The Dominican Republic has declared that the country will be ready to receive international visitors from July 1.

The Caribbean nation revealed that has been included on a list of 45 countries sent to UK ministers to prioritise for quarantine-free air bridges. The list has been agreed by airlines including British Airways.

Airlines are lobbying for the first air bridges to be established by the end of June at the latest, raising new hopes for the summer holiday abroad.

The UK travel industry is calling on the government to introduce air bridges between destinations with low case numbers of Covid-19 to sidestep 14-day quarantine rules on internaional arrivals.

Meanwhile, a Dominican Republic Travel Resource Centre has been created to help both consumers and trade looking to capitalise on the re-opening and plan ahead.

The initiative is designed to deliver up to date information to future visitors and answer frequently asked travel questions.

The platform allows visitors to listen to Covid-19 industry updates from trusted sources and provides live chat assistance.

Tourism minister Francisco Javier Garcia said: “The Dominican tourism industry is ready to start receiving visitors from July 1 in a responsible manner and complying with the recommendations of national and international organizations 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.”