COVID-19: Border closed, flights suspended

25 Mar 20

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

IMPACT – HIGH

What is the change? The government has closed its border and implemented further travel restrictions and measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

 Key Points:

  • Border closure. The border is closed to nationals from all countries for 15 days, from March 19 until April 2, this includes all inbound land, sea and air travel. Exemptions include foreign nationals who are being repatriated and for the export and import of goods.
  • Cruises suspended. All cruises to and from the Dominican Republic have been suspended from March 16 until April 16.
  • Self-quarantine for select travelers. Those who have traveled to the EU, China, South Korea, or Iran within the last two weeks are required to self-quarantine for 15 days.
  • Immigration processing. Effective March 23, The General Immigration Direction (DGM) has limited immigration processing until further notice. Scheduled visa appointments will be postponed and rescheduled. While offices are open, they are still issuing and renewing resident permits, and are not postponing appointments for these services. Consulates abroad, however, are closed until further notice.

Analysis & Comments: The most recent measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 will suspend all inbound and outbound travel until at least April 2 with few exceptions. Employers should expect delays in immigration processing in the coming weeks. Deloitte will continue to follow developments and alert clients of any changes.

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