Omitting information on your visa application may be detrimental

We encourage applicants to exercise caution with “gestores” who advise you during your visa application process, especially if they suggest omitting any information on your form. This information is not only available to consular officers by other means, but an omission of material facts may be interpreted as an intent to commit fraud in your ... Read More»

Coronavirus Information for the Dominican Republic

Last updated:  [07/20/2021] ***  Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel. Alternatively, travelers to the U.S. may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 ... Read More»

Come Prepared & Don’t Delay Your Immigrant Visa Appointment!

An important announcement from the U.S. Embassy Consular Section in Santo Domingo to Immigrant Visa Applicants:  Be prepared!  Don’t lose your appointment!  Don’t delay your immigrant visa!  For immigrant visa applicants, you must scan and upload ALL of the required documents before your embassy interview at the following website, using your case number and NVC ... Read More»

Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo

Location:  Dominican Republic The following information has been updated on the  Embassy Santo Domingo COVID-19 website: ·     All travelers to the United States should continue to monitor the  CDC website for testing and quarantine requirements , including  state and local regulations  related to travel. ·     Beginning July 7, the government of the Dominican Republic has issued a revised curfew for the country.  Failure to follow the curfew, including for U.S. citizens, may result in arrest and/or ... Read More»

Waivers of Ineligibilities or “Pardons” for Nonimmigrant Visas

If you have been denied a non-immigrant visa and you have been informed by a consular officer that you have permanent ineligibility (also known as punishment) it is very important that you know the following: Exemptions or “waivers” for non-immigrant visas can only be processed within the Embassy, at the time of your appointment, and ... Read More»

Weather Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Location:  Southern coast of the Dominican Republic Event:  The  National Hurricane Center  advises that as of Friday, July 2, Tropical Storm Elsa has been upgraded to a Hurricane.  The National Hurricane Center has issued a Tropical Storm Warning for the southern coast of the Dominican Republic from Cabo Engano to the border with Haiti and a Hurricane Watch for the southern ... Read More»

Temporary Suspension on the Importation of Dogs

On June 14, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a  Notice of Temporary Suspension of Dogs Entering the United States from High-Risk Rabies Countries  suspending the importation of dogs from countries classified by the CDC as high risk for dog rabies AND countries that are NOT at high risk if the dogs have been in high-risk countries during the previous 6 months.  Eligible individuals can apply ... Read More»

Notice of Funding Opportunity: Engaging with civil society organizations and local audiences to promote LGBTQI+ Rights and Inclusion

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE US EMBASSY SANTO DOMINGO Notice of Funding Opportunity   Funding Opportunity Title: Engaging with civil society organizations and local audiences to promote LGBTQI+ Rights and Inclusion Funding Opportunity Number: S-DR860-21-NOFO-006 Deadline for Applications: August 6, 2021 Assistance Listing Number: 19.040 – Public Diplomacy Programs Total Amount Available: $100,000 A. PROGRAM DESCRIPTION The United States ... Read More»

Questions regarding Immigrant visa appointments

When will the Embassy start sending out notifications to applicants?  The U.S.Embassy Immigrant Visa unit has already started sending out notifications, it is important for applicants covered under the categories mentioned to frequently monitor the email addresses they have provided to NVC and/or the Immigrant Visa Unit for updates and scheduling purposes.  Do I have ... Read More»

Hurricane preparedness and the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)

 Hurricane Season in the Atlantic officially runs from June 1 through November 30. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA)of the United States predicts another active Atlantic hurricane season in 2021.  As we enter hurricane season, we believe you must be prepared in case a disaster occurs or you have an emergency.  For the Embassy ... Read More»

Dominican Republic – Level 3: Reconsider Travel

Reconsider travel to the Dominican Republic due to COVID-19. Read the Department of State’s  COVID-19  page before you plan any international travel. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Travel Health Notice for the Dominican Republic due to COVID-19, indicating a high level of COVID-19 in the country. Visit the Embassy’s  COVID-19  page for more information on COVID-19 in the Dominican ... Read More»

Avoid delays, come prepared to your immigrant visa interview

The immigrant visa unit has resumed limited operations and is currently processing all classes of visas; however, the wait time is longer than in the past.  Applicants can avoid additional delays by being prepared for their interview with all the necessary documents. Applicants are responsible for monitoring their email for updates and for scheduling purposes; ... Read More»

The United States Embassy Signs Agreement with the Dominican General Directorate of Special Programs for the Presidency to Close Open Landfills

Santo Domingo. The United States Embassy in Santo Domingo, through its Agency for International Development (USAID), signed a memorandum of understanding with the Dominican General Directorate of Special Programs of the Presidency (PROPEEP) to support the remediation and closure of open landfills and develop new state-of-the-art regional infrastructure as part of a Solid Waste Master ... Read More»

I am LGBTQI+. Can I apply for a visa with my partner?

There is no discrimination in visa applications on the basis of race, gender, color, religion or sexual orientation.  Every applicant, regardless of sexual orientation, must demonstrate they qualify for the visa and are going to use it in the correct manner.  However, certain visa classes do require a legal marriage to demonstrate a qualifying relationship ... Read More»

Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo

Location:  Dominican Republic The following information has been updated on the  Embassy Santo Domingo COVID-19 website: All travelers to the United States should continue to monitor the  CDC website for testing and quarantine requirements , including  state and local regulations  related to travel. Beginning June 2 and until at least June 9, the government of the Dominican Republic has issued a revised curfew.  Failure to follow the curfew, including for U.S. citizens, may result ... Read More»

Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo

Location:  Santo Domingo Event:  U.S. citizens may directly return to the United States with certain expired U.S. passports. If you are overseas and your passport expired on or after January 1, 2020, you may be able to use your expired passport to return directly to the United States until December 31, 2021. You qualify for this exception if all the ... Read More»

Update for non immigrant visa services

The U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo is still not processing routine B1/B2 visas. The Embassy remains closed for routine tourist visa in-person interviews. We continue to provide all U.S. citizen services and most immigrant visa services.  We are also prioritizing student visas, work and petition-based visas, as well as cultural exchanges and Summer Work Travel ... Read More»

Notice of Funding Opportunity: Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF) 2021

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Notification of Funding Opportunity U.S. EMBASSY SANTO DOMINGO PUBLIC AFFAIRS ALUMNI ENGAGEMENT INNOVATION FUND (AEIF) 2021 Announcement Type: Grant Funding Opportunity Title: Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF) 2020 Funding Opportunity Number: S-DR860-21-NOFO-005 Date Opened: May 20, 2021 Closing Date and Time for Submission of Application: June 20, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. (Santo Domingo time). Received proposals will be reviewed ... Read More»

The United States Government: supporting the Dominican Republic since the start of the pandemic

The office of the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at the U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo has cooperated with various agencies of the Dominican Government since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic to support the public health system and the response to the health crisis. Since April 2020, Dr. Carmen Figueroa, ... Read More»

 How do I qualify to renew my nonimmigrant visa without an interview? 

While the Embassy remains closed for routine visa services, the U.S. Department of State has expanded the criteria for interview waiver eligible cases.  The visa interview requirement is now waived for applicants who were previously issued a non-immigrant visa in the same classification within 48 months of that visa’s expiration.  What is a visa renewal?  ... Read More»

2020 Report on International Religious Freedom: Dominican Republic

Executive Summary   The constitution provides for freedom of religion and belief. A concordat with the Holy See designates Roman Catholicism as the official state religion and extends to the Catholic Church special privileges not granted to other religious groups. These include funding for expenses, including administration and construction, visa exceptions, and exemptions for customs ... Read More»

A faster and direct way to respond to your consular inquiries!

In the U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo we are continuously looking for ways to serve you better. With this in mind, we have established a new way to contact us, which allows us to respond to your questions in a faster and more direct way. By following the instructions and providing detailed information, we can ... Read More»

Notice of Funding Opportunity: Fomenting research partnerships between the U.S. and the D.R.  

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE U.S. EMBASSY IN SANTO DOMINGO Notice of Funding Opportunity   Announcement Type: Grant Funding Opportunity Title: Fomenting research partnerships between the U.S. and the D.R.          Funding Opportunity Number:  S-DR860-21-NOFO-002 Date Opened: Thursday, April 29, 2021 Closing Date and Time for Submission of Application: May 31, 2021 CFDA Number: 19.040 – General Department of ... Read More»

Notice of Funding Opportunity: Rural Innovation and Pivoting Hackathon

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE U.S. EMBASSY IN SANTO DOMINGO Notice of Funding Opportunity   Announcement Type: Grant Funding Opportunity Title: Rural Innovation and Pivoting Hackathon NOFO Funding Opportunity Number:  S-DR860-21- NOFO-003          Date Opened: 07-May-2021 Closing Date and Time for Submission of Application: June 14, 2021 CFDA Number: 19.040 – General Department of State Assistance Eligibility Category: American ... Read More»

Notice of funding Opportunity: Support for Virtual or Hybrid Exchange Programs between U.S. and Dominican higher education institutions

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE U.S. EMBASSY IN SANTO DOMINGO Notice of Funding Opportunity   Announcement Type: Grant Funding Opportunity Title: Support for Virtual or Hybrid Exchange Programs between U.S. and Dominican higher education institutions Funding Opportunity Number: S-DR860-21-NOFO-004 Date Opened: Wednesday, May 05, 2021 Deadline for Applications: Until close of business, 17:00 on June 04, ... Read More»

Your data, more protection, less photos

Sharing information and photos with people online is not just a way to communicate and express yourself, but it is also a personal vulnerability. Protecting your personal data and identity is important. Information like your full name, date of birth, country of birth, and more reveals a lot of information about your identity and when ... Read More»

Charge d’affaires’ Robert W. Thomas Remarks Letter of agreement Signing Ceremony with Dominican Government

April 28, 2021 Mr. President, distinguished members of the cabinet, members of the press, ladies and gentlemen:  It is an honor to participate in this ceremony with you, and I am especially looking forward to co-chairing with you, Mr. President, the dialogue we will hold immediately following this event. We are here today to renew ... Read More»

U.S. Government and Dominican Republic engage in bilateral high-level dialogue addressing institutional reforms and citizen security

This dialogue is a symbol of the support of the United States to the efforts of the Dominican Government in the establishment of its National Citizen Security Strategy. Santo Domingo, N.D.- Dominican and U.S. government authorities, under the leadership of President Luis Abinader and Chargé d’Affaires a.i. of the U.S. Embassy, Robert Thomas, held a ... Read More»

Collect Your Economic Impact Payment through Domex

U.S. legislation in the past year authorized Economic Impact Payments (EIPs) to millions of U.S. citizens. To reach U.S. citizens overseas, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) sent checks to U.S. embassies. In the past year, the U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo sent letters to individuals in the Dominican Republic indicating they could pick up EIP ... Read More»

Dominican Republic – Level 4: Do Not Travel

Do not travel to the Dominican Republic due to COVID-19. Read the Department of State’s  COVID-19  page before you plan any international travel. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 4 Travel Health Notice for the Dominican Republic due to COVID-19, indicating a very high level of COVID-19 in the country. Visit the Embassy’s  COVID-19  page for more information on COVID-19 in ... Read More»

ATC: COVID-19 testing for travelers to the United States.

Effective January 26, 2021 all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel. Alternatively, travelers to the U.S. may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel. ... Read More»

Secretary Antony J. Blinken Remarks to the Press on the COVID Response

SECRETARY BLINKEN: Good afternoon. Since the United States recorded its first COVID-19 death in February 2020, more than 550,000 Americans have died in the pandemic.  More than 30 million Americans have been infected. Millions of Americans lost loved ones, often without having the chance to say goodbye. No one has been immune to the virus.  ... Read More»

Expiration of Presidential Proclamation (P.P.) 10052

Presidential Proclamation (P.P.) 10052, which suspended the entry of certain nonimmigrants who were determined to present a risk to the U.S. labor market during the economic recovery following the COVID-19 outbreak, expired on March 31, 2021. PP 10052 applied to applicants for H-1B, H-2B, and L-1 visas; J-1 visa applicants participating in the intern, trainee, ... Read More»

Supporting an Open and Transparent Judicial System in the Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic’s Judicial System is transforming its technological platform from a legacy or traditional data storage system to a modern digital environment, thanks to a US$1,345,000 donation from the U.S. Government to the Supreme Court of Justice. The upgrade will enable the courts to digitalize, store and share evidence and case files electronically and ... Read More»

The United States supported the reopening of health services and the creation of a protocol for health workers in the face of the COVID-19 crisis

In the first months of the COVID-19 pandemic in the Dominican Republic, the support and accompaniment of the United States Government was key, offering technical assistance to the Dominican Government for the development of essential measures and processes to face the pandemic and design guidelines for the reopening of health services considered non-essential. With a ... Read More»

Questions regarding Immigrant visa appointments

How long will it take to get an appointment? We do not have an exact timeline as every case is different. We are attempting to schedule as many interviews as we can while following Dominican, CDC, and State department guidelines on proper precautions and COVID-19 safety measures. We understand the frustration of applicants who have ... Read More»

Categories affected by presidential proclamation (P.P.) 10052, can schedule appointments for renewal

Presidential Proclamation (P.P.) 10052, which suspended the entry of certain nonimmigrants who were determined to present a risk to the U.S. labor market during the economic recovery following the COVID-19 outbreak, expired on March 31, 2021.  PP 10052 applied to applicants for H-1B, H-2B, and L-1 visas; J-1 visa applicants participating in the intern, trainee, ... Read More»

Ensuring Food is not Missing

During the COVID-19 pandemic, USAID and its partner Agrofrontera has helped secure food for Dominican communities in the Northern Region. Juan Valerio and Nilda Bueno, two community members from Dominican Republic, have a couple of things in common: they live in Judea Nueva, an isolated town 40 minutes away from the city of Montecristi, in ... Read More»

SAVE THE DATE – Virtual Town Hall on 3/30 for U.S. Citizens with Consul General William Swaney

Location: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic Message for U.S. Citizens: SAVE THE DATE – Virtual Town Hall on 3/30 for U.S. Citizens with Consul General William Swaney All U.S. citizens in the Dominican Republic are invited to participate in a virtual Town Hall live chat with U.S. Consul General William Swaney on Tuesday, March 30th at 3:00 p.m.  Join ... Read More»

Expansion of ability to waive in-person interview for nonimmigrant visa renewals

The nonimmigrant visa unit of the US Embassy in Santo Domingo remains closed for routine visa services. Notwithstanding, in an effort to continue providing the Dominican public with as many services as circumstances permit, the Department of State is pleased to announce the following change to our nonimmigrant visa processing: Secretary Blinken, in consultation with ... Read More»

Town Hall for American Citizen Services with Consul General Bill Swaney

All U.S. citizens in the Dominican Republic are invited to participate in a virtual Town Hall live chat with U.S. Consul General William Swaney on Tuesday, March 30th at 3:00 p.m. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo has continued to assist thousands of U.S. citizens and their families. ... Read More»

Joint Statement on Haiti-Dominican Republic Private Sector Border Initiative

On March 17, the State Department met virtually with private sector representatives from Haiti and the Dominican Republic for a review of progress on joint initiatives which aim to contribute to a more prosperous future for both nations. The meeting was convened by Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Haiti, Canada, and the Caribbean ... Read More»

Ask the Consul – Passport Renewal by Mail

The American Citizen Services unit at Embassy Santo Domingo now accepts U.S. ten-year passport renewal applications for eligible adults.   You may renew your passport by mail if your ten-year passport is undamaged, issued when you were 16 years of age or older, issued within the last 15 years, and issued in your current name (or ... Read More»

Limited services in the Immigrant Visa Unit

The Immigrant Visa Unit has resumed limited immigrant visa operations.  While the appointment availability remains restricted by public health conditions, the Immigrant Visa Unit is currently scheduling visa appointments on a very limited basis in the following categories: Adoptions: appointments for adopted children of U.S. Citizens Spouses, children and parents of U.S. Citizens Fiancées of ... Read More»

Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo

Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo (March 2, 2021) Location:  Dominican Republic The following information has been updated on the  Embassy Santo Domingo COVID-19 website: All travelers to the United States should continue to monitor the  CDC website for testing and quarantine requirements , including  state and local regulations  related to travel. Beginning March 3, the government of the Dominican Republic has issued a revised curfew nationwide.  Failure to follow the curfew, including for ... Read More»

Requesting an emergency appointment for urgent business travel

The U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo is providing limited visa processing as local conditions allow.  Routine tourist visa appointments remain suspended at this time, and only cases that meet the requirements for emergency processing or are eligible for interview waiver are being scheduled. If applicants have an urgent need for travel, they may request an ... Read More»

Dominican Republic Independence Day

STATEMENT BY SECRETARY Antony J. BLINKEN Dominican Republic Independence Day February 27, 2021 On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I send congratulations to the people of the Dominican Republic as you celebrate the 177th anniversary of your independence on February 27, 2021. The United States and the Dominican Republic are ... Read More»

Who should I contact for Consular services?

