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

Location: Cities and towns throughout the Dominican Republic

Event: Carnival Security Precaution  

U.S. citizens are advised to exercise caution and situational awareness during Carnival celebrations in the Dominican Republic during the month of February.  Carnival culminates on or near the 27th of February, Dominican Independence Day.  Expect significant travel congestion, road closures, and large crowds which can be environments for thieves and other criminals.

Actions to Take:

  • Avoid crowds and confrontations.
  • Travel in groups.
  • Keep to main roads, do not take shortcuts.
  • Notify friends and family of your daily plans and a way to reach you.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Do not physically resist any robbery attempt.
  • Carry a photocopy of your passport biographic data page.
  • Keep a cell phone with you with important numbers programmed.
  • Keep money and wallets in a front pocket; avoid taking purses or bags.
  • Control alcohol consumption. Do not accept drinks from strangers.