The United States Department of State improved the alert level for the Dominican Republic by placing it at level 2, thus eliminating the recommendation to “reconsider traveling” to the country, as reported by the Dominican Embassy in the United States.
During the pandemic, the Department of State has given greater weight to the sanitary criteria used by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC for its acronym in English), of the United States to evaluate the performance of the countries in the control of the pandemic of COVID-19. Last year, the country was placed at level 4, the highest, and which discouraged all travel to the country.
The embassy explained that in the CDC alert system, the Dominican Republic is also the only country in the Western Hemisphere whose alert level is “level 2: moderate”, unlike the rest of the countries that are at “level 3 : high “or” level 4: very high “.
He added that worldwide, the Centers for Disease Control identify only 17 other countries or territories with the same moderate level, in terms of control of the epidemiological situation and vaccination processes, among which are Singapore, Korea South, the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
The Dominican ambassador in Washington, Sonia Guzmán, welcomed the change in the classification, noting that “it shows that the Dominican Republic has done its homework and has achieved levels of control of the pandemic that stand out not only in our hemisphere, but also in the world”.
“Our country is shown as a safe destination for American visitors, with health controls that work and with excellent prospects for economic recovery,” he said.
Recommendations from the United States for its citizens traveling to the Dominican Republic
- Make sure you are fully vaccinated before entering the Dominican Republic
- Unvaccinated travelers who are at increased risk of serious illness from COVID-19 should avoid nonessential travel to the Dominican Republic. If you must travel and have concerns, talk to your doctor
- Travelers should follow the recommendations or requirements in the Dominican Republic, including wearing a mask and staying 6 feet away from others
- If you are fully vaccinated with a vaccine licensed by the FDA or a vaccine licensed for emergency use by the World Health Organization: NO You must be tested before leaving the United States, unless your destination requires it. NO you have to quarantine yourself after arriving in the United States.
- If you are not fully vaccinated and must travel, take the following steps: Get tested with a viral test 1-3 days before your trip; CDC recommends that travelers who are not fully vaccinated continue to wear a mask and maintain physical distance when traveling; Avoid crowds and stay at least 6 feet / 2 meters (about 2 arms) from anyone who has not traveled with you. It is important to do this everywhere, both indoors and outdoors; wash your hands frequently or use a hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol).