Dominican Republic covid-19 information hub

As governments respond to the pandemic by enacting emergency legislation that will affect all areas of society and doing business, we are providing a central information hub that contains the enacted legislation and other relevant official communication issued in relation to the crisis. 

We have collated this information with the help of a group of leading firms from countries across the region: Argentina’s Beccar Varela, Mitrani Caballero & Ruiz Moreno and Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites & Arntsen (PAGBAM); Brazil’s Demarest Advogados, Lefosse Advogados, Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados, TozziniFreire Advogados and Veirano Advogados; Central America’s Aguilar Castillo Love, Arias, BLP and Consortium Legal; Chile’s Carey, Cariola, Díez, Pérez-Cotapos and Claro & Cía; Colombia’s Brigard Urrutia and Posse Herrera Ruiz; regional law firm Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría; the Dominican Republic's Pellerano & Herrera; Ecuador’s Ferrere (Ecuador) and Pérez Bustamante & Ponce; Mexico’s Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enriquez SC, Hogan Lovells (Mexico), Galicia Abogados, Mijares, Angoitia, Cortés y Fuentes SC and Nader, Hayaux & Goebel; Ferrere (Paraguay); Peru’s Payet, Rey, Cauvi, Pérez Abogados and Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano Abogados; Ferrere (Uruguay); and Venezuela’s D'Empaire.

Most firms contributing to the covid-19 hub are drawn from Latin Lawyer Elite. In those countries not covered by Latin Lawyer Elite, we are working with top firms recommended in the Latin Lawyer 250.

We believe that by coming together to provide this service we can help provide businesses around the region with crucial facts and legislative developments to help them through this challenging, rapidly evolving period.

We have tried to assemble the most pertinent official developments issued in relation to covid-19. Although we cannot guarantee this list is exhaustive, our editorial team will be adding to this resource regularly, as and when we are made aware of the latest updates.


5 April

Decree No. 145-20 - creates the Citizen Oversight Commission to oversee, follow up and monitor the purchasing and contracting processes carried out under the emergency purchasing and contracting scheme authorised by Decree No. 133-20, in order to strictly comply with Public Procurement Law No. 340-06.

3 April

Resolution No. 000003-2020 – provides guidelines for the pharmacological management of critical patients infected with covid-19 and other comorbidities as well as guidelines for the reference, transfer and reception of patients infected with covid-19.

Notice 41-20 - informs all free zone companies, free zone park operators under Law 8-90, as well as their suppliers, of the extension of the validity of the ITBIS exemption cards within an expiration date beginning 19 March 2020 until 30 June 2020.

2 April

Decree No. 142-20 - extension of curfew for an additional fifteen (15) days.

Decree No. 143-20 - defines the terms and conditions for access to the Solidarity Assistance Fund for Employees (PHASE).

Decree No. 144-20 - amends Article 2 of Decree No. 135-20.

1 April

Decree No. 141-20 - creation of attributions of the Emergency and Health Management Committee.

Notice 36-20 - informs all taxpayers with enforce payment agreements, of the deferment of the installments due in the months of April, May and June 2020, automatically extending the term of such agreements for three months.

Notice 37-20 - exempts legal entities or sole proprietorships from the payment of the advances on the income tax for the fiscal period of March 2020, whose due date is 15 April 2020.

30 March

Resolution No. 000005-2020 - orders the establishment of isolation areas for pregnant women, newborns and children in public and private health centres.

Notice 35-20 - provides a virtual form for applications to register in the National Taxpayer Registry (RNC).

29 March

Notice 32-20 - grants an extension for the presentation of the declaration and payment of taxes by lotteries, sports betting companies, casinos and slot machines.

28 March

Resolutions Nos.061-2020 and 065-2020 - establishes a special incentive for the humanitarian work carried out by the personnel of the health sector institutions, the Armed Forces, the National Police and other institutions, in the prevention and mitigation of the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

25 March

Decree No. 138-20 – extension of curfew schedule from 5:00 pm to 6:00 am from 27 March to 3 April 2020.         

24 March

Resolution No. PRE-002-2020 - establishes the guidelines regarding the measures to be adopted by the providers of public telecommunications services.

23 March

Decree No. 136-20 – amends Article 2 of Decree No. 135-20.

Decree 137-20 – the established deadline for administrative procedures effected before the sectors that make up the central and decentralised Public Administration, as well as before the autonomous and decentralised agencies of the Dominican State, is suspended for the duration of the state of emergency.

Resolution No. PRE-001-2020 - outlines the guidelines to be followed by the regulatory body before the declaration of emergency contained in Decree No. 134-20 due to the effects of the covid-19 pandemic.

Resolution No. 060-2020 - suspends the deadlines for filing requests, claims, actions, appeals and administrative actions and prohibits the cancellation of public servants of the entities and bodies of the public administration.

22 March

Resolution No. 059-2020 - suspends the deadlines for filing requests, claims, actions, appeals and administrative actions and prohibits the cancellation of public servants of the entities and bodies of the Public Administration during the state of emergency.

Circular No. 03033 – instructs all companies operating under the call centres and BPOs free zone regime must close down their physical operations from 24 March 24 to 3 April 2020.

Circular No. 03030 - establishes continuity of the operations of companies that manufacture medical and pharmaceutical devices in free zones of the country.

20 March

Decree No. 135-20 - establishes a curfew throughout the national territory and, consequently, the transit and movement of people for a period of 15 days.

Resolution No. 058-2020 - sets forth the entities of the Public Administration to be closed or that may remain open with activities reduced to a minimum to prevent and mitigate the effects of the coronavirus.

19 March

Decree No.132-20 - confirms the creation of the High-Level Commission for the Prevention and Control of Coronavirus.

Decree No. 133-20 - declares the purchase and contracting of goods and services essential for the execution of prevention initiatives, medical assistance, and construction of public health infrastructure due to the coronavirus of a national emergency.

Decree No. 134-20 - through the authorisation granted by the National Congress in Resolution No. 62-20, declare a state of emergency throughout the national territory, establishing the restrictions on freedom of transit, association and assembly for a period of twenty-five (25) days.

Notices Nos. 23-20 and 24-20 - facilities for Tax Compliance of Taxpayers due to the economic impact of coronavirus and deferment for payment of ITBIS (local VAT).

Act No. 002-2020 – establishes suspension of administrative and jurisdictional tasks of the Judicial Power.

18 March

Resolution No. 007/2020 – provides for preventive measures to safeguard the health of workers and employers against the impact of the coronavirus.

14 March

Circular DEE / 00100/20 - suspension of all operations of docking and disembarking of cruise ships in the ports of the Dominican Republic from 14 March 2020 until further notice.

5 March

Circular No. 000419 - indicates the preventive measures against covid-19 that employers must adopt in the workplace.

6 February

Resolution No. 000003-2020 - establishes restrictions for entering the country vis-a-vis the outbreak of the new coronavirus.