Even though the Consular Section of the US Embassy remains closed for routine services, we frequently receive questions on who to contact for specific questions and situations. We hope the following resources may be of help: Visa applicants with emergency cases may write to support-dominicanrepublic@ustraveldocs.com or call 1-829-956-5144 U.S. lawful permanent residents whose green cards ... Read More»

Remarks by Acting DCM Alex Titolo at ventilator donation ceremony

Acting Deputy Chief of Mission Alex Titolo Donation Ceremony February, 16, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. Honorable Minister of Health, Dr. Plutarco Arias, Honorable Minister of Defense, Lieutenant General Carlos Luciano Diaz Morfa, Honorable Director of the Emergency Operations Center (COE), Major General (retired) Juan Manuel Mendez, Distinguished visitors, Distinguished members of the press, Ladies and ... Read More»

The United States Government donates eight ventilators in support of the fight against COVID-19

Santo Domingo, DN The United States Government, through the United States Southern Command, donated eight Hamilton T1 ventilators, which, along with the two mobile hospitals donated in September 2020, increase the Dominican government’s ability to rapidly deploy medical personnel and equipment and to care for those in need of emergency assistance during disaster response operations ... Read More»

The United States Embassy supports cyber-violence prevention project for girls and adolescents.

Santo Domingo, N.D.- The United States Embassy in the Dominican Republic is pleased to announce the launch of the Apptiv@s Girls and Adolescents Against Cyberviolence project, which will focus on reducing the incidence of online gender-based violence through the responsible use of social media. Apptiv@s is designed to enable participants to develop self-care, leadership, sorority ... Read More»

CDC quarantine requirements for travelers to the United States

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) does not require that international travelers undergo mandatory federal quarantine, but does recommend travelers get tested 3-5 days after travel AND stay home or otherwise self-quarantine for 7 days after travel.  CDC has provided guidance to state and local public health officials in the United States to ... Read More»

The Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement (Fulbright TEA)

Program Overview The Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement (Fulbright TEA) Program will bring international secondary-level teachers to the United States for a six-week program to participate in academic seminars for professional development at a host university and to observe and share their expertise with teachers and students at the host university and at local secondary ... Read More»

Ask the Consul – When will the Embassy open?

he Embassy remains closed for all routine services. In order to open, we consider not only local regulations, but also recommendations from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and directly from the State Department. We do not have a specific date to open, but please continue to check our website and social media ... Read More»

Ask the Consul – COVID-19 test requirement for travelers to the United States.

Effective January 26, 2021 all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 test. The test must be viral (PCR or antigen) and taken within three calendar days of travel,  to determine if the passenger has an active COVID-19 infection. The results must be presented to the ... Read More»

Robert W. Thomas takes office as Chargé d’Affaires of the U.S. Embassy

Santo Domingo, D.N.- As of January 20, 2021, Robert W. Thomas, who served as Deputy Chief of Mission since July 16, 2020, assumed the position of Charge d’Affaires of the United States Embassy in Santo Domingo. Mr. Thomas will remain in charge of the diplomatic mission until the appointment by the United States Government of a new Ambassador to the Dominican Republic. “The ... Read More»

Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo

Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo (January 26, 2021) Location:  Dominican Republic The following information has been updated on the  Embassy Santo Domingo COVID-19 website: All travelers to the United States should continue to monitor the  CDC website for testing and quarantine requirements , including  state and local regulations  related to travel. Beginning January 27, the government of the Dominican Republic has issued a revised curfew nationwide.  Failure to follow the curfew, including for ... Read More»

Negative COVID-19 Test Required for Travel to the United States Beginning January 26

FACT SHEET OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON JANUARY 25, 2021 The U.S. Department of State and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) remind all travelers that beginning January 26, all air passengers two years of age or older arriving to the United States must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test or proof of recovery from COVID-19 before ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo (January 20, 2021) Location:  Dominican Republic The following health information has been updated on the  Embassy Santo Domingo COVID-19 website: The U.S. Embassy has prepared a list of  private testing providers  in the Dominican Republic.   Local service providers can administer a COVID-19 test, with results typically available within 72 hours.  Please note the test must be a viral test (PCR ... Read More»

Meet the Dominican participants of the YLAI 2020-2021 Program

The United States Embassy in the Dominican Republic is pleased to announce the beginning of the 2021 Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) Professional Fellowship. The YLAI program aims to connect and empower entrepreneurs and innovators from Latin America, the Caribbean, and Canada with the training and resources they need to transform their societies ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo (January 18, 2021) Location:  Dominican Republic The following health information has been updated on the  Embassy Santo Domingo COVID-19 website: Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel. Alternatively, travelers to the U.S. may provide ... Read More»

United States Embassy holds farewell event for Ambassador Robin Bernstein

Santo Domingo, D.N.- The United States Embassy held a virtual event to bid farewell to its Ambassador Robin Bernstein, who will finish her mission as a diplomat in the country on January 20, 2021. The event, carried out in a live interview format, lasting approximately 90 minutes, was broadcast through the embassy’s social media accounts ... Read More»

CDC Expands Negative COVID-19 Test Requirement to All Air Passengers Entering the United States

Media Statement For Immediate Release: Tuesday, January 12, 2021 Contact: Media Relations (404) 639-3286 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expanding the requirement for a negative COVID-19 test to all air passengers entering the United States.  Testing before and after travel is a critical layer to slow the introduction and spread of COVID-19. ... Read More»

Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo

Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo (January 11, 2021) Location:  Dominican Republic The following curfew information has been updated on the  Embassy Santo Domingo COVID-19 website: The government of the Dominican Republic has extended the state of emergency and nationwide curfew.  Failure to follow the curfew, including for U.S. citizens, may result in arrest and/or fines.  Full details on the curfew can be found at  https://presidencia.gob.do/ ... Read More»

Alert: U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo

Location:  Dominican Republic The following information has been updated on the  Embassy Santo Domingo COVID-19 website: Until further notice, U.S. direct hire personnel are prohibited from accessing indoor public or business spaces where mask usage is not required, such as restaurants, bars, and nightclubs.  Staff are also strongly encouraged to avoid any situations where social distancing is not possible. As noted ... Read More»

Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo

Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo (January 8, 2021) Location:  Dominican Republic The following information has been updated on the  Embassy Santo Domingo COVID-19 website: Until further notice, U.S. direct hire personnel are prohibited from accessing indoor public or business spaces where mask usage is not required, such as restaurants, bars, and nightclubs.  Staff are also strongly encouraged to avoid any situations ... Read More»

Statement from Ambassador Bernstein on the events of January 6th at the United States Capitol

Early this morning, the United States Congress completed the count of the Electoral Votes and certified the election as directed by the U.S. Constitution.  This confirmed our democratic process and Vice President Michael Pence declared Joseph R. Biden and Kamala D. Harris as President and Vice President to be inaugurated and take office on January ... Read More»

Ambassador Robin Bernstein’s Remarks at presentation of the Order of Merit of Duarte, Sánchez and Mella

Muchas gracias. Señor Presidente, Señora Vicepresidente, Canciller, miembros del cuerpo diplomático, señoras y señores.  No puedo decir lo honrada que me siento de estar hoy aquí y recibir esta condecoración. Significa mucho para mí. I will never forget what an honor it was to learn that President Trump was nominating me to be the Ambassador ... Read More»

Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo

Location:  Dominican Republic The following information has been updated on the  Embassy Santo Domingo COVID-19 website: From January 1 to January 10, 2021: Consumption in bars, restaurants, and other drinking establishments is prohibited Open air public spaces, including sports locations, are closed, except professional touraments performing without public attendance All public religious activities are suspended, without exception As noted previously: Beginning ... Read More»

Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo

Location:  Dominican Republic The following curfew information has been updated on the  Embassy Santo Domingo COVID-19 website: Beginning December 31, the government of the Dominican Republic has issued a curfew nationwide.  Failure to follow the curfew, including for U.S. citizens, may result in arrest and/or fines.  Full details on the curfew can be found at  https://presidencia.gob.do/             December 31:  Curfew will begin at 7pm. ... Read More»

Ask the Consul – Consular Report of Birth Abroad of a Citizen of the United States (CRBA)

A child born abroad to a U.S. citizen parent or parents may acquire U.S. citizenship at birth if certain requirements are met under the U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act. A Consular Report of Birth Abroad of a Citizen of the United States (CRBA) documents that the child is a U.S. citizen. The first step to ... Read More»

Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo

Location:  Dominican Republic The following information has been updated on the  Embassy Santo Domingo COVID-19 website: On December 23, the Dominican government instituted restrictions on airports in Punta Cana, Santiago, and Santo Domingo permitting only ONE person to accompany travelers inside the airport for arrivals or departures.  One additional person can accompany travelers by vehicle but will not be allowed access inside the ... Read More»

Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo

Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo (December 15) Location:  Dominican Republic The following information has been updated on the  Embassy Santo Domingo COVID-19 website: Beginning December 16, the government of the Dominican Republic has issued a curfew for the National District and the provinces of Santo Domingo, Santiago, Duarte, La Vega, and Puerto Plata from Monday through Sunday from 7:00pm to 5:00am, with allowance for transit until ... Read More»

Tu Solicitud, Tu Visa, Tu Responsabilidad (Your application, Your Visa, Your Responsibility)

Tu Solicitud, Tu Visa, Tu Responsabilidad (Your application, Your Visa, Your Responsibility) is a campaign of the United States Embassy in Santo Domingo. Its main purpose is to educate and raise public awareness about the correct and legal way to obtain immigrant and nonimmigrant visas. The Fraud Prevention Unit shares the following articles and cápsulas ... Read More»

Ask the Consul – What to expect if you are instructed to come to the Embassy

 Although the U.S. Embassy remains closed for all routine visa services, we continue to provide emergency and mission-critical Consular services as resources and local conditions allow. U.S. citizens can still submit their passports for renewal by mail and services are available for emergencies.  Please visit our website for detailed instructions on all available services.  The ... Read More»

Joint Communique by Officials of the Government of the United States and the Interim Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela

U.S. Department of State Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release Media Note December 2, 2020 The text of the following statement was released by the Governments of the United States of America and the Interim Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.Begin Text: We, the Government of the United States and the Interim Government ... Read More»

The Regional Federal Benefits Unit (FBU) at Embassy Santo Domingo

The Regional Federal Benefits Unit (FBU) at Embassy Santo Domingo provides various services to U.S. citizens abroad. FBU assists U.S. citizens and foreign nationals who have inquiries about or receive benefits from the Social Security Administration, Railroad Retirement Board, Office of Personnel Management, and the Department of Veterans Affairs.  The team located at the American ... Read More»

Stronger Together – Ambassador Robin Bernstein’s AMCHAM Thanksgiving Speech

Good afternoon to everyone here today as we gather for this American tradition of Thanksgiving.  Being together this year to give thanks and be grateful, even if it is virtually, is a testament to the journey we have embarked on in 2020.  It has been a rollercoaster of a year, and we have all faced struggles.  But the ... Read More»

Alert: Updated Travel Information

Travel information and the  travel advisory level for the Dominican Republic  was updated on November 23 – be aware that: Dominican Republic Travel Advisory Level 3:  Reconsider Travel Reconsider travel to the Dominican Republic due to health and safety measures and COVID-related conditions.  Travelers should read the Department of State’s  COVID-19  page before you plan any international travel. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a Level 4  Travel Health Notice for the Dominican Republic  due to ... Read More»

Who to contact for consular services?

The consular section is still closed for routine services and we have not yet determined when we will resume normal operations.  We are receiving many inquiries daily and many people are unsure of who to contact with their questions and issues.  Before reaching out, please visit both the VAC website: https://www.ustraveldocs.com/do_es/index.html and our website: https://do.usembassy.gov/es/ for the ... Read More»

Undersecretary of State Keith Krach concludes his visit to the Dominican Republic

Undersecretary Krach met this Tuesday with President Luis Abinader to promote the Clean Network and strengthen cooperation between both countries. Santo Domingo, N.D. The U.S. Undersecretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy and Environment, Keith Krach, visited the Dominican Republic on the 16th and 17th of November, concluding a tour through Central and South America that ... Read More»

The Dominican Republic joins the Clean Network

The Dominican Republic’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Roberto Alvarez, and the United States’ Under Secretary of State, Mr. Keith Krach, agreed on the importance of securing telecommunications infrastructure and guaranteeing secure technology supply chains based on reliable, internationally accepted digital technology standards. They also expressed their commitment to safeguard the National Security of both ... Read More»

Joint Statement on Dominican Republic-Haiti Private Sector Border Initiative

On November 16, representatives of private sector associations from Haiti and the Dominican Republic met virtually for the fifth time over the past 17 months to advance a number of cross-border cooperation initiatives. The United States convened the meeting, which included both U.S. Ambassadors, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Haiti, Canada, and the ... Read More»

Joint Statement by Dominican Republic’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Roberto Alvarez and U.S. Under Secretary of State, Mr. Keith Krach

11/17/2020 The Dominican Republic’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Roberto Alvarez, and the United States’ Under Secretary of State, Mr. Keith Krach, agreed on the importance of securing telecommunications infrastructure and guaranteeing secure technology supply chains based on reliable, internationally accepted digital technology standards. They also expressed their commitment to safeguard the National Security of ... Read More»

Fact Sheet: U.S. Support for Digital Transformation in Latin America and the Caribbean

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release FACT SHEET November 10, 2020 U.S. SUPPORT FOR DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION IN LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN KEY POINTS As countries, companies, and citizens across Latin America and the Caribbean turn to digital communications to plan and build their networks of the future, including 5G, ... Read More»

Biography of Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment Keith Krach

Keith Krach UNDER SECRETARY FOR ECONOMIC GROWTH, ENERGY, AND THE ENVIRONMENT Keith Krach took the oath of office as Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment on June 21, 2019. Previously, he was a businessman and entrepreneur, noted for bringing transformational leadership to many sectors, including factory automation, engineering, commerce, education, ... Read More»

Under Secretary Keith Krach’s Travel to Central and South America to Advance the Clean Network and Strengthen Cooperation on Environment

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release  MEDIA NOTE November 6, 2020 Under Secretary Keith Krach’s Travel to Central and South America to Advance the Clean Network and Strengthen Cooperation on Environment Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment Keith Krach will travel to Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, ... Read More»

Student Visas Update

Starting  November 12, 2020, the U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo will begin conducting a limited number of nonimmigrant visa interviews in the student and exchange visitor categories for Dominican citizens and residents. We will schedule interviews for applicants in the F and M visa categories with an approved I-20 or DS-2019 form, including immediate family members who qualify ... Read More»

The U.S. Embassy and Instituto Cultural Dominico Americano will celebrate Election Night 2020 virtual event

The event will be broadcasted on the website www.nochedeeleccionesusaenrd.com and viewers can share their impressions and comments using the #NochedeEleccionesUSAenRD  Santo Domingo, N.D.- The U.S. Embassy in the Dominican Republic and Instituto Cultural Dominico Americano (ICDA) will host the Election Night 2020 virtual event on Tuesday, November 3, with the aim of highlighting the democratic and ... Read More»

U.S. Government Finances Trade Safe Program to Support the Agricultural Sector

The $13.6 million grant is made through the United States Department of Agriculture   Santo Domingo, N.D.- The United States Embassy and the Ministry of Agriculture of the Dominican Republic signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to strengthen the country’s public and private capacities in Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (SPS) through the implementation of the Trade ... Read More»

Ask the Consul – Criteria for visa application without interview for minors

While the Embassy remains closed for routine visa services, the Consular Section has expanded the criteria for nonimmigrant interview waiver eligible cases to include first time minor applicants.   How do minors qualify for interview waiver?  To be eligible for the interview waiver, children who are 13 years old or younger must: Have been born in ... Read More»

U.S. Delegation Advances Economic Growth, Private Sector Investment in the Dominican Republic, Suriname, Guyana, Jamaica and Haiti

October 16, 2020 WASHINGTON – A U.S. government delegation led by U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) Chief Executive Officer Adam Boehler visited the Dominican Republic, Suriname, Guyana, Jamaica and Haiti, from October 13 through October 15 to advance growth, private sector investment, and economic security. Boehler was joined by U.S. Department of Treasury Assistant ... Read More»

DFC and Dominican Republic Sign Memorandum of Understanding Supporting Investment in Development

SANTO DOMINGO – U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) Chief Executive Officer Adam Boehler today joined Dominican President Luis Abinader to sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the U.S. and the Dominican Republic seeking to collaborate to mobilize investments in energy, tourism and other infrastructure projects that will strengthen key industries, create jobs, and ... Read More»

U.S. Delegation to Visit Suriname, Guyana, Jamaica, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic

October 13, 2020 WASHINGTON – A U.S. Government delegation led by U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) Chief Executive Officer Adam Boehler will travel to Suriname, Guyana, Jamaica, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic on October 13 to October 15 to discuss investment opportunities and security cooperation in the region as well as highlight the U.S. Government’s ... Read More»

The Army presents the U.S. flag to service members’ families in the D.R.

Around 16 percent of U.S. service members in the United States military are Hispanic. A large part of those members are Dominican-Americans. For Hispanic Heritage Month, we want to show our gratitude to those service members with Dominican heritage. Recently, Guillermo Rojas, Jr., Army Section ChIef presented the U.S. flag to families in the Dominican ... Read More»

Embassy Santo Domingo Ballot Box Extended Until October 15! 

You may drop your ballot in the ballot collection box in front of the Consular entrance, Monday through Thursday, from 8am until 3pm until the new deadline of October 15, 2020.   Ballots submitted after this date may not be received in time to be counted.  Embassy Santo Domingo will continue to send ballots received after October 15, 2020, but also encourages ... Read More»

Weaving it all together

By Laura McCarthy for USAID In the small rural village of Inoa in Dominican Republic’s Santiago Province, Angela Luna was at the point of desperation in March 2010. A mother of three, Luna left her husband in 2007 because he was an alcoholic. On her own to raise and support a family and living in ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo Update on American Citizen Services

Location: Dominican Republic Event: The U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo is currently providing limited services due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The American Citizen Services Unit is currently providing limited in-person services due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Passport and other citizenship services are available as noted below. Passports: Adult passport renewal applications may now be submitted ... Read More»

Ask the Consul – Voting with paper ballots in the 2020 U.S. elections

All U.S. citizens can receive their blank ballots electronically.  Depending on the state in which you are eligible to vote, you may get your ballot by email, fax, or internet download.   Returning Your Completed, Signed Ballot:  Some states allow you to return your completed ballot electronically and others do not.  If your state requires you to return ... Read More»

Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo

Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo (September 15, 2020) Location:  Dominican Republic Event:  The U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo will no longer send weekly updates and will send updates only as new information becomes available.  The latest information on COVID-19 can be found on our  Embassy Santo Domingo COVID-19 website . There is a  Level 4 Travel Advisory  recommending U.S. citizens not travel to the Dominican Republic due ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: SAVE THE DATE Virtual Town Hall on 9/16 for U.S. Citizens with Consul General William Swaney

Location: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic Message for U.S. Citizens: SAVE THE DATE – Virtual Town Hall on 9/16 for U.S. Citizens with Consul General William Swaney All U.S. citizens in the Dominican Republic are invited to participate in a virtual Town Hall live chat with U.S. Consul General William Swaney on Wednesday, September 16th at 3:00 p.m.  Join ... Read More»

Ambassador Bernstein remarks on Ventilators and Field Hospital donation

Ambassador Robin S. Bernstein  Donation Ceremony Friday, September 4, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. Honorable Vice President Peña Honorable Health Minister, Dr. Plutarco Arias, Honorable Defense Minister, Lieutenant General Carlos Luciano Diaz Morfa, Honorable Director of the Center for Emergency Operations, Retired Major General Juan Manuel Mendez, Distinguished guests, Distinguished members of the press, Ladies and ... Read More»

U.S. Southern Command donates two field hospitals to support COVID-19 response in Dominican Republic

The U.S. Southern Command donation of two (2) field hospitals which includes ventilators, are worth $950,000 and donated as part of the U.S. Southern Command’s enduring promise to nations responding to the global pandemic in Central America, South America and the Caribbean and funded by the command’s Humanitarian Assistance Program (HAP). Each hospital will also ... Read More»

The United States Donates 50 Ventilators and 2 field hospitals to the Dominican Republic to Respond to COVID-19

[Santo Domingo] – The United States Government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the United States Southern Command, has donated 50 brand-new, state-of-the-art ventilators and two field hospitals to the Dominican Republic to assist in its fight against COVID-19 and in support of disaster relief operations.  The donations combined are worth $1.85 ... Read More»

Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo

Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo (August 31, 2020) Location:  Dominican Republic Event:  The U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo will no longer send weekly updates and will send updates only as new information becomes available.  The latest information on COVID-19 can be found on our  Embassy Santo Domingo COVID-19 website . There is a  Level 4 Travel Advisory  recommending U.S. citizens not travel to the Dominican Republic due ... Read More»

Voting Message 

All U.S. citizens can receive their blank ballots electronically.  Depending on the state in which you are eligible to vote, you may get your ballot by email, fax, or internet download.  Returning Your Completed, Signed Ballot:  Some states allow you to return your completed ballot electronically and others do not.  If your state requires you to return ... Read More»

Ask the Consul – Regional Federal Benefits Unit (FBU)

The Regional Federal Benefits Unit (FBU) at Embassy Santo Domingo provides various services to U.S. citizens abroad. FBU assists U.S. citizens and foreign nationals who have inquiries about or receive benefits from the Social Security Administration, Railroad Retirement Board, Office of Personnel Management, and the Department of Veterans Affairs.  The team located at the American ... Read More»

Weather Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Location: All parts of the Dominican Republic Event:  The National Hurricane Center has issued a Tropical Storm Watch for the northern and eastern coasts of the Dominican Republic. Tropical Storm Laura is projected to pass near the Dominican Republic beginning late Saturday, August 22 and could bring significant rainfall and wind that may result in life-threatening flooding, flash flooding, mudslides and ... Read More»

Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo

Location:  Dominican Republic Event:  The U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo will send an update at least once a week to ensure that all U.S. citizens in the Dominican Republic have the latest information on COVID-19. There is a  Level 4 Travel Advisory  recommending U.S. citizens not travel to the Dominican Republic due to health and safety measures and COVID-19-related conditions.  While ... Read More»

Secretary Pompeo’s Travel to the Dominican Republic

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 12, 2020 Secretary Pompeo’s Travel to the Dominican Republic The below is attributable to Department of State Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:‎ Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo will travel to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, August 16 to head the U.S. delegation to the presidential inauguration of ... Read More»

President Trump Announces Presidential Delegation to the Dominican Republic to Attend the Inauguration of His Excellency Luis Abinader

White House Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 12, 2020 President Donald J. Trump today announced the designation of a Presidential Delegation to the Dominican Republic to attend the Inauguration of His Excellency Luis Abinader on August 16, 2020, in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The Honorable Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State, ... Read More»

Consular services, including student visas, remain suspended

The U.S. Embassy remains closed for all routine services, since to determine our opening we follow, not only local country regulations, but also recommendations from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and directly from the State Department.  For these reasons we are unable to provide a specific reopening date. This closure includes all ... Read More»

Ask the Consul – Hurricane Preparedness and STEP Registration

Hurricane Season in the Atlantic runs through November 30. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center expects the 2020 season to be above average.  As we have entered peak hurricane season, we believe you must be prepared in case a disaster occurs or you have an emergency.  For the Embassy of the ... Read More»

Fourth Meeting of Haiti-DR Private Sector Leaders

July 29, 2020 Joint Statement On July 29, private sector representatives from Haiti and the Dominican Republic met virtually with the State Department to further discussions on developing a more secure and prosperous border for both nations.  This was the fourth such meeting convened by the U. S. government since June 2019, and included the ... Read More»

Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo

Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo (July 28, 2020) Location:  Dominican Republic Event:  The U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo will send an update at least once a week to ensure that all U.S. citizens in the Dominican Republic have the latest information on COVID-19. The following information has been updated on the  Embassy Santo Domingo COVID-19 website : The Dominican Republic has 64,690 confirmed cases ... Read More»

Alert: U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo

Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo (July 23, 2020) Location:  Dominican Republic Event:  The U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo will send an update at least once a week to ensure that all U.S. citizens in the Dominican Republic have the latest information on COVID-19.   The following information has been updated on the  Embassy Santo Domingo COVID-19 website: The Dominican Republic has 57,615 confirmed cases of ... Read More»

Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo (July 16, 2020)

Location:  Dominican Republic Event:  The U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo will send an update at least once a week to ensure that all U.S. citizens in the Dominican Republic have the latest information on COVID-19. The following information has been updated on the  Embassy Santo Domingo COVID-19 website: The Dominican Republic has 48,743 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 941 confirmed deaths. Actions to ... Read More»

America Acts

By Acting USAID Administrator John Barsa When a global health crisis arises, America does not wait to be called; we respond with aid and support. Throughout history, when the planet has faced crises, America always has acted boldly to save lives and sustain and strengthen a free, peaceful, and prosperous world. Foreign-assistance programs through the ... Read More»

Secretary Michael R. Pompeo’s Call with Dominican President-Elect Abinader

  U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release  READOUT July 14, 2020 Secretary Michael R. Pompeo’s Call with Dominican President-Elect Abinader The following is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus: Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke today with Dominican President-elect Luis Abinader Corona to congratulate him on his victory in the July 5 ... Read More»

Ask the Consul – When will the Embassy open for routine services?

The U.S. Embassy remains closed for all routine services, since to determine our opening we follow, not only local country regulations, but also recommendations from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and directly from the State Department. We do not have a specific date to open, but please continue visiting our official website ... Read More»

Alert: U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo

Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo (July 10, 2020) Location:  Dominican Republic Event:  The U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo will send an update at least once a week to ensure that all U.S. citizens in the Dominican Republic have the latest information on COVID-19. The following information has been updated on the  Embassy Santo Domingo COVID-19 website: The Dominican Republic has 41,915 confirmed cases of ... Read More»

United States Congratulates the Dominican Republic on Successful Elections

PRESS STATEMENT MORGAN ORTAGUS, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON JULY 6, 2020 The United States congratulates the people of the Dominican Republic on their democratic elections and looks forward to partnering with President-elect Abinader and his government. We will continue to work together to promote security and economic prosperity and safeguard democracy for citizens throughout Latin America and ... Read More»

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Locations: Cities and towns throughout the Dominican Republic Event:  Election Security Precaution The Dominican Republic will hold federal elections on Sunday, July 5, 2020.   This could result in large crowds and/or protests, particularly near voting locations, and may disrupt traffic. Actions to Take: Avoid crowds and demonstrations. Monitor local media for updates. General Guidance: Notify friends and family ... Read More»

July 4th Voting Message

Celebrate democracy this 4th of July by taking the necessary steps to vote in the 2020 U.S. elections! In order to vote in the November 2020 elections, all overseas U.S. citizens need to have completed a  Federal Post Card Application (FPCA)  in 2020.  Whether you are a first-time voter or have already received ballots and voted absentee in past elections, you must complete ... Read More»

Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo

Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo (June 16, 2020) Location:  Dominican Republic Event:  The U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo will send an update at least once a week to ensure that all U.S. citizens in the Dominican Republic have the latest information on COVID-19. The following information has been updated on the  Embassy Santo Domingo COVID-19 website: The Dominican Republic has 23,271 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and ... Read More»

Ask the Consul – Who Should I Contact at the U.S. Embassy to Ask About Consular Services?

The consular section is still closed for routine services and we have not yet determined when we will resume normal operations.  We are receiving many inquiries daily and many people are unsure of who to contact with their questions and issues.  Before reaching out, please visit both the VAC website: https://www.ustraveldocs.com/do_es/index.html and our website: https://do.usembassy.gov/es/ for the ... Read More»

Video: How to prepare for hurricanes in the middle of a pandemic?

It is always important to be prepared in case a disaster occurs or in case you have an emergency. For the Embassy of the United States, disaster preparedness is essential for the safety and security of Dominicans and Americans alike, and it is one of Ambassador Bernstein’s priorities. The Dominican Republic and other islands in ... Read More»

Visa Application Center (VAC) processing Interview Waiver Cases Starting June 15

As of June 15, the Visa Application Center (VAC) will start processing nonimmigrant visa applications for eligible interview waiver cases only. The VAC and the Embassy are still closed for all routine cases that require interviews. To determine your eligibility for an interview waiver nonimmigrant visa and schedule an appointment please see: https://www.ustraveldocs.com/do/ What is a ... Read More»

Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo

Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo (June 8, 2020) Location:  Dominican Republic Event:  The U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo will send an update at least once a week to ensure that all U.S. citizens in the Dominican Republic have the latest information on COVID-19. The following information has been updated on the  Embassy Santo Domingo COVID-19 website: The Dominican Republic has 20,126 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 539 ... Read More»

World Oceans Day 2020

By: David Maher Today we celebrate World Oceans Day.  Every June 8th the world raises global awareness of the benefits humankind derives from the ocean.  USAID in the Dominican Republic is actively working to protect the marine environment around Hispaniola in both the Dominican Republic and Haiti with the goal of improving conditions around the ... Read More»

Exchange alumni help their communities face COVID-19

The U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo offers academic and professional exchange programs for Dominicans to study in the United States, develop their leadership skills, and deepen their knowledge of U.S. culture and society. Exchange programs empower youth with the training, tools, and networks to actively participate in the economic and social development of their communities. ... Read More»

Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo

Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo (June 1, 2020) Location:  Dominican Republic Event:  The U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo will send an update at least once a week to ensure that all U.S. citizens in the Dominican Republic have the latest information on COVID-19. The following information has been updated on the  Embassy Santo Domingo COVID-19 website: The Dominican Republic has 17,572 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 502 ... Read More»

Storm Surge 101: How USAID Helps Caribbean Countries Prepare for this Hurricane Threat

When hurricanes barrel close to communities, many people’s first instincts are to protect themselves from the high winds that threaten to flatten homes and snap trees in half. But, in fact, storm surges — or rising waters created by the storm — pose a far more dangerous and deadly threat. By: USAID/OFDA What is Storm ... Read More»

Weather Alert for U.S. Citizens – Hurricane Season 2020

The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the Hurricane Season which lasts through November 2020. Hurricane Season in the Atlantic begins June 1 and runs through November 30. The  National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center  expects the 2020 season to be above average.  NOAA predicts that the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season will produce: 13-19 named storms 6-10 expected hurricanes 3-6 expected ... Read More»

Consular Locally Engaged Staff Dedicated to Servicing American Citizens During Crisis

By: Mery Arcila Our highest priority abroad is to protect the lives and interests of U.S. citizens overseas, especially during times of crisis. Our consular officers and local staff serve American citizens during their most important moments – births, deaths, disasters, arrests, and all kinds of emergencies. They are usually the first to respond to ... Read More»

USAID to Strengthen INTEC’s Climate and Resilience Observatory

By: USAID/DR The United States government, through USAID, will be supporting the Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo (the Santo Domingo Institute of Technology, INTEC), from April 2020 to mid-2021, to strengthen the Climate and Resilience Observatory to ensure its sustainability and public access to local and regional climate information.  USAID’s total investment is of US$108,000. ... Read More»

Studying urban landscapes along USAID and the USFS

By: USAID-DR Meet Maria Paulino, one of the professionals who received technical assistance and capacity building to further develop local biologists and expand ornithological studies in the Dominican Republic. In 2016, Maria joined Dr. Wayne Arendt, an ornithologist and wildlife biologist from the International Institute of Tropical Forestry (IITF) in Puerto Rico, and two researchers ... Read More»

Consular Locally Engaged Staff Dedicated to Servicing American Citizens During Crisis

By: Mery Arcila Our highest priority abroad is to protect the lives and interests of U.S. citizens overseas, especially during times of crisis. Our consular officers and local staff serve American citizens during their most important moments – births, deaths, disasters, arrests, and all kinds of emergencies. They are usually the first to respond to ... Read More»

CDC-DR’s Epidemiologist, Dr. Luis Bonilla, Engaging in the Caribbean Region for Over Ten Years

By: Juan Reyes When disease outbreaks or other health threats emerge, epidemiologists are on the scene to investigate. Often called “disease detectives,” epidemiologists search for the cause of a disease, identify people who are at risk, determine how to control or stop the spread and prevent a recurrence of the disease. Physicians, veterinarians, scientists, and ... Read More»

Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo

Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo (May 18, 2020) Location:  Dominican Republic Event:  The U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo will send an update at least once a week to ensure that all U.S. citizens in the Dominican Republic have the latest information on COVID-19. The following information has been updated on the  Embassy Santo Domingo COVID-19 website: The Dominican Republic has 12,725 confirmed cases of ... Read More»

Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo

Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo (May 15, 2020) Location:  Dominican Republic Event:  The U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo will send an update at least once a week to ensure that all U.S. citizens in the Dominican Republic have the latest information on COVID-19. The following information has been updated on the  Embassy Santo Domingo COVID-19 website: The Dominican Republic has 11,739 confirmed ... Read More»

USAID facilitated rural community’s access to international agricultural markets

By: Laura McCarthy for USAID In Vallejuelo, one of the poorest regions of the Dominican Republic, farmers’ traditional crops, such as onions and beans, are failing to compete with imported varieties and prices. The Junta de Productores de Vallejuelo, a producer organization, is working to change that as it develops the valley’s production capacity, provides ... Read More»

How the U.S. helps its citizens abroad during a crisis

By: Mery Arcila During the COVID-19 crisis, our priority is to keep you informed. We advise U.S. citizens who live abroad to arrange for immediate return to the United States, unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period. In a time of crisis, we understand making decisions and knowing the steps to ... Read More»

USAID Supports Innovation During Quarantine

By: USAID-DR Being at home doesn’t have to be a barrier to innovation!  We congratulate Kemberly Abad, Rafael Fernández, Eladio Rodríguez and Dahiana Vásquez, winners of the 1st virtual hackathon “Innovating in Quarantine”, with their application “COVIDHELP”. COVIDHELP is “an application to help diabetics and hypertensive people over 65, as explained by Kemberly Abad. With ... Read More»

Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo

Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo (May 8, 2020) Location:  Dominican Republic Event:  The U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo will send an update at least once a week to ensure that all U.S. citizens in the Dominican Republic have the latest information on COVID-19. The following information has been updated on the  Embassy Santo Domingo COVID-19 website: The Dominican Republic has 9,376 confirmed cases of ... Read More»

Frequently Asked Questions on the Presidential Proclamation

By: Jade Holmes On April 22, 2020, the President issued a Presidential Proclamation suspending and limiting the entry of certain immigrants into the United States and many people have questions about how this affects them. The President’s limitation on entry applies to visa applicants who: (a) are outside the United States on April 23, 2020; (b) do ... Read More»

Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo

Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo (May 1, 2020) Location:  Dominican Republic Event:  The U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo will send an update at least once a week to ensure that all U.S. citizens in the Dominican Republic have the latest information on COVID-19. The following information has been updated on the  Embassy Santo Domingo COVID-19 website: Masks are required in all public spaces in ... Read More»

U.S. commits additional $2 million for the Dominican Republic in humanitarian assistance to combat COVID-19

May 1, 2020 Santo Domingo D.N. –  The United States Government announced an additional $2 million in assistance for a total of $3.4 million to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak in the Dominican Republic.  The funds will be managed through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in the Dominican Republic. The $3.4 ... Read More»

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s previous donations to the Dominican Republic are critical today

By: Juan Reyes In today’s interconnected world, a disease emerging in any part of the world can potentially become a health threat in the U.S., in the Dominican Republic or anywhere else.  Infectious diseases, such as the novel coronavirus disease or, better known as COVID-19, know no borders nor boundaries.  For this reason, CDC works ... Read More»

U.S.-D.R. Military Cooperation and Capacity Building is put into action in the face of COVID-19

By: William Medina The U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo has over 18 offices that work to strengthen the bilateral cooperation between the United States and the Dominican Republic.  One of those is the Department of Defense’s Office of Security Cooperation (OSC) which promotes U.S. foreign policy by enhancing the long-term bilateral defense relationship between the ... Read More»

USAID: Improving reading skills of Dominican children

USAID’s Read program has  improved the reading skills of 200,000 students in more than 370 schools in targeted communities.  By David Maher World Book Day is Thursday, April 23, 2020!  We are excited to promote and support reading in the Dominican Republic.  World Book Day is a celebration encouraging everyone to gain a renewed respect ... Read More»

10 years improving access to water, sanitation and hygiene in the Dominican Republic

By: David Maher & Esther Zeledon, PhD Water is vital for life, and access to safe, clean water is a basic human right.  For nearly six decades, the United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), has partnered with the Dominican Republic to improve quality of life for the most vulnerable, investing over ... Read More»

Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo

Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo (April 20, 2020) Location:  Dominican Republic Event:  The U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo will send an update at least once a week to ensure that all U.S. citizens in the Dominican Republic have the latest information on COVID-19. The following information has been updated on the  Embassy Santo Domingo COVID-19 website: The Dominican Republic has 4,964 confirmed cases of ... Read More»

U.S. commits $1.4 million to the Dominican Republic in humanitarian assistance to combat COVID-19

April 17, 2020 Santo Domingo D.N. –  The United States Government has committed $1.4 million to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak in the Dominican Republic.   The funding will support epidemiological analysis and forecasting, identification and follow-up of contact tracing, as well as pandemic surveillance. This emergency humanitarian assistance will strengthen health care ... Read More»

Dominican Republic’s Emergency Operation Center ready to assist in COVID-19 response after assistance from the U.S.

The U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo has a long history of engaging our Dominican partners. By: William Medina The U.S. government (USG) has enabled the Emergency Operations Center (COE) to be ready to respond to a natural disaster or an unforeseen emergency such as COVID-19 through its various programs, trainings and donations.  Both the Office for Security Cooperation (OSC) ... Read More»

Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo

Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo (April 15, 2020) Location:  Dominican Republic Event:  The U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo will be sending a daily update to ensure that all U.S. citizens in the Dominican Republic have the latest information on COVID-19. On Thursday, April 16 Spirit Airlines is scheduled to operate one flight from Santo Domingo, Las Americas ... Read More»

Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo

Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo (April 14, 2020) Location:  Dominican Republic Event:  The U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo will be sending a daily update to ensure that all U.S. citizens in the Dominican Republic have the latest information on COVID-19. As of April 13, 2020 the governement of the Dominican Republic has lifted the internal travel ban ... Read More»

United States-Dominican Republic: Partners in Security and COVID-19

By: William Medina The United States and the Dominican Republic enjoy a strong bilateral security cooperation. Security cooperation efforts include emergency preparedness training and financial assistance for the Dominican government to better serve its citizenry during a disaster.  As the world confronts COVID-19 together, we see how these resources and trainings are being put into ... Read More»

Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo

Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo (April 13, 2020) Location:  Dominican Republic Event:  The U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo will be sending a daily update to ensure that all U.S. citizens in the Dominican Republic have the latest information on COVID-19. U.S. citizens who live in the United States should arrange for immediate return home or be prepared ... Read More»

The CDC Has a Long History Training Dominican Epidemiologists to Fight Infectious Diseases

For the past 10 years, the CDC has trained more than 550 Dominican epidemiologists By: Juan Reyes With the ongoing novel coronavirus situation currently unfolding around the globe and in the Dominican Republic, it is very important to have qualified epidemiologists ready to track, contain, and eliminate outbreaks. For the past 10 years, The United ... Read More»

USAID helped reduce maternal and neonatal deaths in D.R. by more than 40%

By: David Maher For nearly six decades, the U.S. Government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development, has collaborated with the government of the Dominican Republic and local civil society organizations, in an effort to guarantee social development and equality of opportunity. Health care has been a fundamental component of our assistance. In the last ... Read More»

The United States Embassy and FUNMODAIN Launch Textile Project to Supply Medical Garments to Dominican Medical Workers

April 8, 2020 Santo Domingo, N.D. The United States Embassy in collaboration with Fashion for Inclusion Foundation (FUNMODAIN, Spanish acronym) and the Dominican Association of Fashion Designers launched the DR Fashion SOS project in order to respond to the need for basic supplies required at this time in Dominican hospitals. The United States Embassy will ... Read More»

Dominican authorities announced military checkpoints throughout the country

Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo (April 8, 2020) Location:  Dominican Republic   Event:  The U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo will be sending a daily update to ensure that all U.S. citizens in the Dominican Republic have the latest information on COVID-19.   On April 4, Dominican authorities announced military checkpoints throughout the country to enforce curfews and ... Read More»

Daily update to U.S. citizens in the Dominican Republic – COVID-19

Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo (April 8, 2020) Location:  Dominican Republic Event:  The U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo will be sending a daily update to ensure that all U.S. citizens in the Dominican Republic have the latest information on COVID-19. U.S. citizens who live in the United States should arrange for immediate return home or ... Read More»

7 Ways USAID is Helping Contain Coronavirus Overseas

U.S. investments in global health security save lives By: USAID  Original can be found here:  https://medium.com/usaid-2030/7-ways-usaid-is-helping-contain-coronavirus-overseas-54c77a9bc32d   An infectious disease threat anywhere can be a threat everywhere. The United States is the most generous nation in the world when it comes to humanitarian assistance. We will lead the global response to the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) ... Read More»

Notice on governmental limitations on repatriation of remains.

Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo (April 7, 2020) Location:  Dominican Republic Event:  Notice on governmental limitations on repatriation of remains. U.S. citizens and their families should note that due to the risks of COVID-19 as  quarantinable, communicable disease , the Dominican government is currently only permitting cremated remains of COVID-19 victims to be repatriated to the United States.   CDC guidance  provides ... Read More»

The United States Government Provides Funds for COVID-19 Diagnostic Kits for the Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic is in the first tranche of countries to receive COVID-19 test kits funded by the United States Santo Domingo, D.N. – The United States will be providing, via the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), 2,000 COVID-19 tests to the Dominican Republic that use a nuclear-derived testing technique and can produce results in a ... Read More»

Extended the curfew for the entire territory of the Dominican Republic

Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo (April 2, 2020) Location:  Dominican Republic Event:  The U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo will be sending a daily update to ensure that all U.S. citizens in the Dominican Republic have the latest information on COVID-19. On April 2, the President of the Dominican Republic extended the curfew for the entire territory of ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo will be sending a daily update

Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo (March 31, 2020) Location:  Dominican Republic Event:  The U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo will be sending a daily update to ensure that all U.S. citizens in the Dominican Republic have the latest information on COVID-19. The Dominican Republic has confirmed cases of COVID-19 throughout the country. U.S. citizens who live in the ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo will be sending a daily update

Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo (March 30, 2020) Location:  Dominican Republic Event:  The U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo will be sending a daily update to ensure that all U.S. citizens in the Dominican Republic have the latest information on COVID-19. The Dominican Republic has confirmed cases of COVID-19 throughout the country.  U.S. citizens who live in the ... Read More»

Alert: Resources for Resident U.S. Citizens in the Dominican Republic

Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo (March 28, 2020) Location:  Dominican Republic Event:  Resources for Resident U.S. Citizens in the Dominican Republic U.S. citizens resident in the Dominican Republic should take a number of steps to prepare themselves during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Ready.gov  is a national public service campaign designed to educate and empower the American ... Read More»

New Curfew Hours, Flight Cancellations and COVID Preparedness

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo (March 26, 2020)  Location:  Dominican Republic Event:  New Curfew Hours, Flight Cancellations and COVID Preparedness On March 26, the President of the Dominican Republic extended the curfew hours for the entire territory of the Dominican Republic.  Effective tomorrow, Friday, March 27, all traffic and movement of people is prohibited ... Read More»

Alert – Flight Cancellations and Reductions

Alert –  U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo (March 25, 2020) Location:  Dominican Republic Event:  Flight Cancellations and Reductions The U.S. Embassy has received reports that many U.S. citizens are experiencing flight cancellations.   Flights are still available through Delta and JetBlue.    Actions to Take: If you want to return to the United States, do so ... Read More»

Curfew Alert –  U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo

March 20, 2020. Curfew Alert –  U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo (March 20, 2020) Location:  Dominican Republic On March 20, the President of the Dominican Republic established a curfew for entire territory of the Dominican Republic.  Effective today March 20, all traffic and movement of people is prohibited from 8 pm to 6am.  The curfew will remain ... Read More»

Health Alert – Flight Cancellations and Hospital Shortages

Location:  Dominican Republic  Event:   Flight Cancellations and Hospital Shortages  On March 19, 2020, the Department of State issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory advising U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19.  Given the unpredictable nature and global impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on travel, U.S. ... Read More»

AIRLINE INFORMATION FOR U.S. CITIZENS

March 19, 2020. U.S. citizens and Legal Permanent Residents (LPRs) are authorized to leave the Dominican Republic during the 15-day state of emergency that started March 19, 2020 on carriers to the United States.  However, each individual airline is determining those flights, the frequency and destination.  Airlines are evaluating the situation on a daily basis. ... Read More»

Alert: Health Alert – Flight Cancellations and Hospital Shortages

March 18, 2020. Health Alert – U.S. Embassy U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo (March 18, 2020) Location:  Dominican Republic Event:   Flight Cancellations and Hospital Shortages The President of the Dominican Republic announced a number of measures to slow the spread of COVID-19 on March 17.  Effective at 6 am on March 19, the President has suspended arrival of incoming ... Read More»

Information for American Citizens: flights suspension and borders closed

March 18, 2020 The Department of State has no higher priority than the safety and security of U.S. citizens overseas.  The President of the Dominican Republic announced a number of measures to slow the spread of COVID-19 including that all incoming flights will be suspended and borders closed at 6am March 19, 2020 for 15 ... Read More»

Health Alert – DR enhances screening and quarantine measures

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo (March 14, 2020) Location:  Dominican Republic Event:  The government of The Dominican Republic has implemented enhanced screening and quarantine measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  Travelers should be prepared for restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice.  Visit the website of  The Dominican Ministry of Health  for additional information on ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy will temporarily offer limited Consular Services

Information for visa applicants regarding novel coronavirus:  As of Monday March 16, the United States Embassy in Santo Domingo is cancelling routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa appointments.  We will resume routine visa services as soon as possible but are unable to provide a specific date at this time. The MRV fee is valid and may ... Read More»

Dominican Republic Independence Day

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE FEBRUARY 26, 2020 On behalf of the people of the United States of America, I congratulate the people of the Dominican Republic on the 176th anniversary of your independence on February 27. The U.S. partnership with the Dominican Republic promotes our shared prosperity and security, expands our ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – Protests in the Dominican Republic

Locations: Government offices in Santo Domingo, and cities and towns throughout the Dominican Republic. Event: The recent suspension of municipal elections has resulted in protests that could continue up to the rescheduled elections on March 15th.  Protests have occurred outside of the Junta Central Electoral in Santo Domingo, but major government buildings like Congress or ... Read More»

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Location: Cities and towns throughout the Dominican Republic Event: Election Security Precaution   Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Dominican municipal elections scheduled for 16 Feb 2020 have been suspended.  This could result in protests, particularly near voting locations. Actions to Take: Avoid voting areas. Monitor local media for updates. General Guidance: Avoid crowds and demonstrations. ... Read More»

President Donald J. Trump’s State of the Union Address to the Congress of the United States

The White House Office of the Press Secretary Washington, D.C. February 4, 2020  [Excerpts related to foreign policy] *             *             *             * One of the single biggest promises I made to the American people was to replace the disastrous NAFTA trade deal.  In fact, unfair trade is perhaps the single biggest reason that I decided ... Read More»

Haiti-DR Private Sector Meeting on Border Security and Control

February 5, 2020 Joint Statement On February 5, 2020, representatives of private sector organizations and government officials from Haiti and the Dominican Republic met at the CODEVI industrial park along the border to further discussions on developing a more secure and prosperous border for both nations. This was the third such meeting convened by the ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Location: Dominican Republic Event:  As widely reported in the media, there is an ongoing outbreak of a novel (new) coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, China. At the time of this message there are no known cases in the Dominican Republic. The below links and general information are presented in order to help keep United States ... Read More»

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Location: Cities and towns throughout the Dominican Republic Event: Carnival Security Precaution   U.S. citizens are advised to exercise caution and situational awareness during Carnival celebrations in the Dominican Republic during the month of February.  Carnival culminates on or near the 27th of February, Dominican Independence Day.  Expect significant travel congestion, road closures, and large ... Read More»

U.S. citizens residing abroad may vote in U.S. elections, and the Embassy can help!

