The Ministry of Tourism of the Dominican Republic has confirmed the continuation of their free health coverage plan until March 31st, 2021. This scheme is targeted at tourists that arrive on commercial flights and stay at hotels. The plan was originally set to cover tourists only till January 1st 2020 but has been extended for two more months. This has been done to offer hope to UK visitors who might not be able to travel to the destination until later in the first quarter of the year.
What does the health coverage plan include?
The free health coverage plan offers complete care with coverage for medical emergencies in case of Covid-19 including:
- Ambulatory visits
- Prolonged visits due to medical emergencies
- Specialist attention
- Visits to various health centres throughout the country,
- Transportation in case of emergency,
- Hospital expenses and penalty costs for flight changes.
The plan is in action from the moment of check-in at a hotel. It includes all coverage of medical emergencies in case of COVID-19. David Collado, Dominican Republic minister of tourism said: “The Dominican government is committed to the reactivation of our tourism industry in an efficient and responsible manner. The free traveler assistance plan has proven to be a success, as it has helped position the Dominican Republic as a safe destination where tourists can enjoy the country’s offerings with the peace of mind that there is a health system prepared to care for them in case of any contingency, and at no cost to them.”