Last update: 9/7/2021
Dominica reopened to international tourism on August 7, 2020. Currently, tourists from all countries can visit Dominica, but like many other countries that are open for tourism, there are different entry requirements for different countries, which are based on the country’s perceived level of risk, and for vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers. Countries are classed as part of one of three categories: Low-Risk, Medium-Risk, and High-Risk.
As you will see in this article, entry requirements for Dominica depend on where you are coming from and whether you are vaccinated.
Vaccinated travelers must submit an online health questionnaire at least 24 hours prior to arrival in Dominica. As part of completing this questionnaire, travelers must upload a negative PCR test result that was taken within 24 to 72 hours prior to arrival and a vaccination certificate. They must also pay for an Antigen test (XCD $100).
On arrival in Dominica, vaccinated travelers will undergo a Rapid Antigen test. If they test negative, they will be considered medically cleared and do not have to quarantine or undergo further testing.
Unvaccinated travelers must complete an online health questionnaire at least 24 hours prior to arrival in Dominica. As part of completing this questionnaire, travelers must upload a negative PCR test result that was taken within 24 to 72 hours prior to arrival. Unvaccinated travelers from High-Risk countries must also book quarantine at a “Safe in Nature” certified property and upload proof of their reservation as part of completing their questionnaire.
Unvaccinated travelers from Low-Risk countries and Medium-Risk countries will be subject to a Rapid Antigen test on arrival in Dominica. If that test is negative, they will be considered medically cleared and do not have to quarantine.
All unvaccinated travelers from High-Risk countries will undergo a Rapid Antigen test on arrival and must then quarantine at a “Safe in Nature” certified property for 5 days from their arrival in Dominica. They will undergo a PCR test on day 5 of their quarantine period and wait for their results for up to 48 hours. If they receive a negative result, they can end their quarantine.
Can I travel to Dominica right now?
You can currently travel to Dominica from any country, but you will be subject to different entry requirements based on your vaccination status and which country you are arriving from. Below is a map of the countries that can currently enter Dominica, along with their risk classifications.
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If your country is not listed under one of the classifications, you can still enter Dominica, but you will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis.
- Antigua and Barbuda
- Cayman Islands
- New Zealand
- British Virgin Islands
- Dominican Republic
- Sint Maarten/Saint Martin
- South Africa
- Vincent and the Grenadines
- Trinidad and Tobago
- Turks and Caicos Islands
- United Kingdom
- United States
All countries not included on any of the other lists will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis.
Country risk categorization is reviewed and published on a weekly basis. You can check the latest categorizations here.
Dominica COVID-19 travel restrictions and entry requirements
Dominica has different entry requirements for travelers based on their vaccination status and the level of risk of the country they are arriving from. Nevertheless, there are some entry requirements that apply to all travelers:
- All travelers must complete an online health questionnaire at least 24 hours before their arrival and present confirmation of completion upon arrival.
- All travelers must have proof of a negative PCR COVID test result from within 24-72 hours prior to their arrival in Dominica.
- All travelers must have health clearance to travel and be able to present evidence of this when boarding and upon arrival.
- All travelers will take a Rapid Antigen test when they arrive in Dominica.
COVID-19 VACCINE TO TRAVEL TO DOMINICA
All vaccinated travelers must complete an online health questionnaire at least 24 hours before their arrival, upload a negative PCR test result that was obtained within 24 to 72 hours prior to arrival, upload a vaccination certificate, and pay for the Antigen test they will take on arrival (XCD $100).
Travelers are considered fully vaccinated when they have received both doses of a two-dose vaccine or a single dose of a one-dose vaccine. The final dose of the vaccine must have been received more than two weeks prior to travel.
The vaccine must have been approved by the Ministry of Health, Wellness, and New Health Investment, and World Health Organization (WHO). Approved vaccines include Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, and Sinopharm.
Vaccination certificates must be issued by a hospital, medical center, national public health organization, or pharmacy and must be in English.
On arrival in Dominica, all vaccinated travelers will undergo a Rapid Antigen test. If that test is negative, they will be considered medically cleared and do not have to quarantine.
Children under the age of 18 who are traveling with fully vaccinated guardians will be subject to the same protocols as their guardians. If a fully vaccinated child is traveling with an unvaccinated adult and they are unable to be separated, all regulations that apply to the unvaccinated traveler will also apply to the vaccinated traveler.
More information on entry requirements for vaccinated travelers is available here.
PCR testing to travel to Dominica
A negative PCR COVID test result from within 24 to 72 hours before arrival in Dominica is mandatory for all travelers.
Travelers from all countries need to both upload that result to complete their health questionnaire and present evidence of the negative result before boarding and upon arrival in Dominica.
