Update on COVID-19 and Surgery Calendars in Dominican Republic

HOT OFF THE PRESS- Not many details available as of now. As details become available We will share with all of you

15 days Travel Ban Introduced For InComing and OutGoing flights effective 03/18/2020

Here is what President of DR stated

  • All international arrivals and departures will be suspended for 15days .
    • If you have surgery scheduled in next 15-45 days please reschedule with your doctor and closely coordinate with us due to the fact we also need to make sure there is availability in the RH for your next day
    • This has immediate impact on all clients arriving in next 3-4 weeks. Obviously we can not predict what will happen following 2 weeks travel ban, however any news that comes out we will communicate available information
    • If you are coming thorough Dr Yily or DR Mercedes package we will work with doctors office to reschedule, please provide us back up dates (you should look into may and onwards, If you can later even better. Once travel ban is lifted you can imagine the rush of clients who were rescheduled. This is our advice, if you can do it may or later  it is great.
    • If you are in RH right now, we spoke to doctors, their offices will reach out to clients or us directly regarding postop medical appointments
    • We don’t know, nor anyone else, for that matter , what will happen once 15 days passed if the ban will be lifted or not. We can only assume, and we have been told this will be lifted. This is temporary measure to try to control the situation
    • We have been told by several doctors if your surgery is scheduled tomorrow , they will do the surgery. And then you can recover because everyone is expecting this will be lifted. However, PLEASE speak to your doctor and their staff. We can speak on behalf of Dra Yily and Dr Mercedes, as far as other doctors please reach out to them.


As more details emerge we will share with all of you immediately. As always we will follow this situation very closely for you

Full Transcript of the president speech:


President Danilo Medina’s speech following the coronavirus pandemic

March 17, 2020


Dominican people,


The reason for this message is to personally communicate the current situation of the development of the coronavirus.

As of today, 159 countries and regions are affected by the virus worldwide.  This means that we are facing an unprecedented global health crisis, to which humanity must respond with responsibility and unity, putting above all the protection of people’s health and life.

According to the evolution of the situation day by day, the Dominican Government has been taking steps in stages, following the recommendations of the international health authorities.

For this reason, the doctors of the Armed Forces and the National Police have been guaranteeing the application of the health protocol in all access points to the country.

In addition, with the promulgation of Decree 87-20, on February 26, we declared emergency purchases and contracts essential for the response to the virus.

This has allowed us to carry out a series of preventive actions that include the purchase of drugs and supplies to detect the virus, in addition to the authorization of 2 hospital centers dedicated to the recipients of positive or suspected patients, and isolation areas in  15 health centers in different parts of the national territory.

In addition, last Wednesday he designed a High-Level Commission, chaired by the Minister of the Presidency, to coordinate the actions of all the government institutions and permanently monitor their implementation.

For its part, the Ministry of Health forms a Technical Commission that is made up of all of society, both the public and private sectors, to coordinate the country’s efforts on this issue.

At the same time, we are working with the rest of the countries that make up the Central American Integration System (SICA), for the joint purchase of medicines and other financial aid measures.

As we know, on Monday we made the decision to suspend for a month flights from European countries, China, Korea and Iran, as well as flights from the Dominican Republic to those countries.

We have also suspended the arrival of all cruises, in all ports and coasts of the Dominican Republic.

Likewise, there is an exception period of 15 days in home isolation, for all the people who have been in the last two weeks in some of the places for which the suspension of flights has been established.  This includes Dominican students who were from the country.

It is very important that all these people in quarantine take the necessary precautions to be successful, if any of them is a carrier of the coronavirus, they do not have the opportunity to spread.

In addition, we have carried out a massive information campaign for the population, by means of a non-face-to-face way, in order to safeguard the necessary social distancing.


Ladies and Gentlemen,


As you can see, the authorities are acting with responsibility and diligence, committed to carrying out all the measures that the WHO protocols to protect our population.

However, we cannot ignore that we are facing a global health emergency and for the front, we must work together and continue to take additional and exceptional measures, because at this moment there is no higher priority than protecting health and life.  Dominicans and Dominicans.

In this sense and in response to the global context we live in, we announce the following additional measures:

Firstly, I will be sending the request for a national emergency declaration to Congress tomorrow and we trust its prompt approval.

We have also decided to close the country’s borders by land, sea and air, for the next 15 days.

