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The government of the Dominican Republic is taking measures to strengthen the capacity of the destination to respond to the entry requirements of source markets.
The ministry of tourism and the ministry of public health have announced new measures to strengthen the capacity of the destination to respond to new requirements for all visitors to the country.
The ministry of health will donate 400,000 antigen tests as part of the Traveller Assistance Plan currently provided by the state to international visitors staying at hotels in the Dominican Republic.
These antigen tests will be part of the free plan currently offered up until March 31st.
The rapid antigen tests required by the UK and other governments will be administered to hotel guests at no costs by the technical health personnel in the hotels and the result will be certified by the ministry of public health.
Regarding countries that require PCR testing for entry, the ministry of tourism highlighted that the current capacity of the laboratories is 11,000 tests per day, which guarantees sufficient capacity for locals and visitors.
Additionally, over the next three weeks there will be an increase of 40 per cent capacity to ensure that no travellers would encounter any problems when returning to their country.
The hotels will aid guests in making appointments for PCR testing, but those costs will be covered by the traveller.
“The Dominican Republic continues to be committed to offering a safe tourism experience both to those who visit us and for all Dominicans involved in the industry’s supply chain.
“Therefore we are continuously reviewing measures to offer our visitors the necessary facilities to enjoy a holiday and a return trip with complete peace of mind,” said Dominican Republic tourism minister, David Collado.
Until March 31st all international tourists arriving by air and staying in a hotel have a free medical coverage plan that covers all types of emergencies, including possible contagion of Covid-19.
The UK has today closed all travel corridors, meaning all arrivals will now have to quarantine for ten days.
The move, announced on Friday, is designed to slow the spread of Covid-19 across the country – but critics have argued it has been implemented up to a year too late.
Travellers arriving in the UK, whether by boat, train or plane, will also now have to show proof of a negative Covid-19 test to be allowed entry.
The test must be taken in the 72 hours before travelling and anyone arriving without one faces a fine of up to £500.
Under existing guidelines, the ten-day isolation period can be cut short with a negative test after five days.
The travel corridor closure will be in force until at least February 15th, officials have said.
Under the new rules, travellers arriving from the Falklands, St Helena and Ascension Islands are exempt.
Those arriving from some Caribbean islands are exempt until 04.00 GMT on Thursday January 21st.
Commenting on the closure of the travel corridors, an ABTA spokesperson said: “Public health is the absolute priority, and the government needs to take the steps it feels necessary to contain the spread of coronavirus and new strains entering the country.
“There are already a number of restrictions in place which means people are not travelling for holidays at the moment and have not been able to for most of the pandemic.
“Travel has been affected by the pandemic for over ten months now, with travel businesses generating little or no income during this time, yet unlike other sectors, such as hospitality and the arts, the Westminster government has not provided any sector-specific support.
“The government needs to address this as a matter of urgency, not only for the jobs and businesses at risk in the sector, but in recognition of the important role the travel industry will play in the economic recovery.”
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