Routine Message – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (January 23, 2020) Location: Dominican Republic Event: Voting in the 2020 Elections from Overseas U.S. citizens residing abroad may vote in U.S. elections, and the Embassy can help!   Registering to Vote and submitting a ballot is fast, easy, and can be done from anywhere in ... Read More»

Secretary Pompeo: Expanding America’s Commitment to the Caribbean

Speech Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State Kingston, Jamaica January 22, 2020 SECRETARY POMPEO: Good afternoon, everyone. I was standing back there; I heard a “amen.” What better way to be welcomed to the stage? (Laughter.) Thank you, Madam Foreign Minister, for that kind introduction. I’m delighted to be here. My first trip here as Secretary ... Read More»

Information on Traveling to the US by Car Ferry

Vehicle must be in traveler’s name and with no pending loans. Car registration. Car insurance. International insurance is needed, the cost is $60.00 approx. (this includes the $10.00 importation fee).  If traveling via Ferry, the Ferry booking personnel completes all the required paperwork.  While in Puerto Rico the government of PRPD located at the Ferry ... Read More»

United States Supports IFES Technical Assistance in the Dominican Republic

The United States supports free, fair, and transparent elections in the Dominican Republic and around the world.  A democratic, prosperous, secure Dominican Republic is in both our interest.  The United States Government, via the U. S. Agency for International Development, is pleased to support the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) to provide technical assistance ... Read More»

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (January 7, 2020) Location: Dominican Republic Event: Heightened Middle East Tensions There is heightened tension in the Middle East that may result in security risks to U.S. citizens abroad. The Embassy will continue to review the security situation and will provide additional information as needed. Actions ... Read More»

Haiti-DR Private Sector Meeting on Broder Security & Control

December 16, 2019 On December 16, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Cynthia Kierscht convened a meeting in Miami with Ambassador to Haiti Michele Sison, Ambassador to the Dominican Republic Robin Bernstein, and representatives of private sector associations from Haiti and the Dominican Republic to discuss the elements necessary to produce a ... Read More»

Ambassador Bernstein’s Remarks at American Chamber of Commerce’s Thanksgiving Luncheon

Ambassador Robin S. Bernstein “Opportunities and Challenges for Increasing Foreign Investment” Embajador Hotel Wednesday, November 27, 2019   Good afternoon. I am delighted to be here with you today, sharing in this tradition. Thanksgiving is the time when families and friends come together, as we are here today, to give thanks for all that has ... Read More»

U.S. Social Security Services Visit and Town Hall Santiago, Dominican Republic

U.S. Social Security Services Visit and Town Hall Santiago, Dominican Republic November 20th 2019   The U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo is pleased to announce that Representatives from the Regional Federal Benefits Unit will visit Santiago to offer services for beneficiaries or individuals with questions about U.S. Social Security and other federal benefits. We remind ... Read More»

SAFE: Together for the love of youth and sports

          Healthy/Sano – Age appropriate development – No performance enhancing drugs – Access to nutritional food – All medical treatments or supplements are explained and authorized – Proper medical care for injuries             Protected/Asegurado – Parents and athletes are informed about options and chances for success ... Read More»

USNS Comfort to visit Dominican Republic

The visit by the Comfort is in coordination with the Dominican Ministry of Defense in coordination with the Ministry of Public Health and the National Health Service (SNS) The U.S. Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) will visit Dominican Republic October 16-21.  The ship will dock at the San Souci port and conduct a ... Read More»

Meet Judith, Peace Corps Volunteer in San Juan

By Judith, Peace Corps Volunteer in San Juan Since 1962, more than 4,792 Volunteers have served in the Dominican Republic. There are currently 187 Volunteers serving in 19 Provinces working in three technical project areas: Community Economic Development, Child Literacy and Youth Development.  Volunteers live and work in communities for two years as part of ... Read More»

Ambassador Bernstein Celebrates First Anniversary in the Dominican Republic

By Ambassador Robin Bernstein One year ago, I embarked on one of the most magnificent journeys of my life.  On my year anniversary as the U.S. Ambassador to the Dominican Republic – I can truly say I feel like I belong here.  The friendly people, the rich culture, the beautiful places: the Dominican Republic has ... Read More»

Meet Jose Angel, Peace Corps Volunteer in Bahoruco

By Jose Angel, Peace Corps Volunteer in Bahoruco Since 1962, more than 4,792 Volunteers have served in the Dominican Republic. There are currently 187 Volunteers serving in 19 Provinces working in three technical project areas: Community Economic Development, Child Literacy and Youth Development.  Volunteers live and work in communities for two years as part of ... Read More»

Seminar on Personal Branding Promotes Youth Leadership

Last month we held an alumni seminar for Youth Ambassadors (YA) Program participants, focused on service leadership and professional development, in Santiago de los Caballeros. Thirty-six YA alumni attended workshops on personal branding and content creation for social media, and learned how to expand their professional networks through service in civic organizations and community development ... Read More»

Ask the Consul – Adding Derivatives or FTJs

Did you know? You can add a “derivative” to your immigrant visa petition just by accessing your CEAC application! You will need all of their information, including first and last name, method of contact, and relationship to the principal applicant. Keep in mind that a derivative can be either a spouse or a child younger ... Read More»

Weather Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic August 27, 2019

Location: Dominican Republic, notably eastern areas including Punta Cana and Samana peninsula. Event: Tropical Storm Dorian is projected to affect the Dominican Republic beginning the afternoon of Wednesday, August 28th. This storm may bring significant rainfall and wind that may result in life-threatening flooding, flash flooding, and storm surge.  Hispaniola-wide impacts are expected but the ... Read More»

Weather Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic August 26, 2019

Location: All parts of the Dominican Republic Event: Tropical Storm Dorian is projected to affect the Dominican Republic beginning Wednesday, August 28th. This storm may bring significant rainfall and wind that may result in life-threatening flooding, flash flooding, and storm surge.  Hispaniola-wide impacts are expected but the eastern and southern coast are likely to feel ... Read More»

Consular Support Staff: Educators, Experts, and Team Players

By: Graham Swaney, Public Affairs Intern In her work at the U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo, local employee Francia Elias educates, advises, and supports American staff.  She helps them perform at the highest level possible, grow as employees, and learn about the Dominican Republic. Francia has been working at the U.S. Embassy for 27 years ... Read More»

Treasury Designates Dominican Republic-Based Peralta Drug Trafficking Organization Under the Kingpin Act

Action targets network of nightclubs and front persons used for money laundering and human trafficking WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) identified Dominican national Cesar Emilio Peralta and the Peralta Drug Trafficking Organization (Peralta DTO) as significant foreign narcotics traffickers pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin ... Read More»

Spotlight Series: U.S. Cultural Programs and Grants Building Ties, Promoting Policies and Creating Sustainable Opportunities

By Graham Swaney, Public Affairs Intern Every year the U.S. Embassy’s Public Affairs Section (PAS) awards upwards of 20 small grants and independently runs several cultural programs. The small grants program awards vary in size, but they all help to tell the story of the United States to Dominican audiences and build ties between the ... Read More»

US Ambassador Tours Northwest Area of the Dominican Republic

Santo Domingo, D.N. – United States Ambassador Robin S. Bernstein visited the northwest of the Dominican Republic for the first time. Her visit included the Dajabon, Montecristi and Santiago de los Caballeros provinces and sought to follow up on the projects being carried out by the United States Government in the area. The Ambassador began ... Read More»

Javier Means Business: A Day in the Life of a Commercial Specialist at FCS

By: Graham Swaney, Public Affairs Intern Javier Suárez is a specialist working for the Foreign Commercial Service (FCS) at the U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo. Javier is part of the local staff, and has been helping Americans and Dominicans connect and build successful business relationships for four years. The Foreign Commercial Service is part of the U.S. Department ... Read More»

The United States and the Dominican Republic Work Together Against Trafficking in Persons

By Graham Cohen, Political/Economic Intern Today, an estimated 25 million children and adults worldwide are victims of sex and labor trafficking.  Promises of opportunity and upward mobility lure many victims into human trafficking, where abuse and manipulation quickly replace initial hope.  Human trafficking represents a gross violation of the inherent rights granted to everyone, everywhere. ... Read More»

Decisión del presidente de la República Dominicana Danilo Medina

COMUNICADO DE PRENSA – DEPARTAMENTO DE ESTADO MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARIO DE ESTADO 25 DE JULIO, 2019 Los Estados Unidos recibe con satisfacción el anuncio del presidente dominicano Danilo Medina de no buscar una extensión de los períodos constitucionalmente establecidos, el cual muestra confianza en la voluntad del pueblo y es un buen augurio para ... Read More»

U.S. and Dominican Forces are training together to build relations, sharpen combat skills and improve interoperability

By Graham Swaney, Public Diplomacy Intern For the month of July the U.S. 20th Special Forces Group is participating in Joint Combined Exchange Training (JCET) with the Dominican Republic’s Unidad de Comando Especial Contraterrorismo (Special Counterterrorism Command Unit). The forces are training in a variety of skills designed to help improve Dominican operational planning and ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert: Potential Demonstrations Throughout Election Season

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic Location: Areas surrounding the Palace of Congress, Supreme Court and other government buildings in Santo Domingo and within the Dominican Republic. Event: The Dominican Republic has entered the candidate selection stage for presidential elections, scheduled for May 17, 2020.  During previous election cycles, large crowds of people have ... Read More»

“Cacu” Documentary Screening Showcases Conservation Solutions in the Dominican Republic

By Graham Swaney, Public Diplomacy Intern The U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo hosted short environmental film Director/Journalist Marvin Del Cid and Marine Biologist Omar Shamir Reynoso to screen and discuss their documentary, “Cacu: Un Cambio por la Vida” (Cacu: A change for life in English). Del Cid and Reynoso were invited by the Agriculture and ... Read More»

Ambassador Robin S. Bernstein visits communities in Las Terrenas

Las Terrenas, Samana – United States Ambassador Robin S. Bernstein, visited several locations in the town of Las Terrenas, to monitor projects being undertaken in the area by the United States Government, through the Agency for International Development (USAID). The Ambassador met with Las Terrenas Mayor Alex García, with whom she discussed the work that ... Read More»

Secretary Pompeo’s Call with the President of the Dominican Republic Danilo Medina

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release READOUT July 10, 2019 Secretary Pompeo’s Call with the President of the Dominican Republic Danilo Medina The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus: Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke yesterday with Dominican Republic President Danilo Medina.  The two discussed the importance of ... Read More»

Ask the Consul – Passport Pickup

Once your immigrant visa has been approved, it is easy to pick up your passport! When you first started the immigrant interview process you created a profile at www.ustraveldocs.com . There you chose one of two passport delivery methods: (1) pick-up at a Mailboxes Etc. location free of charge; or (2) premium delivery to your home ... Read More»

Embassy Celebrates the 243th Anniversary of the Independence of the United States of America

The celebration honored great Latin legends of major league baseball, shared pastime of both countries Santo Domingo, D.N. – The United States Embassy in Santo Domingo celebrated the 243 anniversary of the independence of the United States at the Quisqueya Juan Marichal Stadium. The event was presided by Ambassador Robin Bernstein, and honored members of ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: HURRICANE SEASON 2019

The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the Hurricane Season which lasts through November 2019. Hurricane Season in the Atlantic begins June 1 and runs through November 30.  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center expects the 2019 season to be near normal.  NOAA predicts that the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season will produce 9-15 named storms, of which 4-8 are ... Read More»

Ask the Consul – I am LGBTI.  Can I apply for a visa with my partner?

There is no discrimination in visa applications on the basis of race, gender, color, religion or sexual orientation.  Every applicant, regardless of sexual orientation, must demonstrate they qualify for the visa and are going to use it in the correct manner.  However, certain visas classes do require a legal marriage to demonstrate a qualifying relationship ... Read More»

U.S Embassy Statement on the Safety and Security of U.S. Citizens in the Dominican Republic

As Ambassador Robin Bernstein has said publicly, “The safety and security of U.S. citizens that live in, work in, and visit the Dominican Republic remains our highest priority. These incidents are tragic and we offer our deepest condolences to those personally impacted.” The U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo is actively working with the Government of the ... Read More»

Deputy Assistant Secretary Kierscht Meets With U.S. Ambassadors and Business Leaders from Haiti and D.R.

On June 6, on the margins of the US – Caribbean Conference Deputy Assistant Secretary for Canada, Haiti and the Caribbean Cynthia Kierscht convened a meeting with Ambassador to Haiti Michele Sison,  Ambassador to the Dominican Republic Robin Bernstein, and leaders of the Haitian and Dominican Republic Private Sectors.  The participants discussed cross border issues, trade, and the promotion of foreign ... Read More»

Statement on Death of U.S. Citizens in the Dominican Republic – June 6, 2019

As Ambassador Robin S. Bernstein stated, “The premier function of our Embassy is to take care of the safety and security of all Americans who live here, visit here, and work here.” The U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo has no higher priority than the safety and security of U.S. citizens who visit or reside in ... Read More»

OPIC Acting President & CEO Bohigian Leads Delegation to the Dominican Republic

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic – David Bohigian, Acting President and Chief Executive Officer of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the U.S. Government’s development finance institution, today visited the Dominican Republic, where he met with President Danilo Medina and other senior government officials to promote U.S. investment and discuss enhanced security cooperation in the Dominican ... Read More»

United States Embassy Launches Academy for Women Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs interested in participating can complete the form available at www.awedominicana.com by Sunday, May 19, 2019 Santo Domingo, D.N.- The United States Embassy announced the call for applications for the Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE), a new Department of State initiative to support women entrepreneurs globally.  Through the academy, 36 participants from Santo Domingo aged 18-35 ... Read More»

Joint Statement: Ministerial of the U.S.-Caribbean Resilience Partnership

U.S. Department of State Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release  Media Note April 13, 2019 Joint Statement: Ministerial of the U.S.-Caribbean Resilience Partnership The text of the following joint statement was issued by the governments of the United States, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, the Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, ... Read More»

Remarks by Secretary Pompeo: Seizing the Opportunity for Freedom in the Americas

MS GUAZZOTTI: Good afternoon. On behalf of the Chilean North American Chamber of Commerce, AmCham Chile, I would like to welcome you all to this important event in honor of the visit of the Secretary of State of the United States, Mr. Michael Pompeo. A hundred years ago, a group of visionary entrepreneurs created AmCham Chile ... Read More»

Ambassador Robin S. Bernstein’s Remarks During 2019 International Women’s Day Reception

¡Buenas noches!  Estoy muy feliz de estar aquí hoy para hablar de un tema muy importante: el importante papel de las mujeres en el desarrollo de una sociedad prospera.  Como la segunda embajadora mujer de Estados Unidos en la Republica Dominicana, quiero ser una voz para mujeres.  Yo se que juntos, estamos unidos y podemos hacer una diferencia ... Read More»

The U.S. and the D.R.: Partners in Agriculture

By: Ambassador Robin Bernstein Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Ted McKinney visited the Dominican Republic to see first-hand the mutually beneficial partnership that has developed between our agricultural sectors. Under Secretary McKinney was struck by the fact that approximately 60 percent of U.S. agricultural ... Read More»

United States and Dominican Republic Expand Opportunities to Invest by Streamlining Approval Process

U.S. Ambassador Robin Bernstein presented Minister of Finance Donald Guerrero Ortiz an accord signed by the United States and Dominican governments to facilitate investment by U.S. companies in the Dominican Republic via the U.S. government’s development financial institution, Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC). The accord, signed by Minister Guerrero and the President and Chief Executive ... Read More»

Ambassador Bernstein’s Message on International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust

Ambassador Bernstein Message for Conmemoración Día del Recuerdo del Holocausto January 27, 2019 • 19:00 p.m.   ¡Muy buenas noches!  Estoy muy feliz de estar aquí hoy, no sé cómo expresarles lo que significa este momento para mí. International Holocaust Remembrance Day marks the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. As people ... Read More»

¡Feliz Navidad y Próspero Año! SIDE by SIDE

By: Ambassador Robin Bernstein The highlight of 2018 was my appointment as Ambassador to the Dominican Republic – and so far it has been a magnificent journey.  I am so grateful that President Trump selected me to serve here in the Dominican Republic.  It was my top choice and the position is even more rewarding ... Read More»

OPIC Representatives and Ambassador Bernstein Meet With President Medina

Danilo Medina sostiene reunión de traba ” ( CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 ) by  PresidenciaRD During a visit to the country, representatives of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) met with President Danilo Medina, accompanied by the US Ambassador, Robin Bernstein, other embassy officials and representatives of American companies. OPIC president and CEO Ray W. Washburne, vice president and general counsel William Doffermyre, and senior adviser on energy issues Deaver Alexander III participated in the meeting. From ... Read More»

