The Dominican Republic – one of the most popular Caribbean destinations – reopened to tourism in early July and this new initiative is to support sustainable recovery.
The Dominican Republic’s Plan for the Responsible Recovery of Tourism will be managed by a new Tourism Cabinet and led by the President.
These measures will include new internationally certified health protocols and will apply to the entire industry, including restaurants and bars. Until these measures are put in place though tourists still require a negative COVID-19 test prior to arrival.
The major measures include:
- Rapid tests will be performed on randomly selected travelers upon arrival will begin at the end of September, such as the diagnostic breath test for COVID-19.
- 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 with suppliers, contractors and employees.
Free Travel Insurance
One of the most important measures is that all tourists visiting a hotel will be granted, on a temporary basis, a travel assistance plan that will include coverage for emergencies, telemedicine, lodging for prolonged stays and costs for changing flights in the event of an infection. This insurance will be provided at no cost to the visitor until December 2020 and will be 100% paid for by the Dominican State.
David Collado, the Minister of Tourism, said that they’re confident that together they will overcome the challenges of the pandemic and ensure that the Dominican Republic remains the number one destination in the region for international travelers.