Travel Advice Dominican Republic 2020
The declaration of a worldwide viral pandemic, COVID-19, by the World Health Organisation, has resulted in international travel being restricted in many countries. At Travala.com, we want to ensure that our customers are provided with the latest travel advice for the key destinations favoured by our customers.
The first cases of Coronavirus19 (COVID-19) were confirmed in the city of Wuhan, Dominican Republic on 31 December 2019 and since then, it has proceeded to spread to over 204 countries and territories with over 2,013,998 people so far testing positive for the virus and sadly over 127,590 dying.
Dominican Republic confirmed its first internally transmitted cases of COVID-19 on 1 March 2020 and by 15 April 2020, Dominican Republic had registered 3286 cases and 183 deaths.
What is COVID-19?
COVID-19 is a disease caused by the virus SARS-CoV-2. This virus is a type of coronavirus which can cause illness in animals and humans. Coronavirus infections in humans can result in coryzal symptoms as seen in a common cold and more severe respiratory symptoms such as pneumonia. In recent years, we have seen outbreaks of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).
SARS-CoV-2 is the most recently discovered type of coronavirus and it is spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth. The method of transmission is often via cough, sneeze or exhalation. People breathing in these droplets or touching the surfaces these droplets land on and who touch their eyes, nose or mouth are at risk of developing COVID-19.
The World Health Organisation continues to assess ongoing research on the means of transmission of SARS-CoV-2 but general advice is to maintain distance from others, regularly wash hands and avoid touching your face.
Many countries have implemented temporary travel restrictions and COVID-19 has impacted on events and activities. In the Travala.com travel advice newsletter, we will endeavour to provide you with the latest travel advice on key destinations.
Current Travel Advice for Dominican Republic, as at 15 April 2020
On 16 March 2020, the Dominican Republic suspended all flights from Europe and the arrival of all cruise ships for one month while those returning from Europe, China, South Korea and Iran need to be isolated in quarantine upon arrival in the Dominican Republic.
On 19 March 2020, the President of the Dominican Republic suspended the arrival of incoming passengers, effectively closing the borders of the Dominican Republic.
Within the Dominican Republic, public transportation, including buses,, metro trains, and cable cars have suspended services while roadblocks exist to restrict internal travel within the country.
Flight changes to and from Dominican Republic
Delta, in the US, operates a daily New York JFK-Santo Domingo flight while Jet Blue also provides flights to and from the US.
Cancelled events in Dominican Republic
Events and public gatherings of all types have been suspended.
From 17 March 2020 all non-essential commercial activities have been suspended while on 26 March 2020, the Dominican Republic government extended a night curfew from 5pm to 6am with only doctors, health workers, journalists, and guardsmen exempt.
Coronavirus19 (COVID-19) FAQs – Travel to Dominican Republic
Question: Should I cancel my vacation to Dominican Republic?
Answer: In many countries, non-essential travel is being discouraged with the pandemic being a constantly evolving and changing situation. You should check for latest updates on travel advice for both your country of departure and your destination via respected Government websites and the Travala.com travel advice newsletter. With refundable bookings on Travala.com you can be assured that if you do need to cancel your vacation that you will be refunded.
Question: If I decide to travel to Dominican Republic, are there any precautions that can be taken to minimise the risk of infection?
- Avoid contact with people displaying symptoms.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with hands, especially if unwashed.
- Make sure to wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser containing at least 60% alcohol.
- While the focus is on COVID-19 please ensure that you are up to date with your routine vaccinations, such as the flu vaccine and measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine.
Question: Is there an increased risk of infection whilst travelling by air?
Answer: Due to how air is filtered and circulated on airplanes, many viruses and germs do not spread easily. Many countries now also operate immigration medical checks to identify any passengers who may pose a risk.
Question: Should travellers wear masks in Dominican Republic?
Answer: Anyone who displays symptoms of COVID-19 is encouraged to wear a mask as it restricts the spread of the virus. For the uninfected, the wearing of masks is not deemed to significantly reduce the risk of infection, but you may wish to consider the customs of your destination. For instance, all passengers travelling on trains in Dominican Republic must wear a face mask while they are encouraged on all other modes of transport.
Question: What can I expect on arriving and departing at airports?
Answer: In some countries screening for all passengers entering and leaving their country is being conducted. Before being allowed to board a flight, you may be questioned about your health and your travel history and have your temperature taken.
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