10 spots that prove the Dominican Republic is so underrated


The second-largest Caribbean nation is home to an incredibly diverse landscape complete with sand dunes, stalactite caves, Caribbean’s highest peak and its lowest point. Here is why the 10 spots below make the Dominican Republic a top choice for your next adventure trip.

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Las Galeras

, Dominican Republic

A small fishing village of Las Galeras in the country’s northeastern Samaná province enjoys the vibes the rest of the Caribbean used to have before the growth of the all-inclusive resorts. The town’s one main road ends at a narrow strip of a beach, La Playita, where local fishermen park their boats overnight. At the nearby family-run Villa Serena, guests partake in water yoga and meditation rituals before heading to El Cabito, a cliff-hugging dinner spot with fantastic views of the sun setting over the Rincon Bay.

Pico Duarte

The Caribbean’s highest peak at 10,125 feet, Pico Duarte soars above the country’s largest province of San Juan. Hiking in the mountain and its surrounding areas is an experience you would not typically associate with the region as cool year round temperatures drop drastically in the winter. Starting the multi-day ascent at the town of La Cienaga, trekkers will pass pine trees and cloud forests on the way to the top and sleep at the wooden huts at La Compartición or Valle de Lilís camping grounds. Back in La Cienaga, Casa Bonita Lodge offers sessions of temazcal, an ancient Taino culture bath tradition, to wash off the mountain mud.

Laguna de Oviedo

Located in the dry southwestern province of Barahona, Laguna de Oviedo is a bird-watchers’ favorite. Many migratory birds, including pelicans, great egrets, royal herons, and American pink flamingos nest throughout its twenty-four keys and mangrove swamps. Due to extreme heat, bird-watching boat trips leave early morning and take several hours to cover close to ten square miles of the salt water lake.

Los Haitises National Park

Municipio de Sabana de la Mar, Dominican Republic

Limestone karst islands cut through thick mangrove forests on the way to hidden petroglyph-covered caverns in the Los Haitises National Park. Overlapping two northern provinces of Samaná and Hato Mayor, the area is popular with eco-tourists, but the number of annual visits is limited to protect the endemic bird and mammal species that inhabit the park today. Staying at Paraiso Caño Hondo eco-lodge is a unique opportunity to live on the outskirts of the park while learning about the ongoing park preservation efforts run by the property.

Samaná Bay

Flanked by two of the most ecologically-diverse provinces of the Dominican Republic, Samaná and Hato Mayor, Samaná Bay offers miles of beaches, tropical forests, and mountain excursions to nature lovers year-round. Its most coveted spectacle occurs each January through March when humpback whales come to the bay to mate and give birth to their young. Boat trips to the bay and the Los Haitises National Park can be arranged from The Bannister, a nearby coastal property.

Playa Rincón

Samaná, Dominican Republic

The remote three mile beach in Samaná is so good we considered not adding it here for the sake of keeping it all to ourselves. Accessible only by boat, this uninterrupted stretch of sand is considered by some historians to be the spot where Columbus had first encountered the locals — and their arrows — in the New World. Today, the only fight at this beach is between the decision to jump in the salt bay waters or dip in the nearby crystal clear freshwater stream, Caño Frio. Makeshift kitchens by local families provide an excellent fare of Dominican staples to help with both choices.

Lago Enriquillo

The largest saltwater lake in the country doubles up as the Caribbean’s lowest elevation point at 148 feet below sea level. Wildlife, such as the rare endemic species of Ricord and Rhinoceros iguanas or the largest population of American crocodiles in the region, flourishes in this remote southwestern area. Flamingos are frequent guests on the seven-mile-long desert island of Isla Cabritos.

Dunas de Bani

Cacti-covered Dunas de Bani in the arid southern province of Peravia are a remote outpost popular among wind and kite surfers. Reaching twenty miles in height in some instances, the accumulation of extra fine sand in the dunes creates otherworldly landscapes not often seen by travelers to the Dominican Republic. One of the few accommodations available nearby, Sava Salinas, offers un-precedented front view of the dunes.

Bahia de las Aguilas

Bahia de las Aguilas in the province of Pedernales is considered by many Dominicans to be one of the best beaches in the country. Located in the southwest’s Jaragua National Park, the protected beach area is completely isolated. Best way to get there is by boat, arranged as a tour through Rancho Tipico restaurant or directly with local fishermen in the nearby fishing village of Las Cuevas.

A fishing town of Palmar de Ocoa in the southern Azua province is literally ‘the place at the end of the Earth’. Travelers seeking underdeveloped locations come here for fresh daily fish, stunning sunsets, and plenty of alone time. No reservations required.


Countries Canadians can travel to

Below, you can see where Canadians can travel to, as well as entry requirements for Canadian travelers and important information to consider .

Albania

If you’re experiencing wanderlust, head to Albania, one of the many places Canadian tourists can travel to. Since June 15, 2020, Canadians have been able to visit Albania without taking a PCR test before arrival or quarantining upon arrival. However, visitors will need to have a health screening at the Albanian airport.

For more information, check this official website .

Anguilla

Anguilla is one of the countries Canadians can visit right now. All you need to do is take a PCR test 3-5 days before you travel and complete a Visitor Application Form. You’ll also need to buy travel insurance and present proof that you have it upon arrival in Anguilla.

Once you arrive in Anguilla, you’ll take a PCR test at the airport and have to quarantine for ten days before you take another PCR test. If that second PCR test is negative, you’re free to explore Anguilla. You can find more information on Anguilla’s official tourism website .

Antigua and Barbuda

Want to know where Canadians can travel? Antigua and Barbuda has been open since July 4, 2020. You just need to take PCR test up to 7 days before you arrive in Antigua and Barbuda. You will also have to make a reservation at a government-approved hotel if you want to go on approved tours during the 14-day monitoring period all travelers are subjected to.

More information is available on our guide on Antigua and Barbuda travel restrictions and the government’s official website .

Armenia

Canadian travelers can visit Armenia at the moment, but they must self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival. However, if they pay for and take a COVID-19 test at some point during their self-isolation and the result is negative, they no longer have to self-isolate. More information is available on the government’s official website .

Aruba

Aruba is yet another country Canadian residents can visit, as long as they get a PCR test, fill in an online ED card, and buy Aruba Visitors Insurance. The PCR test must be taken within 72 hours of departure to Aruba. Canadians will need that test result to complete their ED card and for border control upon arrival. If the test is negative, they will not have to quarantine. If they have no test result, Canadians will need to get tested on arrival and self-isolate until they receive their results (usually 6-8 hours – 24 hours max.).

You can find more information on our guide on Aruba travel restrictions .

Austria

As long as Canada remains on this list, Canadian citizens can enter Austria without any entry restrictions, so they don’t have to quarantine or take a PCR test to visit Austria. You can find more information on the Austrian Ministry of Tourism’s website .

Bahamas

Wondering where Canadian tourists can travel? The Bahamas is a great option for a tropical getaway. Entry requirements for Canadians are straightforward: travelers must provide evidence of a negative PCR test from within five days of their arrival in The Bahamas and apply for a travel health visa.

Bangladesh

Canadians are currently allowed to enter Bangladesh, but they must present proof of a negative COVID-19 test that was taken within 72 hours of their arrival and quarantine for 14 days from their arrival. More information is available here .

Barbados

Canadian residents can enter Barbados, but they are subject to strict entry requirements, since they are classified as traveling from a “High-Risk” country on this list.

Canadian travelers are strongly encouraged to take a PCR test 3 days before entry to Barbados, but if the test results are not available in time for travel, Canadians can be tested on arrival in Barbados and quarantine until they receive a negative test result. They can then go to their accommodation, where they will quarantine for 4-5 days and then take a second PCR test. If that second test is negative, they will no longer have to quarantine.

Canadians must also complete an Online Immigration/Customs form 24-72 hours prior to their arrival in Barbados. More information about Barbados’ reopening procedures is available here .

Belarus

Belarus is one of the countries that are currently open for Canadians, but there are a few entry requirements for Canadian visitors.

Travelers must present proof of a negative PCR COVID test that was taken within 48 hours of arrival in Belarus and have valid COVID-19 travel insurance, which can be purchased here.

As long as Canada remains on this list of high-risk countries, all Canadian tourists must self-isolate for 10 days after arrival in Belarus.

Belize

If you’re Canadian, you can absolutely travel to Belize right now. You just need to download the Belize Health App to complete the forms on it and have proof of a negative PCR test that was taken within 72 hours of your arrival in Belize. Rapid Antigen, Sophia, SD Biosensor, and ABBOT (Panbio) test results from within 48 hours of arrival are also acceptable

More information is available in our guide to Belize reopening for travel .

Bermuda

Bermuda is currently welcoming Canadian tourists who want to soak up the sun on a pink-sand beach. There are a few entry requirements for Canadians. All travelers should apply for a Travel Authorization (USD 75) 1 to 3 days before departure for Bermuda and have a negative PCR test that was taken within 5 days of arrival in Bermuda.

Every traveler should also have valid COVID-19 travel insurance.

Upon arrival in Bermuda, Canadian tourists must take another PCR test and self-isolate until the results are ready (usually within about 24 hours).

Besides, they will also have to wear a traveler wristband for 14 days from their arrival and undergo testing on days 4, 8, and 14 of their stay.

More information is available on our guide on Bermuda is open to tourists .

Bolivia

Bolivia has had its borders open since September 14, 2020, so Canadian citizens can visit as long as they take a negative PCR test within seven days of their trip and present evidence of a negative result upon arrival in Bolivia. As you see, it is one of the best places to visit in South America.

If they do not have a negative test result, they will have to quarantine upon arrival in Bolivia.

For more details about COVID-19 travel procedures in Bolivia, check this website .

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Canadian residents can enter Bosnia and Herzegovina quite easily, as all they need to do is present proof of a negative PCR test that was taken within 48 hours of their arrival in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Botswana

You may be wondering, “Where can Canadians travel internationally?Botswana is currently open to Canadian tourism as long as Canadians can present evidence of a negative PCR test result from within 72 hours of boarding. Without this negative test result, Canadians will have to quarantine when they arrive in Botswana. More information is available here .

Brazil

There are no entry requirements for Canadians who wish to travel to Brazil as long as they fly there. They do not have to quarantine or take a PCR test to visit Brazil, but if they experience COVID-19 symptoms, they should self-isolate for 15 days.

Bulgaria

Bulgaria allows Canadian travelers to enter the country without any entry requirements, as long as Canada remains on this list.

That means that Canadians visiting Bulgaria don’t have to quarantine or take a PCR test ahead of entry. More information is available here and here .

Burkina Faso

Canadian citizens can currently travel to Burkina Faso as long as they can present evidence of a negative PCR test result that was taken within five days of their arrival. If Canadians don’t have a negative test result, they will have to get tested at the airport, which costs $150, and self-isolate for 14 days. More information on Burkina Faso’s COVID regulations is available here .

Cape Verde

Cape Verde is now welcoming all travelers from Canada, although they must complete a registration form and present a medical certificate from a negative PCR test that was taken within 72 hours of arrival.

If Canadians want to visit different islands, they must fill out this form and obtain a negative PCR test result within 72 hours of departure.

For more information on Cape Verde’s restrictions, check this website .

Central African Republic

The Central African Republic is now allowing Canadian residents to enter the country. Canadians must undergo a medical examination on arrival, which will most likely include a PCR test at the Institut Pasteur, and must quarantine for 14 days from their arrival.

More information is available here .

Canadians are able to fly to Chad right now as long as they have a negative COVID-19 test that was obtained within 7 days of their arrival.

If they plan on staying in Chad for more than 7 days, they must self-isolate for a week and take a PCR test on their last day of self-isolation. More information on Chad’s travel restrictions is available here .

Chile

Canadian tourists can enter Chile as long as they fly into Santiago International Airport. Canadians must submit an Affidavit For Travelers form at least 48 hours before they board their flight, provide proof of a negative PCR test result that was obtained within 72 hours of departure, and buy COVID-19 travel insurance.

As of December 8th, Canadians no longer have to quarantine. More information is available on this website .

Colombia

Colombia makes it easy for Canadian citizens to enter the country, since all they need to do is download the CoronApp mobile app and fill in the Check-Mig form 24 hours before their trip. Also, all travelers must have proof of a negative PCR test result from within 96 hours prior to boarding.

More information is available on our guide on Colombia travel restrictions .

Costa Rica

As of August 1, 2020, Costa Rica is one of the best countries in Central America Canadian travelers can visit. They need to purchase COVID-19 travel insurance with coverage for treatment and accommodation in case they need to quarantine.

Canadians must also submit the Health Pass form online 48 hours before boarding their flight. You can find more information in our guide to Costa Rica’s reopening plan .

Canadians can visit Cuba right now. They must complete a Sanitary Statement for Travelers and buy COVID-19 travel insurance.

In addition, Canadian travelers must undergo another PCR test upon arrival in Cuba and another one after 5 days of quarantine. If this last test is negative, they can end the isolation period.

More information can be found in our guide on Cuba reopening for tourism .

Curaçao

As long as Canada is considered a medium-risk country on this list, Canadian travelers can fly to Curaçao, but there are a few entry requirements they must follow.

They must complete a Digital Immigration Card and a Passenger Locator Card, show a medical certificate for a negative PCR test that was obtained within 72 hours of departure, and purchase COVID-19 travel insurance, which is available here.

Democratic Republic of the Congo

The Democratic Republic of the Congo is currently allowing Canadian tourists to visit. They must present proof of a negative PCR test that was taken within 7 days of their arrival and register to take a $45 second PCR test at the Institut National de la Recherche Biomédicale (INRB) upon arrival.

Until Canadians obtain the results of their second PCR test, they must self-isolate, generally for about 24 hours. More information can be found here .

Dominica

Canadian citizens can travel to Dominica, but, since Canada is considered a “High Risk” country, they will be subject to strict entry requirements.

Canadians will need to submit an online questionnaire 24 hours before their flight and have evidence of a negative PCR test from 24-72 hours prior to arrival, according to the entry requirements listed here.

Upon arrival in Dominica, Canadians will take a Rapid Diagnostic Test (RDT) and then quarantine for five days, either in Safe in Nature accommodation or at a government facility. After the five days of quarantine are over, travelers will be tested again. If that test result is negative, they can explore Dominica freely.

Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic is a completely open country for Canadian residents. Canadians must submit a ETicket form indicating that they haven’t had any COVID-19 symptoms in the last 72 hours. Canadians may also be randomly tested upon arrival, but if they get a negative result, they don’t need to quarantine.

All Canadian tourists arriving on or before March 31, 2021, on commercial flights and staying at a hotel will be granted a free health coverage plan paid by the Dominican government. However, the coverage isn’t very high, so I recommend purchasing COVID-19 travel insurance.

You’ll find the latest information in our article with all the updates on the Dominican Republic reopening to tourists .

Ecuador

Ecuador is one of the countries that Canadians are allowed to travel to. Canadians must have a medical certificate for a negative PCR test that was taken within 10 days of travel because if they don’t, they will be tested on arrival and have to quarantine until their results are available.

More information can be found on the official government website .

Egypt

Egypt is currently welcoming Canadian travelers, who must have proof of a negative PCR test that was taken within 96 hours of arrival in Egypt. They must also have COVID-19 travel insurance, like this, and submit a health form on arrival.

You can find more information in our guide to Egypt reopening for travel .

El Salvador

El Salvador is one of the countries Canadian tourists can visit right now, but they must have a negative PCR test result that was obtained within 72 hours of their flight.

More information is available here .

Ethiopia

Canadian citizens are allowed to travel to Ethiopia. Entry requirements for Canadians are as follows: they must have a medical certificate for a negative PCR test that was taken within 5 days of arrival, undergo a medical screening on arrival, which includes a second PCR test, and quarantine for 7 days. If the second PCR test is positive, they will have to quarantine for another 14 days.

More information is available here .

French Polynesia

French Polynesia has opened its borders to Canadian residents. Canadians simply need to submit this form and present proof of a negative PCR test that was taken within 72 hours of departure.

Once they arrive on the islands, they will receive a self-testing kit so that they can test themselves on day 4 of their trip. Travelers will only be notified if they get a positive result, so they don’t have to quarantine.

More information can be found here .

Gabon

Wondering, “Where can I fly to?Gabon is open to travel from Canada. Canadian travelers must take a PCR test upon arrival and quarantine for around 48 hours until the results are ready. If the test is negative, Canadians will receive a 14-day certificate for free movement.

More information on Gabon’s restrictions is available here .

Gambia

Canadian travelers are able to go to The Gambia as long as they can provide evidence of a negative PCR test that was taken within 72 hours of arrival. Without this test, Canadians will need to undergo a health screening and quarantine for 14 days.

More information on The Gambia’s travel restrictions is available here .

Ghana

Canadian tourists can easily travel to Ghana, but they must comply with a few entry requirements. Canadians must present a negative PCR test result that was obtained within 72 hours of departure and submit a Health Declaration Form.

They should also pay $150 for the mandatory rapid test they must take on arrival. Their results will be ready in about 30 minutes and there is no need to quarantine if travelers test negative.

You can find more information on these regulations here .

Grenada

Grenada is one of the countries where Canadian citizens can travel right now, but there are quite a few travel restrictions.

Canadians must download the Ronatrac app, submit a Health Declaration Form, and provide evidence of a negative PCR test that was taken within 72 hours of arrival. In addition, Canadian travelers are required to book a stay in a Pure Safe Travel Accommodation and be able to show proof of their reservation at the border on arrival.

Canadians will have to take a PCR test on the fourth day of their trip if they want to do any non-safe-certified activities, but they can avoid this if they simply stick to doing safe-certified activities.

Guatemala

One of the places Canadian residents can visit is Guatemala, which requires Canadians to take a PCR or antigen test within 96 hours of travel or else quarantine for 14 days.

Canadian travelers also need to fill in a Health Pass form 24 hours before arrival.

More information is available on our guide on Guatemala travel restrictions .

Guyana

Guyana is one of the countries Canadians can travel to as long as they submit a Passenger Locator Form and have a negative PCR test result that was obtained up to seven days before arrival

If the PCR test was taken 4-7 days before arrival, Canadian travelers will be tested again at the airport and have to self-isolate until their results are ready.

You can find more information on the official Guyana tourism website .

Haiti

Canadian travelers can visit Haiti, but they must complete a health form, undergo a medical screening on arrival, and quarantine for 14 days

More information on Haiti’s entry requirements is available here .

Honduras

One of the countries where Canadian tourists can travel right now is Honduras. All Canadians need to do is present a negative test result from a PCR test or Rapid Test that was taken within 72 hours of travel and submit an online immigration form.

More details on Honduras’ entry requirements can be found here .

Another of the places Canadians can travel is Iraq as long as they can present a medical certificate for a negative PCR test that was obtained within 48 hours of boarding. Without a PCR test, Canadian travelers will need to take a PCR test upon arrival in Iraq.

The Government of Iraq’s website has more details on entry requirements .

Ireland

Ireland is one of the countries Canadian citizens can travel to, but because Canada isn’t on ECDC’s “green list” of countries, Canadian travelers must quarantine for 14 days from their arrival in Ireland, but this quarantine can be shorter if they get retested after 5 days of isolation.

In addition, they must fill out a Passenger Locator Form.

More information on Irish entry requirements can be found here .

Jamaica

Jamaica, one of the best Caribbean Islands, allows Canadian residents to enter without restrictions. All Canadian visitors need to do is complete a Travel Authorization form in order to board their flight. They may also be subject to testing upon arrival.

Canadians should also consider staying in accommodation that is located within the “Resilient Corridors” because otherwise, they will have to quarantine for 14 days.

You can find more details on Jamaica’s regulations in our guide to Jamaica reopening for travel .

Jordan

Jordan is one of the places Canadians can travel right now.

All travelers must complete a Declaration Form and have proof of a negative PCR test result from within 72 hours of arrival. Canadians must also have proof of valid travel insurance for the duration of their stay in Jordan and download the AMAN app. Additionally, all travelers must pre-pay online for the PCR test they will take upon arrival in Jordan.

More information can be found in our guide on Jordan open for tourism .

Kenya

Kenya is admitting Canadian travelers as long as they abide by a few travel restrictions. Canadian travelers must fill in a Travelers Health Surveillance Form and submit a passenger locator card, either at the airport or on their flight. They must also provide evidence proof of a negative PCR test that was taken within four days of arrival. However, since Canada is currently on this list, Canadian visitors do not have to quarantine.

More information is available on our guide on Kenya is open to tourism .

Kosovo

Canadian tourists can travel to Kosovo at the moment, although there are some travel restrictions for Canadians.

As long as Canada is on the ECDC’s high-risk list (more than 120 infections per 100,000 inhabitants), Canadian visitors will need to have a medical certificate for a negative PCR test that was obtained within 72 hours of their departure.

If Canadians do not have this proof of a PCR test, they will have to quarantine upon arrival.

Lebanon

Canadians are allowed to visit Lebanon as long as they have a negative PCR test result that was obtained within four days of their trip.

Additionally, Canadian visitors must submit a health form and purchase COVID-19 travel insurance like this one. They must also decide whether they want to quarantine for 10 days or take a second test upon arrival.

Liberia

Liberia has been open to Canadian residents since July 22, 2020. Canadians need to install the Lib Travel app for iOS – Android and pay $75 in the app for the PCR test they need to take on arrival (this fee can also be paid on arrival).

Once Canadian travelers are tested, if they get a negative result, they must quarantine for 14 days. Exceptions to these entry requirements can be found here.

Canadian visitors must also take a PCR test within 72 hours of departure in order to be able to leave the country.

More information is available here .

Lithuania

As long as Canada is on this list of affected countries, Canadian citizens can visit Lithuania, but they must decide either to provide proof of a negative PCR test result that was obtained within 48 hours of their trip or to quarantine for 10 days. Canadians also need to fill in this registration form.

Malawi

Malawi is one of the countries Canadians can travel to, and it’s lowering traveler entry requirements.

As of November 2020, Canadian tourists must present a medical certificate with a negative PCR test taken within ten days of arrival. Otherwise, they’ll have to quarantine for 14-day. Also, airports will be conducting health screenings and temperature checks. Upon arrival, travelers must fill out a health immigration form.

For more information, visit the Malawi tourism website .

Maldives

The Maldives is one of the places Canadian travelers can travel. Canadian visitors need to download the TraceEkee app and submit a Health Form. They also need to present a negative PCR test result that was obtained within four days of arrival.

When Canadian travelers arrive in the Maldives, they’ll be screened and have to pay for a second PCR test if they show any symptoms.

If you’d like more information, you can check our guide on Maldives travel restrictions .

Mali is another country Canadian tourists can visit. Travel restrictions for Canadians include providing evidence of a negative PCR test that was taken within 72 hours of arrival and filling in a Coronavirus Disease Surveillance Form.

Malta

Canadians can travel to Malta, which operates on a traffic light system to determine countries’ travel restrictions. Canada is considered an “amber” country, so Canadian travelers must present a medical certificate for a negative PCR test that was issued within 72 hours of travel.

Entry requirements for Canadians may change, so check them on our Malta travel restrictions guide .

Mauritania

Mauritania has opened its borders to Canadian citizens. The only entry requirement is that Canadian travelers present evidence of a negative PCR test that was taken within 72 hours of arrival.

More information on Mauritania’s entry requirements can be found here .

Mauritius

Mauritius is allowing Canadian residents to enter the country, but there are many travel restrictions in place. Canadian travelers must present a negative PCR test that was taken within 7 days of travel and submit a Passenger Self Declaration Form and Passenger Locator Form upon arrival.

When they arrive in Mauritius, Canadian visitors need to self-isolate for 14 days in one of these accommodations. They’ll have to take three PCR tests, one on arrival, one on day 7 of their trip, and one on day 14 of their trip.

More information is available on the official tourism website .

Mexico

Mexico is one of the countries Canadian tourists can travel to without restrictions as long as they fly, since the land border between the US and Mexico is not open to tourists. All Canadians need to do is complete a risk-factor questionnaire.

More information on Mexican entry requirements can be found in our guide to Mexico borders reopening for tourism .

Montenegro

Canadian travelers can visit Montenegro without any entry requirements. Montenegro uses a traffic light classification system and Canada is considered a “green” country, so Canadians are not required to quarantine or take a PCR test prior to arrival.

Morocco

Morocco is one of the places Canadians can travel as long as they abide by a few travel restrictions. Canadian visitors must be able to provide evidence of a negative PCR test that was taken within 72 hours of their trip. They also need to have confirmation of a hotel reservation. Besides that, Canadian travelers need to download the Wiqaytna tracking app and fill in a Passenger Health Form.

For more details, check our guide on Morocco reopening for travel .

Namibia

Namibia is another one of the countries Canadian residents can travel to. There are several entry requirements for Canadian travelers: they need to have a medical certificate for a negative PCR test that was issued within 72 hours of arrival and notify the nearest Namibian Embassy of their intent to travel at least two weeks in advance. They also have to submit this health questionnaire and buy COVID-19 travel insurance like this one.

When they arrive in Namibia, Canadians will have to stay at one of the Namibia Tourist Board’s registered hotels and quarantine for 7 days. They will take a second PCR test on day 5 of their trip and can’t resume their trip until they test negative.

More details are available on this website .

Nicaragua

Nicaragua has opened its borders to travel from Canada. Canadian visitors simply need to have proof of a negative PCR test result that was obtained within 72 hours of their arrival in Nicaragua. They will also be tracked for 14 days by Nicaraguan authorities, even though they don’t need to quarantine.

More information is available in our guide to Nicaragua reopening for travel .

Nigeria

Nigeria has been open to Canadian tourism since September 5, 2020. Canadian travelers need to provide evidence of a negative PCR test that was taken within 72 hours of boarding and pay for a second PCR test when they fill in this form. They will take the second PCR test after seven days of being in Nigeria and have to quarantine until the results of this test are ready.

More information is available on this website .

North Macedonia

Canadian citizens can travel to North Macedonia without any travel restrictions. There is no requirement to quarantine or take a PCR test before entry.

You can find more details on this website .

Pakistan

Canadian residents are able to travel to Pakistan right now. As long as Canada isn’t on this list of safe countries, Canadian travelers must present a negative PCR test result from within four days of travel.

Canadian visitors must also fill in this form or download the PassTrack app.

Panama

Panama is one of the places that Canadian travelers can visit. Canadians simply need to present proof of a negative PCR test result that was obtained within 48 hours of arrival and submit a health affidavit. If Canadian visitors don’t present a negative PCR test result, they will have to pay $50 for a PCR test on arrival.

More information is available in our guide to Panama reopening to tourism .

Peru is yet another country Canadian tourists can travel to. Canadian travelers must complete an Affidavit of Health and Geolocation Authorization within 72 hours prior to departure. They also need to have proof of a negative PCR or Antigen test that was taken within 72 hours of departure.

More information is available on this website .

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico is a place that Canadians can visit right now. Entry requirements for Canadians are simple: they must provide evidence of a negative PCR test result that was obtained within 72 hours of departure and complete an online Travel Declaration Form. They will also be subject to a temperature check on arrival.

More details on our guide on Is Puerto Rico open for travel ?

Republic of the Congo

Canadian citizens can travel to the Republic of the Congo right now. The one travel restriction for Canadians is that they need to have a negative PCR test that was taken within 72 hours of their flight, or else they will need to take a test on arrival and quarantine until they receive a negative result.

More information is available on our guide on Puerto Rico opening for travel .

Rwanda

Another one of the countries Canadian residents can travel to is Rwanda. Canadian travelers just need to provide proof of a negative PCR test that was taken within five days of arrival and submit a Passenger Locator Form on arrival.

When Canadians arrive in Rwanda, they will be tested at the airport, which costs $50. They will then have to quarantine for about 24 hours at a designated hotel until their results are ready.

You can find more details on the official tourism website .

Saint Barthélemy

Saint Barthélemy has opened its borders to Canadian travelers, who must present a negative PCR test result that was obtained within 72 hours of boarding. If they do not have a PCR test result, Canadians will need to take a test on arrival and quarantine until they get their results.

Canadian visitors who spend more than a week in Saint Bart’s need to take a PCR test on the 8 th day of their trip.

More information can be found on this website .

Saint Kitts and Nevis

Saint Kitts and Nevis is one of the places Canadian tourists can travel. Canadians need to download the SKN COVID-19 tracking app and present a medical certificate for a negative PCR test that was taken within 72 hours of arrival. They also need to submit a Travel Authorization Form and present proof of a reservation at a “Travel Approved” property. A list of “Travel Approved” accommodations is available on the St. Kitts and Nevis websites.

Canadian travelers will take another PCR test on the 7 th day of their trip, which costs $150, and then take another PCR test after 14 days in the country. If both of those tests are negative, Canadian visitors will be free to explore Saint Kitts and Nevis.

More information is available on this website .

Saint Lucia

Saint Lucia is yet another place Canadians can travel. They just need to submit a Travel Registration Form and provide proof of a negative PCR test result that was issued within seven days of travel.

Tourists must spend at least 14 days in certified accommodations and may only go on the tours on this list.

More details can be found on this website .

Saint Vincent and The Grenadines

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines has opened its borders to Canadian citizens. Canadians must have proof of a negative PCR test from within 72 hours of their arrival and submit a Pre-Arrival Travel Form.

When they arrive in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Canadian travelers will have to take a second PCR test, quarantine, and then take another test on the 5 th day of their stay. They can end their quarantine if the third test is negative.

A complete list of entry requirements is available here .

Serbia

One of the countries Canadian residents can travel to is Serbia. The sole requirement is that they provide evidence of a negative PCR test that was taken within 48 hours of arrival.

Seychelles

Seychelles is open for Canadian travelers that have received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine and are able to prove that two weeks have elapsed since they received their second dose.

They must have an authentic certificate of vaccination and proof of a negative PCR test that was taken within less than 72 hours of travel. They also need to have a reservation at a certified Category 1 accommodation but don’t need to quarantine upon arrival.

Also, Canadians must complete a Health Travel Authorization and purchase COVID-19 travel insurance, like this.

Sierra Leone

Canadian travelers can currently visit Sierra Leone. They just need to complete a travel authorization form. Canadians also need to have a negative PCR test result that was issued within 72 hours of arrival.

On arrival, Canadian visitors need to take two tests, a PCR test and a Rapid test. They only have to quarantine immediately if they test positive on the Rapid test.

You can find more details here .

Sint Maarten

Sint Maarten is one of the countries Canadians can visit with travel restrictions. Canadian travelers need to have proof of a negative PCR test result from within five days of their flight as long as Canada is classified as a high-risk country on this list. Canadians also need to have valid COVID-19 travel insurance and request an online travel authorization (EHAS).

There is no requirement to quarantine, but Canadian visitors will have to undergo daily temperature checks for 14 days.

I also recommend checking our guide on St Maarten reopening for tourists for the latest information .

Somalia

Somalia is a place that Canadian tourists can visit, although we do not recommend traveling there because it is considered a high-risk destination.

To enter the country, Canadian travelers must provide proof of a negative PCR test that was taken within four days of arrival. If they can’t, they will have to quarantine for 14 days .

South Africa

South Africa is another one of the places Canadian citizens can travel. Besides, it is one of the best countries in Africa you can visit.

Canadians need to purchase COVID-19 travel insurance and present evidence of a negative PCR test that was taken within 72 hours of arrival. They also need to download the COVID Alert SA app.

Sudan

Sudan is allowing Canadian residents to travel there. Canadians must present a medical certificate for a negative PCR test that was issued within 72 hours of arrival.

You can find more information here .

Tanzania

Canadian travelers can visit Tanzania without any travel restrictions. All they have to do is fill in a Health Surveillance Form on their flight and submit it to authorities on arrival.

When Canadians arrive in Tanzania, they will undergo health screenings and have to take a PCR test if they show any symptoms of COVID.

Thailand

Thailand is one of the countries Canadians can travel to, but there are some strict entry restrictions for Canadian travelers.

Canadians have to contact the nearest Thai embassy and apply for a tourist visa at least 15 business days before they travel. As soon as they have their visa, Canadian travelers have to apply for a Certificate of Entry and buy COVID-19 travel insurance that has over $100,000 USD of coverage. They also have to make a reservation at a certified accommodation, such as an Alternative State Quarantine facility.

When Canadians arrive in Thailand, they will have to quarantine in their accommodation for 14 days.

More information is available on this website .

Togo is one of the places that Canadian tourists can travel. Canadians must download the TOGO SAFE app and purchase COVID-19 travel insurance. They also have to provide evidence of a negative PCR test from within seven days of their trip and submit this form to pay for the PCR test they are required to take on arrival.

Canadians do not need to quarantine on arrival, but they do need to self-isolate for about 24 hours until the results of their airport PCR test are ready.

More details can be found on the official tourism website .

Tunisia

Tunisia has opened its borders to Canadian citizens, who must have a medical certificate for a negative PCR test that was issued within 72 hours of arrival in Tunisia. They also need to fill in a health form and download the Track and Trace app.

When they arrive in Tunisia, Canadians have to quarantine for 14 days unless they pay for and take a PCR test on the seventh day of their trip. If that test is negative, Canadians do not need to quarantine any longer.

More information is available on our guide on Tunisia is open for tourism .

Turkey

Turkey is allowing Canadian residents to enter the country. Canadians arriving in the country will need to present a negative result of a PCR test taken within 72 hours of their departure.

You can find more details on our guide on Turkey is open for travel .

Turks and Caicos Islands

Canadian travelers can visit the Turks and Caicos Islands right now. They just need to have proof of COVID-19 travel insurance, like this, and fill in this Travel Authorization Form. They must also have a medical certificate for a negative PCR test that was taken within five days of arrival.

More information is available on the official website .

Uganda

Uganda is one of the countries Canadians can travel to right now. Canadians must present evidence of a negative PCR test that was taken within 72 hours of boarding their flight and will be subject to a health screening on arrival.

More details can be found on this website .

Ukraine

Ukraine is open to Canadian tourists without restrictions. As long as Canada is considered a low-risk or “green” country on this list, Canadians do not need to take a PCR test or quarantine to visit Ukraine, but they do need to purchase COVID-19 travel insurance from a company that is registered in Ukraine.

More information is available on this website .

United Arab Emirates

The United Arab Emirates has opened its borders to Canadian citizens.

Canadians just need to download the COVID-19 DXB app and provide proof of a negative PCR test that was taken within 96 hours of their flight. They also have to buy COVID-19 travel insurance and submit this Health Declaration Form.

United Kingdom

Canadian residents can fly to the United Kingdom right now. They will have to submit a Passenger Locator Form upon arrival and quarantine for 10 days from arrival, since Canada is not one of the countries on the list of “travel corridors.”

More information is available on the official website .

United States of America

The United States of America is one of the places Canadian travelers can visit right now as long as they fly into the US. Canadians may need to quarantine on arrival or present evidence of a negative PCR test depending on which state they’re visiting.

You can find more information here .

Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan is allowing Canadians to enter the country.

Like other countries, Uzbekistan determines countries’ entry restrictions by using a “traffic light” system. Canada is considered a “red” country on this list, so Canadians must present proof of a negative PCR test that was taken within 72 hours of their trip and quarantine for 14 days from their arrival.

Virgin Islands (U.S.)

The US Virgin Islands is a place Canadian citizens can visit right now. Canadians need to obtain a travel authorization through this online screening portal five days before their arrival. They must also provide evidence of a viral test that was taken within three days of their trip or PCR test taken within five days of their trip if they travel from Mainland U.S.

Zambia

Zambia is one of the countries Canadian tourists can travel to. They must request their visa online in advance, since Zambia’s airport visa service is not currently operating. Canadians also need to present proof of a negative PCR test that was taken within 7 days of their trip.

More details can be found on our guide on Zambia is open for travel .

Zimbabwe

Canadian residents can travel to Zimbabwe now. They must simply provide evidence of a negative PCR test that was taken within 48 hours of their trip, since without a test result, they will have to quarantine for 14 days from their arrival.

These are the countries that are open for Canadian tourists, although the list may vary as the COVID situation develops. We’ll update the list if anything changes.

If you have any questions about a specific country, leave us a comment and we will be happy to help.


Dominican Divorce

It is possible to get a divorce in the Dominican Republic in a weekend. You can choose to go to court in the capital city of Santo Domingo or to a resort town. But besides having an enjoyable vacation, and procuring a paper bearing the word "divorce," what else do you accomplish by divorcing Dominican style?

The answer is: It all depends. It depends on a host of factors, the most important of which is usually the factor of your own residency or domicile.

As far as some jurisdictions are concerned, a Dominican divorce will be recognized, as long as both parties participated in the process.

However, most U.S. states will not recognize the typical Dominican divorce whereby one party signs a power of attorney while the other party travels to the Dominican Republic, makes a personal appearance in court and receives a divorce decree on the spot or by mail a week or so later.

Nonetheless, even in the latter kind of case, the fact that both parties have participated in the Dominican divorce process will in most cases prevent both of the spouses from subsequently making the allegation that the divorce was invalid.

While we sometimes recommend a Dominican divorce, in many cases we do not. We have been retained on several occasions to help clients untangle themselves from situations in which Dominican divorces have led to entirely unforeseen adverse consequences.

The bottom line: Get legal advice before getting a Dominican divorce. The advice should not come from an online Dominican agency, any kind of agency that promotes Dominican or Guam divorces or from a Dominican lawyer. You need advice from a lawyer in your home state or country who understands the issues and is experienced in handling them.

