Tourism October 31, 2021 | 12:15 pm

US Embassy clarifies alert to its citizens about the Dominican Republic due to covid, not crime

US Embassy clarifies that the alert to its citizens concerning the DR is not for crime. The Embassy of the United States in the Dominican Republic clarified on Saturday that the recommendation of the State Department of that country to its citizens to refrain from traveling to this nation was not due to the levels of citizen security in Quisqueya. A delegation of embassy officers said the alert is exclusively for COVID infections and not based on increased crime.

The clarification of the US authorities was made to the director-general of the National Police, Eduardo Alberto Then, during a working meeting held at the headquarters of the institution of order.

Todd Christiansen, director of International Narcotics Affairs and Law Enforcement (INL), referred to the clarification, explaining that no alert had been issued to US citizens concerning citizen security situations in the Dominican Republic.

“This decision (the warning) was based on an increase in Covid cases, not based on an increase in the crime rate. That warning was not a comment on the crime rate, it was simply the knowledge that cases (Covid-19) here in the (Dominican) Republic are increasing,” Christiansen explained.

On Wednesday, October 27, the US Embassy in the country published on its website that “the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a Level 3 Travel Health Advisory due to COVID-19, indicating a high level of COVID-19 in the Dominican Republic.”

Christiansen, who visited the police director with USAID’s Jeffrey Levine; Skarly H. Peña Herrera, Assistant Legal Assistant at the Embassy; Lissette Dumit, USAID; Abelardo Arias, of INL, and Terrence Wallace, Department of State, stressed that the United States would maintain cooperation in the elaboration of the National Strategy for Citizen Security and transformation of the Police.

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Dr finest
October 31, 2021 12:28 pm

Wow am so relived..

Paul Tierney
October 31, 2021 3:43 pm

There is a big difference between covid and crime. What a blunder! What State Department official or officials sign off on the alerts before they are circulated to the public? It seems the US that when it comes to foreign diplomacy it is not as smart as it should be.

Nell
November 1, 2021 12:17 am
Reply to  Paul Tierney

I read the notice. It was actually just a boilerplate travel advisory, changing levels, and it did indicate due to Covid. There was language further down the page stating that crime could be an issue and listing a few things to watch for, but I think that had been on the page for some time. So I’m not sure how the misunderstanding happened.

John Perkins
November 1, 2021 2:48 am
Reply to  Paul Tierney

Mr. Tierney, the alert was always about a rise in CV19 cases and not about crime. It was picked up incorrectly by the local press and misunderstood by the public. The US Embassy just wanted to clarify this. Thank you.

Paul Tierney
November 1, 2021 9:46 am
Reply to  John Perkins

The travel alert was in two paragraphs dated Oct 25th from the US State Department, one paragraph was about covid and the other was about crime. So, the embassy should read its own Department of State travel alerts.

Last edited 9 months ago by Paul Tierney
alfredo
October 31, 2021 11:32 pm

This does not surprise me…it seems these days covid is a better fear porn than crime…lol

Rodly rene
November 2, 2021 10:01 am
Reply to  alfredo

We all want to see Haïti destroy
You just change your mind because of the tweet of our minister @claude Joseph
You’re a great nation there is no way for excuses you said it
just assume it

Cobraboy
November 8, 2021 1:00 pm

Is it just me, but do pictures of tyrants in masks just look silly and absurd?