Travel Advisory for Dominica

 

We welcome you back to Dominica, the Nature Island of the Caribbean! Dominica remains dedicated to providing visitors to our shores a safe travel experience from arrival to departure. Now, with our “Safe in Nature” commitment to visitors, we ensure that all measures are in place to safeguard both locals and visitors.

 

Latest Update:

Dominica’s tourism and health authorities initiated new measures to improve monitoring and enforce compliance to health and safety protocols by travelers.

Effective Feb 2, 2021, all arriving passengers and crew, will be assigned color-coded wristbands. 

Entry Protocols:

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Health Questionnaire:

Submit health questionnaire 24 hours prior to arrival:

https://domcovid19.dominica.gov.dm/

 

SAFE IN NATURE:

Travelers from High-risk countries must stay at Safe in Nature certified properties. Our Safe in Nature commitment ensures a managed experience throughout your first 5-7 days of arriving to Dominica. 

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PCR Test Safe In Nature:

With new regulations requiring proof of a negative test to arrive back, Dominica is extending its "Safe In Nature" commitment program to include a concierge service provided by all participating hotels. Properties will guide guests through the entire process, including scheduling an appointment, coordinating payment ($40USD), if testing is not on-site host will arrange to transfer guests to and from their chosen Safe in Nature-Certified property to the Roseau Health Clinic or Portsmouth medical facility where all PCR testing in Dominica takes place. Test results are currently being returned within 24-48 hours to comply with the (CDC) 72-hour guidelines.

PCR Test for all other departing visitors (Not Safe In Nature):

Call +1(767) 611 3905 to make an appointment (atleast two weeks prior departure date). Test results take between 24-48hrs. PCR test cost XCD$100 or US$40 per test, payments can be made via the Government of Dominica ePayment Portal.

 

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LOW RISK TRAVEL BUBBLE

 

LOW-RISK COUNTRIES:

Travel protocols for LOW-RISK countries

MEDIUM RISK TRAVEL BUBBLE



MEDIUM-RISK COUNTRIES:

Travel protocols for MEDIUM-RISK countries

HIGH RISK TRAVEL BUBBLE

 

HIGH-RISK COUNTRIES:

  • Antigua and Barbuda, Curacao, Canada, Italy, Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago, Guyana, Belize, Guadeloupe, Martinique, United States, Brazil, India, Russia, South Africa, Peru, Mexico, Haiti, Colombia, Chile, Spain, Iran, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Argentina, Dominican Republic, Japan, Ecuador, Bolivia, Panama, Aruba, Surinam, Sint Maarten / Saint Martin, St. Lucia, Barbados, St. Vincent and Grenadines, Turks & Caicos Islands.

  • Travelers from high-risk countries MUST Stay in either a Government operated quarantine facility or in a Safe in Nature certified property for the initial mandatory quarantine period until they are discharged by health professionals.
    Safe in Nature Certified properties

 

