Following this intervention by the international community in the chaotic situation affecting Haiti, the government of the Dominican Republic decided yesterday to strengthen and reformulate the measures taken regarding the closure of the Dominican borders with Haiti.
The United Nations Security Council has approved the resolution authorizing the deployment of a multinational mission to support the security of Haiti. Following this intervention by the international community in the chaotic situation affecting Haiti, the government of the Dominican Republic decided yesterday to strengthen and reformulate the measures taken regarding the closure of the Dominican borders with Haiti, where the following actions were ordered:
- Activate a fund to finance a comprehensive agricultural mechanization program to reduce the hiring of undocumented immigrant workers.
- Strengthen the militarization of the border to make it more difficult for gang members fleeing the multinational force to access Dominican territory.
- The indefinite maintenance of the border closure to prevent the transit of people from Haitian territory.
- Indefinite extension of the visa suspension for Haitian citizens. Prohibition of the export of various products and materials (electronics and construction) to prevent the construction of structures that could threaten Dominican environmental assets.
- Establishment of provisional commercial corridors with strict military control and mandatory biometric registration in the provinces of Dajabón, Elias Piña, Independencia, and Pedernales, in order to facilitate the trade of essential products (food and medicine).
- Instruction to the legal consultancy to urgently draft the operational regulations of Law 216-11 on border markets to ensure security.
These provisions will be effective starting from Wednesday, October 11th at 8:00 AM. The border will not be and will not be the same, so these measures constitute the new normalcy until the restoration of governance in Haiti, in order to guarantee the defense of national interests and the safety of Dominican citizens.