Santo Domingo, RD.- The Embassy of the United States in the Dominican Republic reported on Tuesday that US citizens who plan to leave Haiti to Dominican territory on September 14 they could no longer do so and had to make alternative arrangements.
The announcement comes after the Government of the Dominican Republic, led by Luis Abinader, announced this Monday the definitive closure of the border with Haiti starting next Thursday, as the deadline for the neighboring country to stop building a canal to divert water from the Masacre River.
The United States Embassy cannot facilitate entry into the Dominican Republic through a closed border crossing.
The statement was shared on its official Twitter account.
Full Statement from the US Embassy in DR
The Government of the Dominican Republic announced the possible closure of air, sea and land borders between the Dominican Republic and Haiti on Thursday, September 14. This is in addition to the currently closed Dajabón-Juana Méndez and Elías Piña-Belladere posts at the border of the land.
If the shutdown occurs, US citizens planning to leave Haiti for the Dominican Republic on or after September 14 will be unable to and will need to make alternative arrangements. The United States Embassy cannot facilitate entry into the Dominican Republic through a closed border crossing.
The government has warned that it will permanently close the border with Haiti
The Dominican Government warned this Monday that it will permanently close the border at all points if the work to divert the Masacre River is not stopped by Thursday and that it will stop issuing visas to Haitian citizens until further notice.
The decision was announced by the spokesperson of the Presidency, Homero Figueroa.
Maintain the total closure of the border through Dajabón and, if the conflict is not resolved by Thursday, completely close the border by land, sea and air.