FAQs about the Dominican Republic and Covid-19
Updated 14 July 2021
What are the current curfew hours?
From 7 July onwards, the curfew is from 11pm until 5am on weekdays, and from 9pm until 5am on Saturdays and Sundays, with in both cases two hours free circulation to get home. More information.
Restaurants and bars are open during curfew hours; food delivery can be ordered after curfew hours. Gyms are open again as well. Alcohol can only be purchased until 6pm.
The Dominican Republic has declared another State of Emergency, what does this mean?
The Dominican Republic is in a State of Emergency. This means that a curfew has been instated, whereby no one can be outside with the exception of certain special cases, like travelers arriving at / departing from an airport during curfew hours. These travelers may continue / start their journey to / from their accommodation either by taxi, or with a rental car. Be ready to show your passport and boarding pass at the different check points.
Also, all beaches will remain open during the State of Emergency as long as physical distancing is respected. Rivers and public pools on the other hand will be closed.
Since 21 August 2020, restaurant employees and delivery personnel can work until 11PM, meaning it is now possible to get food delivered to your door during curfew hours.
Do I need a negative Covid-19 test to enter the Dominican Republic?
This depends on where you are traveling from; travellers from most countries do not need to present a Covid test. However, travellers coming from the UK, Spain, Brazil and South Africa do need a negative PCR or antigen test to enter the country. Random testing at the airport using a rapid non-invasive test is used instead to ensure that little to no external cases enter the Dominican Republic.
You also are required to fill out a QR code form, the so-called eTicket, both when entering and exiting the Dominican Republic. When filling out this form please mark your accommodation as “private rental”; the address should be filled out as following: Province: Puerto Plata, Municipality: Sosua, Section: Cabarete, Street & number: Calle Principal Sosua-Cabarete.
Do I need a specific health insurance to enter the Dominican Republic?
No. As a matter of fact, to attract visitors to the Dominican Republic the current government now offers to pay for any health costs incurred if you have contracted the virus while in the country. Also any costs related to flight changes or prolonged stays due to Covid linked issues are covered by the Dominican Republic. Note that you will have to prove that you arrived in the country and did not have Covid at the time.
My country is requiring a negative PCR test to return, where can I get one?
Some countries now ask for a negative PCR or antigen test when returning from the Dominican Republic. We can organize for a medical representative to come to your apartment to perform the test on your preferred date for a fee. Tests are done in the mornings, results are sent electronically in the afternoon.
Is the beach in Cabarete open?
Yes, the beach is open for everyone to enjoy since 1 July 2020, and will remain open during the State of Emergency. Social distancing rules, however, do apply.
Can I kitesurf / SUP / surf in Cabarete?
Yes! Cabarete is open again for kitesurfing, stand-up paddling, surfing and any other sport in which social distancing can be maintained.
Can I take kitesurfing lessons?
Yes, you can take kitesurfing lessons. Get in touch with us to get the best deals in town.
Are the bars and restaurants open in Cabarete?
Yes and no. Bars and clubs are closed but most restaurants are open during the day. Some restaurants offer also take-away service until 10pm.
Do I have to wear a mask in Cabarete?
You will have to wear a mask in all public places, including the street, the shops, etc. As Bahia Residence Cabarete is private property it is up to you if you wish to wear a mask or not. However, we do ask all our guests to maintain a minimum distance of 2 meters / 6 feet between themselves and other guests or staff members.
Can I take a taxi / public transportation?
Yes, taxis as well as moto taxis, shared taxis, minibuses and buses are available. You will be required to wear a mask, and the price of some shared taxis and minibuses has been raised since the COVID-19 pandemic, as the maximum number of passengers has officially been reduced.
If you need a taxi, don’t hesitate to contact reception via WhatsApp.
Are the shops open and stocked in Cabarete?
Yes, all shops including supermarkets are open during the day. All are fully stocked although sometimes an item may temporarily sell out, as was already the case before the pandemic.
Are the airports open in the Dominican Republic?
Yes, all airports in the Dominican Republic are now open, albeit with a reduced number of flights. Even though there is a curfew, flight schedules will not be changed. If your flight arrives / leaves during curfew hours you will be allowed to travel from / to the airport. Be sure to have your passport and boarding pass to show at all the check points.
FAQs about Bahia Residence Cabarete and Covid-19
Is Bahia Residence Cabarete currently accepting guests?
Yes, Bahia Residence is open to welcome you!
For everyone’s safety we have added a number of extra cleaning, disinfection and safety protocols. We do count on the common sense of all our guests to keep a distance of at least 2 meters / 6 feet between themselves and other guests as well as staff members at all times, also when enjoying the pool.
Do you offer any special rates these days?
Yes! Please check our promotions page. We also offer 10% when people reserve directly with us. In case you are thinking of staying for a month or longer we have some very attractive rates on offer right now.
Is there a cancellation fee in case I need to cancel my reservation?
All reservations made directly with us for the foreseeable future are fully flexible, so no cancellation fee.
How can I pay for my reservation?
Due to the situation and as the Dominican Republic is still very much a cash-based economy, we will continue to accept cash (Dominican Pesos, USD and Euros). Payment is also possible via bank transfers for those who have a Dominican bank account, and via credit card through PayPal (PayPal costs are additional).
Is the pool at Bahia Residence Cabarete open?
Yes, the pool is open from 9am to 8pm. Please do use the outdoor showers before getting into the pool. Maximum 6 people (including children) are allowed in the pool at the same time, while keeping a 2 meter / 6 feet distance between other guests in the pool. The small pool can only be used by one group of guests at a time.
Are the apartments at Bahia Residence Cabarete disinfected before each stay?
Yes, your apartment has been thoroughly cleaned & disinfected before you check in.
We have added a number of disinfection procedures, including the disinfection of all areas that are touched often, as well as a thorough cleaning and disinfection of air conditioning units at check-out. Whenever bed linen and towels are changed we disinfect these as well before washing them. We have decided to keep our refillable soap and shampoo dispensers, which guests have very much enjoyed in the past. These are of course also disinfected at check-out.
Will there be housekeeping during my stay?
Cleaning services, for now, have been reduced to twice a week. Should you need clean towels in between cleaning services don’t hesitate to ask reception via WhatsApp.
We kindly ask guests to vacate the apartment when housekeeping comes to clean your apartment for the duration of the cleaning. Once housekeeping has left the apartment please wait at least 5 minutes before you go back in.
Can I check-in without any contact at Bahia Residence Cabarete?
As we have done in the past, there is no need to go to the reception for check-in. Just send us a message via WhatsApp or give us a call when you arrive so we can meet you in the parking and show you to your apartment, while keeping the appropriate distance.
Will the reception at Bahia Residence be open?
For your safety and the safety of our staff we are currently not receiving any guests at our reception. All requests and questions are welcome via WhatsApp or phone as well as personally at your apartment entrance while keeping the appropriate distance, between 9am and 5pm.