Travel Advisory for Dominica

We welcome you back to Dominica, the Nature Island of the Caribbean! Dominica remains committed to providing visitors to our shores a safe travel experience from arrival to departure. We have therefore implemented several measures to safeguard both locals and visitors while on island.

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PROTOCOLS FOR PRE-ARRIVAL Compulsory requirements for all arriving passengers/travelers. ALL TRAVELERS MUST:
  1. Submit a health questionnaire online at http://domcovid19.dominica.gov.dm at least 24 hours prior to arrival in Dominica.
  2. Show the notification of clearance to travel.
  3. Submit a negative PCR test result recorded within 24-72 hours prior to arrival
GENERAL PROTOCOLS AND GUIDELINES UPON ARRIVAL:
  1. Travelers are required to wear face masks at all times during the arrival process up to and including departure from the airport.
  2. Travelers must observe physical distancing guidelines.
  3. Travelers must practice good respiratory hygiene and personal sanitization.
  4. Travelers must follow all instructions of health care staff and officials.
DISEMBARKATION AND TESTING: TRAVELERS WILL:
  1. Be required to sanitize their hands at sanitization stations as directed.
  2. Be required to undergo a health assessment to include a temperature check.
  3. Provide confirmation of the health questionnaire and negative PCR test results.
  4. Be required to undertake rapid test screening and subject to a negative test result; the following will apply:
    • Travelers will be sent to immigration for processing and to customs for screening.
    • Luggage to be sanitized upon arrival at airport when taken off conveyor belt.
HIGH TEMPERATURE, HIGH RISK ALERT FROM QUESTIONNAIRE OR POSITIVE RAPID TEST:
  1. Travelers will proceed to secondary screening area.
  2. A PCR test will be administered to the traveler.
  3. Travelers will be sent to mandatory quarantine at a government approved facility or government certified hotel at traveler’s expense while awaiting results.
  4. If the test result is positive, traveler will be quarantined until released by an authorized Health Professional.
DEPARTURE FROM DOMINICA
  1. Vehicles will only be permitted to enter the air and seaport with the driver and persons due to travel.
  2. Travelers must wear face masks at all times during the departure process until departure from airport.
  3. Travelers must observe physical distancing.
  4. Travelers must practice good respiratory hygiene and personal sanitization.
  5. Follow instructions of health care staff and officials.
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 social distancing protocols and give way to oncoming hikers.
HEALTH SPAS
  • Number of persons in pools will be limited.
  • Social 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 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 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.
  • Social distancing measures will be in place for guests and employees.
  • Hand sanitizer stations, touchless where possible will be placed at key guest/public locations.
Download these protocols as a PDF.
Health and Safety Protocols Infographic
Download these protocols as a PDF.
Health and Safety Protocols

FAQ

1. 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.

2. What are the dates associated with the various phases?

Dominica opens July 15 for the arrival of nationals and residents and August 7 for all travelers including non-nationals.

3. Are there any cases of coronavirus in Dominica?

Dominica’s positive COVID-19 cases remain at 0. There was 18 total confirmed cases and 0 deaths. Check the daily update on coronavirus cases in Dominica.

4. Which ports of entry are open?

Douglas-Charles and Canefield Airports are open to commercial flights beginning July 15, 2020, for nationals and residents. 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.

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

Yes. All incoming travelers including visitors, nationals, and residents must submit a health questionnaire online at least 24 hours prior to arrival. We require a COVID-19 RT-PCR (real-time polymerase chain reaction) test result taken 24-72 hours prior to arrival.  Complete your questionnaire and upload your PCR test results.

6. Is there a cost for getting tested?

Rapid tests are free of charge.  The PCR test costs US$40.00 or EXCD$100.00. 

7. How soon will I receive testing results?

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

8. If a National comes in with a negative PCR test, will they have to be quarantined or will they be exempt?

If a traveler comes in with a negative PCR, they must take a Rapid anti-body test at the airport. They will wait 15 minutes for the result. If the rapid antibody test result is negative they go home for 14 days home quarantine; if the rapid antibody test is positive, they will be taken to the government quarantine for 14 days.

