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 2019, Switzerland imported goods worth CHF 768 million from the Dominican Republic, comprising precious stones, precious metals and agricultural products. Swiss exports to the Dominican Republic amounted to almost CHF 40 million, including machinery, watches, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and detergents.
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 2019, there were 2,027 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.