The popular Caribbean nation closed its border for 25 days from March 19, 2020 to limit the influx of Coronavirus from international guests. The Dominican Republic is a leading resort and cruise destination, with famous beach hotspots such as Punta Cana. The country has a land border with Haiti, where border controls are also in place. Essential travel is still allowed, but tourism is not considered to be an essential reason to travel.
In addition, the President Danilo Medina has issued a curfew from 8am to 6am from now through April 3, 2020. Public transportation and private mini-buses were ordered to close as well.
Some Americans traveling in the country before the lockdown have experienced difficulties getting home, due to the sudden shutdown of commercial passenger flights. American Airlines and Delta airlines were among a group of airlines that made a special request to the Dominican government to be able to operate flights to repatriate Americans stuck on the island.
See our Ultimate Guide to Coronavirus Travel Restrictions.