Travel protocols for HIGH-RISK countries

TRANSPORTATION
  • Certified vehicles will be sanitized before and after each trip.
  • Limited contact between passengers and driver.
  • Passengers and driver to wear face mask at all times inside of the vehicle.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available for passengers use within the vehicle.
ATTRACTIONS
Trafalgar Falls, Middleham Falls, Emerald Pool, Spanny Falls & other High-Volume Sites
  • Adhere to opening hours, days and times when visitors can visit sites.
  • Handwashing facilities will be clearly visible.
  • All contact areas including railings will be sanitized every hour.
  • Public washrooms will be sanitized every hour.
  • Hikers are advised to hike in a single line, practice physical distancing protocols and give way to oncoming hikers.
HEALTH SPAS
  • Number of persons in pools will be limited.
  • Physical distancing protocols must be adhered to.
  • All areas will be thoroughly sanitized after every use.
WATERSPORTS
  • The number of passengers per water sport vessel will be limited to 70% capacity to allow for physical distancing.
  • Physical distancing between patrons (individuals or groups) will be enforced.
  • All guests should have their temperatures taken prior to boarding the boat.
  • Vessel will be sanitized before and after every excursion.
  • Water equipment will be sanitized after each use (life jackets, snorkel, kayaks, pedal boats, banana boats, oars, etc).
  • Frequently touched areas within the dive shop should be sanitized every hour including counters, shelves, racks, door handles, and any area that may come in contact with the guests.
  • Alcohol-based hand sanitizer will be made available for guests.
DINING
  • Reservations are encouraged.
  • Restaurant tables will be set at least six feet between tables.
  • Tables will not be pre-set.
  • Cleaning and sanitizing protocols to be observed.
  • Restaurants will be sanitized three times a day (after breakfast, after lunch and after dinner service).
  • All tables and chairs will be sanitized after every guest.
  • Menu options – Disposable / digital menus provided, use of chalk board, or menus will be sanitized after every guest.
  • Hand sanitizers will be available for guests.
ACCOMMODATIONS
Accommodation facilities will be certified to operate under Health and Safety guidelines.
  • Temperature checks will be done at all entrances for guests, employees, and suppliers.
  • Luggage will be sanitized upon arrival at the accommodation.
  • Bellmen will use disposable gloves when handling bags.
  • Procedures will be in place to manage suspected cases of COVID-19 in guests and employees.
  • Physical distancing measures will be in place for guests and employees.
  • Hand sanitizer stations, touchless where possible will be placed at key guest/public locations.
  • Travelers from low and medium risk countries can stay in both Safe in Nature or COVID-certified properties for their visit to Dominica; however, travelers from high-risk countries MUST stay in either a Government operated quarantine facility, or Safe in Nature certified property for the initial mandatory quarantine period until they are discharged by health professionals.
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Health and Safety Protocols Infographic
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Health and Safety Protocols
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Dominica Wristbands
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Safe in Nature Chart
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Yachts wishing to travel to the island.

FAQ

Is Dominica open to visitors?

Yes, the Government of the Commonwealth of Dominica has announced a phased approach to the reopening of the country’s tourism and hospitality industry as we prepare to welcome visitors back to the Island.

What are the dates associated with the various phases?

Dominica opened on July 15 for the arrival of nationals and residents, and on August 7 for all travelers including non-nationals. On August 20, 2020, Dominica introduced risk classification by country travel protocols and on October 2, 2020, the Safe in Nature Commitment that safeguards both the residents and visitors through managed experiences.

Are there any cases of coronavirus in Dominica?

As of April 15, 2021, Dominica’s positive COVID-19 cases stand at 8. There are 172 total confirmed cases and 0 deaths.

On Wednesday, February 19, Dominica received 70,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine from the Government of India; 20,000 doses of the Sinopharm Covid-19 vaccine from the People's Republic of China on March 3; and 28,800 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine through the COVAX Facility on April 7, 2021.

As of April 15, 2021, 18, 051 people have received their 1st dose of the vaccine. Check the daily update on coronavirus cases in Dominica at this link.  Click here

Which ports of entry are open?

Douglas-Charles and Canefield Airports are open to commercial flights. Dominica seaport is opened only to yachts. A combination of screening, testing, monitoring, and other protective measures are in place and are designed to protect and safeguard the health of both residents and visitors to Dominica.

Which airlines are currently traveling to Dominica?

Click here for Airport Schedule. The schedule is subject to airline changes. Currently, you can access Dominica via San Juan (SJU), St. Maarten (SXM), Antigua & Barbuda (ANU), Barbados (BGI), and St. Lucia (SLU).

Will I need to fill out a health questionnaire before arrival in Dominica?

Yes, all travelers must submit a health questionnaire online at least 24 hours before arrival in Dominica at Dominica's Health Questionnaire

Will I have to take a COVID-19 test before travel?

