Diplomatic relations between Switzerland and the Dominican Republic are very good. Economic exchanges and trade have grown in recent years. The Dominican Republic is well known in Switzerland as a tourist and holiday destination.
Bilateral relations Switzerland–Dominican Republic
Key aspects of diplomatic relations
The Dominican Republic is a tourist destination and country of emigration for many Swiss nationals. Switzerland and the Dominican Republic conduct significant trading relations and have concluded bilateral agreements on air transport, the protection of investments and the transfer of convicted persons.
In 2017, Swiss imports from the Dominican Republic – made up primarily of precious stones and metals and agricultural products – totalled CHF 181 million. Switzerland exports mostly machines, watches, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and cleaning products to the Dominican Republic. In 2017, Swiss exports amounted to CHF 29 million.
Cooperation in education, research and innovation
Researchers in the Dominican Republic can apply to the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) for Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships.
Swiss nationals in the Dominican Republic
At the end of 2017, there were 2,241 Swiss nationals living in the Dominican Republic, making it the largest Swiss community in the Caribbean.
History of bilateral relations
The Dominican Republic gained independence in 1844. Switzerland recognised the new state and opened a consulate in Santo Domingo in 1936. During the Second World War, Switzerland represented the interests of the Dominican Republic in several countries. The Swiss consulate was upgraded to a consulate general in 1959, before becoming an embassy in 2007. Since May 2011, the regional consular centre in Santo Domingo has also been responsible for consular affairs in Haiti, Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, St Kitts and Nevis.