This measure and the next news to be announced will take effect at 6 a.m. on Thursday 19.

From that moment, only the arrival of ferry planes will be seen for the departure of foreign citizens who want to return to their countries and the arrival of planes, cargo shipments and fuel to guarantee supplies to the population.

Likewise, teaching is suspended in all school and university centers until next Monday, April 13.

However, to continue guaranteeing the nutrition of students in public schools, the School Feeding Program will remain in force.  INABIE, in coordination with the Ministry of Education, will establish a mechanism for the families of students to withdraw from their educational centers the food rations that correspond to them according to the number of students enrolled.

Likewise, the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Higher Education will inform about the measures that will be taken so that students can continue their training cycle, corresponding to the 2019-2020 school year, through virtual teaching and other initiatives.

In the same way, following the WHO protocols and the practices in place in different countries, the events and protocols of the entire conclusion are suspended for 15 days.

This includes national and international events, public shows, cultural, artistic, sports events, as well as activity in bars and clubs, among others.

In the case of restaurants, you can choose the collection and home delivery of food.

Flea markets throughout the national territory and binational markets in the border area are also suspended.

Electoral proselytizing acts that have to do with marches, rallies and caravans are suspended, as previously reported to the presidential candidates.

Of course, these measures include all government inaugurations, which have already been canceled and any other act planned by public authorities.

Commercial activities are suspended for the next 15 days, with the exception of those dedicated to basic activities for the population: supermarkets, grocery stores, fuel stations, pharmacies and commercial stores dedicated to spending raw or cooked food, between  others.

Public and private medical service centers and medical laboratories are also normally operated.

Any other type of company or business whose activity is considered vital in the current circumstances can contact the Presidential High Level Commission and we will seek the appropriate solution.

The Presidential High Level Commission will be announcing in the next few days other additional measures to succeed in this exceptional period of 15 days that we have declared.

The National Police, the Ministry of Health and other competent authorities have precise instructions to ensure compliance with these measures, without a doubt they are extraordinary, but necessarily at the time we live.

Throughout the Public Administration, employees who will be over 60 years of age and have a special health condition such as diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular or respiratory diseases, will remain in their homes for the duration of the crisis.

The rest of the employees will be alternated at 50% per week, except for the incumbents and those that are essential, unless someone with symptoms of the coronavirus is detected.

Also request all productive sectors, whenever possible, to implement the work at a distance of at least 15 days.

In cases where this is not possible, the flexibility of the working day will be implemented and it is recommended that you limit the attendance of your employees to the minimum necessary, considering taking shifts that avoid the influx of many people.

Dominicans and Dominicans,

As I said earlier, in this context it is crucial to have the support of the entire society, acting with responsibility and solidarity, to minimize the risks of contagion.

We know that the virus is potentially more dangerous mainly for people over 60 years of age or with previous health conditions such as diabetes, HIV-AIDS, hypertension and respiratory or cardiac difficulties.

For this reason, we recommend that all of these people stay in their homes.

But, in addition, it is crucial that all citizens follow the instructions and precautions to prevent the virus from spreading further and reaching the most vulnerable through us.

Install the population as a whole to avoid any unnecessary displacement and to follow, at all times, the recommendations for social distancing and hygiene that are being disseminated by the health authorities.

At the same time, we are reinforcing measures to locate the early detection of any case, as well as full coverage and patient care.  In this sense, the announcement also the following measures, which reinforce those already taken in the health area:

1.- From now on, those private laboratories that are duly certified can carry out the test to detect the coronavirus, under the strict monitoring of the Ministry of Health, follow the established protocols and promptly report the cases detected to the health authorities.

2.- More isolation centers necessary for the defense of the Public Health of the Dominican People and publicity to the population are being enabled that we will not allow the alteration of public order to fulfill this mission of the State.

In relation to hospitals and clinics, visits and circulation of people are limited.

Remember also the notification of cases is mandatory for professionals, clinics and hospitals, as the normative norms of the Ministry of Public Health.

Private health service centers, if they so wish, are affected in coordination with the Ministry of Health, to enable isolation areas in their facilities.

The Superintendency of Occupational Health and Risk and the Ministry of Labor, together with all the ARS, accredit all the initiatives of the High Level Commission for the prevention of Coronavirus in the country.

Likewise, all the ARS undertake to add to their catalog of medical services, the test and care necessary to combat Coronavirus.


  1. We have authorized the Ministry of Finance to take all measures to assist the pharmaceutical industry in order to support the production and import of drugs and supplies against the effects of the virus, in a way that guarantees supply to the population at reasonable prices.


Dominican people,


We are affected by measures that have consequences for economic activity, but at the moment we cannot hesitate to take them, because what is above all else is protecting health and life.

However, in order to guarantee the employment and income of all workers, food security and economic stability in the event of any eventuality, the government has taken the following measures:

1.- For the sector that will be most affected by the closure of flights, the hotel sector, the DGII will stop applying the rate to the Advance Price Agreements (APA).

2.- Also, the payment of the annual income tax to be paid in April by all companies that close the year in December will be divided into four payments.

3.- Urgent facilities will be granted to make the payment of advance commitments of the entire productive sector more flexible, in three specific installments after the emergency period.

4.- The Ministry of Finance will coordinate any other necessary flexibility regarding the payment of tax obligations of companies and individuals, which will be deferred during the emergency period.

5.- For its part, the Monetary Board, which is in permanent session from today, will publish tomorrow, a first package of measures aimed at economic stability and the provision of liquidity for the country’s companies, from  so that they could cope with the situation and protect people’s jobs as well.

In addition, I am appointing the Minister of Finance and the Governor of the Central Bank to coordinate with all productive sectors the immediate application of problems and other initiatives, if necessary.

I also want to announce that we are coordinating efforts with the Social Plan of the Presidency and the Economic Dining Rooms to avoid food and meet the basic needs of the most vulnerable population in the face of these special conditions.

Rest assured that the government will not leave anyone helpless in these circumstances.

Dominicans and Dominicans,

We are continuously monitoring the situation, both in the cases present in the country and in the rest of the world, in order to be able to make proportional decisions at all times, as the situation evolves.

And of course, we will be communicating to the Dominican society the results of this follow-up work, and reporting each case, with full transparency of information, just like what the rest of the member countries of the World Health Organization are doing.

To accompany this effort, we request the collaboration of all communication professionals and citizens, only disseminating the necessary verified information.

It is essential to avoid spreading rumors and false news, which deviate us, as individuals or as a group, from the correct course of action.

We ask the entire population to come follow the directions, respect the 15-day exception period and limit their social contacts.

Let us always record that each protocol is designed for our protection and that of our loved ones, especially our elders and those who are most vulnerable or in a delicate state of health.


Dominican people,


I do not want to close these words without identifying my sincere thanks to all the men and women who, since we have known this situation, day and night to protect the Dominican population.

People who have not hesitated a moment to put all their dedication and dedication at the service of people, especially the most vulnerable, regardless of the number of hours of work or the effort required.

Let us all, as citizens, place our trust in each of them.  In the preparation of our doctors, our nurses and all the care personnel.  In the capacity of those who are coordinating the actions and in the vocation of service of those who have order.

But above all, let us put all our faith in our own capacities, in what we are capable of overcoming together, Dominicans and Dominicans.

It is true, we are facing the most serious public health alert in recent decades.

But we are also facing one of those moments in history that shows us the true greatness of human beings.

Being Dominican has always meant facing challenges with courage and facing the future with optimism, and this time will be no exception!

Let us not let fear cloud our gaze, let us strip ourselves of all selfishness and see in each compatriot a member of our great family.

Let us act with temperance, with rationality and always thinking about what is really important, what should unite us now, what we all want to preserve: the health of our grandparents and parents, of all those who are now more vulnerable, and of course, of our children  and daughters.

Thinking of all of them it will be easier for us to face the difficulties and face together any discomfort that we have to live these days.

We have already detected on occasions that in the face of difficulties we become great and always put the common good first.

Let us demonstrate once again our sense of Homeland, we register the best values ​​that our founding fathers taught us.


I have no doubt that these same values ​​have made us act together once again and we have overcome this difficulty, making us an even stronger nation.


Dominicans and Dominicans,


Let us have faith that this evil will not destroy us, not by my strength, nor by your strength, but by the power of God.


As the sacred scriptures say in second Chronicles 7:14, “If my people, who are called by my name, pray and humble themselves, and seek my face, and become their wicked ways;  then I will hear from heaven and forgive your sins, and heal your land. ”


Thanks a lot



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