All travelers are required to upload the negative results of a PCR test, where the swabs were obtained no earlier than 24-72 hours before arrival in Dominica. Please consult the protocols here to determine your risk classification.  Click here. Test results should be uploaded at PCR test result and the screening questionnaire. 

Will Children be tested?

Testing of children under 5 years of age will be exempted, except for children of families with positive cases, and children who are traveling unaccompanied.

Is there a cost for getting tested?

Rapid tests are free of charge.  The PCR test costs US$40.00 or EXCD$100.00. Payment can be made here via the Government of Dominica ePayment Portal

How soon will I receive testing results?

Rapid Diagnostic Test results will be provided within 20- 30 minutes, and PCR test results take about 24-48 hours.

What happens if I have a high temperature or positive rapid test?

Any traveler with a high temperature, concerns on their health questionnaire, or a positive rapid test will proceed to a secondary screening area. A swab for a PCR test will be taken.

If the traveler is asymptomatic, he/she will be transported to mandatory quarantine at an (in-room isolation unit) at a Government operated facility, or certified private property, awaiting PCR results. This traveler will NOT be allowed to engage in the Managed Experience while they await PCR results.

If the traveler is symptomatic, he/she will be transported to mandatory quarantine at the Government operated quarantine facility, awaiting PCR results.

Arriving passengers and crew who will have to undergo a period of quarantine will be identified by color-coded wristbands.  Wristbands will be placed on passengers' right hand by a medical professional at the port of entry.

What happens if I have a positive PCR test?

The traveler will be transported to a Government operated COVID-19 isolation Unit at travelers' expense.

What quarantine facilities are available in Dominica?

  • Government-operated facilities
  • Safe in Nature certified properties can be utilized if approved for on-property managed experience
  • Only select Safe in Nature properties can serve as an in-room quarantine facility. These properties must have received approval for their In-Room Isolation to the Managed Experience Accommodation Action Plan Safe in Nature Accommodation

What is the cost for Government Operated Quarantine?

Payments are to be made upon arrival at the Quarantine facility, or via the Government of Dominica ePayment Portal

  1. PCR test XCD 100 or US$40 per test
  2. Quarantine fee of XCD 400 or US$150 per person for the first night (accommodation and sanitization fee)
  3. Accommodation at XCD 225 or US$90 for each additional night
  4. Rates per meal for Breakfast XCD 15 or US$6, Lunch XCD 20 or US$8, Dinner XCD 20 or US$8.

When are payments due for Quarantine?

If you stay at a Government certified approved private property their terms and conditions of payment will pertain. However, you will be required to present a confirmed booking for the duration of the mandatory quarantine at that Government approved private facility at the port of entry in Dominica.

For non-nationals that chose to stay at the Government operated quarantine facility, payments are due in advance.

Are there penalties for non-adherence to mandatory quarantine?

Yes, Penalties will be enforced as applicable by law

What safety measures and protocols are in place upon arrival and while on the island?

  • All visitors will provide the notification of health questionnaire or provide negative screening results based on their risk classification.
  • All visitors will have hand sanitized and screened with a hand-held thermometer at disembarkation.
  • A rapid test will be conducted for all visitors
  • Those who meet all the required criteria will be allowed to proceed through immigration and customs for screening.
  • Those who do not meet all screening requirements will receive further screening and quarantine. View detailed information on protocols.
  • All luggage will be sanitized upon removal from the airport conveyor belt.
  • All visitors should wear a face mask in public places and crowded areas. Visitors will not be permitted to enter any business, including hotels and restaurants, without a mask.
  • Arriving passengers and crew who will have to undergo a period of quarantine will be identified by color-coded wristbands.  Wristbands will be placed on passengers' right hand by a medical professional at the port of entry.

What is the minimum time that a traveler should plan to stay in Dominica?

  • At present, there is no minimum duration; however, you should be guided by the risk classification that will be assigned to you and the requirements once on the island.

Can visitors stay at any property in Dominica?

