The Dominican Republic has closed its borders and stationed its military on all borders with Haiti. Only medical emergencies are being allowed in to the Dominican Republic. Most of the passes into the country are 4-8 hours from the impacted area in Haiti. Because of destroyed infrastructure, the trip is now taking 10- 12 hours.
It was unclear about traffic going the other direction, from the Dominican Republic into Haiti as rescue crews begin to arrive. There is no air traffic tower at the Port -au- Prince Airport in Haiti. Landing is possible but crowded and risky. The harbor is so damaged that ships cannot dock. Looting has become rampant and buildings are simply too dangerous to enter. There is a huge risk of disease. Aid workers are camped at the airport. The Red Cross office in Port-au-Prince has been destroyed.
Should the Domincan Republic close its borders to earthquake victims and refugees? Is this behavior un-humanitarian? Can the Dominican Republic absorb that many people? Ethical questions become more immediate in the wake of a national disaster.
UPDATE: Audio of Washington Post reporter going to Port-au-Prince via the Dominican Republic: