On August 25, Luis Abinader Corona, President of the Dominican Republic, announced a set of initiatives to address the tourism industry’s challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure the country is a safe travel destination while protecting the health, welfare and safety of tourists, as well as promote a sustainable recovery of the tourism sector. The government has provided a set of measures to ensure the health and safety of locals and visitors. These measures include new internationally certified health protocols and apply to the entire industry, including restaurants and bars, featuring:
Rapid tests will be performed on randomly selected travelers upon arrival, such as the diagnostic breath test for COVID-19. Upon implementation of this measure at the end of September, the requirement for a negative COVID-19 test prior to arrival will be eliminated.
Social distancing and the use of masks will be mandatory for the duration of a visitor’s stay.
All tourists visiting a resort will be granted a travel assistance plan on a temporary basis that will include coverage for emergencies, telemedicine, lodging for prolonged stays and costs for changing flights in the event of an infection. This insurance will be provided at no cost to the visitor until December 2020, and will be 100% paid for by the Dominican State.
A sanitary area will be implemented to ensure that resort employees stay as long as possible within the facilities. Properties will implement effective health management with suppliers, contractors and employees. The latter will be regularly tested and will follow a specific protocol to come in and out of the facilities.
Labor regulations will be adapted to minimize and mitigate risks for employees.
The government has stated that these protocols are in the process of being certified by the World Travel and Tourism Council’s (WTTC) Safe Travels and Buró Veritas, both world leaders in certification of the sector. A new Tourism Cabinet, led by the President of the Republic and under the direction of the Minister of Tourism, will manage the plan. Institutions that directly affect the industry’s value chain will make up the Cabinet, which will constantly monitor the impact and effectiveness of each initiative implemented and adjust as necessary. AMResorts is fully committed to providing the best possible service to clients and welcoming them to the beautiful Dominican Republic. All AMResorts branded properties have implemented the CleanComplete Verification™, a 360-degree quality, safety and hygiene system that takes into account every aspect of resort operations, backed by the highest-level third-party certification. Protocols begin the moment you start planning a vacation to the time you return home. For more information on CleanComplete Verification™ and these protocols, please visit cleancompleteverification.com. We continue to reopen our resorts in the Dominican Republic and welcome back guests. Opening dates for our Dominican Republic resorts are listed below: