Coronavirus travel health

Check the latest information on risk from COVID-19 for the Dominican Republic on the TravelHealthPro website.

See the TravelHealthPro website for further advice on travel abroad and reducing spread of respiratory viruses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Entry and borders

See Entry requirements to find out what you will need to do when you arrive in Dominican Republic.

Returning to the UK

Travelling from and returning to the UK

Check what you must do to travel abroad and return to England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.

If you plan to pass through another country to return to the UK, check the travel advice for the country you’re transiting.

You should contact local authorities for information on testing facilities.

The National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC) also provides advice on how to stay safe as you travel by air.

Be prepared for your plans to change

No travel is risk-free during COVID. Countries may further restrict travel or bring in new rules at short notice, for example due to a new COVID-19 variant. Check with your travel company or airline for any transport changes which may delay your journey home.

If you test positive for COVID-19, you may need to stay where you are until you test negative. You may also need to seek treatment there.

Plan ahead and make sure you:

  • can access money
  • understand what your insurance will cover
  • can make arrangements to extend your stay and be away for longer than planned

Travel in the Dominican Republic

The national State of Emergency and curfew ended on Monday 11 October.

On Wednesday 16 February 2022, Dominican authorities announced that with immediate effect all COVID-19 measures are suspended, including mandatory mask wearing, social distancing and proof of vaccination for public spaces and private spaces for public use.

Dominican health authorities recommend the following:

  • The ongoing use of masks, especially for high-risk individuals
  • Avoiding large gatherings and events, frequently washing your hands and using hand sanitizer
  • Continuously practicing of social distancing.

If think you have been exposed to COVID-19, you may get a COVID-19 test at any time. Dominican authorities recommend you take a COVID-19 test 5 days after your initial exposure.

If you test positive for COVID-19 in the Dominican Republic, you must isolate for 7 days, even if you are asymptomatic. Once 7 days have passed since your original positive result, if you are asymptomatic, you may resume business as usual and practice the strict use of masks for at least 10 days after your diagnosis.

We will update this page as more details issue.

Changes to COVID measures may happen at short notice. You should monitor local media and comply with any instructions from police or the Dominican authorities. You should follow the Dominican rules listed below and check this page and the British Embassy social media channels on Twitter and Facebook regularly for updates.

Further information is available from the Dominican authorities, in English and in Spanish.

International travel

See Entry Requirements for more information about COVID-19 testing requirements to enter the Dominican Republic.

You will need to fill in a COVID Traveller’s Health Affidavit before travel to the Dominican Republic. This forms part of an online form, which includes the COVID Traveller’s Health Affidavit, the Customs Declaration and the International Boarding / Disembarking forms. The form can be completed via the Dominican Republic’s Electronic Ticket Portal, before your journey.

The Dominican Republic’s air borders are open and commercial options are departing to the US, Spain, France and some other countries. If you are returning to the UK, read the travel advice for any country you may be transiting, to check entry/transit requirements, as well as checking UK government requirements.

You will need to observe all social distancing measures if planning travel to the airport. Airports are implementing measures inside the terminals, including social distancing, use of masks and temperature checks. You should arrive in sufficient time and comply with any instructions from police or the Dominican authorities.

Accommodation

Hotels have now reopened and the Dominican Government has set out detailed rules for hotel operations during COVID. You should comply with any government or hotel social distancing measures.

Public places and services

On Wednesday 16 February, Dominican authorities announced a suspension of all COVID-19 measures. We will continue to update as more details issue. Please follow the instructions of the Dominican authorities. Restaurants, hotels, gyms, workplaces, schools, universities, public transport and other services may have their own policies which they will require you to follow. You may find more information from the official Dominican government website.

The sale of alcohol is prohibited after midnight on weekdays, and after 2am on Saturdays and Sundays.

The use of masks is still mandatory in public and private health centres, as well as public transport, including Airports. Local or regional authorities may impose additional restrictions. You should comply with any instructions or notices, including the closure of beaches or other public areas.

Healthcare in the Dominican Republic

If you develop coronavirus symptoms whilst in the Dominican Republic, you should stay in your home or hotel room and seek medical assistance (contact the hotel’s medical staff if staying in a hotel). Follow the advice of your medical expert and local authorities, on self-isolation or other COVID measures.

For further information and guidance, consult the dedicated government website (in Spanish) or the DR Travel Centre (in English). There is also an information and advice hotline in Spanish that can be reach by dialling *462. There may be a limited number of call operators that can assist in English.

For contact details for English speaking doctors visit our list of healthcare providers.

Your emotional and mental wellbeing is important. Read guidance on how to look after your mental wellbeing and mental health

View Health for further details on healthcare in Dominican Republic.

See also the guidance on healthcare if you’re waiting to return to the UK.

COVID-19 vaccines if you live in the Dominican Republic

We will update this page when the Government of Dominican Republic announces new information on the national vaccination programme. You can sign up to get email notifications when this page is updated.

The Dominican Republic national vaccination programme started in March 2021 and is using the AstraZeneca, Pfizer-BioNTech and Sinovac vaccines. The Dominican authorities have stated that British nationals who have legal residence status in the Dominican Republic are eligible for vaccination if they choose to join the programme. The Ministry of Health of the Dominican Republic has begun rollout of an optional fourth dose for some groups, including health personnel, those who are medically at higher risk from COVID and people over 60 years old, as well as certain professions. You can register and find out more information about the Dominican Republic national vaccination programme at VacunateRD (only available in Spanish).

Find out more, including about vaccines that are authorised in the UK or approved by the World Health Organisation, on the COVID-19 vaccines if you live abroad.

If you’re a British national living in the Dominican Republic, you should seek medical advice from your local healthcare provider. Information about COVID-19 vaccines used in the national programme where you live, including regulatory status, should be available from local authorities.

Further information

Further information is available from the Dominican authorities, in English and in Spanish. They also have a dedicated helpline in Spanish (call *462 from a Dominican telephone line)

If you need urgent consular assistance, you can contact the British Embassy on + 1 809 472 7111. Select option 1 for English, then option 2 for consular emergencies.