Due to recent health and safety reports focusing on the Dominican Republic, many summer vacationers are opting to forgo visiting or entirely change their plans.
In addition to the heightened attention the country has been receiving recently, the US federal government has placed a level 2 travel advisory recommending those visiting “exercise increased caution.”
We recommend enrolling in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Plan (STEP) alert and emergency information program for anyone traveling abroad.
These abrupt changes have caused a drop of 74% in the tourism industry, one of the main industries of which the Dominican Republic heavily depends on.
Additionally, some airlines like Delta Air Lines and JetBlue Airways are waiving the change fee or allowing customers to receive credit for a future flight instead.
It is unclear how this trend will impact the Dominican Republic in the long run or how long it will take until Americans feel safe visiting again.