All travelers will also be subject to a Rapid COVID test upon arrival. Unvaccinated travelers from Low-Risk and Medium-Risk countries and vaccinated travelers who receive a negative result from this test will be considered medically cleared.
Unvaccinated travelers from High-Risk countries will have to take a PCR test 5 days after their arrival. The results will be available within 48 hours.
Mandatory quarantine upon arrival in Dominica
There is no mandatory quarantine upon arrival in Dominica for vaccinated travelers, unvaccinated travelers from Low-Risk countries, and unvaccinated travelers from Medium-Risk countries as long as they obtain a negative result from their arrival Rapid Antigen test.
Unvaccinated travelers from High-Risk countries, even if their Rapid COVID test upon arrival is negative, must quarantine for 5 days at a “Safe in Nature” certified property. They will be given a PCR test on day 5, and if that test is negative, they will be able to end their quarantine.
Vaccinated travelers who test positive on their arrival Rapid Antigen test will then be given a PCR test and must wait for the results in a government-operated quarantine facility or “Safe in Nature” certified property. If that PCR test is negative, they will be deemed medically cleared, but if it is positive, the traveler will be admitted to a COVID Isolation Unit until released by a health professional.
Unvaccinated travelers from Low-Risk and Medium-Risk countries who test positive on their arrival Rapid Antigen test will be given a PCR test and must wait for the results in a government-operated quarantine facility or “Safe in Nature” certified property.
All vaccinated travelers must self-monitor, record their temperature daily, and report any symptoms to health professionals while in Dominica.
“Safe in Nature” Commitment in Dominica
“Safe in Nature” is Dominica’s tourism bubble for tourists. Travelers from Low-Risk and Medium-Risk countries can book accommodation at “Safe in Nature” properties or COVID-19 certified accommodations.
All unvaccinated travelers from High-Risk countries must book quarantine at “Safe in Nature” properties and upload proof of their reservation as part of completing their online health questionnaire. Otherwise, they will not be approved for entry to Dominica.
“Safe in Nature” accommodations have submitted action plans with activities and transportation that have been approved by the Ministry of Health, Wellness, and New Health Investment. This means that any time guests leave their accommodation, they will go to approved activities with approved transportation and still remain within their “bubble.” These approved activities can include land tours and water activities.
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Other travel restrictions for Dominica during COVID-19
Dominica has instituted several other regulations that travelers should follow:
- Travelers from all countries must complete an online health questionnaire at least 24 hours before their arrival and present confirmation of completion upon arrival.
- All travelers will have to sanitize their hands at hand sanitizing stations upon arrival.
- All travelers should expect to have a health screening that includes a temperature check upon arrival.
- All travelers will have to take a Rapid Antigen test upon arrival.
- Face masks are required in public areas.
- Social distancing of at least 3 feet must be observed.
- You may need a tourist visa to enter Dominica. Check if you need one below.
What’s open in Dominica
Restrictions in Dominica have recently tightened, as cases have gone up. Hotels, airports, and beaches are open, but tours are not operating, non-essential businesses are closed, and restaurants are open for takeout only.
Hotels and accommodations that are open in Dominica
There are plenty of hotels and accommodations that are currently open in Dominica, but where you can stay depends on which country you are traveling from.
If you are traveling from a Low-Risk country or a Medium-Risk country, you can stay at a COVID-19 Certified property or “Safe in Nature” property.
As we have seen, if you are unvaccinated and are visiting from a High-Risk country, you must stay at a “Safe in Nature” property for the first 5 days of your trip.
All “Safe in Nature” properties are COVID-19 Certified properties, but not all COVID-19 Certified accommodations are “Safe in Nature” accommodations.
At all accommodations, guests’ temperatures will be checked at the entrance. All guests must wear masks and social distance from other guests who are not in their family group. Luggage will be sanitized upon arrival. Guests are encouraged to sanitize their hands as frequently as possible, so hand sanitizing stations are available in main areas like the reception, entrance, etc.
Guests from High-Risk countries who are staying at “Safe in Nature” properties will have to report their temperatures daily and wear masks at all times.
Attractions that are open in Dominica
Non-essential businesses in Dominica are currently closed, so many attractions are not open. Group tours are currently not allowed either.
More information on current restrictions is available here.
Activities that High-Risk countries visitor can do during quarantine
Guests from High-Risk countries who are staying at “Safe in Nature” properties can do activities both on and off the property.
At the property, they are allowed to use the property’s pool, swim at the property’s beach, and do water activities on the property’s beachfront if these areas are secluded from non-guests.
