Airlines are lobbying the British government to establish “air bridges” between the UK and 45 countries with low Covid-19 infection rates.
The Dominican Republic revealed it was one of these 45 countries, as the Caribbean destination announced plans to reopen to international tourists from 1 July.
Ministers have been sent the list of countries for potential air bridges by airlines, including British Airways, with the hope that they can start being established before the end of June.
Air bridges are seen as a vital way to avoid the current 14-day quarantine period introduced by the UK government on 8 June.
Last week, transport secretary Grant Shapps told the nation that they would have to wait until 29 June for an update on air bridges – this is also the date when the quarantine is due to be reviewed.
As it prepares to relaunch as a destination, the Dominican Republic has set up a travel resource centre to give updated information on tourism services and Covid-19 procedures for both agents and consumers.
Tourism minister Francisco Javier Garcia said: “The Dominican tourism industry is ready to start receiving visitors from 1 July in a responsible manner and complying with the recommendations of national and international organisations on hygiene, disinfection and social distancing.
“From the moment visitors arrive in our country, they will find that the measures implemented guarantee a safe and pleasant experience so that they can enjoy the attractions that have made us the main tourist destination in the Caribbean.”