Coronavirus (COVID-19) and travel: The situation around the world is changing dramatically. Various governments have changed their travel warnings to restrict travel during this time. To understand how this may impact cover under your policy, please go to our FAQs and select your country of residence.
For the latest travel warnings and alerts around the world, read about lockdowns and border restrictions.
All land, air and sea borders are open to foreign travelers.
The DR Travel Center have answered FAQs about what to expect at the airport and when you travel around the Dominican Republic.
Follow any COVID-19 safety measures, which may include curfews, mandatory face masks in public places, and social distancing guidelines. Beginning March 3, the government of the Dominican Republic has issued a revised curfew nationwide. Failure to follow the curfew may result in arrest and/or fines.
Mon-Fri: Curfew from 9pm to 5am, with a grace period for transit until 12am each day.
Saturday and Sunday: Curfew from 7pm to 5am, with a grace period for transit until 10pm each day.
For the latest information on what you need to know, check the Ministry of Public Health.
Is it safe to travel to the Dominican Republic? Find out how to keep yourself safe and which places to avoid with these tips from Gisselle Frias, a born and raised local to the Dominican Republic.
Now classified as a Category 5, Hurricane Irma made landfall Wednesday morning in the Eastern Caribbean. The storm is now heading towards Puerto Rico and threatening St. Kitts and Nevis, the Virgin Islands, Hispaniola, and Cuba. Keep an eye on local media for the latest updates.
Travel warnings have been issued for Antigua, Barbuda, Anguilla, Montserrat, St. Kitts, and Nevis, Saba, St. Eustatius, and Sint Maarten, British Virgin Islands, U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Vieques, and Culebra, Dominican Republic from Cabo Engano to the northern border with Haiti, Guadeloupe, Southeastern Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands.
The United States has declared states of emergency in Florida, South Carolina, and Puerto Rico.
Along with extremely strong winds, Hurricane Irma is likely to create a storm surge of 11 feet or more, and large, breaking waves. Heavy rains could cause life-threating flash floods and mudslides.
Be aware that now this is a named hurricane and emergencies have been declared in several places it may not be possible to purchase travel insurance to cover this event. To discuss your coverage please contact us at World Nomads.
The absolutely best way to survive a hurricane is to avoid one. Get away from it, but if you make the decision to leave make that decision early. Do not leave it until the last minute because you may find yourself caught without proper shelter.
If you decide to stay and "ride it out" it is advisable to get to an authorized shelter. The locations of these will be broadcast, or locals will know where they are. If there is no shelter, prepare to "shelter in place" in an internal room without windows.
Once a "storm watch" has been issued, make sure you are prepared in the event that the watch becomes a "warning."
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After the storm
Before you buy a travel insurance policy, check your government travel warnings and health advice – there may be no travel insurance cover for locations with a government travel ban or health advice against travel.
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What precautions can travelers take to lower the risk of contracting coronavirus? Check out our tips for safe travel during the pandemic.