New passenger entry protocol starts 16 September


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Feb 20, 2019

Disembarking passengers are no longer required to submit PCR tests with negative results prior to entering the Dominican Republic. Random quick breath PCR tests will be carried out to diagnose for Covid-19. The new Israeli technology makes it possible to test for disease and have results almost immediately. The measure (AIC-06/2020) is to facilitate the passenger entry procedures, keeping to the health protocol.

The IDAC also explained that departing passengers do not need to have recent PCR test results for travel to the United States. They are only required to have these tests when traveling to Puerto Rico from the Dominican Republic.

The new breathalyzer tests are part of the Responsible Tourism Plan announced last month by President Luis Abinader and is part of a set of initiatives to ensure the country is a safe tourist destination. The one-minute...
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chico bill

Lobotomy Surgeon
May 6, 2016
It has been two steps forward and two steps back now since April. At some point dollars will outweigh death rates and the country will be reopen. The next step will be how to attract the airlines to restore routes.
If routes stay closed for too long other routes get the gates and the less profitable (least full aircraft) routes get scrapped permanently.

I don't think DR has yet quite been working from the playbook that they now need to promote tourism and that may mean lots of ads, discounts and actually welcome the tourists. Takes more that some musicians playing old country instruments as you deplane to make tourists feel truly like they are valued.
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Apr 29, 2014
The health insurance offer for tourists staying in a hotel, no before hand CV testing and reimbursement for necessary flight changes all looks good on paper, how it works out in practical terms remains to be seen. The concept is certainly one intended to convince tourists they will be well looked after if the come for a visit. Not sure how many potential travelers outside of the DR know about this program.

william webster

Jan 16, 2009
Don't you think they'll explain that in an advertising campaign?

Punta Cana advertises heavily - well , is advertised heavily by the tDR Tourism dept

The Tourism Minister has met w/ tour operators in the US & Europe
I can almost guarantee they explained this idea to them as a solution to help all parties.
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On vacation
Apr 15, 2020
AA shutdown their flights to POP on Wednesday and Thursday. It had to be due to low season and covid. Wonder how long this will last.


Nickel with tin plating
Apr 12, 2019
AA shutdown their flights to POP on Wednesday and Thursday. It had to be due to low season and covid. Wonder how long this will last.
The one I was on this past Tuesday to SDQ from Miami was packed with Dominicans. Didn't see an open seat.