DR Replaces Pre-Arrival COVID Tests With Random Testing On-Arrival For Tourists

Anna Kroupina, Open Jaw

The Dominican Republic will replace mandatory pre-arrival COVID tests with random testing on-arrival starting "at the end of September," announced President of the Dominican Republic, Luis Abinader Corona, as part of a set of initiatives aimed at bolstering tourism to the country during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Visitors still need to provide a negative COVID-19 test prior to arrival until this new measure comes into effect.

The government is also rolling out a travel assistance plan for tourists that will include coverage for emergencies, telemedicine, lodging for prolonged stays and costs for changing flights in the event of an infection. The government says the insurance will be provided at no cost to the visitor until DEC 2020 and will be 100% paid for by the Dominican State.

Additional protocols include:

 

  • Social distancing and the use of masks will be mandatory for the duration of a visitor’s stay;
  • A "Sanitary Bubble" will be implemented to ensure that hotel employees stay as long as possible within the facilities;
  • Properties will implement health management system with suppliers, contractors and employees, who will be regularly tested and follow a specific protocol to come in and out of the facilities;

The government said these protocols are in the process of being certified by the World Travel and Tourism Council’s Safe Travels and Buró Veritas, both experts in certifications of the sector. 

"Our goal is to minimize the effects of the pandemic and facilitate a responsible recovery that prioritizes health, maximizes the potential for job creation and economic growth, and promotes the further sustainable development of the sector," said President Abinader.

A new Tourism Cabinet will monitor the impact and effectiveness of each initiative implemented and adjust as necessary.

Anna Kroupina

Anna Kroupina Journalist

Anna is OJ's newest member and she joins the team as a writer/reporter. She co-writes the daily news and covers events. Although she's new to the industry, pursuing a career path in travel/tourism has been a goal since her first family road trip to the Florida Keys sparked a desire to discover the world and this exhilarating, fast-paced industry.

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