DOMINICAN REPUBLIC,
play golf and be safe

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC,
play golf and be safe

Dominican Republic’s lush landscapes contrasted against stunning aquamarine shores create an idyllic setting for some of the world’s most breathtaking golf courses. 

Many golfers are taking note, traveling from the U.S. and beyond to golf the greens of Dominican Republic’s one-of-a-kind courses. With magnificent golf courses bordering the Caribbean Sea, and 86 ocean-front holes, it is no surprise that  golfers are flocking to the country to enjoy both facilities of the highest caliber and a warm climate that allows for a unique and challenging play experience. 

Renowned for having the most magnificent golf courses in the Caribbean region and Latin America, the Dominican Republic is the undisputed golf leader in the tropics. 

At least seven of the country’s courses have consistently topped Golf Week Magazine’s Top 50 courses in the Caribbean and Mexico, including Punta Espada in the top 10, Los Corales—where the 2018 PGA Tour was held in the country-and Teeth of the Dog, at Casa de Campo, in the number one spot since 2009. 

From La Romana to Punta Cana, Juan Dolio, and Puerto Plata, the DR’s courses, counting 86 sea-facing holes and 39 ocean-side, offer you tee time by the sea, or along lush inland courses designed by the most acclaimed golf course architects, including Pete Dye, Jack Nicklaus, Robert Trent Jones Sr., Gary Player, Tom Fazio, Nick Price, and Greg Norman. Whether champion or hobby player, you’ll enjoy trying your hand at our spectacular courses.

For U.S. golfers, it’s easier than ever to reach Dominican Republic. Cities including Atlanta, Miami, Philadelphia, New York, Chicago, and Houston offer direct flights, so golfers can plan tee times for the days they arrive or depart. 

Dominican Republic’s tourist-friendly golf courses help visitors save time and eliminate the hassle of packing clubs by offering professional-grade rentals at all locations. 

COVID-19 Safety Protocols

To help ensure that visiting golfers hit the greens safely and worry-free, the Dominican Government, through the Ministry of Tourism and Public Health, has announced that it will offer free antigen testing to all international visitors staying at a hotel to meet the new Centers for Disease Control’s travel protocols requiring travelers as of January 26, 2021, returning to the U.S. to present proof of a negative COVID-19 or antigen test before departure.

On January 26, these rapid tests will be administered at no cost by technical health personnel at the hotels, and the test results will be certified by the Ministry of Health. From coast-to-coast, hotels around the country are well prepared to assist their guests in coordinating their appointments and deliver their results.

The Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism (MITUR) highlighted that as of January 19, the laboratories’ current capacity is at 11,000 daily tests, which prioritizes attention to visitors and locals. 

In preparation for the forthcoming requirement over the next three weeks, testing capacity will be increased by 40 percent to ensure that no traveler has issues returning to their outbound destination. At an additional cost, hotels will also offer PCR tests to all guests who request them.

Additionally, in December 2020, MITUR announced the continuation of the free health coverage plan to March 31, 2021, for tourists arriving on commercial flights and staying at a hotel. 

The program, which was initially set to cover tourists only through January 1, 2021, is effective from the moment of check-in at a hotel and covers all medical emergencies, including those caused in the event of an infection or exposure to COVID-19 while in-country, as well as this forthcoming offering of complementary antigen testing.

The free health coverage plan includes complete care with coverage for medical emergencies in case of COVID-19, including ambulatory visits, hospitalizations, medicines, prolonged visits due to medical emergencies, specialists attention, visits at various health centers throughout the country, transportation in case of emergency, hospital expenses and penalty costs for flight changes.

The health coverage extension and the free testing are the most recent addition to the Responsible Tourism Recovery Plan, underscoring MITUR’s commitment to excellence within the tourism industry, a driving force for the Dominican economy. 

With these measures, the Ministry of Tourism reaffirms its commitment to continued collaboration with the public and private sector to ensure travelers’ safety best as well as promote a sustainable recovery of the industry.

For more information or to receive assistance while in the country in the event of exposure, please contact the Seguros Reservas Assistance Line by dialing +1 809 476 3232 so that a representative can determine the appropriate course of action on a case-by-case basis. 

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