Santo Domingo, D.N.- On September 5, 2017, the Department of State authorized the voluntary departure of U.S government employees and their family members due to Hurricane Irma. The Department of State warns U.S. citizens to carefully reconsider travel to the Dominican Republic. The Embassy, including the Consular Agencies in Punta Cana and Puerto Plata, will be closed on Thursday, September 7, 2017. Conditions permitting, these locations will be open for emergency services only on Friday, September 8, 2017. For American Citizen Services emergencies only please call 809-567-7775. Visa cases will only be considered to be an emergency in matters of life and death requiring immediate travel to the United States and all requests for an emergency appointment must be made in writing.
The American Citizen Services and Visa Sections of the Embassy will reschedule all routine appointments for the following week. Those with scheduled appointments for the 7th and 8th will be notified of new appointment times. When the Embassy reopens, if it is not safe for you to travel to your appointment, please do not attempt to do so. You may also reschedule your American Citizens Services appointment via our online appointment tool or by email at SDOAmericans@state.gov. For Immigrant or nonimmigrant visa cases, see the visa appointment page, or contact the call center at email@example.com. For updates on the storm or embassy activities please see our website and/or Facebook page.