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What you need to know about travelling to the Dominican Republic from South Africa during COVID-19
The latest on quarantine status, COVID-19 vaccine and test requirements and local restrictions for South Africans travelling to Dominican Republic.
As part of its Responsible Tourism Recovery Plan its borders have reopened to people from South Africa for tourism, though there are a few changes to bear in mind to keep you, and its community, safe.
Can I travel from South Africa to The Dominican Republic?While the Dominican Republic's borders are open to South Africans for tourism, the ability to travel there rests on the current international travel laws of South Africa.
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Getting to The Dominican Republic and travelling around once there
Which entry points in The Dominican Republic are open to travellers from South Africa?The Dominican Republic has multiple points of entry, and the following are accepting international travellers from South Africa:
- Open Borders: All borders are open.
- Open Airports: International airports, including Punta Cana, Santo Domingo, Aeropuerto Internacional del Cibao, Puerto Plata Airport and Samana El Catey International Airport are accepting commercial passenger flights.
As a traveller from South Africa, can I travel anywhere once I'm in The Dominican Republic?Yes, once in The Dominican Republic, South Africans are free to travel anywhere.
What's open in The Dominican Republic?
From beaches to golf courses, the Dominican Republic has more than its fair share of natural wonders and tourist attractions to fill any South Africa traveller's day.
Major tourist attractions that are open:Attractions that are open include:
- Los Haitises National Park: Reservations are required and you may only enter with a certified guide.
- Casa de Campo Resort and Villas: Restaurant is operating at 50% capacity and tables are limited to a maximum of 6 people. Bar and cocktail chairs have been removed and drinks will only be offered to seated patrons via a waiter or waitress. Players on the golf course must check in, walking is encouraged instead of using shared carts, and players must carry their own bags and clubs. Temperature controls and increased cleaning are also in place.
- Cayo Levantado: Resort is open with health and safety protocols in place.
- Altos de Chavon: Open daily.
- 27 Waterfalls: You may only enter with a guide.
- Alcazar de Colon: Masks and social distancing are required.
- Playa Bahia de Las Águilas: Open, social distancing is encouraged.
- Walking trails, parks and beaches:
Local, national and protected parks and their walking trails are open in the Dominican Republic. Standard rules apply in select national parks such as Los Haitises National Park where you may only enter with a certified guide to maintain its preservation.Other parks that are open are:
- Salto El Limón
- 27 Saltos de Damajagua
- Armando Bermúdez National Park (Pico Duarte)
- José del Carmen Ramírez (Valle del Tetero) National Park
Opening hours are currently limited to 8am-5pm on weekdays and 8am-4pm on weekends in most national and protected parks. If you plan to stay overnight you may have to make a reservation prior to arrival.Beaches across the Dominican Republic are ready and waiting for you to lay out and relax. When you do, there may be health rules in place such as physical distancing and capacity limits. These may also be policed.
- Shopping centres and stores: All shops and shopping centres are open though there may be restrictions if new COVID-19 cases arise. This could include limited opening hours in line with the current curfew.
- Restaurants, cafes and bars: Dining venues across the nation are open for business with a few changes to keep in mind. Capacity limits have been reduced to 60% to maintain physical distancing, so you may have to pre-book at larger and well-known establishments. There is also a maximum limit of six people per table. If you are a large group you will need to be split up. Activities in bars and clubs that draw in crowds are temporarily suspended. As are other forms of entertainment where crowding is prevalent such as festivals, cultural events and sports.
Can I cruise to or around The Dominican Republic?No, commercial cruises from South Africa, or any other ports, to the Dominican Republic have been paused due to travel bans and the pandemic.
Some of the earliest cruises scheduled to sail to the Dominican Republic that South African travellers can book are with Costa Cruises, which depart in late December 2021, or Royal Caribbean, which isn't planning to resume international sailings until February 2022.
What are the entry requirements for The Dominican Republic coming from South Africa?
Do I need a permit to enter The Dominican Republic?While South Africans do not need a permit to enter the Dominican Republic, you will have to fill in an electronic entry and exit form. This must be completed when you arrive from South Africa and when you depart the Dominican Republic and combines the traveller's health affidavit, customs declaration and international embarkation and disembarkation forms.
Do I need proof I've had a vaccine to travel?A vaccine is not currently required when travelling from South Africa to the Dominican Republic.
Do I need proof I've had a negative test before departing The Dominican Republic?In order to travel from South Africa to the Dominican Republic you will need proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken no later than 72 hours before you leave South Africa.
Any South African who fails to provide a negative test will be tested when they arrive and required to quarantine for 7 days in a government facility at their own expense.
Do I need to quarantine when I arrive in The Dominican Republic?No, travellers from South Africa do not have to quarantine unless they are found to be COVID-19 positive.
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