United States Government Supports Program to Improve Assistance to Victims of Gender-Based Violence

The United States Government, through its Agency for International Development (USAID), supported the launching of a program to improve and adapt the gender-based violence victims’ assistance unit in Santo Domingo West. The renovation of the unit is part of the National Plan Against Gender Violence, which includes improvements to the nineteen units that existed before its ... Read More»

Florida Trade Mission Boosts Bilateral Trade between the U.S. and the Dominican Republic

In order to continue to grow the significant trade relationship between the Dominican Republic and the United States, a business delegation from the state of Florida is visiting the Dominican Republic from November 13 to 16. The delegation includes 60 representatives of companies, port authorities and state institutions. In this trade mission, 20 companies from ... Read More»

Restriction on Travel to Haiti for USG Personnel

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic November 9, 2018 Event: Restriction on Travel to Haiti for USG Personnel U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince has announced it is restricting the routine travel of U.S. Government personnel to a 15 mile radius around the capital due to security concerns. Accordingly, U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo now ... Read More»

US Embassy Celebrates Cocktail Party in Honor of Dominicana Moda 2018 Designers

Santo Domingo, D.N. – The United States Ambassador to the Dominican Republic, Robin Bernstein, and her husband, Richard Bernstein, threw a cocktail party in their home to honor the organizers and designers of Dominicana Moda 2018. Entrepreneurs, designers, fashion bloggers, as well as government and private sector representatives, attended the event. The theme of the ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy and Ministry of Foreign Affairs Sign Bilateral Work Agreement

The U.S. Embassy in the Dominican Republic and the Dominican Ministry of Foreign Affairs signed a bilateral work agreement to allow the families of diplomats from both countries to legally work in the host country’s local economy. The signing took place at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs headquarters, with Ambassador Robin Bernstein representing the United ... Read More»

Presidential Proclamation Honoring the Victims of the Tragedy in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Issued on: October 27, 2018 As a mark of solemn respect for the victims of the terrible act of violence perpetrated at The Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on October 27, 2018, by the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, ... Read More»

Energy Corporation Signs Contract with American Company to Supply Coal for Punta Catalina Thermoelectric Plant

On Monday, the Corporación Dominicana de Empresas Eléctricas Estatales (CDEEE) signed a service contract with American company Xcoal Energy & Resources, LLC based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to supply 462,000 metric tons of U.S. coal to the Dominican Republic’s Punta Catalina power plant. The American company won the public tender by the Dominican government on October ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Commemorates International Day of the Girl Child

Santo Domingo, D.N.- United States Ambassador Robin Bernstein visited the Conrado Mieses school in Manoguayabo, to commemorate the International Day of the Girl. The school is one of 400 the United States Government is supporting through the USAID Read Project, implemented by a local university UNIBE, focused on improving literacy skills of more than 180,000 children ... Read More»

Remarks by Vice President Pence on the Administration’s Policy Toward China

The Hudson Institute Washington, D.C. 11:07 A.M. EDT THE VICE PRESIDENT: Thank you, Ken, for that kind introduction. To the Members of the Board of Trustees, to Dr. Michael Pillsbury, to our distinguished guests, and to all of you who, true to your mission in this place, “think about the future in unconventional ways” –- ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy and Ministry of Higher Education Commemorate 10th Anniversary of Fulbright-MESCyT Scholarships

Santo Domingo, D.N.- The United States Ambassador in the Dominican Republic, Robin Bernstein, and the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology Alejandrina Germán, hosted a reception to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the Fulbright-MESCyT scholarship program, which has sent more than 80 Dominican students since 2008 to complete master’s and doctoral studies in the United States with ... Read More»

Your Vote Counts! Register to Vote From Overseas in the 2018 Elections

Your vote counts!  Did you know that many U.S. elections for house and senate seats have been decided by a margin smaller than the number of ballots cast by absentee voters? Follow a few simple steps to make sure that you can vote in the 2018 U.S. elections: Request Your Ballot: Complete a new  Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) .   The  FPCA is ... Read More»

Remarks by President Trump at “Global Call to Action on the World Drug Problem” Event

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary ________________________________________________________________ For Immediate Release                         September 24, 2018 REMARKS BY PRESIDENT TRUMP AT “GLOBAL CALL TO ACTION ON THE WORLD DRUG PROBLEM” EVENT United Nations Headquarters New York, New York 8:35 A.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you all for being here this morning. It is a great honor ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Robin Bernstein at her Welcome Reception

Good evening. Gracias, gracias, muchas gracias a todos por acompañarnos esta noche. Es un verdadero placer darles la bienvenida a nuestro hogar. I want to start by thanking President Trump and the American people for the opportunity to be here with you this evening. It is a great honor to serve as the chief representative ... Read More»

Meet the Dominican participants of the YLAI 2018 Program

The Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) aims to connect the next generation of entrepreneurs and innovators in Western Hemisphere. Since 2016, this exchange program empowers young entrepreneurs with the training, tools, networks and resources they need to transform their societies and contribute to their most complete economic development and prosperity, security and good ... Read More»

Learn How to Prepare for Severe Weather in the Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic is subject to severe weather which can pose a threat to the safety of U.S. citizens residing in or visiting the country. While hurricanes are a particular threat, tropical rainstorms can cause flash flooding, landslides and dangerous riptides. All severe weather should be taken seriously. U.S. citizens are encouraged to prepare themselves ... Read More»

U.S. Chiefs of Mission to the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, and Panama Called Back for Consultations

The Department of State has called back the U.S. Ambassador to the Dominican Republic Robin Bernstein, the U.S. Ambassador to El Salvador Jean Manes, and the U.S. Charge d’Affaires in Panama Roxanne Cabral for consultations related to recent decisions to no longer recognize Taiwan. Read More»

YLAI alumni lead tech entrepreneurship boot camp for college students

Twenty-two engineering and industrial design students participated in a product design boot camp led by alumnus Emil Rodriguez.  Emil is a technology entrepreneur with a passion to promote invention and innovation in the Dominican Republic. One of the biggest challenges he highlights is that most engineers and designers focus on providing tech support to already ... Read More»

Dominican Youth Grow With Support From the United States

To Celebrate International Youth Day on August 12, we are sharing success stories of Dominican youth who have found and taken advantage of new career and personal development opportunities with support from the United States Government. Lucy Every day, young mothers such as Lucy seek opportunities to build a better future for their children. Lucy’s ... Read More»

Ask the Consul – Applying for a Non-Immigrant U.S. Visa: What to expect at the VAC visit

In the previous Ask the Consul articles we discussed how to find visa information at do.usembassy.gov , how to complete a non-immigrant visa application (DS-160) at https://ceac.state.gov/genniv/ , and how to use www.ustraveldocs.com to create a profile, make a payment and schedule your appointment. By following the prompts online, you’ll be informed whether you need to make an ... Read More»

Prepare Yourself for Hurricane Season

Like the rest of the Caribbean, the Dominican Republic is a hurricane-prone country.  The hurricane season runs from June , with the peak season from mid-August to late October. A hurricane is a low pressure system that generally forms in the tropics accompanied by heavy winds.  Hurricanes can cause catastrophic damage to coastlines and several ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Celebrates 242nd Independence Day Anniversary

Santo Domingo, D.N. – The U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo celebrated the 242nd anniversary of the United States’ Independence, in a reception headed by Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Robert Copley and his wife Yanira Copley. The event began with the presentation of the flags by the Color Guard of the U.S. Embassy Marine Corps, followed by ... Read More»

The U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo and the General Directorate of Film Announce a Western Film Series

The U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo and the General Directorate of Film, through the Cinemateca Dominicana, present the film series “Cuéntame una de Vaqueros” (tell me a cowboy story), starting June 28 and running through July 11, 2018, at the Cinemateca theater. During the film series, viewers will be able to see some of the ... Read More»

Ask the Consul – Be Ready: Visit the Visa Application Center before your Interview

Many residents of Santo Domingo know where the United States Embassy is, and where to apply for a visa.  But have you heard of the Visa Application Center (the “VAC”)?  All applicants for Immigrant Visas must first visit the VAC prior to their interviews at the embassy.  The VAC is located in Galleria 360 mall ... Read More»

Treasury Sanctions Two Individuals and Five Entities Under Global Magnitsky

U.S. Department of the Treasury PRESS RELEASES June 12, 2018 Designations Represent Latest Efforts to Isolate Serious Human Rights Abusers and Corrupt Actors from the US. Financial System WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctioned Dominican Republic Senator Felix Ramon Bautista Rosario (Bautista) for engaging in corrupt ... Read More»

Public Designation of Dominican Republic Senator Felix Bautista under the FY 2018 Department of State Appropriations Act

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release June 12, 2018 MEDIA NOTE Public Designation of Dominican Republic Senator Felix Bautista under the FY 2018 Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act (Div. K, P.L. 115-141 The Department is publicly designating Dominican Republic Senator Felix Ramon Bautista Rosario under ... Read More»

Ask the Consul – Family Based Immigration

The U.S. Embassy Consular Section receives many questions related to visas . One of the most common questions received is: How can I become a legal permanent resident of the United States?  An immigrant visa, or green card as it is known, allows you to reside permanently in the United States. To obtain an immigrant visa a person is typically ... Read More»

Secretary of State Pompeo’s Remarks on LGBTI Pride Month

Press Statement Mike Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC June 1, 2018 The United States joins people around the world in celebrating Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex (LGBTI) Pride Month, and reaffirms its commitment to protecting and defending the human rights of all, including LGBTI persons. In many parts of the world, LGBTI individuals ... Read More»

Ask the Consul – Protect yourself

The United States Embassy in Santo Domingo wants visa applicants to protect themselves from becoming victims of visa fraud. Our “Ten cuida’o con ese Maco” campaign helps applicants to identify the macos – dishonest lawyers, travel agents, and fixers – and to understand the consequences of immigration fraud. Each year, millions of people obtain a ... Read More»

U.S. Businesses Visit the Dominican Republic

The U.S. Government, through the Foreign Commercial Service in the Dominican Republic, organized a trade mission in order to strengthen trade between both countries. A group of representatives from 12 businesses based in various American cities came to the Dominican Republic to establish contact with local enterprises and offer them their products and services. The ... Read More»

Ask the Consul – What to do after you have your IV Appointment Letter?

Congratulations on reaching this stage in the process where you are invited to prepare your Immigrant Visa (IV) application package and come to the U.S. Embassy for your visa interview. This column will provide answers to many questions you may now have. It is important that you understand the requirements for each part of the ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo Announces Online Recruitment Websites

We invite all those interested in joining our team in the Dominican Republic to access our e-recruitment platforms at https://erajobs.state.gov/dos-era/dom/vacancysearch/searchVacancies.hms and erecruitment.wha.state.gov/sd/ . Applicants will find job vacancies with corresponding descriptions, requirements and forms in these websites. We recommend checking both websites periodically to take advantage of the job opportunities available in each one. The U.S. Government ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo Launches Button to Report IP Theft

To celebrate World Intellectual Property Day on April 26, U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo is launching the “ Report IP Theft Button .” This is a streamlined method to report intellect property theft.  The button leads users to a report form, which, once completed, is submitted to the U.S. National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center for review and possible follow ... Read More»

Ask the Consul – Visa Approval, Denial, and Administrative Processing

In the previous Ask the Consul articles we discussed how to apply for a nonimmigrant visa and prepare for your visit to the Embassy.  Once you have followed all these steps and completed your interview, the consular officer will tell you if your visa application is approved, denied, or pending for additional administrative processing. The ... Read More»

Ask the Consul – Be Ready: Visit the Visa Application Center before your Interview

Many residents of Santo Domingo know where the United States Embassy is, and where to apply for a visa.  But have you heard of the Visa Application Center (the “VAC”)?  All applicants for Immigrant Visas must first visit the VAC prior to their interviews at the embassy.  The VAC is located in Galleria 360 mall ... Read More»

Ask the Consul – Applying for a Nonimmigrant U.S. Visa: What to do during the Interview

In the previous Ask the Consul articles we discussed how to complete a nonimmigrant visa application, schedule your appointment, and prepare for your visits to the Visa Application Center (VAC) and the Embassy. Now we will discuss what to expect the day of your interview. On the day of your interview, you should arrive at ... Read More»

United States Embassy recognizes Soraya Checo de Álvarez as Notable Woman 2018

Santo Domingo, DN- The Chargé d’Affaires a.i. of the United States Embassy in Santo Domingo, Robert Copley, hosted an International Women’s Day reception on March 8 where he recognized Soraya Checo de Álvarez as the Embassy’s 2018 “Mujer Destacada” (Notable Woman). Checo was selected for her hard work and valuable contributions in the comprehensive education ... Read More»

Fulbright-Mescyt Alumnus Recieves Award for His Contributions to Science and Education

Richard Oliver Bido-Medina, an alumnus of the Fulbright-MESCYT program, received the Illinois International Graduate Achievement Award, which recognizes an University of Illinois graduate student whose international research or public service abroad has had the greatest impact on the university, larger community or internationally. Richard, a medical doctor, is a graduate of the Autonomous University of ... Read More»

Dominican Republic National Day Statement by Secretary Tillerson

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson _____________________________________________________________________________________________________ For Immediate Release STATEMENT BY SECRETARY TILLERSON Dominican Republic National Day February 27, 2018 On behalf of the Government of the United States, I congratulate the people of the Dominican Republic on 174 years of independence. The United States values our longstanding friendship with the Dominican ... Read More»

Ask the Consul – Applying for a Non-Immigrant U.S. Visa: Preparing for the Interview

In the previous Ask the Consul articles we discussed how to find visa information at do.usembassy.gov , how to complete a nonimmigrant visa application (DS-160) at https://ceac.state.gov/genniv/ , how to use www.ustraveldocs.com /do to create a profile and schedule your appointment, and how to prepare for your visit to the Visa Application Center (VAC). The next step will ... Read More»

Ask the Consul – Applying for a Nonimmigrant U.S. Visa: Visa Approval, Denial, and Administrative Processing

In the previous Ask the Consul articles we discussed how to apply for a nonimmigrant visa and prepare for your visit to the Embassy.  Once you have followed all these steps and completed your interview, the consular officer will tell you if your visa application is approved, denied, or pending for additional administrative processing. The ... Read More»

Acting DCM Arthur Brown Shares Ideas and Experiences to commemorate African American History Month

The Acting Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo, Arthur Brown, shared ideas and experiences with APEC university students during an event to celebrate African American History Month. During his remarks, Mr. Brown explained the importance of this celebration, which is acknowledged every year through a Presidential proclamation, a celebration at ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy and AMCHAMDR Host Overseas Security Advisory Council Meeting

The United States Embassy and the American Chamber of Commerce hosted the quarterly meeting of the Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) on February 6th in Santo Domingo.  Eighty-seven representatives and 44 U.S. businesses operating in the Dominican Republic, dignitaries from partner embassies (UK, Germany, Canada, and United Nations), the World Bank, and officials from the ... Read More»

Learn About the Stories of Notable African American Leaders in United States History

Each February, the United States celebrates African American History Month, to acknowledge the achievements and the central role of African Americans in the country’s history. As a part of this year’s celebration, below we share the stories of some of the most important African American leaders in history, who stood out in areas such as ... Read More»

Ask the Consul – Family Based Immigration

The U.S. Embassy Consular Section receives many questions related to visas. One of the most common questions received is: How can I become a legal permanent resident of the United States?  An immigrant visa, or green card as it is known, allows you to reside permanently in the United States. To obtain an immigrant visa ... Read More»

Why do I have to visit the VAC at Galerias 360 before my interview?

Most visa applicants visit the Visa Application Center (Centro de Atención de Visas) or “VAC” in Galerías 360 before their Embassy appointment, or before leaving their visa for renewal to complete the fingerprint collection portion of the visa application process.  Applicants make an appointment at the VAC from their profile on www.ustraveldocs.com/do, after completing the ... Read More»

Ask the Consul – Applying for a Nonimmigrant U.S. Visa: What to do during the Interview

In the previous Ask the Consul articles we discussed how to complete a nonimmigrant visa application, schedule your appointment, and prepare for your visits to the Visa Application Center (VAC) and the Embassy. Now we will discuss what to expect the day of your interview. On the day of your interview, you should arrive at ... Read More»

Are You a Young Musician? This Exchange Program Is for You

If you are a musician between the ages of 19 and 35, the U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo invites you to apply to OneBeat, a music exchange and incubator for music-based social entrepreneurship, where innovative musicians from around the world launch collaborative projects designed to make a positive impact on local and global communities. Now ... Read More»

Ask the Consul – Protect yourself

The United States Embassy in Santo Domingo wants visa applicants to protect themselves from becoming victims of visa fraud. Our “Ten cuida’o con ese Maco” campaign helps applicants to identify the macos – dishonest lawyers, travel agents, and fixers – and to understand the consequences of immigration fraud. Each year, millions of people obtain a ... Read More»

Ask the Consul – What to do after you have your IV Appointment Letter?

