Dominican Republic eliminates mandatory PCR testing for Canadians

Here’s how travellers can book a PCR test in the Dominican Republic

TORONTO — The Dominican Republic’s official tourism website has been updated to reflect the island’s approach to testing following the CDC’s new pre-arrival protocols.

The CDC announced last week that effective Jan. 26, all air passengers entering the United States require a pre-arrival negative COVID-19 viral test (a test for current infection) within three days before their flight departs. Similarly, the Canadian government also announced on Dec. 30 that all arriving passengers must present a negative PCR test three days before their arrival, a new requirement that went into effect on Jan. 7.

In response, the Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism confirmed on that it is coordinating with the Dominican government and the private sector to develop a comprehensive plan to address these new requirements for travellers.

Currently, tourists can make an appointment for a PCR test sample collection through various channels, including at Amadita laboratories and Referencia clinics throughout the country, as well as via self-collection kits and auto and home services. Click here for the full list.

If a guest is staying at a hotel outside of Santo Domingo, the Ministry recommends that they schedule their test from the moment they arrive in the country to ensure the availability of specialists and that results are given in a timely manner. Those staying in Santo Domingo can schedule their test the same day or the next day.

For home tests to be performed at a hotel, guests must inform the reception stay so they can give access to the lab specialists.

A passport is required to take a PCR test.

To inquire about specific testing offerings at resorts, the Ministry recommend contacting the resort directly.

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