The Dominican Republic welcomes Canadian visitors with the most straightforward COVID guidelines in the Caribbean
The Dominican Republic announced its’ most recent Covid protocols for Canadians today, including the fact that PCR tests are not required on arrival, saving hundreds of dollars for a typical family on vacation. As regular flights resume from major cities to the popular airport hubs of 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 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.
According to David Collado, Dominican Republic’s Minister of Tourism, the system was created to simplify the arrival and departure process and ensure that Canadians know they are welcome back this winter. “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 in 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 excellent 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.
“Research is telling us that 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 enforce strong 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,” says Minister Collado.
About Dominican Republic
Well known for its off-the-beaten-path excursions, rich culture, endless amenities and year-round perfect climate, Dominican Republic is a place like no other. Easily accessible via a direct flight from most major airports, it is an ideal oasis for celebrities, couples and families alike. From hiking trails to undiscovered beaches and world-class golf courses, here you can relax in our luxurious and diverse accommodations, explore ancient relics of centuries past, taste authentic Dominican cuisine, or enjoy ecotourism adventures in our magnificent national parks, mountain ranges and rivers. Surrounded by the Caribbean Sea on the south side and the Atlantic Ocean on the north side, Dominican Republic features a variety of sports, recreation and entertainment options, exclusive cultural experiences like carnival festivities and dancing, plus Dominican specialties such as cigars, rum, chocolate, coffee, amber and larimar. Between adventurous Puerto Plata, lush Samaná, historic Santo Domingo, sunny Punta Cana, luxurious La Romana, bustling Barahona and more, every area has something worth discovering. There’s an interesting option for every type of traveller and budget. In addition to its uncharted experiences from coast to coast, the country has also generated a worldwide reputation for its warm, and hospitable people. With eight international airports and nine distinct ecological zones, it has never been more accessible or appealing to explore Dominican Republic.
To learn more and begin planning your trip, visit the Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism’s official website at: https://www.godominicanrepublic.com. Download the Go Dominican Republic App, available in the App Store and Google Play
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