  • Travelers from Low-risk countries are encouraged to stay at a COVID-19 Certified property, or their friend’s place of residence. You must however subject yourself to monitoring for up to seven (7) days in addition to scheduled and unscheduled checks.
  • Travelers from Medium risk countries are to stay at a COVID-19 Certified property or their friend’s place of residence. You must however subject yourself to monitoring for up to 14 days in addition to scheduled and unscheduled checks.
  • Visitors from High-risk countries can only stay at a COVID-19 Government operated Quarantine facility, or in a Safe in Nature Certified Property, both at the travelers’ expense. Safe in Nature Certified Properties has gone through a training and assessment process to provide the guest with a “managed experience” in a safe environment for the duration of their stay while enjoying their vacation. Guests will be required to follow the regulations within the facility and must undergo at least one (1) PCR swab test to determine their COVID-19 status on Day 5 after arrival.

Which COVID-certified accommodations are currently open for guests?

COVID-19 Certified accommodations currently open for guests from low and medium-risk countries are included in the link below. This list will be updated as properties become in compliance with Environmental Health Department requirements. COVID-19 Certified accommodations include:  Click here.

What can I expect at a certified accommodation?

All certified accommodations will be adhering to the Health and Safety Guidelines required by the Ministry of Health, Wellness, and New Health Investment:

  • Accommodation facilities will be certified to operate under health and safety guidelines
  • Temperature checks will be done at all entrances for guests, employees, and suppliers
  • Luggage will be sanitized upon arrival
  • Bellmen will use disposable gloves when handling bags
  • Social distancing measures will be in place for guests and employees
  • Hand sanitizer stations, touchless where possible, will be placed at key guest/public spaces. View the detailed accommodation sector guidelines.

If a hotel guest tests positive for COVID-19, will everyone there be quarantined?

Initially, all guests will be asked to self-quarantine while the Ministry of Health conducts a health risk assessment.  Extensive contact tracing will occur to assess the situation. 

If I have a valid negative PCR test, can I explore the rest of the island?

Once you have been medically cleared you can explore the island. Dominica welcomes you to explore iconic attractions, and activities such as hiking, diving, watersports, and health spas. You are also encouraged to use certified service providers (Taxi, tour guide).

  • Travelers from Low Risk and Medium Risk categories are free to explore Dominica; however, you must subject yourself to monitoring for the duration of your visit in addition to scheduled and unscheduled checks.
  • Travelers from the High-Risk category staying at Safe in Nature Certified Properties will be provided with a managed experience both on and off property:
  • On Property Managed Experience: Guests will be permitted to access services at the property and safely enjoy all property amenities.
  • Off-Property Managed Experience: Upon approval on-property and based on details of Action Plans for specific activities, guests will be permitted to travel from property to specific sites for water-based and land-based activities, within a travel bubble. See your property’s website for details on their Managed Experience.

Are all sites opened to Visitors?

The Division of Forestry, Wildlife & Parks wishes to inform visitors and the general public that the following ecotourism sites will be opened to visitors’ effective March 1, 2021, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm daily:

  • Emerald Pool
  • Trafalgar Falls
  • Freshwater lake
  • Boeri lake
  • Middleham Falls
  • Cabrits National Park
  • Morne Diablotin Trail
  • Syndicate Nature Trail

Visitors are further advised of the following;

  • Non-residents must possess a User Fee Ticket to access the sites.
  • Groups with 10 or more individuals are advised to call the Forestry Division at telephone numbers 611-5852/5854/5856 before visiting the sites.
  • Visitors must comply with the Ministry of Health's Covid19 protocols and follow the guidelines for use of the sites and trails. Please ensure you take along a mask, hand sanitizer, and your personal water bottle.

 

Are other activities are available on the island?

Yes, there are other land-based, and water-based activities that one can enjoy. For the planning of your activity please contact your certified property.

How do I arrange a transfer to and from the airport?