The following has been published by the Government of the Dominican Republic:

"Legal Requirements for U. S. Citizens to Obtain Valid Divorces in the Dominican Republic

Recently, a number of U. S. citizens have inquired about the process by which they can obtain a valid divorce in the Dominican Republic. A special divorce law for nonresident foreigner (passed in 1971) provides that the only permissible grounds for divorce of non-resident foreigners is mutual consent. This means that if a husband and wife who do not reside in the Dominican Republic want to obtain a valid divorce under Dominican law, both spouses must agree that they want to obtain such a divorce.

The special divorce law also establishes four requirements to obtain such a divorce:

  1. One of the spouses who wish to be divorced must make a personal appearance in court in the Dominican Republic. The special divorce law does not require the person seeking a divorce to reside in the Dominican Republic for any length of time. Therefore, the spouse making the personal appearance in the Dominican court could arrive one day and depart the next day, after meeting all other legal requirements.
  2. The divorcing spouses must enter into a separation agreement with respect to the division of their common property, custody over their children (if any), and alimony and support payments. The spouses should have such an agreement drafted by an attorney who practices law in the jurisdiction of the domicile of the marriage.
  3. If one of the divorcing spouses does not appear in the Dominican Republic, he or she must execute a power of attorney in the presence of a Notary Public or a Dominican Consul. (A list of the locations of Dominican Consuls in the United States is attached). This power of attorney provides evidence to the Dominican court that the non-appearing spouses accept the jurisdiction of that court.
  4. The spouse who appears in the Dominican Republic to obtain the divorce must provide not only the separation agreement and the power of attorney but (copies of?) the birth certificates of all minor children born in the marriage and a certified copy of the marriage certificate. Once the spouse makes the necessary appearance in the Dominican Republic, it will take between one and four weeks, depending on the courts workload, for the divorce judgment to be handed down and registered.

Note: The Embassy of the Dominican Republic understands that a number of web sites on the Internet assert that U. S. citizens can obtain divorces in the Dominican Republic without either of the spouses having to appear in the Dominican Republic before a Dominican court and without mutual consent. This information is completely incorrect and directly contrary to Dominican law. If someone has paid any money to obtain a divorce in the Dominican Republic, but has not complied with the requirements listed above, that divorce is invalid and will not be recognized as valid by courts in the Dominican Republic or in the United States."

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Changing tastes transformed most of San Juan into a city that its colonial residents would’ve found unrecognizable. This little neighborhood has managed to stay the same. Old San Juan is one of the nation’s most important tourist destinations, so it’s also a key location for grabbing up souvenirs.

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Volcanoes are usually a highlight of island nations, but it’s Costa Rica that stands out in this category. Several active volcanos spring up throughout the forest like the Arenal Volcano shown above. As it hasn’t erupted in 50 years, according to the Arenal Observatory Lodge, it’s popular for hikers.


21 of the Best Cheap All-Inclusive Resorts in the World

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If you’re looking for an all-inclusive vacation that won’t break the bank, but also won’t leave you with miserable memories of a trip gone wrong, these best-ever bargain-priced all-inclusives are sure to fit the bill.

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Breezes Resort & Spa, Bahamas

As the gorgeous beaches in the Bahamas are less than an hour by plane from Miami, not only can would-be visitors often score a cheap flight, but Breezes Resort & Spa provides a fabulous alternative to its many pricey all-inclusive resorts that average in the $500 and up range per night. With rates at less than half that amount per night, a ton of amenities and no tipping allowed, it’s hard to beat the value when it comes to a tropical vacation. The resort offers three outdoor pools, a swim-up bar and submerged seating, as well as direct access to the pristine white sands of Cable Beach. Activities like sailing, rock climbing, nightly entertainment and even weddings are all included. Multiple restaurants offer an array of dining options, including a diverse buffet and a la carte options, while evening entertainment includes a piano bar and nightclub.

Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Casino, St. Maarten

This value destination has an exhaustive list of inclusions: unlimited meals, snacks and drinks (including alcoholic beverages), minibar service, beach and cocktail parties, aqua aerobics and dance classes, a kids club with supervised activities when you need a break from the little ones, and more – all at a very affordable price. It’s set right on a mile-long white-sand beach overlooking Great Bay and the Caribbean, and features multiple swimming pools, restaurants and bars as well as the Golden Casino with slot machines and Vegas-style products and Serenity Spa, which offers a menu of relaxing services like hot stone massage, couple’s massage, aromatherapy treatments, and detoxifying/de-stressing regimens like the green coffee cellulite treatment.

Hotel Riu Palace Mexico, Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Despite featuring “liquor drips” with free tequila right in your hotel room, Hotel Riu Palace Mexico isn’t a place for spring breakers. There are no parties allowed in rooms, or wild spring break-like behavior on the property, however, this resort is definitely aimed to please the more low-key partying type looking to enjoy a good time at a budget price. One of the best all-inclusive resorts in Playa del Carmen, it is surrounded by tropical palms on a gorgeous white sandy beach. Its all-inclusive package includes unlimited local and imported beverages 24 hours a day, a regularly restocked minibar and liquor dispenser, and all meals and snacks. Its buffet restaurant serves up a wide variety of dishes, and there are also themed international restaurants and live cooking shows. A beautiful freshwater swimming pool sits right next to the sea, while the Renova Spa offers various massages and treatments. Entertainment is offered daily and includes dancing, live music and shows.


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