Boarding foils

If you are a lawful permanent resident (LPR) who has been outside of the United States for less than a year, but your resident card (“green card”) is lost, stolen, or damaged, you will need to apply for a travel document, also known as a “boarding foil.”  If your 10-year LPR card is expired, you …

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Do not use false documents

We understand that applying for a travel visa to the United States can seem complicated.  Many people incorrectly believe that hiring a visa consultant is necessary, and that obtaining false documents will help their chances of getting an approval.  Nothing could be farther from the truth. The U.S. Embassy recommends that you always fill out …

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CBP Issues Withhold Release Order on Central Romana Corporation Limited

Agency will detain imports of raw sugar and sugar-based products produced by Central Romana Corporation Limited WASHINGTON — Effective November 23, 2022, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) personnel at all U.S. ports of entry will detain raw sugar and sugar-based products produced in the Dominican Republic by Central Romana Corporation Limited (Central Romana). CBP …

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Interview waiver visa renewal

Most applicants applying to renew their visa do not require an interview at the embassy by an embassy official. If qualified, these applicants complete a non-immigrant visa application online and schedule an appointment at the Visa Service Center (VAC) to take their biometrics and leave their passport.  Embassy officials then adjudicate the applications.  Each passport …

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Alert: Ongoing Dominican Migration Enforcement

This message is to advise U.S. citizens that in recent months travelers to the Dominican Republic have reported being delayed, detained, or subject to heightened questioning at ports of entry and in other encounters with immigration officials based on their skin color. Reports of disparate treatment of U.S. citizens by Dominican authorities are a matter of …

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Consular Services Contacts

The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in the Dominican Republic has different official mechanisms for applicants to obtain general as well as specific information about their cases.  The most used form for visa inquiries is our Information Service Center, which can be contacted from the Dominican Republic at 1-829-956-5144 or from the United States …

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Community Engagement and Exchange (CEE) Program applications from October 26 through November 30

The Community Engagement and Exchange (CEE) Program will accept application for young changemakers from October 26 through November 30, 2022. CEE is a bold civil society program sponsored by ECA and supported in its implementation by IREX that connects a dynamic global network of innovators working with communities to address critical 21st Century issues. CEE …

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The correct use of a visa (II)

Each person has the responsibility to comply with the terms of their visa class. Every kind of visa has its correct use; therefore, the activities allowed according to the visa class must be respected. It is also your responsibility to comply with federal and local laws in the United States, including traffic and good conduct …

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Panel Physician Requirements

Immigrant Visa applicants should attend their appointment with the Panel Physician 7 to 10 days before their immigrant visa interview at the U.S. Embassy. Completing your medical exam 7 to 10 days before your interview will help to minimize any wait time that may occur because we do not have your medical results. Please also …

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An Open Skies Aviation Agreement with the United States would benefit the Dominican Republic with better fares, more tourism, and more competition

By: Robert W. Thomas Chargé d’Affaires U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo If you are looking to travel to the United States, you have probably noticed that prices for airline tickets have risen a lot in the last few months.  We all know the usual culprits for this phenomenon: rising demand, rising fuel costs, and continuing …

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New appointments for tourist visas

Beginning on October 19, 2022, the Embassy will open additional visa interview appointments for tourist visas (B1/B2) every other Wednesday for two-week increments.  For example, on October 19, we will open tourist visa interview appointments for the period November 2-15.  On November 2, we will open new appointments for the period November 16-29.  At the …

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Proyecto TraSa financiado por el Gobierno de los Estados Unidos inicia ciclo de donaciones de cadena de frío

Santo Domingo, D.N. – El Proyecto Trade Safe (TraSa), financiado por el Gobierno de los Estados Unidos a través de su Departamento de Agricultura, inició formalmente su programa de donaciones de cadena de frío presentando sus primeros cinco beneficiarios con un monto total de US$200,000. En el evento, se dieron a conocer a Pilarte Cargo, …

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Avoid using advisors

Applying for a travel visa to the United States can seem complicated and difficult, and we understand that many people seek the services of immigration consultants; however, to avoid being victim to irregularities, always fill out your forms yourself. There is no private organization and/or individual that offers immigration advice that has a direct connection …

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The correct use of a visa

Every kind of visa has its correct use; therefore, the activities allowed according to the visa class must be respected. The visa allows you to travel to the US for the reason you explained in your application, but only the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer determines if you are eligible to enter the US …

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Weather Alert – Hurricane Fiona – No In-Person Services at our Facilities on Monday, September 19

Location:  All parts of the Dominican Republic Event:  The  National Hurricane Center  has updated guidance regarding Hurricane Fiona which is expected to reach the Dominican Republic on Sunday, September 18.  A Hurricane Warning has been issued for the coast of the Dominican Republic from Cabo Caucedo to Cabo Frances Viejo.  A Hurricane Watch and Tropical Storm Warning have been issued for …

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Weather Alert – Tropical Storm Fiona (September 16, 2022)

Location:  All parts of the Dominican Republic Event:  The  National Hurricane Center has issued a Tropical Storm Watch due to Tropical Storm Fiona which is expected to reach the Dominican Republic on Sunday, September 18.  The Dominican Republic Center of Emergency Operations  has issued a green alert for the following provinces: Samaná, La Romana, La Altagracia, and María Trinidad Sánchez.  Tropical storm conditions are expected within the warning areas …

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Mail-in Passport Renewal

The American Citizen Services unit at the U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo now accepts ten-year passport renewal applications for eligible adults by mail.  You can renew your passport at any Domex location today! You may renew your passport by mail if your ten-year passport is undamaged, issued when you were 16 years of age or …

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

Did you know that U.S. citizens residing in the Dominican Republic may vote in U.S. elections, and the Embassy is here to help? Start by confirming your voter registration with your state. Some states require absentee voters to register annually so you may need to re-register.  Go to FVAP.gov to connect to your state’s voter portal. …

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Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo

Location: Countrywide Event:  The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 2 Travel Health Notice for  Monkeypox in Multiple Countries .  The World Health Organization has determined the multi-country outbreak of  monkeypox  is a Public Health Emergency of International Concern ( click here  to view the WHO’s determination). Actions to Take:​ ·          Travelers should AVOID : o   Close contact with sick people, including those with skin lesions or genital …

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People should not travel internationally with Dominican pork products

Individuals traveling to the United States or to other international destinations from the Dominican Republic should not travel with pork products due to the country’s ongoing African Swine Fever outbreak.  Products such as chicharrón, longaniza, jamón, salami, jamoneta, and sancocho should not be taken on international trips.  Individuals who travel to the United States with …

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Worldwide Caution

On July 31, 2022, the United States conducted a precision counterterrorism strike in Afghanistan that killed Ayman al-Zawahiri, Osama bin Laden’s deputy and successor as leader of al-Qa’ida.  Al- Zawahiri was one of the masterminds of the attacks against the United States on September 11, 2001, and had continued to urge his followers to attack …

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Avoid using advisors

Applying for a travel visa to the United States can seem complicated and difficult, and we understand that many people seek the services of immigration consultants; however, to avoid being victim to irregularities, always fill out your forms yourself. There is no private organization and/or individual that offers immigration advice that has a direct connection …

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2022 Dominican Republic Trafficking in Persons Report

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC (Tier 2) The Government of the Dominican Republic does not fully meet the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking but is making significant efforts to do so.  The government demonstrated overall increasing efforts compared with the previous reporting period, considering the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on its anti-trafficking capacity; therefore the …

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U.S. and Dominican Republic to face shared threats in cyberspace

Both countries issued a joint statement on cyber policy during a Digital Agenda 2030 implementation training.   Santo Domingo, D.N.-  The United States and Dominican Republic issued a joint statement in which they pledged to cooperate to address shared cyberspace threats. The statement, issued after a cyber capacity building meeting for the implementation of the …

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Scan and upload documents

An important notice to immigrant visa applicants: Please remember that it is essential to scan and upload all the required documents to the web portal indicated below before your interview appointment at the Embassy.  In order to serve as many applicants as possible on a daily basis, the Consular Section will no longer scan and …

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Tourist Visa B1/B2 Appointments

The U.S. Embassy continues to gradually resume in-person interviews for nonimmigrant tourist visa (B1/B2) applicants in a limited manner as staffing resources allow. While at this time some appointments are opened as far distant as 2025, please note that earlier appointments may become available as additional staffing resources are added. Therefore, we recommend that most …

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U.S. citizens will not be allowed to use their expired U.S. passport for direct return to the United States after June 30, 2022.

On May 24, 2021, as a result of COVID-19 delays, a measure was enacted permitting, under limited circumstances, the direct return of U.S. citizens overseas who had U.S. passports that expired on or after January 1, 2020.  This temporary measure was extended through June 30, 2022.   Because the Department and the U.S. Embassy in Santo …

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LGBTQI+ Community Immigration Information

The month of June is celebrated around the world as Pride Month and the U.S. Embassy stands with the LGBTQI+ community in the Dominican Republic and around the world.  Since 2013, U.S. Embassies and Consulates have adjudicated same-sex marriage visa applications the same way in which we adjudicate applications for opposite gender spouses.  All same-sex …

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Weather Alert for U.S. Citizens – Hurricane Season 2022

The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the Hurricane Season which lasts through November 2022. 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 2022 season to be above average for the seventh consecutive year.  NOAA predicts that the 2022 Atlantic hurricane season will produce: ·        14 to 21 …

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A Summit for All Americans

  Brian A. Nichols Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Numerous Dominican COVID-19 patients are alive today thanks to the work of Marizeth Beato.  Marizeth participated in the SDQ Creates innovation camp, which is a program implemented by YLAI alumni and promoted by the U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo.  Thanks to this experience, …

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Visa Inquiry Contact forms

Beginning July 01, 2022, the U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo will be transitioning to a new contact form for all visa inquiries.  Our previous inbox SantoDomingoVisas@state.gov will no longer be active.  Please do not send inquiries to this address as your inbound message will not be delivered.   In order to best serve you, streamline our …

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I just renewed my US passport, why does it look different? Introducing the Next Generation Passport!

The new passport is a modernized U.S. passport book, which we started issuing in 2021.  While our previous electronic passports are secure, the Next Generation Passport book uses new technologies to produce a more robust passport with enhanced security features, such as a polycarbonate data page, laser-engraved personalization, and updated artwork.  These improved security features …

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Do I bring the petitioner to my interview at the Embassy?

As a reminder, the Immigrant Visa Unit at the U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo is interviewing ALL immigrant visa classes, for all relationships, including F2A and F2B.  The embassy does NOT require petitioners to attend the interview, not for any immigrant visa class.  However, in some cases, it could be helpful for the consular officer …

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VivenciasUSAenRD heads South

VivenciasUSAenRD heads South By Consul General, William Swaney I recently had the chance to visit the southwest and was again struck by the beauty of the DR and by how quickly the landscape and weather can change.  Our group left Santo Domingo in the dark and soon found ourselves on the coastal road south of …

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Embajada de los Estados Unidos conmemora 60 aniversario de cooperación con la República Dominicana a través de la USAID

Santo Domingo, D.N.- La Embajada de los Estados Unidos celebró los 60 años de la Agencia de los Estados Unidos para el Desarrollo Internacional (USAID) en una recepción celebrada en el hotel Real Intercontinental. El acto fue encabezado por el encargado de Negocios, Robert W. Thomas y  contó con la presencia del Excelentísimo señor presidente Luis …

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Online payment for U.S. passport renewal applications

U.S. citizen adults renewing their passports now have the ability to pay renewal fees online.  Beginning Monday, April 25, 2022, U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo will begin accepting online fee payments for adult U.S. passport renewal applications.  Paying online allows you to mail your application through Domex to the U.S. Embassy without the need to apply …

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What to do if your LPR card or ‘green card’ is Expired, Lost or Stolen?