COVID certified taxis are available at Douglas – Charles Airport arrival terminal. Taxis are identified by a special decal. The taxi shuttle system has been discontinued. Non-nationals from High-Risk countries are required to use the authorized certified. Taxi operators have received training in passenger safety and minimizing risks. Your hotel can provide suggestions. View the detailed transportation guidelines

  • Certified transportation will be sanitized after every passenger use
  • Hand sanitizers will be available for guests in taxis
  • There will be limited contact between taxi driver and guests
  • Taxi drivers will wear masks at all times

Have Airport Rates Changed

Yes, airport rates have changed, and due to physical and social distancing, the taxi shuttle system has been discontinued. Here is an updated list of Airport Taxi Rates.

How do I get to Quarantine?

Upon receipt of a negative result from the Rapid Diagnostic Test, travelers from high risk classified countries intending to go to the Government operated quarantine facility will be presented with the options to:

  1. Await the FREE shuttle which will leave at pre-determined times. (see the schedule here)
  2. Take a private taxi to Government quarantine at their own expense.
  3. Take a private taxi to Government quarantine along with travelers from the same cohort of aircraft on which they arrived, at their own expense.

Is other ground transportation available?

Yes, certified car rental companies are available, and their staff have received training in passenger safety and minimizing risks. Health and safety protocols will be followed. Visitors should use approved transportation. Your hotel can provide suggestions. View the detailed transportation guidelines.

  • Travelers from Low Risk and Medium Risk Countries can rent a vehicle from the rental companies that have undergone COVID-19 training.
  • Travelers from High-Risk Countries can rent a vehicle from a certified rental company, only after you have been medically cleared.

Here is a list of Certified Car Rental Companies you can contact.

Can business travelers go to work while on the island?

If you are on a business trip from within the Low and Medium risk categories you can conduct business.  Consultants and contractors can also go to work. Consultants and contractors from the High-Risk category can only leave the premises, and or conduct face-to-face meetings after they have been medically cleared.

Is there a curfew in place?

Currently, there is no curfew.

Is there anything I need to do when leaving Dominica?

Only drivers and departing passengers can enter air and seaports. Travelers must wear a face mask at all times during the departure process including entering boats and planes. Social distancing measures will be in place and all travelers should sanitize hands frequently and follow instructions of health care staff and port officials.

Will I need a PCR test before leaving Dominica?

It depends on the protocols at the transit ports and/or final destination.  If you need a PCR test when departing the country, the process for obtaining one is as follows:

  • Consult with the District Medical Officer at a district clinic and get a requisition from.
  • Call 1(767) 611 3905 to make an appointment
  • Pay for the test at the accounts department at the Dominica- China Friendship Hospital (the former Princess Margaret Hospital) located on Upper Charles Avenue in Goodwill.
  • Present your stamped form and receipt upon arrival at the Roseau Health Center.
  • Get your test done at the Roseau Health Center, or as designated by the medical professionals. 
  • The results will be presented by the requisitioning medical officer or healthcare provider.
  • The property management may facilitate the PCR testing request for guests.

What are the procedures that visiting yachts should adhere to?

The Government of Dominica has approved protocols for the reopening of the Yachting sector. Here is the link to Yacht protocols Yachts wishing to travel to Dominica

When will cruises resume and what testing/assessment procedures will be in place?

Information on cruise resumption will be provided at a later date.

Are Dominica’s 2021 major events still on?

The Ministry of Tourism International Transport and Maritime Initiatives, through the Discover Dominica Authority (DDA), has decided to cancel Mas Domnik 2021 due to health and safety being a priority. We will continue to monitor protocols set by the Ministry of Health, Wellness, and New Health Investment for all other activities.  As such statements will be made as we approach each activity. 

Where can I go with urgent COVID-19 questions?

The Ministry for Health, Wellness, and New Health Investment can answer your questions. You can call toll-free at 1-800-219 or any of these numbers:
1 (767) 448 2151
1 (767) 448 2156
1 (767) 448 2153