The Dominican Republic reveals new Tourism Recovery and Safety Initiatives
President of the Dominican Republic Luis Abinader unveiled a new set of initiatives that will help guarantee safe travel to the Dominican Republic. The Responsible Tourism Recovery Plan, led by the President himself, will focus on caring for the health, well-being, and safety of both international and local tourists.
The measures will include new, internationally-certified sanitary protocols that will be applied across the entire hospitality industry, including restaurants and bars. The new guidelines include, but are not limited to:
- New non-invasive COVID-19 tests will be administered to tourists as they arrive in the country. Once this measure is in place, the authorities will eliminate the requirement of a negative PCR test to enter the country.
- The use of personal protective equipment (PPE) and physical distancing will be mandatory while visiting the Dominican Republic.
- As of late September, the Dominican government will grant all visiting tourists a hotel and travel assistance plan that includes emergency coverage, telemedicine services, long-stay accommodation, and flight change costs in case of COVID-19 contagion. The Dominican government will provide this temporary insurance at no cost to the visitor until December 2020.
- A “sanitary bubble” will be implemented to ensure that hotel employees stay within their facilities for as long as possible.
- Effective sanitary management will be put in place throughout the entire hospitality supply chain (suppliers, contractors, and employees), and employees will be subject to constant testing.
- Labor regulations are in the process of being readjusted to minimize and mitigate health risks for employees.
In a statement, government officials said that the protocol is currently under a certification process with the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) and Bureau Veritas, both world leaders in the tourism sector. The Ministry of Tourism reaffirmed their commitment to monitoring the impact and effectiveness of each implemented initiative, adjusting when necessary.