Expired Cards: Residents who have a 10-year Permanent Resident card in their possession may board a U.S.-bound flight even if their card is expired.  They need no additional travel document.  Arrive at the airport 3 to 4 hours before your flight departs, however, to allow your airline time to address the issue.  A Resident with …

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Location of U.S. Consular Agencies in the Dominican Republic

The U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo operates Consular Agencies in Punta Cana and Puerto Plata.  The U.S. Consular Agencies provide U.S. Citizen-focused services, which include emergency assistance, acceptance of applications for non-emergency U.S. passports, and notarial services for U.S. citizens residing in or visiting the northern and eastern coasts of the Dominican Republic.  Having Consular …

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Alert: Safety Operations During Easter Week Celebrations

Beginning Thursday, April 14, there will be increased presence of police, medical and safety personnel on main roads, highways, beaches, and other locations. These personnel are being deployed to prevent or respond to any emergency traffic accidents, drownings, alcohol poisoning and food poisoning that can be associated with heavy holiday travel and festivities around the …

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Dominican Republic – Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution

Exercise increased caution in 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 2 Travel Health Notice for the Dominican Republic, indicating a moderate level of COVID-19 in the country.  Your risk of contracting COVID-19 and developing severe symptoms may be lower if you are …

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Where should I pay for consular services?

The Embassy of the United States of America will never ask for payment through wire or money transfer services (Western Union, Paypal, etc) or attempt to communicate with you about a process through informal means (Whatsapp, Facebook or Instagram). To prevent fraudulent schemes, we remind you of the only authorized points to make payments for …

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Dominican Republic – Level 3: Reconsider Travel

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, indicating a high level of COVID-19 in the country.  Your risk of contracting COVID-19 and developing severe symptoms …

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Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF) 2022

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Notification of Funding Opportunity U.S. EMBASSY SANTO DOMINGO PUBLIC AFFAIRS ALUMNI ENGAGEMENT INNOVATION FUND (AEIF) 2022   Announcement Type: Grant  Funding Opportunity Title: Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF) 2022  Funding Opportunity Number: S-DR860-22-NOFO-001 Date Opened: March 14, 2022 Closing Date and Time for Submission of Application: April 17, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. (Santo Domingo time). Received proposals will …

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Important information about B1/B2 Non immigrant visas

In addition to our regular services to U.S. citizens and a continuing focus on handling accumulated immigrant visa applications of all categories as well as students and workers, the U.S. Embassy will be resuming in-person interviews for tourist visa (B1/B2) applicants whose appointments were cancelled on March 13, 2020.  Applicants who were adversely affected by the …

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USAID brings two cassava clusters together to the benefit of both

Strength in Numbers   The Monción Cassava Bread producers group has consistently experienced severe limitations of raw material due to an unstable supply of product from local growers. This scarcity of raw material has limited the group’s capacity to better develop and expand its local and international market. Just a few kilometers away from Monción, …

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Filling out your DS-160 correctly

Unfortunately, we frequently find applicants who have incomplete application forms because another person filled it out for them without answering all required questions and/or omitting basic information. When you electronically sign your application form, you are certifying that all the information on it is true and correct. Falsifying or omitting any information may result in …

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New Year, New Passport!

