Embassy of Switzerland in the Dominican Republic
As the official representation of Switzerland, the Embassy covers all matters concerning diplomatic relations between the two countries. It represents Swiss interests in the areas of political, economic, financial and legal affairs, as well as science, education and culture.
Swiss Embassy in home office
Due to the current restrictions imposed by the Covid-19 crisis, the Embassy of Switzerland will be working from 30 March to 5 April in home office. It can be reached during the official office hours by phone +1 809 533 37 81 (IT, telecommunications) and always by email: firstname.lastname@example.org. In urgent emergencies, Swiss citizens can make appointments by telephone or e-mail.
For information relating to coronavirus (COVID-19), the information and instructions of the local authorities (DGEPI) and the recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO) www.who.int must be observed in particular.
DGEPI Ministerio de salud pública, Dirección General de Epidemiología (Tel.: +1809 686 9140, +1809 200 4091)
In Switzerland, the Federal Office of Public Health FOPH informs the population about the coronavirus COVID-19 and issues travel recommendations.
Measures Dominican Republic
- from Thursday, 19.03.2020 06.00 local time all borders (land, water, air) will be closed for the next 15 days
Since 16.03.2020 flights to and from Europe are suspended for 30 days.
- foreigners who have stayed in Europe, China, Korea or Iran in the last two weeks will be placed in a two-week quarantine upon entry.
- immediate suspension of the entry of all cruise ships into the ports and coastal areas of the Dominican Republic
Make sure that you are registered in the "Travel Admin App" so that you can be contacted in case of an emergency.
On 18 March 2020, the Swiss Federal Council decided, that entry at the Schengen external borders is generally prohibited with few exceptions. Switzerland follows the practice of the other Schengen states. Until 15th June 2020, Switzerland will also no longer issue Schengen visas. National visas will also only be issued in exceptional cases, for example to specialists from the health sector.
For additional information, please consult the webpage of the State Secretariat for Migration SEM.
Services and visa
All consular services and visa support for people living in the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Antigua and Barbuda, St. Kitts and Nevis and Dominica are provided by the Regional Consular Centre Santo Domingo. Information can be found on the following website:
Warning: False information about the Swiss pension system are circulating on the web!
The Swiss representation abroad officially denies the information circulating on certain websites about alleged beneficial pensions that Latin American citizens could obtain in Switzerland. This false publicity refers to a so-called clause in the Swiss Constitution that would allow foreigners to access to high pensions. Please ignore this erroneous information that has no truthfulness. We recommend that you are being cautious about sharing your personal data with third parties.
Detailed information can be found on the Spanish page.