If guests want to do something off the property, it must be an activity that has already been approved by the Ministry of Health. Guests can participate in water-based activities or land-based tours. Water-based activities include diving, snorkeling, and whale watching. All activities will be scheduled to avoid days when lots of residents and/or tourists will be at the location.
Guests will have to wear masks and social distance throughout the activity, and they cannot mix with locals during the first five days of their trip, except for the approved taxi drivers and tour operators. More information on “Safe in Nature” regulations can be found here.
Transportation operating in Dominica
Visitors that are medically cleared can rent a car from a certified car rental company and explore the island on their own.
Visitors from High-Risk countries who haven’t been medically cleared yet can only use Certified taxis and must wear masks throughout the ride. Other safety protocols regarding transportation can be found here.
Restaurants that are open in Dominica
Restaurants in Dominica are currently only open for takeout. When ordering and picking up takeout, patrons must wear masks.
More information on current restaurant restrictions can be found here.
Airports that are open in Dominica
Dominica has two airports, Douglas-Charles Airport and Canefield Airport, although most international travelers will arrive at Douglas-Charles, the larger of the two. Both airports are currently open to commercial flights.
Both airports have implemented health and safety regulations, including wearing face masks, sanitizing hands, and social distancing. All travelers will be subject to health screenings that include temperature checks and will take Rapid Antigen tests upon arrival.
CURFEW IN DOMINICA
There is currently a daily curfew from 6 PM to 5 AM.
Where to get a PCR test in Dominica – COVID-19 Testing in Dominica
Your country may require you to get a PCR test in order to fly back home. If you need to get a PCR test in Dominica, you can find more information on getting tested here.
“Safe in Nature” properties have now instituted a concierge service that guides guests through the process of getting tested on-island if they need to get tested in order to return home. You can find more information on this service here and a list of participating hotels here.
Dominica reopening its borders to tourists – F.A.Q.
Check out these FAQs related to Dominica reopening for tourists and let us know if you have any other questions in the comments below.
Yes, Dominica is currently open to travelers from every country. However, you may be subject to strict entry requirements based on which country you are traveling from.
There are currently 2 active cases and 0 deaths due to COVID-19 in Dominica as of today. The CDC classifies travel to Dominica as “Level 2- Moderate Risk.” If you have a pre-existing condition or any health condition that could increase your chances of serious illness, avoid traveling to Dominica.
No, there is currently no ban on any travel to Dominica.
No, you do not need to quarantine if you are traveling from a Low-Risk or Medium-Risk country.
If you are traveling from a Low-Risk country, you will be monitored at your residence for 7 days, although you are still free to explore Dominica.
If you are traveling from a Medium-Risk country, you will be monitored at your residence for 14 days or, alternatively, you can take a PCR COVID test on the 5th day after your arrival; in both cases, you can still explore Dominica freely. If your test is negative, you will no longer be monitored.
If you are traveling from a High-Risk country, you will have to quarantine for at least 5 days. On the 5th day, you will take a PCR COVID test. If the results are negative, you no longer have to quarantine.
Yes, all travelers must have a negative PCR test result that was obtained 24 to 72 hours before arrival in Dominica. All travelers will also be subject to a Rapid COVID test upon arrival in Dominica.
No, there is currently no curfew in place in Dominica.
No, there are no restrictions on intercity or interregional travel in Dominica.
Yes, hotels in Dominica are currently open. All travelers from Low-Risk countries and Medium-Risk countries must stay at a COVID-19 Certified property or a “Safe in Nature” property, since other properties are not allowed to host guests. The list of COVID-19 Certified properties can be found here.
If you are from a High-Risk country, you should stay in a “Safe in Nature” property for at least 5 days if you don’t want to quarantine in a government facility. A list of “Safe in Nature” accommodations can be found here.
Yes, Dominica’s airports are open.
Yes, restaurants are open in Dominica.
Yes, beaches in Dominica are open.
Yes, Dominica is open to American tourists, but since the US is considered a High-Risk country, travelers from there are subject to strict entry requirements, including a five-day quarantine.
Yes, Dominica is open to Canadian tourists. Since Canada is classed as a High-Risk country, Canadians will be subject to stricter entry requirements than some other countries.
We will update this guide on Dominica reopening to tourism with any new developments. If you need more information on travel to Dominica, you can check these official sources:
- US Embassy Updates on COVID-19 in Dominica
- CDC Travel Recommendations for Dominica
- General Dominica Travel Advisory
- Discover Dominica Travel Information
- Information for Vaccinated Travelers
- Information for Unvaccinated Travelers
- “Safe in Nature” Experience
- Health Questionnaire
- COVID-19 Certified Accommodations
- “Safe in Nature” Accommodations