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29 Sep 2020 | 05:11 PM UTC

Dominican Republic: Government extends curfew until October 17, reduces hours /update 18

Dominican Republic News Alert

Curfew due to COVID-19 reduced to 21:00 – 05:00 on weekdays, extended until October 17; follow official directives

TIMEFRAME expected from 9/29/2020, 12:00 AM until 10/21/2020, 11:59 PM (America/Santo_Domingo). COUNTRY/REGION Dominican Republic

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Dominican Republic authorities have announced that the nationwide curfew, in place due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, has been extended until October 17. However, the curfew, which was first imposed on July 20, has been pushed back by four hours on weekdays and will now run from 21:00 to 05:00 (local time) Monday to Friday. The original 17:00 - 05:00 curfew will continue to be enforced on Saturdays and Sundays. Health workers, security personnel, some government employees, international travelers in transit to ports or airports, and those providing essential services are exempt from the overnight movement restrictions.

Other COVID-19-related restrictions remain in place across the country, including the compulsory use of face masks in public and the requirement to maintain 1.5m (5ft) interpersonal distance. Entertainment venues, event spaces, cultural facilities, and schools also remain closed.

The Dominican Republic has reopened its borders to international commercial flights and limited services are available to and from the US, Spain, France, and some other countries. However, cruise ship terminals and the land border with Haiti remain closed. Those arriving in the country are not required to present evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result but may be selected for random testing on arrival.

As of Tuesday, September 29, there have been 11,666 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Dominican Republic and 2098 associated deaths. Further international spread of the virus is expected in the near term.


The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Since then, human-to-human transmission of the virus has been confirmed.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions.

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, dry cough, and tiredness. Some patients may experience other symptoms such as body pains, nasal congestion, headache, conjunctivitis, sore throat, diarrhea, loss of taste or smell or a rash on skin or discoloration of fingers or toes. These symptoms (in most cases mild) appear gradually. Generally, most patients (around 80 percent) recover from the disease without being hospitalized.


Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.

To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:

  • Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the disease.


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