Emergency Message: Tropical Wave

U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo alerts U.S. citizens in the Dominican Republic that according to weather reports a meteorological tropical wave of rain and winds is approaching the Dominican Republic.  Although environmental conditions are currently only marginally conducive for additional development, this weather system could become a tropical depression at any time during the next few days while it moves west-northwestward at about 15 mph across the Dominican Republic.  Gusty winds, heavy rains, and possible flash floods and mudslides are expected to occur over portions of the Dominican Republic.

Please visit NWS’s website for updates and to follow the storm’s path.

U.S. citizens may be affected by the storm and are advised to monitor local media for updates or possible changes to the severe weather conditions and to follow any instructions/warnings issued by the Dominican government.  Preparations to protect life and property in any storm or weather-related event should be considered.  U.S. citizens should carry their travel documents (i.e. U.S. passport book) with them at all times or secure them by placing them in a safe, waterproof location.  If you must travel during this time, please take reasonable precautions such as avoid entering swiftly moving water.  Drivers should remain vigilant for possible landslides.

We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in the Dominican Republic enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) on the State Department’s website.  STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. embassy to contact you in an emergency.  If you don’t have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy.

Regularly monitor the State Department’s website, where you can find current Travel Warnings, (including the Travel Warning for the Dominican Republic), Travel Alerts, and the Worldwide Caution. Read the Country Specific Information for the Dominican Republic.  For additional information, refer to “A Safe Trip Abroad” on the State Department’s website.

Contact the U.S. embassy or consulate for up-to-date information on travel restrictions.  You can also call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries.  These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).  Follow us on Twitter and Facebook to have travel information at your fingertips.


For all emergencies involving U.S. citizens, contact the American Citizen Services (ACS) unit of the U.S. Embassy’s Consular Section, located at:


Ave. Republica de Colombia # 57,

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

telephone 809-567-7775; after hours emergency telephone 809-567-7775:

E-mail: SDOAmericans@state.gov.

Hours: 7am – 4pm


The U.S. Consular Agencies in the Dominican Republic are at the following locations:


Puerto Plata Consular Agency

Ave. Villanueva Corner John F. Kennedy

Building Libreria Abraxa, 2nd Floor

Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

Telephone: 809-586-4204 & 809-586-8017

Email:  PuertoPlataConsularAgency@state.gov

Hours: 8am – 5pm


Punta Cana Consular Agency

Ave. El Cortecito

Palma Real Shoping Village

Business Center, 2nd Floor

Bavaro, Dominican Republic

Telephone: 809-552-8990

Email:  puntacanaconsularagency@state.gov

Hours: 8am – 5pm