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Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo (October 16, 2021)
October 18, 2021

Location:  Dominican Republic

There is a Level 2 Travel Advisory recommending U.S. citizens exercise increased caution in the Dominican Republic due to COVID-19.

The government of the Dominican Republic will be conducting an emergency drill on Wednesday, October 20.  The simulated exercise will involve an earthquake with an epicenter in Santiago and a tsunami alert.  More information is available on the Dominican government’s emergency preparedness website.  For more information about preparing for a natural disaster or other emergency, please visit  ready.gov.


The following information has been updated on the Embassy Santo Domingo COVID-19 website:

·         The Ministry of Public Health has announced that as of October 18, 2021, all persons 12 years and older must provide evidence of vaccination or a negative PCR test to access public spaces, schools, businesses, restaurants, bars, gyms, public transport, and other public areas.  More details may be found on the Ministry of Public Health website or on the Dominican Office of the Presidency website.

·         While the Embassy does not have further details at this time and will provide more information in a subsequent message if or when it becomes available, we recommend U.S. citizens carry digital or physical copies of their identification and either evidence of vaccination or evidence of their most recent negative PCR test to comply with this directive.


Actions to Take: 

·         Consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date information and what you can do to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19.

·         Dial *462 to reach the COVID-19 hotline in the Dominican Republic for specific instructions if you have been exposed or are experiencing severe symptoms.  Note: English-speaking operators are limited.

·         All U.S. citizens must follow the restrictions put in place by the Government of the Dominican Republic.

·         Flights remain available to the United States. Check with the airlines directly regarding booking flights.

·         Have a plan to depart from the Dominican Republic that does not rely on U.S. government assistance.

·         Visit our Embassy webpage on COVID-19 for information on conditions in the Dominican Republic.

·         Visit the COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov for the latest travel information and other global impacts.

·         Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.



U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Av. República de Colombia 57, Santo Domingo

Emergencies: 809-567-7775

Non-emergency inquiries: SDOAmericans@state.gov

Website: https://do.usembassy.gov/

Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security updates

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