The Dominican Republic is preparing to reopen for international tourism beginning July 1.
The announcement was made in a webinar on Tuesday with Minister of Tourism Francisco Javier García and health and tourism experts, who expressed confidence that the country will be able to reopen its borders safely to international travellers by that date.
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The Dominican Republic entered Phase 2 of its “de-escalation process” on June 3, which saw the reinstatement of private transportation company operations. Shopping centres have also been open since the last week of May.
As well, the Association of Hotels and Tourism of the Dominican Republic (ASONAHORES) has instilled a variety of sanitization and cleaning measures. Upon reopening, hotels will be required to adhere to “strict protocols to offer a clean, safe environment, promote social distancing and the use of contact-free technologies,” the country’s tourism website explains.
The return of international visitors will be part of Phase 4 of the de-escalation process. This phase will also see the reopening of hotels, airports, gyms, and restaurants.
The borders of the Dominican Republic have been closed since March 19 and will remain closed until July 1. Current service suspensions surrounding flights and cruises into and out of the country will also remain in effect until this date.
“With the ever-changing nature of the situation, we are unable to speak to the travel environment following July 1, 2020, but will continue to provide proactive updates via our GoDominicanRepublic.com website, as well as our social channels,” the site continues.
Multiple hotels have already begun offering reservations to domestic and international travellers once the reopenings are authorized, and the Punta Cana airport recently announced that it has already confirmed the arrival of 10 flights by July 1, once operations resume.