DR Unveils New COVID Protocols For Canadians

The Dominican Republic has announced new COVID protocols for Canadians, including the fact that PCR tests are not required on arrival.

As regular flights resume from major cities to Punta Cana and Puerto Plata, visitors will have a random temperature check and breath tests administered at the airport upon landing.

Prior to their incoming and outgoing flights, visitors will be required to complete a user-friendly arrival e-ticket – eTicket (migracion.gob.do) – that includes a health declaration and immigration information.

The protocols have been created to be the “most straightforward and easy to understand in the entire Caribbean.”

David Collado, minister of tourism, said the system was created to simplify the arrival and departure process and ensure that Canadians know they are welcome back this winter.

Minister Collado said: “Many islands have complex and confusing rules – it’s a barrier to travel.  While major airlines are requiring PCR tests to board the plane, some destinations also require post-arrival PCR testing and quarantine. This is not only stressful, it can be expensive. With vaccine levels high in both the DR and Canada, we are confident of providing a safe and carefree vacation to our visitors without the need for post-arrival testing. Canadians are waiting to exhale – and there is no better place to plan a vacation in the sun this winter.”

Hotels are required to adhere to “some of the strongest sanitation and safety rules in the region, with all hotel staff fully vaccinated and currently awaiting booster shots for maximum immunity.  The DR also has a huge selection of all-inclusive resorts in all price ranges to allow guests who want to be extra careful the chance to stay within resort walls and still enjoy access to a wide variety of activities and restaurants.

“People are exhausted and they want to feel the sun on their faces in a safe environment they can enjoy at a reasonable price. For the past year, we have been working hard behind the scenes to enact safety measures in all sectors – including tours, food and beverage, airports and hospitality – to be ready when travel resumes.  We are proud to say we can now confidently welcome our Canadian friends and return visitors “home” to the Dominican Republic this fall and winter,” said Collado.

Go to https://www.godominicanrepublic.com for more.