Congratulations on reaching this stage in the process where you are invited to prepare your Immigrant Visa (IV) application package and come to the U.S. Embassy for your visa interview. This column will provide answers to many questions you may now have. It is important that you understand the requirements for each part of the ... Read More»

Ask the Consul – Applying for a Non-Immigrant U.S. Visa: What to expect at the VAC visit

In the previous Ask the Consul articles we discussed how to find visa information at do.usembassy.gov , how to complete a non-immigrant visa application (DS-160) at https://ceac.state.gov/genniv/ , and how to use www.ustraveldocs.com to create a profile, make a payment and schedule your appointment. By following the prompts online, you’ll be informed whether you need to make an ... Read More»

United States Government Takes Actions Related to Human Rights and Corruption

December 21, 2017 Washington, D.C. – Today, together with the President and the Department of the Treasury, the Department of State took action against persons who have committed serious human rights abuses and engaged in corruption.  Included in these actions was a Dominican, Angel Rondon Rijo.  This action allows for the imposition of visa restrictions ... Read More»

Ask the Consul – Applying for a Non-Immigrant U.S. Visa: Preparing for the Interview

In the previous Ask the Consul articles we discussed how to find visa information at  do.usembassy.gov , how to complete a nonimmigrant visa application (DS-160) at  https://ceac.state.gov/genniv/ , how to use  www.ustraveldocs.com/do  to create a profile and schedule your appointment, and how to prepare for your visit to the Visa Application Center (VAC). The next step will be ... Read More»

Ask the Consul – Applying for a Nonimmigrant U.S. Visa: Visa Approval, Denial, and Administrative Processing

In the previous Ask the Consul articles we discussed how to apply for a nonimmigrant visa and prepare for your visit to the Embassy.  Once you have followed all these steps and completed your interview, the consular officer will tell you if your visa application is approved, denied, or pending for additional administrative processing. The ... Read More»

The United States and the Caribbean Cooperate on Regional Security

The United States is in constant cooperation with Caribbean countries on regional security issues. As part of this cooperation, since 2009, representatives from the U.S. and Caribbean governments have met annually to advance the goals of the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI). This year, the annual Caribbean-U.S. Security Cooperation Dialogue was held in the Dominican ... Read More»

Ask the Consul – Be Ready: Visit the Visa Application Center before your Interview

Many residents of Santo Domingo know where the United States Embassy is, and where to apply for a visa.  But have you heard of the Visa Application Center (the “VAC”)?  All applicants for Immigrant Visas must first visit the VAC prior to their interviews at the embassy.  The VAC is located in Galleria 360 mall ... Read More»

Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Robert Copley at the AMCHAMDR Luncheon

Robert Copley Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo Remarks: “DR-CAFTA, The Next Ten Years” Wednesday, November 22, 2017   Remarks as Prepared Thank you to the American Chamber of Commerce, or AMCHAMDR, for being a steadfast partner for our mission and an advocate for U.S. business interests in the Dominican Republic, as well as ... Read More»

Ask the Consul – Family Based Immigration

The U.S. Embassy Consular Section receives many questions related to visas. One of the most common questions received is: How can I become a legal permanent resident of the United States?  An immigrant visa, or green card as it is known, allows you to reside permanently in the United States. To obtain an immigrant visa ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo Resumes Consular Operations

The U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo will resume all normal Consular and USCIS operations on Friday, November 17. Any individuals whose Consular or USCIS appointment was impacted on Thursday, November 16 will be contacted to reschedule their appointment. For emergency rescheduling of your appointment, please contact santodomingovisas@state.gov .   Read More»

U.S. Embassy Temporarily Suspends Consular Operations

As a precautionary measure, the U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo has temporarily suspended all consular operations as of 9:45 a.m. on Thursday, November 16 due to the detection of an unknown substance in the Consular section. The U.S. Embassy is in contact with Dominican authorities and is evaluating the substance. Any individuals who miss Consular or ... Read More»

Ask the Consul – Why do I have to visit the VAC at Galeria 360 before my interview?

Most visa applicants visit the Visa Application Center (Centro de Atención de Visas) or “VAC” in Galerías 360 before their Embassy appointment, or before leaving their visa for renewal to complete the fingerprint collection portion of the visa application process.  Applicants make an appointment at the VAC from their profile on www.ustraveldocs.com/do, after completing the ... Read More»

Announcement to Receive Proposals: Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation 2018

ANNOUNCEMENT TO RECEIVE PROPOSALS PROGRAM OF AMBASSADORS FUND FOR CULTURAL PRESERVATION 2018 (AFCP) The Cultural Section of the Office of Public Affairs of the United States Embassy in Santo Domingo in coordination with the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) Cultural Heritage Center (“the Center”) invites Dominican cultural entities to submit project proposals for ... Read More»

Ask the Consul – Do you get Social Security benefits?

Every year, during the month of July, the Social Security Administration contacts those beneficiaries that have an address in the Dominican Republic by traditional mail for the purpose of verifying and updating their records in the system. Form SSA-7161 and/or SSA-7162 are mailed from the Social Security office in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. The form must be ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo Changes Visa Process for Families with Children under 14

he U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo has discontinued the “Interview Waiver Program,” known as the “drop box,” and will require parents who wish to travel to the United States for vacation with their children (under the age of 14) to appear for an interview in representation of their children. Read More»

Dominican Republic Entry Requirements

A valid U.S. passport is required for all U.S. citizens seeking to enter or transit through the Dominican Republic.  Authorities have not made any exception to this policy for travelers arriving from Puerto Rico.  Dominican immigration authorities will deny entry to persons arriving without a valid travel document.  Neither commercial airlines nor the San Juan/Santo ... Read More»

Ask the Consul – Applying for a Non-Immigrant U.S. Visa: What to expect at the VAC visit

In the previous Ask the Consul articles we discussed how to find visa information at do.usembassy.gov , how to complete a non-immigrant visa application (DS-160) at https://ceac.state.gov/genniv/ , and how to use www.ustraveldocs.com/do to create a profile, make a payment and schedule your appointment. By following the prompts online, you’ll be informed whether you need to make an ... Read More»

U.S. Response to the Impact of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico

The Embassy thanks you for your interest and support as our country deals with the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. We would like to update you on the ongoing relief efforts. The U.S. Government response, led by FEMA, and including the Department of Defense and the U.S. Coast ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo Hosts Reception in Honor of Altos de Chavon School of Design

Santo Domingo, D.N.– The United States Embassy in Santo Domingo hosted a reception in honor of Altos de Chavon School of Design , to thank them for lending 24 art pieces from their collection, which are on display at the Chief of Mission Residence. The ceremony was headed by the U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Mr. Robert Copley, who thanked Dominique ... Read More»

Travel Guidance for Hurricane-Affected Areas

September 25, 2017 DR-4335-VI DR-4340-VI NR 006 FEMA NEWS DESK: 540-247-7974   News Release Important Safety Information for Hurricane Survivors in the U.S. Virgin Islands   CROIX, Virgin Islands – The top priority of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and its federal partners is to support the government of the U.S. Virgin Islands and ... Read More»

CDA Robert Copley’s Remarks at OSAC Conference

Greetings to our fellow OSAC members and its affiliates.  It is a great pleasure for me to be here and take part in the Overseas Security Advisory quarterly conference.  OSAC continues to be an important public and private sector worldwide initiative with the purpose of promoting security cooperation between American private sector interests and the ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Returns to Normal Operations on Friday

Santo Domingo, DN – The U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo will return to normal operations on Friday, September 22, 2017, after closing for routine consular services on September 21, 2017 due to weather conditions caused by Hurricane Maria. Previously scheduled consular services, and all other services offered by the Embassy, will be carried out normally. ... Read More»

Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens- Hurricane Maria

Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens- Hurricane Maria United States Embassy, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic September 20, 2017   This message is to advise U.S. citizens residing and traveling in the Dominican Republic that Hurricane Maria, currently a category 4 storm, is projected to affect the Dominican Republic beginning Wednesday. This storm may bring significant rainfall and ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Will Be Closed for Routine Consular Services on Thursday

Santo Domingo, DN – For the safety and security of our staff and visitors during weather conditions due to Hurricane Maria, the U.S. Embassy Consular Section in  Santo Domingo will be closed for routine consular (nonimmigrant, immigrant, and non-emergency American citizen) services on September 21, 2017.  Those with scheduled appointments for September 21, 2017 will be ... Read More»

Ask the Consul – Applying for a Non-Immigrant U.S. Visa: Preparing for the Interview

In the previous Ask the Consul articles we discussed how to find visa information at  do.usembassy.gov , how to complete a nonimmigrant visa application (DS-160) at  https://ceac.state.gov/genniv/ , how to use  www.ustraveldocs.com/do  to create a profile and schedule your appointment, and how to prepare for your visit to the Visa Application Center (VAC). The next step will be ... Read More»

Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens- Hurricane Maria

Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens- Hurricane Maria United States Embassy, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic September 18, 2017   This message is to advise U.S. citizens residing and traveling in the Dominican Republic that Hurricane Maria, currently a category 1 storm, is projected to strengthen to category 4 and to affect the Dominican Republic. This storm may ... Read More»

Supporting Good Faith Negotiations Among Venezuelans

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC September 15, 2017 The United States reiterates its call for the complete restoration of democracy in Venezuela. We support earnest negotiations in good faith that will achieve this goal. We call attention to the importance of the Government of Venezuela fulfilling its previous commitments to a democratic ... Read More»

President Donald J. Trump Proclaims National Hispanic Heritage Month 2017

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 13, 2017 National Hispanic Heritage Month, 2017 – – – – – – – By the President of the United States of America A Proclamation   During National Hispanic Heritage Month, we celebrate the accomplishments of Hispanic Americans who have helped shape our ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo Reschedules Nonimmigrant Visa Interviews

Santo Domingo, D.N.- The U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo extends its condolences to all those who lost loved ones and to the communities affected by the Hurricane Irma. Our embassies in The Bahamas, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Barbados – as well as the U.S. Consulate General in Curacao – are open.  However, as many staff ... Read More»

The U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo Will Be Closed on Thursday Due to Hurricane Irma

Santo Domingo, D.N.- On September 5, 2017, the Department of State authorized the voluntary departure of U.S government employees and their family members due to Hurricane Irma. The Department of State warns U.S. citizens to carefully reconsider travel to the Dominican Republic. The Embassy, including the Consular Agencies in Punta Cana and Puerto Plata, will ... Read More»

Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens-Assisted Departure Related to Hurricane Irma

United States Embassy, Santo Domingo, The Dominican Republic Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens-Assisted Departure Related to Hurricane Irma   September 6, 2017   This message is to advise U.S. citizens residing and traveling in The Dominican Republic that Hurricane Irma, currently a category  5 storm, is projected to affect The Dominican Republic. On September 5, 2017 the Department of State approved Authorized Departure ... Read More»

Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens – Hurricane Irma

Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens United States Embassy, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic September 5, 2017 Hurricane Irma   This message is to advise U.S. citizens residing and traveling in the Dominican Republic that Hurricane Irma, currently a category 5 storm, is projected to affect the Dominican Republic. This storm may bring significant rainfall and wind that ... Read More»

Ask the Consul – Nonimmigrant Visa: Visa Approval, Denial, and Administrative Processing

In the previous Ask the Consul articles we discussed how to apply for a nonimmigrant visa and prepare for your visit to the Embassy.  Once you have followed all these steps and completed your interview, the consular officer will tell you if your visa application is approved, denied, or pending for additional administrative processing. The three sections below explain in more detail what each decision means for ... Read More»

Follow Hurricane Irma updates here

The U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo reminds U.S. citizens in the Dominican Republic to remain vigilant during the hurricane season.  At this time, Hurricane Irma is forecast to impact the entirety of the Dominican Republic to varying degrees with eastern and northern areas most heavily impacted, by Wednesday, September 6.  This situation continues to develop. For ... Read More»

Ask the Consul – Be Ready: Visit the Visa Application Center before your Interview

Many residents of Santo Domingo know where the United States Embassy is, and where to apply for a visa.  But have you heard of the Visa Application Center (the “VAC”)?  All applicants for Immigrant Visas must first visit the VAC prior to their interviews at the embassy.  The VAC is located in Galleria 360 mall ... Read More»

Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Robert Copley at Interceptor Turnover Ceremony

Honorable Minister of Defense, Lieutenant General Ruben Paulino Sem, Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Miguel Peña Acosta, Members of the Dominican Armed Forces, Members of the Press, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen, Good morning.  I am honored to join you today as we celebrate the continued strong cooperation between the United States and Dominican ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy celebrates Boomerang Night: A night for entrepreneurs

Santo Domingo, D.N. – The U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo and Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo (INTEC) Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship invite you to Boomerang Night, an entrepreneurship event to share stories, connect with young leaders and learn about exchange opportunities to the United States for entrepreneurs. Boomerang Night will showcase a panel of ... Read More»

Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Robert Copley at his Welcome Reception

Remarks by Robert Copley Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. of the U.S. Embassy Welcome reception August 15, 2017 Ladies and gentlemen, Friends and partners of this diplomatic mission, welcome and many thanks for being here tonight and for this warm welcome. It is an honor to be in the Dominican Republic and spend time with you this ... Read More»

United States Embassy Hosts Reception in Honor of New Chargé d’Affaires

Santo Domingo, D.N.- The United States Embassy in Santo Domingo hosted a welcome reception in honor of its new Chargé d’Affaires a.i., Mr. Robert Copley , and his wife, Mrs. Yanira Copley. In his welcome remarks, Mr. Copley highlighted the shared values between the United States and the Dominican Republic as well as his interest in working for ... Read More»

Ask the Consul – Why do I have to visit the VAC at Galeria 360 before my interview?

Most visa applicants visit the Visa Application Center (Centro de Atención de Visas) or “VAC” in Galería 360 before their Embassy appointment, or before leaving their visa for renewal to complete the fingerprint collection portion of the visa application process.  Applicants make an appointment at the VAC from their profile on www.ustraveldocs.com/do , after completing the ... Read More»

Ask the Consul – Applying for a Nonimmigrant U.S. Visa: What to do during the Interview

In the previous Ask the Consul articles we discussed how to complete a nonimmigrant visa application, schedule your appointment, and prepare for your visits to the Visa Application Center (VAC) and the Embassy. Now we will discuss what to expect the day of your interview. On the day of your interview, you should arrive at ... Read More»

Ask the Consul – Applying for a Nonimmigrant U.S. Visa: Myths & Misinformation

In the previous Ask the Consul articles we discussed the steps to apply for a nonimmigrant visa.  Now, we will discuss some common myths regarding the visa process in order to dispel any misinformation and misconceptions that may exist. Myth 1: It is necessary to have a certain amount of money to receive a visa ... Read More»

Youth Ambassadors in Action

The Youth Ambassadors program brings together high school students and teachers for a 3-week exchange to develop their leadership skills, fosters community service, promotes mutual understanding and improves their knowledge about the U.S. Participants engage in workshops, community service activities, team building exercises, meetings with community leaders, and home stays with American families. Upon their ... Read More»

Ask the Consul – Myths and Misconceptions

The interview in the Consular section is very important because it allows the applicant to discuss his/her case with the consular officer for the first time since the petitioner filed the petition with the United Sates Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). First, however, there are some myths and misconceptions about the consular interview that need ... Read More»

Ask the Consul – My Immigrant Visa was Approved… Now What?

If your immigrant visa has been approved, first of all, a heartfelt congratulations!  You and your family have navigated a long and complicated path, and you as an applicant are finally in the last steps of moving to the United States.  The question remains, however, now what do you need to do? First – Check ... Read More»

Notice of Funding Opportunity: Building English Teaching Capacity in the Dominican Republic

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE U.S. EMBASSY SANTO DOMINGO Notice of Funding Opportunity   Funding Opportunity Title:                Building English Teaching Capacity in the Dominican Republic Funding Opportunity Number:          S-DR860-17-NOFO-002 Deadline for Applications:                  August 14, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. (EST) CFDA Number:                                  19.040 – General Department of State Assistance Total Amount Available:                    Up to ... Read More»

Ask the Consul – Do you get Social Security benefits?

