COVID-19: Government entities to reopen, pending immigration appointments to be rescheduled

26 May 20

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

IMPACT – HIGH

The president has announced a four-phase plan to reopen the economy, including reopening government entities.

Key Points:

  • Phase 1 will include all government entities returning to work at 50% capacity.
  • As of May 20, Dominican Migration (DGM) will begin rescheduling all appointments that were postponed owing to COVID-19.
  • Those with postponed appointments will receive a notice from the DGM via email and they may also check the DGM website for information.
  • Borders will remain closed until July 1.
  • The DGM has begun operating with a strict sanitary protocol that consists of the following:
    • Reduced number of daily appointments scheduled (no more than a 100 per day).
    • Temperature checks for all applicants before they enter the building.
    • Mandatory use of face masks.
    • Only 30 persons are allowed in the service area.
  • Applicable payments and fines will depend on each case; however, from March 19 to May 20 no fines or payment deadlines will apply.

Background: The government implemented measures in March to mitigate the spread of the virus, including travel restrictions, border closures and postponement of immigration processes.

Analysis & Comments: The response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop, and Deloitte will provide additional updates as information becomes available. Please check Deloitte’s COVID-19 Digital Map, available here, for information on travel restrictions and immigration changes in other countries.

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