Insurance offer for tourists to Dominican Republic

 

The promotion and financing investment for the Responsible Tourism Recovery Plan costs US$28 million and the government will also invest US$7.1 million in other programmes to guarantee air routes, through an agreement with the airlines.

The plan also allows for loosening of fiscal policies, monetary measures, a loan guarantee program, credit help for small and medium-sized businesses, and the creation of a free health insurance offer provided by the Dominican government, for tourists who may be affected by COVID-19.

On arrival to the Dominican Republic, proof of a negative PCR test is now no longer required. Travellers are not asked for any type of test prior to entering the country, but rapid tests will be performed on randomly selected travellers upon arrival.

There will be a temporary, free travel assistance plan until December 2020 to all tourists that, in addition to emergency cover, includes COVID-19 tests and costs of any extra stay. Cover includes emergency-room visits and telemedicine consultations. The government will cover the costs of long-term lodging and airline change fees for any visitors who get COVID-19 while on vacation and are required to isolate.

The ministry has already started the process of certifying the new protocol according to international practices with Bureau Veritas, a European company that specialises in quality for the tourism industry.

The government will work closely with the private tourism sector to achieve the full recovery of the industry that generates the most foreign currency for the country's economy and begin anew in 2021.

The plan provides a set of measures to ensure the health and safety of locals and visitors. These measures include new internationally certified health protocols and will apply to the entire tourism industry.

All tourism operators and establishments, to help ensure the health of tourists and locals, must follow the new safety protocols.

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