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International flight operations to / from the Dominican Republic were resumed on July 1, 2020, under a strict security protocol established by the Dominican authorities. Since then, scheduled passenger and cargo flights have been operating normally. However, flights to and from the UK have been suspended.

As part of the current protocol, the Dominican authorities have established restrictions allowing only ONE person to wait for travelers inside the airport in the Arrivals area. An additional person can transfer in the vehicle to receive the traveler, but will not be allowed access to the interior of the terminals.

In the Departures area, the access of companions to the terminal is prohibited, except in the case of minors traveling alone and people with reduced mobility.

The use of cell phones is not allowed in restricted areas within airports.

Passengers must complete an E-Ticket when entering or leaving the Dominican Republic, which combines the forms of the General Directorate of Migration, the General Directorate of Customs and the Ministry of Public Health. The form can be accessed through the following link: https://eticket.migracion.gob.do/

To enter the Dominican Republic, COVID-19 tests are not required. Rapid tests are being performed on randomly selected travelers upon arrival, such as the diagnostic breath test for COVID-19. Passengers under the age of five and crew members are exempt from this requirement. Airports carry out temperature checks and other controls to monitor the arrival of passengers.

Travelers should also check directly with the airline to confirm if they have any proof or other requirements related to inbound flights to the Dominican Republic.

Likewise, before scheduling your flight out of the Dominican Republic, you should verify the travel requirements of your destination country. Each country has issued specific guidelines as part of their COVID-19 protocol.

Where to perform a COVID-19 test in the Dominican Republic:

The Amadita and Referencia laboratories can perform the PCR tests at home, so it is necessary that you coordinate with enough time to receive the visit of the specialists, since 48 hours are required to process the sample and deliver the result, in accordance with the following guidelines:

• If you are in a hotel outside of Santo Domingo, we recommend scheduling the test as soon as you arrive in the country to ensure availability of specialists, so that you can obtain the result when you need it.

• If you are in Santo Domingo, you can schedule the test for the next day.

Remember that you must present your passport to take the test. For home tests to be carried out at the hotel, you must inform the reception staff so that they can give access to the laboratory specialists.

You can schedule an appointment to collect the PCR test sample through the following channels:

Amadita Clinical Laboratory

It has 47 branches strategically located nationwide for clinical analytics in general.

The test for detection of COVID-19 by PCR is carried out exclusively at home at the national level and in special outlets located in Santo Domingo and Santiago. Request the test by completing the form required by the Ministry of Health through the following channels:

Amadita App (available for Android & IOS)

Website www.amadita.com

WhatsApp 809-682-5414

Additionally, they can request COVID-19 antibody measurement tests at any of the branches and home service nationwide. Consult the closest Amadita Clinical Laboratory branch and hours of operations in the Amadita App and website www.amadita.com

For more information contact 809 682-5414 or on the website https://amadita.com/

Clinical Laboratory Referencia

A network of 51 branches throughout the country.

Tel. 809-221-2684 ext. fifty

WhastApp Referencia: 809-221-5545

planciacovid@labreferencia.com

Puerto PlataContact
Costa Norte(809) 970-2171
Referencia(809) 261-8181
Puerto Plata(809) 586-3030
Centro Médico Bournigal(809) 586-2342
SosuaContact
Clínico Puerto Plata-Sosúa(809) 571-4999
Rodríguez Rubio(809) 571-4692
Imagdent(809) 571-3727
Merven(809) 571-4707

COVID-19 KIT

An easy and reliable self-collection set that contains the materials and instructions for collecting saliva samples. Our laboratory will manage the shipment and collection of the kit with exclusive courier.

Santo Domingo (online application): https://www.labreferencia.com/kit-covid-19/

La Romana, Punta Cana, Puerto Plata, Sosúa and Samaná: Tel 809-221-2684 ext. fifty

COVID-19 SELF-SERVICE

A method that consists of carrying out the test to detect the presence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in your body from the comfort of your vehicle.

Appointment request: www.labreferencia.com/auto-servicio-covid-19/

HOME SERVICE

A health professional with personal protective equipment (PPE) travels to the place where you are to take the sample.

Telephone exchange: Tel. 809-221-2684

WhatsApp Referencia: Tel. 809-221-5545

Travel requirements of the main destinations:

U.S

All passengers two years of age or older who will travel to the United States must provide a negative COVID-19 test (PCR or antigens) performed within three calendar days prior to travel.

Both PCR and antigen tests are available from various laboratories and private facilities.

Travelers should work with their hotels and tour operators to identify and schedule their tests in time to meet their travel needs.

More information at: https://do.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/covid-19-information/

Canada

All passengers four years of age or older who wish to board a flight to Canada must present to the airline at the time of check in written documentation with the negative result of a COVID-19 laboratory test (on paper or in electronic format).

Only COVID-19 PCR laboratory test results are supported, which must include:

1. Traveler’s name and date of birth

2. Name and physical location of the laboratory / clinic / facility that administered the test

3. The date the test was performed.

4. The test method performed (only PCR is supported)

5. The test result (such as “negative” or “not detected”)

This test must be performed within 72 hours prior to the traveler’s scheduled departure time to Canada.

All passengers wishing to travel to Canada, regardless of their nationality, must show a negative PCR test result. Failure to do so will result in automatic boarding denial by the airline operating the flight to Canada.

More information at: https://tc.canada.ca/en/initiatives/covid-19-measures-updates-guidance-issued-transport-canada/covid-19-pre-departure-testing-transport-canada-interim-order

Spain

Spain still maintains travel restrictions and has only opened borders for residents and citizens of the European Union, countries that are parties to the Schengen Agreement and other specific countries. At the moment, the entry of Dominican citizens with a tourist visa is not allowed.

Dominican citizens who wish to move to Europe will only be able to do so at this time if they have a European Union residence, or are holders of a long-term visa (those that contain the text “Type D” on the visa card) issued by a Member State or Schengen Associated State and go to that country.

Likewise, if you are a student studying in the Member States of the European Union or Schengen Associated States; and they have the corresponding permit or visa and medical insurance, as long as they go to the country where they study and that the entry takes place during the academic year or the previous 15 days.

Family members of European Union citizens can also travel, for which they must have a Community Family Visa (ESC code and Type C), this being the only Type C visa that is allowed entry.

To date, a PCR test is not necessary to enter Spain from the Dominican Republic.

All travelers must fill out a public health form, online at www.spth.gob.es, or use the free application SPAIN TRAVEL HEALTH (SpTH). Once the form is completed, passengers will obtain a QR code that they must present upon arrival in Spain.

More information at: http://www.exteriores.gob.es/Embajadas/SantoDomingo/es/Paginas/inicio.aspx

France

France still maintains travel restrictions and has only opened borders for residents and citizens of the European Union, countries that are parties to the Schengen Agreement and other specific countries. At the moment, the entry of Dominican citizens with a tourist visa is not allowed.

Dominican citizens who wish to move to Europe will only be able to do so at this time if they have a European Union residence, or are holders of a long-term visa (those that contain the text “Type D” on the visa card) issued by a Member State or Schengen Associated State and go to that country.

Likewise, if you are a student studying in the Member States of the European Union or Schengen Associated States; and they have the corresponding permit or visa and medical insurance, as long as they go to the country where they study and that the entry takes place during the academic year or the previous 15 days.

Family members of European Union citizens can also travel, for which they must have a Community Family Visa (ESC code and Type C), this being the only Type C visa that is allowed entry.

It is necessary to present a PCR test to enter France from the Dominican Republic that has been submitted less than 72 hours before takeoff for each traveler aged eleven years or more.

More information at: https://do.ambafrance.org/COVID-19-Restricciones-de-entrada-a-Francia-metropolitana-y-a-los-territorios#Si

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