The American Citizen Services unit at the U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo now accepts ten-year passport renewal applications for eligible adults by mail.  You can renew your passport at any Domex location today!  You may renew your passport by mail if your ten-year passport is undamaged, issued when you were 16 years of age or …

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How to Request an Emergency Appointment

At the present time, U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo is not processing regular visa interviews.  However, if an urgent need to travel arises, you may request an expedited appointment.  Before requesting an expedited appointment, you must first ensure that you have documentary evidence to prove the urgency.  Second, complete the online visa application, pay all required …

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Immigrant Visas update

Due to COVID-19 related staffing shortages, and the continuing priority to keep immigrant visa applicants and their families safe and healthy, some immigrant visa interview appointments currently scheduled at the Embassy will be rescheduled.  Applicants whose appointments are postponed should monitor their email closely for a new Embassy interview appointment date. Applicants who are scheduled …

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STEP enrollment

The U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo wishes you a Happy and Prosperous New Year!  If you are a U.S. citizen, or will have U.S. citizen family and friends visiting, we would like to remind you that they can register in the STEP program during their visit.  The Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) …

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Water equals quality of life

How USAID helped communities secure the most important resource: water   Imagine you do not have direct access to water everyday and have to wait for weeks for it to get delivered to your home. Imagine you have to order water trucks to bring water to your house, and “purchase it” so you can clean, …

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What is marriage fraud?

The Immigration and Naturalization Act prohibits the issuance of a visa to a person who has entered into a marriage for the sole purpose of obtaining an immigration benefit.  The Embassy takes marriage fraud very seriously.  Consequences can be severe; apart from having your visa denied, each applicant, meaning principal applicant and their children, may …

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Update to travel COVID 19 testing requirement to the United States

Effective December 6, 2021 all air travelers 2 years and older are required to show a negative pre-departure COVID-19 viral test taken the day before they board their flight to the United States, regardless of vaccination status or nationality.  You must show your negative result to the airline before you board your flight. If you …

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Come prepared to your citizenship appointment

Avoid delays! Please make sure to bring all required documents to your citizenship services appointment. By following these tips, you could prevent your case from being placed under administrative processing. We respectfully remind you that electronics, including cell phones, are prohibited from entering the Embassy. Therefore, if your process requires photos (family pictures, relationship evidence, …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (3 December 2021)

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (3 December 2021) Location: Dominican Republic, countrywide Event: On December 6, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will implement a one-day COVID-19 testing requirement for travelers over age two coming to the United States. Regardless of vaccination status or nationality, any individual coming to the United …

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CDA Thomas Remarks at Civil Society Event for the Summit for Democracy

CDA Thomas Remarks at Civil Society Event for the Summit for Democracy Good morning distinguished ministers and legislators, representatives of Dominican Civil Society and the Private Sector! It is an honor to participate in this event, which is dedicated to such a vital and urgent goal: strengthening democratic institutions. We live in a concerning time …

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Three ways USAID Dominican Republic is supporting to restore the Earth

Learn how the United States Government, through USAID, is working to combat climate change and pollution. Brenda Silverio is the Social Media Specialist at USAID’s Mission in the Dominican Republic.  The Dominican Republic is vulnerable to natural disasters, which are exacerbated by climate change. Hurricanes, drought, flooding, heat waves, rising sea levels, and wildfires have …

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“Moving Forward Together”: CDA Tomas’ speech at AMCHAMDR Thanksgiving luncheon

Moving Forward Together CDA Robert Thomas AMCHAM Thanksgiving Speech Good morning, everyone! It is an honor to join you all here today as we celebrate Thanksgiving – my favorite civic holiday. This time-honored American tradition provides us with an opportunity to reflect upon the importance of thankfulness and community. Thanksgiving is part of the fabric …

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Avoid travel delays this holiday season!

Ready to travel? We remind you to verify the expiration date on your U.S. passport.  Although the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has authorized U.S. citizens to use passports that expired after January 1 2020 to enter the United States until December 31, 2021, individual airlines have ultimate discretion over who may board their flights.  …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (November 3, 2021)

Location: Worldwide Event: On October 25, President Biden announced the United States will adopt a global air travel policy.  This policy prioritizes public health, protecting U.S. citizens and residents as well as those who come to visit us.  Effective November 8 all non-citizen, nonimmigrant (not a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, lawful permanent resident, or traveling to …

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Updated Requirements for Air Travelers to the U.S. due to COVID-19

Effective November 8, 2021, vaccinated U.S. citizens and LPRs returning to the United States will be required to present proof of a negative COVID-19 test within three days of departure and non-vaccinated U.S. citizens and LPRs will need to present a negative COVID-19 test within one day of departure.  All non-immigrant, non-U.S. citizen air travelers …

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U.S. Entry Requirements Update: Vaccination and Testing Policy for International Flights to the U.S.

Effective November 8, 2021, there are new entry requirements for all air passengers traveling to the United States:  Foreign travelers must be fully vaccinated and provide documentation of the vaccination status before boarding the plane.  The exceptions to this policy will be extremely limited:  Under 18 years of age  People who, by medical prescription, cannot receive the vaccine  …

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Guidelines to follow for all visits to the U.S. Embassy

Entry Requirements Only applicants with a confirmed appointment will be permitted to enter the Embassy for consular services.  Masks are required for entry and must be worn properly during the entire duration of visit.   Anyone experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 such as cough or fever, or anyone who has been knowingly exposed to someone with …

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The United States and the Dominican Republic Host Second High-level Bilateral Dialogue on Institutional Reform

The working groups that comprise the second dialogue demonstrate the United States’ steadfast support for the Dominican Republic’s efforts in advancing institutional reforms. Santo Domingo, D.N. – On Thursday, October 7, 2021, Dominican and U.S. government authorities held the second High-Level Dialogue on Institutional Reform under the leadership of Dominican President Luis Abinader and Administrator …

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Administrator Samantha Power’s Remarks at the U.S.-Dominican Republic High-Level Dialogue on Institutional Reform

UNITED STATES AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT Office of Press Relations For Immediate Release October 7, 2021 REMARKS Administrator Samantha Power’s Remarks at the U.S.-Dominican Republic High-Level Dialogue on Institutional Reform October 7, 2021 Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic ADMINISTRATOR POWER: Good afternoon, everyone. It is such a pleasure to be with President Abinader, and to join …

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USAID Administrator Samantha Power travels to the Dominican Republic

On October 7-8, Administrator Samantha Power will travel to Santo Domingo to advance the United States’ partnership with the people and government of the Dominican Republic. The Administrator will lead U.S. participation in a U.S.-Dominican Republic High-Level Dialogue on Institutional Reform and meet with Dominican President Luis Abinader. While there, the Administrator will visit USAID …

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Information for consular appointments at the Embassy

The Embassy continues to provide emergency and limited routine consular services as resources and local conditions allow. U.S. citizens can renew passports by mail and limited passport appointments are now available.  Appointments for Consular Reports of Birth Abroad and notarial services can be made online.  We are processing limited non-immigrant visa appointments for student and …

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Notarial Services in the U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo

The American Citizen Services Unit continues to provide limited routine services to American citizens and the local community. Notarial services are only available with a scheduled appointment,  which can be scheduled  through our website:  https://do.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/local-resources-of-u-s-citizens/notaries-public/     What to bring to your appointment? Document to be notarized Official and Valid photo identification Personal appearance of the person …

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Hurricane preparedness tips

As we reach the peak of hurricane season, the U.S. Embassy would like to share some preparedness tips relating to your safety and documents. We encourage all U.S. citizens travelling to or residing in the Dominican Republic to enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). STEP enrollment gives you the latest …

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Policy Update for Immigrant Visa Applicants

Starting on October 1, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is requiring that all Immigrant Visa applicants over the age of 12 be fully vaccinated for COVID-19.  The Immigrant Visa Section wants to help prevent any delays in our applicant’s medical screening process and therefore, we are encouraging our applicants to begin …

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Joint Statement on Afghanistan

https://www.state.gov/joint-statement-on-afghanistan/  This statement was initially released on August 15. The list below reflects the signatory countries as of August 20:  Albania, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, Canada, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Croatia, Czech Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Denmark, Dominican Republic, …

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Operating Status and Appointments

The American Citizen Services Unit continues providing services to US citizens in the Dominican republic. Currently, we are processing appointments for passports that do not qualify for mail-in renewals, Consular Reports of Birth Abroad (CRBA) and notarial services. We provide all our services only by appointment, which you can schedule through our online appointment system.   …

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Weather Alert – Tropical Storm Fred

Location:  All parts of the Dominican Republic Event:  The  National Hurricane Center  has issued a Tropical Storm Warning for the Dominican Republic on the south coast from Punta Palenque eastward and on the north coast from the Haiti border eastward.  The  Dominican Republic Center of Emergency Operations  has issued a red alert for the following provinces: La Altagracia, La Romana, Santo Domingo, San Pedro de Macoris, …

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Weather Alert – Potential Tropical Storm Six (Fred)

Location:  All parts of the Dominican Republic Event:  The  National Hurricane Center  has issued a Tropical Storm Warning for the Dominican Republic on the south coast from Punta Palenque eastward and on the north coast from Cabo Frances Viejo eastward.  A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect on the north coast from Cabo Frances Viejo to the Haiti border.  Potential Tropical …

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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 …

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I have a question about an immigrant visa case. How can I get in contact to get an answer quickly and directly?

There is a lot of information on the Embassy website and our Global Support Services website.    For frequently asked questions, petition status, wait times, and more, visit https://www.ustraveldocs.com/do/ .   Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, @EmbajadaUSAenRD for updates and additional information.  

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Avoid packing pork products when traveling to the United States

African Swine Fever (ASF ) has been recently diagnosed in the Dominican Republic through an ongoing surveillance program in cooperation between The Ministry of Agriculture and USDA Animal Plant and Health Inspection Service (APHIS).    African swine fever is caused by a virus that affects wild and domestic pigs (only).  It does not have any human health implications.  It is …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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. …

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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.  …

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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 …

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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 …

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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, …

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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 …

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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. …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Ask the Consul – How do I qualify to renew my nonimmigrant visa without an interview?

 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 …

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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 …

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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. …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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, …

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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 …

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

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 cultural values of the United States. U.S. Ambassador to the Dominican Republic, Robin S. Bernstein, said, “We will virtually …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Ask the Consul – Limited U.S. Citizen Passport, CRBA, and Notarial Services available

Please note the Immigrant and Nonimmigrant Visa units remain closed for all routine visa services. The American Citizen Services Unit is currently providing limited in-person services due to the COVID-19 pandemic.   Passports:  Adult passport renewal applications may now be submitted by mail through DOMEX with full instructions on our Renew by Mail Page .   Replacement emergency passports can also …

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Ask the Consul – Nonimmigrant Visa fee validity

The U.S. Mission to Santo Domingo understands that many visa applicants have paid the visa application processing fee and are still waiting to schedule a visa appointment.  The United States Embassy in Santo Domingo remains unable to resume routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa services at this time.  We remain closed for all routine visa services, …

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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 …

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Hispanic Heritage Month 2020

“During National Hispanic Heritage Month, we celebrate the countless contributions of more than 60 million Hispanic Americans to our culture and society.  Hispanic Americans are the largest minority group in the United States today, and generations of Hispanic Americans have consistently helped make our country strong and prosperous” – President Trump. This year, we celebrate …

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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 …

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Ask the Consul – 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 Wednesday, September 16th at 3:00 p.m.  Join us through this link: statedept.zoomgov.com/j/1617800690 Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo has continued to support thousands of …

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Virtual Higher Education Webinar Series 2020

This virtual webinar series will serve as a way to connect Dominican and U.S. higher education institutions during the COVID-19 pandemic. Higher education institutions will share best practices and improve their potential to implement joint research and academic exchange activities. This webinar series will also demonstrate the commitment of the United States in supporting higher …

