COVID-19 Update & On-Site Testing

COVID Testing Requirement For Departure to the USA

A COVID-19 test required for re-entry to the USA is available on-site at D&D. No worries about any major disruption to your vacation schedule! Samples will be taken on-site by a nurse from a nearby town the day before your flight and your results will be returned to you the same day. This clinic is professional and reliable and I (Robert) have had at least 5 pre-travel tests from this clinic. They rock.

Cost: 700 Lps. (~$29), or free if you stay in one of our cabins for 5 nights or more. This can be paid in cash directly to the nurse who visits, either in USD or in Lempiras. This cost includes a nurse who travels 3km to D&D to administer a rapid antigen test as well as her time to return to D&D the same day to deliver your results. Please note that you’ll be given a paper copy of your results.

PCR Tests for Nicaragua

We also offer on-site PCR tests for traveling to Nicaragua. All other information is the same, but the cost is 2800 Lps. (~$114). We wish we could help you get this cost down, but a PCR test is a serious undertaking and is much more involved than a rapid test. Please register your complaints with the government of Nicaragua (although they seem to be *so* receptive to feedback…)

Availability: Testing is available Monday-Friday from 8am-4pm and Saturday/Sunday from 8am-12pm. In order to receive your test results the same day for travel the following day, the last available test time is at 2pm (Mon-Fri) and 10am (Sat-Sun).

Time Requirement Before Travel: The US is now requiring a COVID-19 test one day before entering the US. This is not measured in hours, but is simply referred to as “the day before travel.” Per the CDC, “The 1-day period is 1 day before the flight’s departure. The Order uses a 1-day time frame instead of 24 hours to provide more flexibility to the air passenger and aircraft operator. By using a 1-day window, test acceptability does not depend on the time of the flight or the time of day that the test sample was taken.

For example, if your flight is at 1pm on a Friday, you could board with a negative test that was taken any time on the prior Thursday.” Click here to read more.

Free test offer: For stays of 5 nights or more in one of our cabins, we are able to provide this option to you free of cost. For all other stays, the cost for a test is the standard 700 Lps. rate.

What is my flight is delayed, either before departure or when in transit?

Per the CDC (click here to see more): “If the first flight in your trip is delayed past the 1-day limit of testing due to a situation outside of your control (e.g., delays because of severe weather or aircraft mechanical problem), and that delay is 24 hours or less past the 1-day limit for testing, you do not need to be retested. If the delay is more than 24 hours past the 1- day limit, then you will need to be retested.

In plain English, if your flight leaving Honduras is delayed in the same day or to the following day, then your test is still valid.

Flexible Cancellation Policy

Remember, we have a flexible booking policy. You’ll never lose your deposit in the event that you aren’t able to travel, including due to COVID-19.

D&D is a Natural “Social Distancing” Destination

We are a lodge situated on over 2 acres of rainforest. With the exception of our backpacker dorms or shared bath rooms, all accommodations are private. There are no elevators or central air conditioning, etc. Whether you’re walking around onsite or dining in our restaurant, everything is open air.

In other words, you could not ask for a better location in which to vacation and unwind at a time like this! It should also be mentioned that all of our staff are fully vaccinated. We have also taken a number of additional cleaning and sanitization measures to ensure both your safety and we feel very ready and comfortable to host you.

All of us look forward to returning to the good ol’ days of a pre-COVID travel. Until then, we remain deeply committed to ensuring that you have the most enjoyable vacation possible while staying safe in the process.

See you soon!
–The D&D team