Local March 15, 2022 | 3:02 pm

The United States lowers its travel alert for the Dominican Republic to level three

File photo of the Listín Diario.

Santo Domingo, DR
The U.S. government reported that it lowered the alert level for travel to the Dominican Republic from level 4 to level 3, citing that the country has “a high level” of coronavirus.

“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a level 3 Travel Health Advisory for the Dominican Republic due to COVID-19, indicating a high level of COVID-19 in the country,” read part of the statement.

The document also urged U.S. citizens to reconsider the idea of moving to Dominican territory.

However, should they decide to proceed with their travel plans, they recommend consulting the U.S. embassy website, following CDC guidance; being aware of their surroundings; not physically resisting any attempt of robbery, and not showing signs of wealth, such as wearing expensive watches or jewelry.


At the end of last January, the U.S. State Department issued a level 4 travel alert to the Dominican Republic due to the “incidence of coronavirus and citizen insecurity.”

Regarding the latter, they highlighted that crimes committed in the country are violent, such as armed robbery, homicides, and sexual assaults.

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

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March 15, 2022 4:13 pm

Ignore these fools at the State Dept…they have no clue on the reality on the ground…

carlos399at yahoo.com
March 16, 2022 11:58 am
Reply to  alfredo

I agree
These another attempts by this administration to prevent mass exodus. The weopens in US is the reason why China will not invade us

March 15, 2022 5:12 pm

They also highlighted “the wide availability of weapons…. really…ever walk into a supermarket in the states…everyone has a gun….these ppl are crazy

March 16, 2022 4:00 pm
Reply to  nicholas

And yet the US has a lower murder rate that DR. Derp!

Nelson El Varon
March 16, 2022 5:08 pm
Reply to  Jrod

No it doesn’t, America has way more crime, plus there are no random mass shooting every other week in the DR.

March 16, 2022 5:45 pm

Per million population, the DR does have more violent crimes than the US.

March 15, 2022 9:58 pm

guns are the last thing im thinking about when i go out and i live in “cien fuego” a very hot spot, if something a knife. anyway most crimes happen with brass knuckles and knives.
fun fact you will be considered tall if you are 5’8+

March 15, 2022 11:08 pm

It’s just a warning…

Peter J. Harris
March 16, 2022 7:18 am

There is a lot of poverty and poor people being abused by the police.This causes problems leading to violence. Lots of ways to fix things with more knowledgeable leadership of what really goes on. It may help if Ministers responded to letters & phone calls & emails instead of ignoring them .

March 16, 2022 8:40 am

I travel to lots of parts of the country some in very poor areas and never any problem. Treat everyone with respect. Never go with a mindset that you’re better than than anyone else.

Xiomara Liz
March 16, 2022 1:44 pm

This is a bunch of lies. I’ve visited the Dominican Republic three times in 2021 and once this year and my stay have been,fun, safe, pleasant and extremely appreciated with the level of respect and hospitality they treated me with.

March 16, 2022 2:33 pm

The CDC is a JOKE ! All is well in the island and tourists are well received in Punta Cana

Michael James
March 16, 2022 3:54 pm

Oh really the crime is bad in DR as compared to Chi town, Cleveland, Detroit, DC, Bmo, or New York puleeeze. More people are murdered in Chi Town in a month then a whole year in DR.

March 16, 2022 4:26 pm

Really? Look who’s talking about weak criminal justice and violence ?

March 16, 2022 5:41 pm

I just got back from the DR yesterday. Never felt safer in any other foreign country. It’s fine. Just don’t be drunk at 2am, walking home. Like in the US.

March 16, 2022 6:45 pm

All over the workd

Madison E Cuevas
March 16, 2022 10:10 pm

American who? I never heard nothing like this this happened just when vacation time is closer no tourist keep coming to DR pay by Puerto Rico, Mexico end other places Tha no and want to go because is not safe.

Joseph Mitchell
March 17, 2022 12:42 am

Defies logic… State department has a history of an incredibly naive mistakes…ie US Embassy emergency services only…??
IS. D.R. Getting ready. To Attack
The. U. S .A..?? Fear mongering
Control.. disregarding US citizens and the Dominican citizens that have come to rely on tourism and expats.. I just Moved Here ; I knew
Yrs ago… Safe cheap & Friendly.
Long Time of commerce & ” settlers
,’. BOTH Ways.. Nobody Compares
D.R to Puerto Rico a US welfare state —huge unemployment high crime. Just Like every major city in the US.. plus a huge homeless problem ( VETs ?? !) Etc..
Propaganda… Godspeed

March 17, 2022 5:18 am

I’m 40 years old and have lived most of my life in DR. I’ve never been mugged, assaulted nor have I talked to anyone that has been. DR is in fact safer today than it was 20 years ago. COVID-19 has had the fewest cases lately than during the rest of the pandemic. Most restrictions have been lifted, even. I think TripAdvisor is a better guide to travel than these recommendations.

March 17, 2022 8:26 am

Just got back from there… Felt safer than being here!!!

March 17, 2022 1:11 pm
Reply to  Jay

I was there for a month in December in Cotui De La Mata. I never considered my self being in danger there. I enjoyed my stay with my Dominican family, the hospitality is enormous. Love the people!!!!!! I would travel there one thousand times instead of taking the subway in New York City

Alan Gray
March 17, 2022 12:03 pm

Thank you for your comments. It’s is sure good to hear about the reality here. I love the DR I have been coming here for years. Never had a problem friendly people low cost of living plenty of sunshine ?
Signed x pat

Senor Beard
March 21, 2022 9:00 pm

don’t listen to the Biden admin…