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The United States Provides 50 Ventilators to the Dominican Republic to Respond to COVID-19

The 50 ventilators from the U.S. Agency for International Development were produced in the United States by ZOLL Medical Corporation.  They reflect leading-edge and in-demand technology. They are compact, deployable, and provide the Dominican Republic with flexibility in treating patients affected by the virus. For those who develop respiratory complications due to COVID-19, this vital …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Cacao, a true treasure

By Laura McCarthy for USAID Some of the world’s best chocolate starts in the Dominican Republic. Derived from the cacao bean, quality chocolate depends on a high quality bean; and many international chocolate companies are willing to pay premium prices to get it. Indigenous to the Caribbean, the forest-friendly cacao tree can be a valuable …

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Secretary Michael R. Pompeo meeting with Dominican President Abinader

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 16, 2020 Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting with Dominican President Abinader The below is attributable to Principal Deputy Spokesperson Cale Brown: Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met today with Dominican President Luis Abinader in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, following the celebration of his inauguration. …

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Secretary Michael R. Pompeo Visit to the Dominican Republic

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 16, 2020 SECRETARY POMPEO TRAVELS TO THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC TO REAFFIRM STRONG TIES AND SHARED DEMOCRATIC VALUES “The United States and Caribbean nations do much more together, can do much more together, and importantly should do much more together …We’re natural allies and …

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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 …

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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, …

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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 …

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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 …

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Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo

Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo (July 29, 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 66,182 confirmed cases of …

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Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo

Weather Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (July 29,2020) Location: All parts of the Dominican Republic Event:  The National Hurricane Weather Center has issued a Tropical Storm Warning for the northern, eastern and southeastern coasts of the Dominican Republic, and a Tropical Storm Watch for the southern and southwestern coasts of the Dominican Republic. Tropical Storm Isaias, also …

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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 …

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Ask the Consul – Voting from abroad

Celebrate democracy 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 an …

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Ask the Consul – Presidential proclamation extended

On June 22, the President signed a Proclamation which extends the previous Presidential Proclamation 10014 and suspends the entry of certain international visitors to the United States through December 31, 2020.  This proclamation applies to visa applicants who are (a) outside the United States on June 24, 2020; (b) do not have a nonimmigrant visa that is valid on …

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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 …

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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 …

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U.S. government donates medical supplies and equipment to combat COVID-19 in the DR

The United States Government donated supplies, medical disinfection equipment and assistance in logistics services to the Dominican Government to mitigate the expansion of the coronavirus (COVID-19). The donation has an approximate value of US $ 100,310 (RD $ 6,101,282). This amount is part of the US $ 3.7 million in humanitarian assistance channeled through the …

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Ask the Consul – Emergency appointments for US citizens

The American Citizen Services unit at Embassy Santo Domingo is currently only providing emergency services to American citizens in the Dominican Republic.  If you are in need of a passport, please note that we are only processing emergency passport applications. In order to obtain this service, you must have an emergency need to travel. If …

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Ask the Consul – Legal Permanent Residents in the Dominican Republic

The Government of the Dominican Republic has allowed U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents to leave the Dominican Republic on ferry flights to the U.S. since the beginning of the pandemic. Lawful permanent residents (LPR) who stay outside of the United States for more than one year, or shorter trips where it is believed they …

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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 …

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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 …

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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. …

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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 …

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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 …

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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. …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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; …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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) …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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) …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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. …

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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. …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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. …

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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 …

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“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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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, …

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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 …

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¡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 …

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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 …

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U.S. Embassy Will Be Closed For Normal Business on December 5, 2018

In honor of the life and memory of former President George H.W. Bush the federal government of the United States of America, including the U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo, will be closed for normal business on Wednesday, December 5th, 2018. Emergency services for U.S. citizens, including emergency passport service for immediate travel, will be available. …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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.

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 . 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 is …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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