Puerto Plata.- The Embassy of the United States inaugurated the new facilities of its consular agency in Plaza El Doral on the Luperón highway in Puerto Plata, in which consular services will be offered to US citizens who visit and live on the north coast of the country.

Consul General William Swaney led the opening ceremony together with Tourism Minister David Collado. In his opening remarks, Consul General Swaney thanked the Dominican government authorities for their presence and declared that “the consular agency is a fundamental resource for the tens of thousands of Americans who visit the region every week… The work of this office contributes to fuel economic growth and job creation, while enriching lives and strengthening ties between Americans and the Dominicans who call this place home.”

The Minister of Tourism, David Collado, highlighted the importance of this new consular office in Puerto Plata, where thousands of American tourists arrive. “This new consular office here, in the Bride of the Atlantic, will be, without a doubt, of great benefit in this area, especially for the thousands of North American tourists who prefer Puerto Plata as one of their favorite destinations,” said the Collado Minister.

He recalled that the United States continues to be the main source destination for tourists to the Dominican Republic.

The consular agency will be open to the public Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. and from 2:00 p.m. at 5:00 p.m. except US and Dominican Republic holidays. US citizens will receive emergency assistance services, renewal and routine passport applications, and notary services.

The services offered at the old premises on Calle Villanueva corner Juan Bosch are now available in this new location, in Plaza El Doral, which will allow the Embassy to continue offering more effective emergency assistance in the region and save applicants travel to the headquarters in Santo Domingo.

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