If your goal is to travel, how to do it in omicron times?

Before the appearance of the omicron coronavirus variant, the world “celebrated” the increase in travel and the beginning of the recovery of the tourism sector globally.

In fact, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) recommends not putting restrictions on the recovery of the sector through safe trips that guarantee the growth of sustainable, resilient and inclusive economies. Also, the World Health Organization (WHO) advises against the application of restrictions on travel and trade aimed at those countries that are suffering outbreaks of Covid-19. But how to travel in times of pandemic and now with the appearance of a more contagious variant? Each country applies its own restrictions; The rigor is to verify them in advance, even before planning the trip, that is, it is the traveler’s duty to know and respect them. On the interactive map of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), available at iatatravelcentre.com/world.php, you will find all the regulations and restrictions for your destination. This institution represents around 290 of the airlines that constitute 82% of global air traffic. The message of David Powell, medical advisor of this entity, is clear: “If you are sick, do not travel. If you have flu-like symptoms, wear a mask and see a doctor. And when you travel, wash your hands often and don’t touch your face. By observing these simple measures, flying is safe for everyone ”. To travel to the United States, for example, all travelers over the age of 2 years with a flight to this destination must show the negative result of a Covid-19 viral test (antigens or PCR) taken 1 day before the trip of the intended arrival to United States, before boarding your flight.


IATA suggests consulting the extensive guide with recommendations for travelers from WHO. “Passengers must be sure that the air they breathe in the cabin is filtered, that airplanes are cleaned according to global standards, that major airports have implemented temperature controls for travelers, and that airline personnel and crews they are trained to act in the unlikely event that a passenger has symptoms of infection “. According to the WHO, “sick travelers and people at risk, including older travelers and people with serious chronic diseases or underlying health conditions, should postpone international travel to or from areas where there are community spread”.


Make sure you have the correct travel documents, especially when traveling internationally, says the IATA: passport, travel visa, personal identification document, airline tickets, accommodation reservations, health documents, travel insurance and vaccination certificates (not only that of the coronavirus). “Vaccination or testing requirements vary from country to country and documentation often has to be submitted in specific languages.”

From and to RD

Remember that all foreign and Dominican passengers entering or leaving the Dominican Republic on commercial flights must complete the free electronic entry and exit form. This form combines the forms of the International Boarding and Disembarkation Card, Customs Declaration, and Affidavit of Health of the Traveler. It can be accessed in English, Spanish, French, Italian, German, Portuguese, and Russian via eticket.migracion.gob.do