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Health & Safety in the Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic is very safe and hospitable. Creighton University has a strong, long-standing relationship with partners in the country. 

As with all foreign travels, it is important to be aware of your surroundings and follow program rules. The Creighton-ILAC staff will monitor any unexpected occurrences. It is important that all travelers carefully research and inform themselves about the the health and safety, environmental, and cultural realities of their host country. Travelers should review the CDC guidance for vaccines and medications while abroad in the Dominican Republic.

CISI Insurance - Emergency Medical / Liability

All Creighton-ILAC student participants, faculty, and staff traveling to ILAC are required to enroll in international emergency medical insurance administered by the Global Engagement Office (GEO) for the duration of their time away from the United States. This coverage is through Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI). The Creighton-ILAC office will assist you in this process.

All non-Creighton participants, high school participants and chaperones, medical surgery teams, research program participants are strongly encouraged to have international emergency medical/liability insurance before travel to ILAC. Groups may purchase this coverage plan through Creighton-ILAC. Contact ilac@creighton.edu for details.

The insurance policy selected by Creighton University for its students traveling abroad includes basic trip insurance that may cover a portion of additional costs due to trip cancellation, extreme flight delays, loss of luggage, etc.  All travelers are encouraged to purchase additional flight or trip cancellation insurance from the airline or another company. The CISI insurance does not cover flight change costs due to outbreaks of disease (including, but not limited to H1N1 flu, COVID-19).

Review the CISI travel insurance policy well before departing.  Additionally, check with the international education office at your host institution about how to obtain local health insurance if you are able.  Know how to file claims for reimbursements on health care expenses.  In serious health emergencies, the local U.S. Embassy may be helpful to you. Once enrolled, students will have access to the myCISI Mobile App for emergency contact information, coverage details, claims assistance, and more. A guide to the myCISI Mobile App is available here.

All travelers should maintain primary health insurance coverage while abroad. The CISI insurance offered by Creighton-ILAC / GEO is a supplemental policy.

Creighton Global Travel Security Program

(Encuentro Dominicano and FLPA students only)

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Supported by AlertTraveler

In addition to CISI insurance coverage above, all Encuentro Dominicano students will also be enrolled in the AlertTraveler program. AlertTravelers and CISI insurance together make up the Creighton Global Travel Security Program. The Creighton University Global Engagement Office (GEO) supports Creighton students, faculty, and staff traveling across the world, 24 hours a day, every day through the Creighton Global Travel Security Program. All Encuentro Dominicano & FLPA students will be assessed a Global Travel Security Fee to his/her Creighton University bill for this coverage.

What are the program benefits and how does it work?

  • AlertTraveler provides several benefits, including access to the AlertTraveler Mobile app. AlertTraveler Mobile gives you immediate access to critical information potentially affecting your travel and well-being, including real-time push notifications of significant events, country risk ratings, and a library of location-specific information and tips for hundreds of cities globally.
  • Additionally, AlertTraveler puts assistance resources at your fingertips. Check in safely or request assistance during an emergency situation and access the 24/7 emergency support hotline at the touch of a button.

COVID-19 & ILAC Programs

We are fortunate to have a strong partnership with the ILAC/CESI Center in Santiago and are in regular communication with the leadership team of CESI regarding COVID-19 in the Dominican Republic. We are constantly monitoring the CDC, WHO, and other local Dominican sources to help us make informed decisions about Creighton-ILAC programming. 

The FAQ information below was last updated on September 18, 2022.

Yes! Creighton University-sponsored programs returned to the Dominican Republic beginning in February 2021. Creighton-ILAC staff and partners at ILAC/CESI in the Dominican Republic have been working closely to prepare a healthy and welcoming environment for Creighton travelers with many COVID-19 precautions in place.

Please carefully review the ILAC COVID-19 preparedness playbook here

Programs must be pre-approved by the Global Engagement Office (GEO) and the Creighton-ILAC office. All participants must strictly follow pre-departure and in-country requirements as outlined in the ILAC COVID-19 Preparedness Playbook. Please contact Jill Muegge, ILAC Director - Omaha with any questions.

To date, Creighton-ILAC has welcomed back groups of healthcare rotation students, undergraduate students, and high school students safely and successfully.

The COVID-19 vaccine is required for all Creighton University students, as per Creighton University policy.

As guidance around booster requirements abroad is evolving, we strongly encourage all students who will be participating in a program abroad to prioritize getting a COVID-19 vaccine booster prior to departure if it has been more than six months since your single dose of Johnson and Johnson vaccine or your second dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine. You should not rely on being able to get booster shots abroad.

The CDC has updated their guidelines and advice for individuals in the U.S. who are fully vaccinated. This is great news, but there are still additional precautions you need to take before/during travel and while in the Dominican Republic.

  • Masks may be required some places in the Dominican Republic. You must bring masks with you for your entire stay; Creighton-ILAC does not provide these for you.
  • Creighton-ILAC requires that you obtain a negative COVID-19 test within 3 days before travel to the DR. This may be a rapid test, it does not need to be PCR. This is currently not a requirement through the Dominican Republic, but it is a way to show our partners that we are being respectful travelers and entering into their country, communities, and homes in as safe a way as possible.
  • Bring a copy of your COVID-19 vaccine card with you when you travel. Keep it as safe as you keep your passport! You may be asked to show it in certain establishments.

Returning to the U.S. from the Dominican Republic

As of June 12, 2022, the CDC no longer requires travelers returning from international locations to obtain a COIVD-19 test before their flight back to the U.S. This may change based on shifting realities of COVID-19. You should not to travel if you have tested positive or experiencing symptoms. 

Carefully read the CDC guidance here.

Remember, this experience is a two-way street and while we are thrilled to have travelers who are fully vaccinated, we must continue to be responsible and respectful travelers when entering into another country.

Yes. Due to the ongoing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, there is one piece of additional paperwork that we require from each traveler.

  1. ILAC/CESI COVID-19 Community Standards Document

All students, faculty, staff, leaders, and chaperones traveling to the Dominican Republic through Creighton-ILAC must complete these requirements in addition to the usual program paperwork. This document will be provided to participants by the Creighton-ILAC team and MUST be received prior to travel.

Program participants, leaders, and visitors should bring the following items with them:

  • Reusable/washable masks/face coverings (enough for entire stay)
  • Personal hand sanitizer(s)
  • Personal medical thermometer
  • Bring your COVID-19 vaccine card with you. Keep it as safe as you keep your passport! You may be asked to show it in certain establishments.

Creighton-ILAC is working closely with our partners at the ILAC/CESI Center to adjust accommodations, meals, and programming for added health and safety precautions. Together we have formalized an ILAC COVID-19 Preparedness Playbook that is shared here. This playbook addresses the topics listed below:

  • COVID-19 context in the Dominican Republic
  • ILAC/CESI Center Community Standards
  • Self-monitoring and symptom reporting at the ILAC/CESI Center
  • Quarantine and isolation at the ILAC/CESI Center
  • Hospital medical care and testing locations
  • Protective supplies and ILAC/CESI Center cleaning protocol
  • Social distancing at the ILAC/CESI Center
  • Steps to help prevent the spread of COVID-19
  • Transportation and activities outside of the ILAC/CESI Center

Please carefully review the ILAC COVID-19 preparedness playbook here

The current global pandemic is an ongoing, constantly evolving situation which requires continuous review. As such, decisions will be made on a program-by-program basis. GEO and Creighton-ILAC will continue to monitor COVID-19 in the Dominican Republic in accordance with recommendations from the CDC, the WHO, and local government and will communicate any changes as needed. As of now, all pre-approved programs are scheduled to run as planned with increased health and safety protocols in place.

The insurance provided by CISI insurance covers emergency medical costs during your time abroad. Read the policy details. All travelers should maintain primary health insurance coverage while abroad. The insurance policy offered by the GEO is a supplemental policy.

View CISI COVID-19 FAQs here

For participants purchasing their own flight (not purchased through the Creighton-ILAC office), the Global Engagement Office (GEO) recommends waiting to book any nonrefundable flights until it is absolutely necessary to do so. Due to the unpredictable nature of international travel at this time, we encourage students to purchase a refundable/changeable airline ticket and/or additional travel or trip cancellation insurance from the airline or another company. The required insurance through CISI does not cover flight change costs due to a pandemic. Creighton cannot refund any part of a flight.