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Travelers must show a negative PCR test or vaccination card to enter the DR

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The Civil Aviation Board (JAC) issued a new resolution, which strengthens measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 variants in the country, by requiring the presentation of a negative PCR test or vaccination card to passengers from 18 countries who wish to enter Dominican territory.

The provisions taken in Resolution No. 133-2021 of the JAC were announced by its president, Dr. José E. Marte Piantini, who explained that the measures provided in the resolution will be effective as of June 28th, 2021, subject to an extension by the board.

“From now on, all passengers arriving in the Dominican Republic from Australia, the United Kingdom (England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales), Indonesia, Iraq, Iran, Kuwait, Ireland, the Democratic Republic from the Congo, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Senegal, Syria, Sweden, Monaco, Thailand, Tunisia, Brazil, South Africa and India presenting a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before arrival or presentation of a vaccination card with no more than 3 weeks after the last dose was placed ”, explained Marte Piantini.

The measure also applies to all passengers from said countries who arrive in Dominican territory from a third country, and those who have been in said countries for fourteen days or less.

“Through the efforts made by our president Luís Abinader with the National Vaccination Plan, we have achieved extraordinary management of the pandemic with a total of 7,482,545 doses applied. According to data from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), the effort made by our government places the Dominican Republic among the first five countries in the region that have better handled the crisis derived from the pandemic”, said José Marte Piantini.

In the resolution, it is also resolved that the crew members from the aforementioned countries must present their vaccination card or PCR test, failing which they must be kept in confinement within the hotel.

These new restrictions on the aforementioned countries seek to keep the population safe from the emergence of new strains of COVID-19 that have affected other nations.

The Civil Aviation Board is the highest civil aviation body in the country. It meets every 15 days to dictate the measures and legislation on air traffic, as established by Law No. 491-06 of Civil Aviation of the Dominican Republic.

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