The President of the Dominican Republic, Luis Abinader, recently presented the Plan for the Responsible Recovery of Tourism in response to COVID-19 that provides a set of measures to ensure the health and safety of locals and visitors. These measures include new internationally certified health protocols and apply to the entire industry, including hotels, restaurants, bars, DMC’s and others.
The measures include:
- As of September 15, rapid tests are being performed on randomly selected travelers upon arrival, such as the diagnostic breath test for COVID-19.
- Social distancing and the use of masks is mandatory for the duration of a visitor’s stay.
- All tourists visiting a hotel from now until December 31, 2020 are granted, on a temporary basis, a travel assistance plan that includes coverage for emergencies, telemedicine, lodging for prolonged stays and costs for changing flights in the event of an infection. This insurance provides coverage from the day a visitor checks-in until the day they check-out at no cost to the visitor, as it is 100% paid for by the Dominican State.
- Implementation of a Sanitary Bubble to ensure that hotel employees stay as long as possible within the facilities.
- Properties are implementing effective health management with suppliers, contractors and employees. The latter must be regularly tested and follow a specific protocol to come in and out of the facilities.
- Labor regulations are being adapted to minimize and mitigate risks for employees.
The government said that these protocols are in the process of being certified by the World Travel and Tourism Council’s Safe Travels and Bureau Veritas, both world leaders in certifications of the sector.
Furthermore, all tourism industry members – including hotels, airports and transportation companies in the country – will continue to work in coordination with authorities to further strengthen the country’s preventive measures against COVID-19.