Local February 22, 2023 | 3:00 pm

Ambassador denies that Dominicans can travel without visa to Europe

The European Union ambassador to the Dominican Republic, Katja Afheldt, denied the passport director, Digna Reynoso, who said that Dominicans with electronic passports will be able to travel without a visa to the European continent. She said that for the moment the visa system in Europe is not under review, so the review of the list of countries that need a Schengen visa to enter European territory is not expected. “It is not that the Dominican Republic is on the blacklist in countries, only that at the moment we cannot open that list because in Europe we are in a moment of reflection on immigration policy,” said the diplomat.

However, she said that the first thing that is needed to reach an exoneration of the Schengen Visa would be to have the biometric passport, followed by other steps that the Dominican Republic should meet. “We don’t rule out anything, but we can’t give a date,” she emphasized. The director of Passports, Digna Reynoso, said yesterday that as of 2025 Dominicans who have electronic passports will be able to travel to Europe without needing a visa.

The official explained that the proposals are already being heard to reach an agreement with European countries where Dominicans will not require the visa. The President of the Dominican Republic, Luis Abinader, issued on September 8, 2022 Decree 438-22, with which he authorized the General Directorate of Passports (DGP) to take the necessary steps for the implementation in the country of the electronic passport.

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February 22, 2023 5:35 pm

people who can afford to go to europe shouldn’t have any issue going there and those who can’t wont go there anyway. this is embarrassing.

also they think we at some point will have to assume the failed E next door and they want none of that.

its sad but honestly you could just get a passport from another country in LA like colombia or nicaragua and it’d be easier if you can pay for it.

February 22, 2023 9:34 pm

Sorry, but the Dominican Republic should not be exempted from visas just because of the introduction of the biometric passport. As long as they treat every European like a thief, they should be treated with care in Europe, and their entry and stay in the European Union should be strictly regulated.
International relations is the principle of reciprocity. If you treat Europeans badly at home don’t count on us in Europe to welcome you with open arms. Change the rules at home first and only try to travel freely to the civilized world.

bernie sierra
February 23, 2023 11:42 am
Reply to  Jack

I think that your statement is very disrespectful and insulting to the good people of the Dominican Republic. If you come here and you start hanging out with the wrong kinds of people you would be taken because you are just the guy whom pays the beers and rum. And by the way many Europeans that came here are the roots of why we have now so many young girls prostituting themselves. It started back in the mid 80s when many old Italians started giving girls 1000 pesos for sex and the word got out and the rest we all know it now. So please spare us your insults and if you don’t like here then go back to your country where you would be treated with respect. Thank you.

bernie sierra
February 23, 2023 11:33 am

If this were to happen there would be millions of Dominicans leaving for Europe within 2 years.

luis pena
February 24, 2023 11:30 am
Reply to  bernie sierra

false, plenty of dominicans have european passports and visas, europe sucks generaly for immigrants

Jean de Langeron
February 23, 2023 8:58 pm

Many people will take it as harsh statement but this is true – Dominicans earned a very bad reputation outside their country, everywhere, especially in the USA, where many of them are imprisoned, and many of them are deported every year for committed crimes in the US as well as in Europe and other countries. There is a strong opinion of the Dominicans in the world and that word is “troublemakers” No country wants them. That’s why every Dominican needs visas for the most countries in the world and the Dominican passport is one of the worst passports in the Americas for traveling.