Is Dominica open for tourists and latest Dominica travel restrictions

Is Dominica Open for Tourists? – Dominica Travel Restrictions

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Last update: 4/11/2021

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. 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, but all travelers need to submit this health questionnaire online at least 24 hours prior to arrival in Dominica to get a notification of health clearance to travel that they will need to present to the airline prior to boarding.

Additionally, all travelers must have proof of a negative PCR test result from within 24-72 hours prior to arrival. They will also be required to undergo a health assessment that will include temperature checks and undergo a Rapid Diagnostic Test at the airport.

Travelers from high-risk countries will have to quarantine for 5 days in a “Safe in Nature” hotel or at a government facility by the traveler. On the 5th day, a second PCR test will be carried out and if it is negative, the quarantine may end.

Can I travel to Dominica right now?

Yes, you can currently travel to Dominica from any country, but you will be subject to different entry requirements based on which country you are arriving from. Additionally, if you are from a lower-risk country but you have to travel through a higher-risk country in order to reach Dominica, you will be classed as coming from a high-risk country. 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.

  • Anguilla
  • Bermuda
  • British Virgin Islands
  • The Cayman Islands
  • Greenland
  • Grenada
  • Iceland
  • Montserrat
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Singapore
 
  • Finland
  • Nigeria
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Argentina
  • Aruba
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Bolivia
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Curacao
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • France
  • Germany
  • Guadeloupe
  • Guyana
  • Haiti
  • India
  • Iran
  • Italy
  • Jamaica
  • Japan
  • Martinique
  • Mexico
  • Panama
  • Peru
  • Russia
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Sint Maarten/Saint Martin
  • South Africa
  • Spain
  • Suriname
  • Trinidad & 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 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 free Rapid COVID test when they arrive in Dominica. Results should be available within 30 minutes.

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 travelers from Low-Risk, Medium-Risk, and High-Risk countries.

Dominica COVID-19 travel restrictions

Is PCR testing mandatory to travel to Dominica?

Travelers from these 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. High-Risk travelers will have to take a PCR test 5 days after their arrival. This PCR test costs $40 and the results will be available within 24 to 48 hours.

Medium-Risk travelers will be monitored for 14 days from their arrival, or, alternatively, they can take a PCR test on the 5th day after their arrival. If that PCR test is negative, they will no longer be monitored.

Mandatory quarantine upon arrival in Dominica

There is no mandatory quarantine upon arrival in Dominica for travelers from Low-Risk countries, and Medium-Risk countries.

Travelers from Low-Risk countries will be monitored for 7 days after arrival at their accommodation, although they can still explore Dominica freely. Monitoring means in-person and telephone interviews and assessments by medical professionals. These travelers may also be subject to scheduled and unscheduled checks from medical professionals. There is more information on Low-Risk countries here.

Visitors from Medium-Risk countries will be monitored for 14 days at their accommodation, although they are still free to explore Dominica. If travelers would prefer not to be monitored for 14 days, they can take a PCR COVID test on day 5 of their stay. If the test is negative, they will no longer be monitored. These travelers may also experience scheduled and unscheduled checks from medical professionals. More information can be found here.

Dominica reopened to international tourism

Is there any mandatory quarantine upon arrival in Dominica?

For travelers from High-Risk countries, even if their Rapid COVID test upon arrival is negative, they must either:

  1. Quarantine for at least 5 days in a government quarantine facility.
  1. Go to a Managed Experience at a “Safe in Nature” property, where they will still have to quarantine for 5 days.
“Safe in Nature” Commitment in Dominica

“Safe in Nature” is Dominica’s tourism bubble for travelers from High-Risk countries. Travelers from High-Risk countries who don’t want to quarantine for 5 days in a government facility upon arrival must stay (and quarantine) at “Safe in Nature” properties for at least 5 days after arrival.

“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.

Guests at these accommodations must take a PCR COVID test on day 5 after their arrival. This PCR test costs $40. Results will become available in 24 to 48 hours. If guests test negative, they will be considered medically cleared. They must also report their temperature daily.