9. Will I need a PCR test before leaving Dominica?

It depends on where you are going and your arriving country’s protocols.  If you need a PCR test when departing the country, the process for obtaining one is as follows:

  • Before leaving Dominica, call 1(767) 611 3905 to make an appointment
  • Get a requisition from the District Medical Officer at the Roseau Health Center in the Botanical Gardens on Valley Road in Roseau
  • 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 receipt to the secretary at the office of the Primary Health Care Services at the Roseau Health Center
  • Have your test done at the Roseau Health Center

10. 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 PCR test will be given and you will be quarantined at a government-approved facility or government-certified hotel at your expense while awaiting test results. If the test is positive, you may be quarantined until released by an authorized health professional.

11. What quarantine centers are available in Dominica?

The Ministry of Health, Wellness & New Health Investments has secured the following locations as COVID isolation and quarantine centers:

  • Dominica-China Friendship Hospital Isolation Unit
  • Dominica-China Friendship Hospital COVID-19 Centre
  • James COVID-19 Quarantine Facility in Portsmouth
  • Designated Hotels and Guest Houses

12. Will I need to fill out a questionnaire prior to arrival in Dominica?

Yes. All incoming travelers, including nationals and non-nationals, are required to fill a pre-arrival health screening questionnaire which must be submitted at least 24 hours before arrival.

Travelers should submit the PCR test result and the screening questionnaire.

13. If a visitor fails to complete the questionnaire in advance, can it be done on arrival?

Anyone who has failed to complete the questionnaire prior to arrival will be asked to complete it at the port of entry using a paper-based form.

14. What safety measures and protocols are in place upon arrival while on Island?

  • All visitors will have hands sanitized and screened with a hand-held thermometer at disembarkation.
  • All visitors should wear face masks in public places and in crowded areas. Visitors will not be permitted to enter any business, including hotels and restaurants, without a mask.
  • All luggage will be sanitized upon removal from the airport conveyor belt.
  • All visitors will provide have completed a health questionnaire and provide negative screening results.
  • 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.

15. Which COVID-certified accommodations are currently open for guests?

Certified accommodations currently open are included below. This list will be updated as properties become in compliance with Environmental Health Department requirements. Certified accommodations include:  

Tamarind Tree Hotel
Hotel The Champs
Rosalie Bay Eco Resort & Spa
Cabrits Resort & Spa Kempinski Dominica
Riverside Hotel
Banana Lama
Mango Garden Cottages
Atlantique View Resort & Spa
Fort Young Hotel
Picard Beach Cottages
Portsmouth Beach Hotel
Secret Bay Resort
Sea World Guest House
La Flamboyant Hotel
St. James Guest House 
Ocean's Edge Lodge


16. What can I expect to see at certified accommodations?

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

  • 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.

17. If someone staying at the same hotel tests positive for COVID-19, will everyone there be quarantined?

Procedures will be in place to manage suspected cases of COVID-19 in guests and employees. Hotels will work in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, Wellness, and New Health Investment for case management.

18. If I have a negative test, can I explore the rest of the island?

Once you have completed the quarantine period, Dominica welcomes you to explore iconic attractions such as Trafalgar Falls, Middleham Falls, Emerald Pool, Spanny Falls and other sites, and activities such as dining, watersports, and health spas. 

19. Are taxis and other ground transportation available?

Yes, ground transportation is available and health and safety protocols will be followed. Taxi operators have received training in passenger safety and minimizing risks. Visitors should use approved transportation. Your hotel can provide suggestions. View the detailed transportation guidelines.

  • Approved transportation is identified by a special decal
  • Certified transportation vehicles will be sanitized after every passenger use
  • Hand sanitizers will be available for guests in taxis
  • Limited contact between taxi driver and guests
  • Taxi drivers will wear masks at all times

20. Is there a curfew in place?

No, there is no curfew.

21. 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.

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

The Government of the Commonwealth of Dominica has not provided details of cruise line schedules or protocols at this time.

23. 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