Every year, during the month of July, the Social Security Administration contacts those beneficiaries that have an address in the Dominican Republic by traditional mail for the purpose of verifying and updating their records in the system. Form SSA-7161 and/or SSA-7162 are mailed from the Social Security office in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. The form must be ... Read More»

Notification of Funding Opportunity: Youth Empowerment Through Arts

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Notification of Funding Opportunity U.S. EMBASSY SANTO DOMINGO PUBLIC AFFAIRS SMALL GRANTS PROGRAM   Announcement Type:                       Grant Funding Opportunity Title:             U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo Public Affairs Small Grants Program Statement Funding Opportunity Number:       S-DR860-17-NOFO-001. CFDA Number:                                19.040 – General Department of State Assistance. Date Opened:                                     July 10, 2017. ... Read More»

Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires Patrick Dunn at 241st Independence Day Celebration

Remarks by Mr. Patrick Dunn U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. During 241st Independence Day Celebration July 6th, 2017   Ladies and Gentlemen, On behalf of the U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo, welcome to our 241st Independence Day celebration.  We’re delighted you could join us this evening. Images of Independence Day on the fourth ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo Celebrates 241st United States Independence Day

Santo Domingo, D.N.– The U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo held a reception to celebrate the 241st United States Independence Day. The event was hosted by Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Patrick Dunn and his wife Meltem Ercan-Dunn. The event began with the color guard Infantry Corps of the Embassy Marines, followed by the national anthems of both ... Read More»

Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Patrick Dunn During LGBTI Pride March

Remarks by Mr. Patrick Dunn US Embassy Chargé d’Affaires During LGBTI Pride March July 2, 2017   Gracias Deivis, for that kind introduction. Representatives from foreign missions, Ladies and Gentelmen, Good Afternoon.  To the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex Community and its allies: Happy Pride!  Thank you to the organizers, Amigos Siempre Amigos, and ... Read More»

Ask the Consul – What to expect the day of the immigrant visa consular interview

On the day of the interview, applicants should arrive fifteen minutes before their scheduled time to avoid any unnecessary waiting. Our embassy works to process cases as quickly as possible but due to the number of applicants interviewed daily, some families may have to wait for longer periods of time. There are snacks and beverages ... Read More»

Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Patrick Dunn at FCS Reception

CDA – Patrick Dunn Commercial Reception Remarks: InterCon Tuesday, June 27, 2017 Thank you Maria Elena for that introduction and thank you David for hosting this lovely reception. Good evening everyone.   I will keep my comments brief because I know you are all eager to resume your evening.   I echo David’s sentiments about the importance ... Read More»

Ask the Consul – Family Based Immigration

The U.S. Embassy Consular Section receives many questions related to visas. One of the most common questions received is: How can I become a legal permanent resident of the United States?  An immigrant visa, or green card as it is known, allows you to reside permanently in the United States. To obtain an immigrant visa ... Read More»

United States Embassy Welcomes New Counselor for Political and Economic Affairs

Santo Domingo, D.N. – The United States Embassy in Santo Domingo hosted a welcome reception to honor the new Counselor for Political and Economic Affairs Section, Mrs. Katharine Beamer and bid farewell to the departing Counselor, Mr. Brian Quigley.  The event was headed by the Embassy Chargé d’Affaires, a.i., Mr. Patrick Dunn and his wife, Mrs. ... Read More»

Amendment Executive Order 13597: Rescinds Minimum Wait Times

This applies to minimum wait times to schedule non-immigrant visa interviews On June 21, 2017 President Trump signed an Executive Order rescinding a provision of Executive Order 13597, which directed the Department to ensure that 80 percent of nonimmigrant visa applicants were interviewed within three weeks of submitting an application, except where dictated otherwise by ... Read More»

United States Strategy for Engagement in the Caribbean

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release  MEDIA NOTE June 21, 2017 United States Strategy for Engagement in the Caribbean   The U.S. Department of State, in coordination with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), submitted a multi-year Caribbean strategy to Congress on June 19 that establishes a framework for ... Read More»

Deputy Secretary John J. Sullivan Remarks at OAS General Assembly

Remarks Deputy Secretary John J. Sullivan At a Solo Press Availability June 20, 2017 Cancun, Mexico **UNEDITED/DRAFT** MODERATOR: (Via interpreter) Good afternoon. Welcome to this press conference of the Under* Secretary of State John Sullivan. He will start with a brief declaration and then he will answer some questions. I will assign the persons that ... Read More»

Remarks by President Trump on the Policy of the United States Towards Cuba

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release June 16, 2017 Manuel Artime Theater Miami, Florida 1:31 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you, everybody.  Thank you very much.  Great honor.  And thank you to my truly great friend, Vice President Mike Pence — he’s terrific.  (Applause.)  And thank you to Miami.  We ... Read More»

Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires Patrick Dunn at the English Teaching Conference

English Teaching Conference Opening Ceremony Thursday, June 15, 2017   Members of the Board of Directors of Instituto Cultural Dominico-Americano; Members of the table of honor; International Speakers; English teachers, distinguished guests, and friends; Good morning, and thank you, Ingeniero Ariza, for the warm welcome.  It is a pleasure to join you today to promote ... Read More»

Remarks by the Vice President at the Northern Triangle Conference

The White House Office of the Vice President For Immediate Release June 15, 2017 Florida International University Miami, Florida 1:18 P.M. EDT THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Thank you, Mr. Secretary.  And thank you all, I’m truly honored to be with you at this important gathering. But before I begin, allow me to address the attack that ... Read More»

Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires Patrick Dunn During Reception to Commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the ICDA

Welcome Remarks Reception to Commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the Instituto Cultural Dominico-Americano Tuesday, June 13, 2017   Mr. Jose Ariza, President of Board of Directors and other Members of the Board of the Instituto Cultural Dominico-Americano; Distinguished guests and friends; Good evening, and thank you, Ingeniero Ariza, for the warm welcome.  It is a ... Read More»

Innovation Fund Announces Grant for Dominican Institution for Entrepreneurship Program

The 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund announced a grant for Instituto Tecnológico de las Américas (ITLA) and the New York Institute of Technology to create the Innovation Across Borders program. This program will promote entrepreneurship and will be structured around joint design challenges completed by students at both institutions. The joint projects will ... Read More»

Be Ready: Visit the Visa Application Center before your Interview

Many residents of Santo Domingo know where the United States Embassy is, and where to apply for a visa.  But have you heard of the Visa Application Center (the “VAC”)?  All applicants for Immigrant Visas must first visit the VAC prior to their interviews at the embassy.  The VAC is located in Galleria 360 mall ... Read More»

Ask the Consul – What to do after you have your IV Appointment Letter?

Congratulations on reaching this stage in the process where you are invited to prepare your Immigrant Visa (IV) application package and come to the U.S. Embassy for your visa interview. This column will provide answers to many questions you may now have. It is important that you understand the requirements for each part of the ... Read More»

Emergency Operations Center Presents AlertCOE App Sponsored by the United States Government

The app will serve to share COE alerts through smartphones during any weather phenomenon1 SANTO DOMINGO.  The United States Government, through its Agency for International Development (USAID), sponsored the design of a new application called AlertCOE that will allow alerts issued by the Emergency Operations Center (COE) to be received by smartphone users. United States ... Read More»

Ask the Consul – United States Citizen Immigration and Services Office

The US Citizenship and Immigration Services Office, USCIS, is a government entity of the United States of America that provides services related to the immigration and naturalization processes of the families of residents and citizens of the United States. USCIS also manages the first steps for the adoptions of children of other countries. Family-based immigration ... Read More»

Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Art Brown at the Carol Morgan School Senior Reception

Distinguished graduates, faculty and staff, parents, family members, friends, distinguished alumni; It is a pleasure to honor the graduating class of 2017, student award recipients, and this year’s distinguished alumnus tonight. On behalf of the United States Embassy, welcome and congratulations for all of your achievements.  A special congratulation as well to CMS’ faculty and ... Read More»

Global Business Leaders to Attend 2017 SelectUSA Investment Summit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Monday, May 22, 2017 U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Commerce and SelectUSA announced an impressive lineup of global executives and business leaders that will address participants at the SelectUSA Investment Summit , June 18-20, at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Md. Speakers include executives from ... Read More»

Haiti Travel Warning

May 22, 2017 The Department of State warns U.S. citizens to carefully consider the risks of traveling to Haiti due to its current security environment and lack of adequate medical facilities and response, especially in the areas of Petionville and the storm-damaged southern peninsula departments of Grand Anse and Sud.  This replaces the Travel Warning ... Read More»

Ask the Consul- Protect yourself

The United States Embassy in Santo Domingo wants visa applicants to protect themselves from becoming victims of visa fraud. Our “Ten cuida’o con ese Maco” campaign helps applicants to identify the macos – dishonest lawyers, travel agents, and fixers – and to understand the consequences of immigration fraud. Each year, millions of people obtain a ... Read More»

United States Embassy Announces New Website

Santo Domingo, D.N.- The Embassy of the United States of America in the Dominican Republic announced the launch of its new website, which is available to all users starting on Thursday, May 18. The site, located at do.usembassy.gov , contains information in English and Spanish. On the new website, users can find current information on immigrant ... Read More»

Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Patrick Dunn at the 34th International Drug Enforcement Conference (IDEC)

Remarks by Mr. Patrick Dunn, Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Embassy of the United States of America 34th International Drug Enforcement Conference (IDEC) May 16, 2017   Good morning, On behalf of the United States Embassy in Santo Domingo, good morning and welcome to the 2017 International Drug Enforcement Conference. First of all, I would like to ... Read More»

Ask the Consul – Do you get Social Security benefits?

Every year, during the month of July, the Social Security Administration contacts those beneficiaries that have an address in the Dominican Republic by traditional mail for the purpose of verifying and updating their records in the system. Form SSA-7161 and/or SSA-7162 are mailed from the Social Security office in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. The form must be ... Read More»

Ask the Consul – Step Registration: How can I be sure to receive important information from the embassy regarding the Dominican Republic?

Protecting the lives and interests of U.S. citizens abroad is a core mission of U.S. embassies. If you are a U.S. citizen living in or visiting the Dominican Republic, we strongly encourage you to enroll with the embassy’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program which is commonly referred to as “STEP.” By enrolling in the STEP program, ... Read More»

DREAM Project And U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo Celebrate First Teacher Training Project Graduation

The participants received intensive workshops on lesson planning and classroom management strategies to support English language learning in the classroom Cabarete, Puerto Plata – The local NGO Dominican Republic Education and Mentoring Project (DREAM) and the United States Embassy in Santo Domingo celebrated the first Teacher Training Project graduation for twenty English teachers of the ... Read More»

Ask the Consul – Understanding the Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA)

A Consular Report of Birth (CRBA) is evidence of United States citizenship, issued to a child born abroad to a U.S. citizen parent or parents who meet the requirements for transmitting citizenship under the U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). CRBA applications can be made at any time before the child’s 18th birthday, but we ... Read More»

Ask the Consul – The U.S. Embassy’s Federal Benefits Unit

The Consular Section of the United States Embassy in the Dominican Republic has a Federal Benefits Unit office that provides assistance to citizens of the United States, Dominican Republic and nationals of other countries whenever they receive U.S. federal benefits. This office also provides services to these individuals when they have concerns to clarify with ... Read More»

Green Fest Opening Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Patrick Dunn

Remarks by Mr. Patrick Dunn, Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. U.S. Embassy Green Fest Opening Ceremony April 23, 2017   Good afternoon.  I’d like to begin by welcoming all of you – special guests, artists, vendors, exhibitors, volunteers, and visitors – to the U.S. Embassy’s seventh annual Green Fest.  I am thrilled to be here with you to ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy to host 7th Annual Green Fest at the Botanical Garden

Santo Domingo, D. N. – On Sunday April 23, the Embassy of the United States of America will host the seventh consecutive “Green Fest” to commemorate International Earth Day. Each year, the Embassy of the United States hosts Green Fest as a way to raise awareness among the public of the importance of preserving the environment ... Read More»

Embassy of the United States presents AMA Karikatura Band

The visit is part of their Latin American tour that includes Chile, Haiti, Mexico and Panama Santo Domingo, D.N.– The Embassy of the United States of America in Santo Domingo, in collaboration with the State Department’s American Music Abroad (AMA) program, organized a tour of the American pop band with Afro-Latin influences Karikatura through two ... Read More»

Ask the Consul – Report of Death of a Person Holding a Social Security Number

There are people who have worked legally in U.S. territory in some way, although they are not citizens of the United States. These persons may be Dominicans or citizens of other countries who have obtained visas and temporary work permits.  They may also be, or have been, Legal Permanent Residents, refugees, among other situations. It ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo donates two mobile clinics to offer health services in communities of Santiago and Puerto Plata

Santiago, Dominican Republic.- On behalf of the United States Government, Chargé d’affaires, a.i. Patrick Dunn, and Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the Dominican Republic, Dr. Nelson Arboleda, delivered two mobile clinics to Dominican institutions that offer community health and HIV / AIDS services in the provinces of Santiago and ... Read More»

Statement by President Trump on Syria

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release April 06, 2017 Statement by President Trump on Syria Mar-a-Lago, Florida 9:40 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT:  My fellow Americans:  On Tuesday, Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad launched a horrible chemical weapons attack on innocent civilians.  Using a deadly nerve agent, Assad choked out the lives ... Read More»

U.S. Donates 15 Vehicles to Dominican Armed Forces

Santo Domingo –Today, the Dominican Ministry of Defense received a donation of 15 Jeep J-8 Troop Mobility Vehicles from the U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo. The handover ceremony was attended by the Minister of Defense Lieutenant General Ruben Dario Paulino Sem, the Chief of the Dominican Navy Vice Admiral Miguel Enrique Peña Acosta, the  Commander ... Read More»

Remarks by Mr. Patrick Dunn, Chargé d’Affaires, a.i., During Delivery of Vehicles to the Ministry of Defense

Remarks by Mr. Patrick Dunn Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. United States Embassy in Santo Domingo Delivery of Vehicles to the Ministry of Defense Tuesday, March 28, 2017   Dear General Lieutenant General Ruben Dario Paulino Sem, Minister of Defense, admirals, generals and officers, representatives of the diplomatic corps, senior officers and subordinates, all guests – I ... Read More»

Ask the Consul – Applying for a Nonimmigrant U.S. Visa: Visa Approval, Denial, and Administrative Processing

In the previous Ask the Consul articles we discussed how to apply for a nonimmigrant visa and prepare for your visit to the Embassy.  Once you have followed all these steps and completed your interview, the consular officer will tell you if your visa application is approved, denied, or pending for additional administrative processing. The ... Read More»

Ask the Consul – Applying for a Nonimmigrant U.S. Visa: What to do during the Interview

In the previous Ask the Consul articles we discussed how to complete a nonimmigrant visa application, schedule your appointment, and prepare for your visits to the Visa Application Center (VAC) and the Embassy. Now we will discuss what to expect the day of your interview. On the day of your interview, you should arrive at ... Read More»

United States Southern Command conducts training with Dominican Air Force

Santo Domingo, D.N. – The United States Southern Command’s Mobile Training Team began today a training cycle for the Dominican Republic Air Force’s Rotating Wing Maintenance Command, focused on helicopter maintenance for emergency situations. The US military personnel were invited by the Dominican Air Force to strengthen emergency management skills, ensuring that aircraft maintenance technicians ... Read More»

U.S. State Department Representative Travels to the Dominican Republic and Haiti

Starting today until March 17th, Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Kenneth Merten is visiting the Dominican Republic and Haiti. The objective of the visit by the American diplomat is to further U.S. government support for strong partnerships in the Hemisphere and stable regional economies. In the Dominican Republic, Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Merten will ... Read More»

Ask the Consul: Applying for a Non-Immigrant U.S. Visa: Preparing for the Interview

In the previous Ask the Consul articles we discussed how to find visa information at do.usembassy.gov , how to complete a nonimmigrant visa application (DS-160) at https://ceac.state.gov/genniv/ , how to use www.ustraveldocs.com /do to create a profile and schedule your appointment, and how to prepare for your visit to the Visa Application Center (VAC). The next step will ... Read More»