Dominican Republic eliminates mandatory PCR testing for Canadians

Dominican Republic eliminates mandatory PCR testing for Canadians

TORONTO — The Dominican Republic has updated its entry requirements for Canadians, eliminating the need for PCR testing upon arrival and making it easier for them to visit the sun-soaked destination this winter.

With regular flights resuming from major cities to Punta Cana and Puerto Plata, the follow COVID-19 protocols apply:

  • Random temperature checks and breath tests administered at the airport upon landing
  • Complete a user-friendly arrival e-ticket prior to incoming and outgoing flights that includes a health declaration and immigration information

The Dominican Republic previously announced in July that all visitors required a negative PCR test result prior to arrival.

According to David Collado, Minister of Tourism of the Dominican Republic, the relaxed measures were created to simplify the arrival and departure process and ensure that Canadians know they are welcome back this winter.

“Many islands have complex and confusing rules – it’s a barrier to travel. While major airlines are requiring PCR tests to board the plane, some destinations also require post-arrival PCR testing and quarantine. This is not only stressful, it can be expensive,” said Minister Collado. “With vaccine levels high in both the DR and Canada, we are confident of providing a safe and carefree vacation to our visitors without the need for post-arrival testing. Canadians are waiting to exhale and there is no better place to plan a vacation in the sun this winter.”

Hotels in the DR are being required to adhere to comprehensive sanitation and safety rules, with all hotel staff fully vaccinated and currently awaiting booster shots for maximum immunity.

Added Minister Collado: “For the past year we have been working hard behind the scenes to enact safety measures in all sectors – including tours, food and beverage, airports and hospitality – to be ready when travel resumes. We are proud to say we can now confidently welcome our Canadian friends and return visitors ‘home’ to the Dominican Republic.”