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Melia Hotels launch free Covid testing service in Mexico & Dominican Republic
Melia Hotels launch free Covid testing service in Mexico & Dominican Republic
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Melia Hotels International have announced that they will offer free Covid-19 antigen tests to guests staying at ten hotels in Mexico and the Dominican Republic.

The complimentary service will be available to any guest staying a minimum of three nights, who is required to present a negative result upon returning to their country of residence.

Guests can arrange the test at check-in, and the test must take place at least 72 hours before departure to ensure results are obtained in time.

The Spanish hotel group is also prepared to assist guests in the logistics and scheduling of a free PCR test at a local testing site, should an antigen test not be sufficient for re-entry into their home country.

The hotel chain is also offering free health insurance, in partnership with Europ Assistance, to guests with reservations at the resorts in Mexico and Dominican Republic.

The policy will provide guests with a free extension and hotel stay of up to 15 days, should they test positive.

Expenses incurred by any travel companions while they wait for the quaranted guest will also be covered, as well as assistance on their return journey.

The ten participating hotels include: Paradisus Playa Del Carmen, Paradisus Cancun, Paradisus Los Cabos, ME Cabo, Meli Cozumel, Meli Puerto Vallarta, The Grand Reserve at Paradisus Palma Real, Paradisus Palma Real, Meli Caribe Beach Resort and Meli Punta Cana Beach Resort. 

Melia Hotels International Chief Operating Officer, Andre Gerondeau commented on the announcement, stating: ‘At Melia, we continue to adapt to the new needs of the tourism industry. Guest health and safety remain our top priority and we want to ensure we make this an easy and seamless process for our guests.’

As the travel industry continues to adapt to the ever-changing pandemic situation, free hotel testing is certainly one route to giving travellers the confidence to start exploring again.