Dominican Republic Offers Free Antigen Tests to International Visitors

The Government of the Dominican Republic have taken measures to strengthen the capacity of the destination to respond to new requirements for all visitors to the country

The Ministry of Tourism and the Ministry of Public Health have announced new measures to strengthen

The Government of the Dominican Republic and the private sector are taking measures to strengthen the capacity of the destination to respond to the entry requirements of the governments of source markets to the country.

The Ministry of Health will donate 400,000 antigen tests as part of the Traveller Assistance Plan currently provided by the state to international visitors staying at hotels in the Dominican Republic.

These antigen tests will be part of the free Travel Assistance Plan currently offered up until 31 March 2021.

The rapid antigen tests required by the UK and other governments will be administered to hotel guests at no costs by the technical health personnel in the hotels and the result will be certified by the Ministry of Public Health.

Regarding countries that require PCR testing for entry, the Ministry of Tourism highlighted that the current capacity of the laboratories is 11,000 tests per day, which guarantees sufficient capacity for locals and visitors. Additionally, over the next 3 weeks there will be an increase of 40% capacity to ensure that no travellers would encounter any problems when returning to their country.  The hotels will provide assistance to guests in making appointments for PCR testing but those costs will be covered by the traveller.

“The Dominican Republic continues to be committed to offering a safe tourism experience both to those who visit us and for all Dominicans involved in the industry’s supply chain. Therefore we are continuously reviewing measures to offer our visitors the necessary facilities to enjoy a holiday and a return trip with complete peace of mind,” said Tourism Minister David Collado.

Until March 31, 2021 all international tourists arriving by air and staying in a hotel have a free medical coverage plan that covers all types of emergencies, including possible contagion of COVID-19.