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

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

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Hurricane preparedness and the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)

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

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Dominican Republic – Level 3: Reconsider Travel

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

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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 June 2 and until at least June 9, the government of the Dominican Republic has issued a revised curfew.  Failure to follow the curfew, including for U.S. citizens, may result …

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Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo

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

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Collect Your Economic Impact Payment through Domex

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

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

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

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Ask the Consul – Passport Renewal by Mail

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

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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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Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo

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

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Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo

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

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Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo

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

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Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo

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

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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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Who to contact for consular services?

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

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Embassy Santo Domingo Ballot Box Extended Until October 15! 

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

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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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Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo

Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo (July 20, 2020) Location:  Dominican Republic Event:  The U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo will send an update at least once a week to ensure that all U.S. citizens in the Dominican Republic have the latest information on COVID-19. The following information has been updated on the  Embassy Santo Domingo COVID-19 website: The Dominican Republic has 53,956 confirmed cases of …

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Alert: U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo

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

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

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

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Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo

Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo (July 2, 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 34,197 confirmed cases of …

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Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo

Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo (June 22, 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 27,370 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and …

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Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo

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

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

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

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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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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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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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Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo

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

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

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

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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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Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo

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

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Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo

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

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Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo

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

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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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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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Information for American Citizens: flights suspension and borders closed

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

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Information on Traveling to the US by Car Ferry

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

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

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

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Learn How to Prepare for Severe Weather in the Dominican Republic

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

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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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Ask the Consul – Do you get Social Security benefits?

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

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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens – Hurricane Irma

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

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

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

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