The programme was introduced earlier this year and originally scheduled to expire at the end of 2020. The free travel insurance covers medical emergencies, outpatient care, the cost of medicines, flight change fees and accommodation costs related to an extended stay due to a Covid-19 infection.
"The free traveller assistance plan has proved a success as it has helped us position ourselves as a safe destination," said David Collado, Dominican Republic Minister of Tourism. He added that the Dominican Government is ‘committed to the reactivation of our tourism industry in an efficient and responsible way’.
No mandatory tests or quarantine
Insurance coverage applies to all travellers arriving on commercial flights staying at recognised hotels and resorts and becomes effective automatically upon check-in at the accommodation. For entry into the country - since 15 September - no mandatory tests or quarantine are required, although random tests are performed on a sample of incoming visitors (between three and 10 per cent, with the exception of members of the crew and children under five years of age).