictions in June-July 2021. As you can see, everything is safe here.
Video about Barceló Bávaro during Covid-19 and Curfew Restrictions
Common recommendations for all travelers in the DR:
- If you need to travel to the Dominican Republic, get a full vaccination before traveling
- Travelers should follow the Dominican Republic’s guidelines or requirements for security measures, including the wearing of masks and social distancing
- All air passengers, including fully vaccinated people, must have tested negative for COVID-19. You should be tested 3 days before travel. Or have to be recovered from COVID-19 in the last 3 months before your arrival
- After the trip, you must take a virus test 3-5 days
- Self-checking for symptoms of COVID-19; get isolated and tested if you have any symptoms
- DO NOT travel if you have been exposed to COVID-19, if you are sick, have a positive test for COVID-19, or are waiting for your COVID-19 test results
- Do not travel with an ill person
Whether you are fully vaccinated or not, you have to get tested with a viral test 1-3 days before your trip.
What are the Covid-19 restrictions for all travelers to the DR?
Wearing a mask on your nose and mouth
- It is required on airplanes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transport
- Wearing masks on the beach is optional for adults and not recommended for children. All equipment including life jackets, masks, and snorkels, kayaks, pedal boats, etc. will be disinfected after each use
Maintaining a social distance
- According to the established rules, airport terminals must maintain a social distance of at least 2 meters
- Outside airports, it is necessary to maintain a social distance of at least 2 meters, including shopping areas, public transport, hospitals, or clinics n the Dominican Republic
- It is also necessary to maintain a distance on the beach, around swimming pools and jacuzzis
How and where to get tested for Covid-19 in the DR?
The Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism is offering antigen tests to foreigners staying at the hotel. Testing will take place at select hotels across the country. All antigen tests are carried out by nursing staff and the test results will be certified by the Dominican Republic Ministry of Health.
Processing of this type of test is faster than PCR tests. Testing (sampling of biomaterial) is free, travelers pay only for laboratory research and obtaining the result. Depending on the hotel, some testing is completely free for guests, while others get a small test fee. There are hotels that do not participate in this program. In this regard, we recommend that you clarify the information about the testing procedure at the hotel in which you are staying.
There are hotels offering PCR virus testing on request and at an additional cost. If necessary, travelers can sign up for testing (PCR or antigen) in all regions of the country.
Due to the mutations of the COVID-19 virus, we recommend that you contact your travel agency (tour operator) or airline directly to clarify all possible travel requirements that may apply in your country.
What is a free medical insurance plan in the DR?
All foreign tourists arriving on commercial (regular or charter) flights and staying at the hotel are provided with temporary free medical insurance. Insurance covers medical services of doctors and medical transfers. Also, it covers payment of fees for changing departure dates on a ticket, hotel accommodation for long stays, and much more. This insurance policy will be issued free of charge for passengers arriving in the Dominican Republic from May 12 to June 12, 2021, with 100 percent government coverage.
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