Dominican Republic is replacing mandatory airport coronavirus tests with free insurance to boost tourism

NoΒ coronavirus test needed to visit the Dominican Republic.

 

In a bid to boost much-needed tourism dollars, the Dominican Republic has decided to drop theΒ mandatory coronavirus tests for all visitors to the island – instead providing free health insurance.

 

Starting September 15,Β visitors will no longer be required to show proof of a negative Covid-19 test when arriving in the country.

 

Although mass testing will no longer be performed at the airport, random testing will continue.

 

All tourists staying at a hotel will be granted a travel assistance plan, that includes coverage for emergencies, telemedicine, accommodation and costs for changing flights in the event of an infection.

 

The plan is valid until December 2020.

 

According to the International Monetary Fund, the pandemic is expected to cause a 6.2% contraction of the Caribbean economy in 2020, largely due to the drop in tourism.

 

“Our goal is to minimize the effects of the pandemic and facilitate a responsible recovery that prioritizes health, maximizes the potential for job creation and economic growth, and promotes the further sustainable development of the sector,”Β President Luis Abinader Coron said.

 

The new policy will be managed by the Minister of Tourism, David Collado.

 

“We are focused on driving continuous growth for the sector, along with our country’s image,” Collado said.

 

“We are confident that together we will overcome the challenges of the pandemic and ensure that the Dominican Republic remains the number one destination in the region for international travelers, who visit either for vacation, business, investment opportunities or returning to their preferred second home.”