How to buy a new home in the Dominican Republic
Travelers in the Caribbean island nation of Dominica have been advised to avoid a growing number of restrictions imposed by President Mauricio Macri and his predecessor Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, as part of a clampdown on tourism in the country.
The country is under pressure to meet international guidelines for the safety of tourists and people travelling to the country after the coronavirus outbreak in January, which has killed more than 11,000 people.
In February, Macri cancelled the arrival of all international visitors and people over the age of 50, including foreigners.
He said this was because he had not been able to secure a permit to fly in a group of six.
“The new policy, as the government has described it, was intended to curb the influx of foreign tourists into Dominica and to protect the country’s reputation,” said the country of about 3.5 million people.
But travel companies are warning that Dominicans who want to spend a weekend in the northern Caribbean country should not try to buy homes there.
In March, the president and the country council of the Dominican Democratic Republic banned new development projects, such as hotel and retail development, from any part of the country for the next three years.
The new rules mean that no new developments can be approved for Dominica, a Caribbean island where the death toll from the coronavectirus has reached more than 3,000.
The country has been on high alert since a cluster of coronaviruses was detected in the area.
The measures have also been criticised by tourism companies, who say they have been restricting tourism because of fears of the virus spreading further.
Dominican Foreign Minister Carlos Serrano said on Thursday the government was working to find new ways to protect tourism.
“It’s very difficult to say whether the government is being proactive, or whether it’s not,” Serrano told a news conference.
“There are some signs that the government may be taking the wrong approach.
But we’re looking at it.
We’re going to find solutions.”
Dominican Prime Minister Victor Ponta said the government had not yet decided how to deal with the restrictions.
“We are still in a period of uncertainty about how to implement the new policy,” he said.
“We will try to find a solution.”
The government has been in talks with local tourism officials and tourism organisations about how they might deal with new restrictions, said Maria Rosa Salazar, a spokeswoman for the tourism ministry.