Local January 25, 2022 | 3:12 pm

U.S. raises travel alert to Dominican Republic due to covid and crime

In September last year, the alert was lowered to level two.


Santo Domingo, DR

The United States Department of State increased the alert for travel to the Dominican Republic, increasing it to level four due to the “incidence of the coronavirus and citizen insecurity.”

“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have issued a level 4 travel health advisory level, due to a very high level of covid-19 in the country,” indicates a statement from the entity.

In addition, they indicate to their US citizens to be careful when visiting the Dominican Republic due to the recorded crime.

A description that they identify as a “summary of the country” indicates that violent crimes, including armed robberies, homicides, and sexual assaults, are a cause for concern in the Dominican territory.

They also cite that “the wide availability of weapons, the use and trade of illicit drugs, and a weak criminal justice system all contribute to the high level of crime on a broader scale.”

The detail is that the non-urban areas of the country do not have security and that the city, thanks to “a professional tourist police force, a 911 system in many parts of the country, and a concentration of resources in tourist areas,” tend to be better guarded.

They recommended their citizens “to be careful in the environment once they attend the country, not to physically resist any robbery attempt, not to show signs of wealth such as wearing expensive watches or jewelry.”

Likewise, “follow the advice of tour operators and the resort regarding local security and safety concerns.”

Last alert

In September last year, the department declined to two alert levels for the Dominican Republic and eliminated the recommendation to its citizens to “reconsider travel” to the country.

This alert level is considered moderate and implies that travelers must “exercise greater caution” in relation to the health situation once they enter the country.

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John Conor
January 25, 2022 3:37 pm

What about the level of crime in chicago?
New york?

alberto perez
January 25, 2022 5:47 pm
Reply to  John Conor

exaclty, chicago, los angeles, new york, countless

January 27, 2022 2:40 am
Reply to  John Conor

Then your president need to tell its citizen to stop travelling to NY, and Chicago my friend?

Jason Newport
January 25, 2022 5:56 pm

@John Connor. What about it? If I am travelling to the DR I am concerned about DR not Chicago or New York. Are you trying to say the problems in DR are ok because of similar issues in Chicago or New York. That’s just stupid. Just because I rob a bank does not make it ok for you to.

January 25, 2022 8:48 pm
Reply to  Jason Newport

I agree with you 100 and ten percent , it’s not about who has the highest , the information is what is important period

John Conor
January 26, 2022 1:47 pm
Reply to  Jason Newport

How would you feel if a bigger bank robber starts calling you bank robber out loud?
Sorry, but you are the only stupid here sir…

January 29, 2022 8:06 pm
Reply to  John Conor

i am a US citizen and live were there are zero tourist (constanza), it appears both you both live in a wonderful…american style area…I think since John has the answer for everything he should run for President….or write a book and stop crying…………

Robert Saunders
January 30, 2022 10:24 am
Reply to  nicholas

So Nicholas, how is crime in Constanza? I live in Jarabacoa and there is plenty of crime here in certain barrios but most areas are safe and I feel no danger during the day. There are plenty of drug selling points around though.

John Conor
January 30, 2022 12:56 pm
Reply to  nicholas

People like me don’t aspire on becoming president, we don’t have a price, we can’t be bought, the presidents are puppets of the globalists.
Since we already stepped out the matrix I’m just here to throw some facts over your illusional comfort…

Paul Tierney
January 26, 2022 9:33 am

This crime alert is a copy and paste from the US Dept. of State Travel Advisories. It is nothing new. Theses alerts have been posted there for years. Every once in a while the US gov’t feels it has to broadcast it. If you can’t reduce travels with the fear of covid make travelers fear crime.

The CDC warning is medical alert pushed by someone higher up? Again, to reduce travel?

Suspect both alerts coming at the same time from the US are flavored with political agendas,

January 26, 2022 10:52 am

Total bullshit. Crime and covid is much lower here than any usa city. Goverment wants to make the Dominican Republic look dangerous. They dont want people to know its better here than in the USA now. Im living here and feel much safer than if i was in the USA. There are problems here. Bad health care, poverty, but overall its much better . here. The DR has a much better president. ohhhh. less corruption here than in USA now also.

Rob V
January 26, 2022 1:41 pm
Reply to  kevin

Completely agree. The US govt is run by idiots for idiots. Just pat them on their head and ignore whatever they say.

Jerry T
January 26, 2022 2:03 pm
Reply to  kevin

You are exactly right. The fact of the matter is they do not want anybody traveling period. They want everybody to stay tin the US and be miserable. Yes there are problems in the DR republic but generally people here are happy people and do not wish harm on anybody. Yes, there are bad people here as there are anywhere else. The political landscape is sickening in the US and it is a breath of fresh air to be somewhere else for a change to see the disparity.

hugh BATES
January 26, 2022 2:31 pm

Anything coming from the rule of SENILE JOE…is questionable!!

Kraig B Richard
August 9, 2022 6:30 pm
Reply to  hugh BATES

Rather have a partially senile president who knows he is our president, than a full blown psychopath who thinks he is president

January 26, 2022 11:35 pm

Not sure why these page publicize such a nonsense. I have lived in the U.S for over 22 years and travel to the Dominican Republic often and the DR is much safer than the U.S. In the U.S is constantly a shooting, people fighting, robbing, many people are rude, racist, anti-immigrant, etc. So what’s the obsession the U.S to denigrate the DR. If you go to Santo Domingo and stay in a good area you will be perfectly fine. Dominicana are warmth, friendly, happy people.