Update: Covid testing is now required to enter RD.

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franco1111

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Someone did the math.

“El tiempo de procesamiento por pasajero es de mínimo 10 minutos, lo que implica que procesar un vuelo de 150 pasajeros con 5 máquinas de pruebas se tomaría entre 4 y 5 horas”, dijo José Luis López, director de Comunicaciones de Aerodom."

The processing time per passenger is a minimum of 10 minutes, which implies that processing a flight of 150 passengers with 5 test machines would take between 4 and 5 hours," said José Luis López, director of Communications at Aerodom.
 
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Cdn_Gringo

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It was just an ill conceived plan from the beginning. Anyone doing the math would easily see how unworkable it would be. After getting past customs, even if you were tested, people would just escape the airport when they got tired of waiting. No tourist is going to hang around an airport for that length of time. After all the order of the day is to get the luggage and get on your way in the least amount of time possible.
 

Lobo Tropical

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It was just an ill conceived plan from the beginning. Anyone doing the math would easily see how unworkable it would be. After getting past customs, even if you were tested, people would just escape the airport when they got tired of waiting. No tourist is going to hang around an airport for that length of time. After all the order of the day is to get the luggage and get on your way in the least amount of time possible.
To further complicate the situation.
After a negative CV19 test a further testing is needed to assure a person is CV19 free.
This has been documented by testing returning vacationers from CV19 areas who initially tested negative, but further tests indicated they were positive.
 

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An alternative to that would be requiring passengers to provide proof of a negative test performed in their country of origin.
That would assume, of course, that the country of origin was capable of conducting the test AND providing the result to the traveler within an acceptable period of time...Maximum 48 hours turnaround.
But then again remember the old adage...
Never assume.
It makes an ASS out of U and ME
 

Cdn_Gringo

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Testing for the purposes of travel is not a priority for most countries so there is now way to meet any testing requirements imposed by the DR or any other country for that matter for a lot of would be tourists. So that just means the tourists won't come because they can't meet the entry requirements.
 

Cdn_Gringo

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The DR is not able to control the spread of the disease within its own population so attempting to screen travelers is just a foolish and impractical notion.
 
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An alternative to that would be requiring passengers to provide proof of a negative test performed in their country of origin.
That would assume, of course, that the country of origin was capable of conducting the test AND providing the result to the traveler within an acceptable period of time...Maximum 48 hours turnaround.
But then again remember the old adage...
Never assume.
It makes an ASS out of U and ME
I would def write the health ministry fly. It sounds like you have the right plan. For your convenience, I have included the contact link for the public health folks here in DR, but I think you should get your pany together because they don't speaky inglé!

 

william webster

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any testing before the flight will not show what might have happened DURING the arrival flt

Other countries are now quarantining for 10 days.
at day 8 - they test you - a neg result and you're out after 10 days... 2 more
 

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There are companies around the Caribbean that use Dominicans for construction labor on other Islands. When the COVID thing first broke out, many Dominicans working on one island understandably wanted to go home to be their families.. Now they are out of money and wanting to go back to work and it's very difficult.

One company has sent COVID tests to the DR for their workers to use and send back for the results. The tests have to originate from the country they will be working in, sent back and tested before granting permission for a work permit and travel letter to be issued..
 

johne

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There are companies around the Caribbean that use Dominicans for construction labor on other Islands. When the COVID thing first broke out, many Dominicans working on one island understandably wanted to go home to be their families.. Now they are out of money and wanting to go back to work and it's very difficult.

One company has sent COVID tests to the DR for their workers to use and send back for the results. The tests have to originate from the country they will be working in, sent back and tested before granting permission for a work permit and travel letter to be issued..
AND...?
 

cavok

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They say 40%-50% of people with covid are asymptomatic. Imagine the prospect of coming down here on vacation and getting thrown into an isolation facility. Who's going to take that chance?
 
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