If you want to stay in a “Safe in Nature” accommodation for the first five days of your trip instead of quarantining in a government facility (see price here), you will need to provide confirmation of a booking at a “Safe in Nature” accommodation at your port of entry.

A full list of “Safe in Nature” accommodations can be found here. You can find more information on “Safe in Nature” here and more details on High-Risk countries here.

Is travel insurance with COVID-19 coverage mandatory to enter Dominica?

No, travel insurance with COVID-19 coverage is not mandatory for travel to Dominica, but these days, it is rather risky to travel without any kind of travel health insurance, so you really shouldn’t travel without it.

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COVID-19 vaccine to travel to Dominica

Although COVID-19 vaccine distribution has begun in most countries around the world, the government has not yet confirmed whether it will be mandatory to present a proof of vaccine record (POVR) or an international certificate of vaccination or prophylaxis (ICVP) to enter Dominica.

If you’re going to get the COVID-19 vaccine before traveling to Dominica, I recommend taking a copy of a vaccination record or certificate with you in case Dominica changes its entry requirements.

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 COVID 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

Dominica has very few cases of coronavirus, so it is one of the safest places to visit right now. Hotels, beaches, attractions, and restaurants are open, but all of them have plenty of health and safety regulations in place in order to keep Dominica’s number of cases low. Additionally, if you are visiting from a High-Risk country, you will be much more restricted as to what you can do, where you can go, and where you can stay (for the first five days).

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.

Can I travel to Dominica right now?

Hotels and accommodations that are open in Dominica

If you are traveling from a Low-Risk country or a Medium-Risk country, you can only stay at a COVID-19 Certified property or “Safe in Nature” property.

As we have seen, if you are visiting from a High-Risk country, you must stay at a “Safe in Nature” property if you do not quarantine at a government facility 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.

A list of “Safe in Nature” accommodations can be found here, and a list of COVID-19 Certified accommodations can be found here, but these are my recommendations:

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.

More information on accommodation regulations can be found here. Regulations for “Safe in Nature” properties can be found here.

Attractions that are open in Dominica

Travelers visiting a national park or going hiking must keep a distance of 6 feet away from fellow hikers. They should hike in single file and have a mask on hand to wear if they encounter other hikers. Visitors should also carry their own hand sanitizer to be able to disinfect their hands and avoid any crowded areas.

Travelers visiting a national park or going hiking must keep a distance of 6 feet away from fellow hikers. They should hike in single file and have a mask on hand to wear if they encounter other hikers. Visitors should also carry their own hand sanitizer to be able to disinfect their hands and avoid any crowded areas.

In terms of watersports, all guests will have their temperatures taken before they board the boat. Vessels will be limited to 70% capacity so guests can social distance. Vessels will be sanitized after every trip, and equipment will be disinfected after every use. Although guests do have to wear masks before and after the activity and on the boat, they do not need to wear masks in the water.

More information on regulations for attractions can be found 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.

Dominica reopening its borders to tourists

Activities that High-Risk countries visitors can do during quarantine

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 (that is visitors from Low-Risk countries, Medium-Risk countries, or High-risk countries after testing negative 5 days after arrival) 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

There’s no need to worry about whether you’ll eat well while you’re in Dominica. Plenty of restaurants are open, so you’ll have a variety of options to choose from.

Guests must wear masks when entering and exiting restaurants. Reservations are encouraged, so make sure to book a table in advance. Tables are arranged 6 feet apart from each other and will not be pre-set. Restaurants are sanitized three times a day, and tables and chairs are sanitized after each guest. Hand sanitizer is available for all guests.

Is Dominica open for tourists

Restaurants that are open in Dominica

Guests from High-Risk countries who haven’t been medically cleared yet (they need to take a PCR test on the fifth day of their quarantine period and obtain a negative result in order to be medically cleared) and are staying at “Safe in Nature” properties may only eat at the accommodation’s restaurant/bar (if it is for guests only or there is a specific separate area for guests) or order food for delivery from restaurants that are outside the property.

More information on restaurant regulations can be found here and 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 COVID tests upon arrival.

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 11 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.

Sources

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:

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