Recognize that travel policies can and have changed overnight. As such, keep a steady and close eye on the policies of the countries you’re planning to visit, and review travel advisories from the U.S. Department of State
for the most up-to-date and complete information. There were no requirements other than a valid passport to enter the Dominican Republic. However, a negative COVID-19 test, obtained no more than one day before travel back home, was required for all travelers returning to the United States.
While traveling, a best practice is to complete required forms such as electronic ticket immigration forms for each traveler and required health surveys before you set out on your trip. Fortunately, as of our travel date, all of these forms were available online and could be filled out electronically. Completing forms and requirements in advance will reduce unnecessary frustration and anxiety during your trip and ensure a smooth experience at your destination.
If you are like me, you'll be grateful that your transfers were pre-booked and ready for you upon your arrival. Booking transfers in advance will ensure you have a dedicated, reliable and efficient means of transportation from the airport to your resort. It's just one less thing to think about when you arrive in paradise. The airport transfer area is busy, with many local drivers eagerly vying for your business. If you have a pre-booked transfer, kindly decline their offers and find your driver or company. It seemed to us that the primary mode of communication with all drivers in the Dominican Republic was through a third-party chat service, like WhatsApp.
Ensure you know how to connect with your transfer drivers and company before you arrive. Of note, there is free, public Wi-Fi at the airport.
Finally, make sure you use the restrooms at the airport before you hop on your transfer, as many resorts are over 30 minutes from the airport.