Last update: 1/22/2021
Dominica reopened to international tourism on August 7, 2020. Currently, tourists from all countries can visit Dominica, but like many other countries 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 four categories: CARICOM Travel Bubble, 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.
Besides, all travelers will be required to undergo a health assessment that will include temperature checks and undertake a Rapid Diagnostic Test at the airport.
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.
- Antigua and Barbuda
- British Virgin Islands
- The Cayman Islands
- New Zealand
- Saint Kitts and Nevis
- Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
- Turks and Caicos Islands
- Dominican Republic
- Saint Lucia
- Sint Maarten/Saint Martin
- South Africa
- Trinidad & Tobago
- United Kingdom
- United States
All countries not included in any of the other lists, will be study in a case-by-case basis.
Country risk categorization is reviewed and published on a weekly basis. You can check the latest categorization 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 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.
- All travelers from Low-Risk, Medium-Risk, and High-Risk countries must have a negative PCR COVID test result that was obtained 24 to 72 hours prior to their arrival in Dominica.
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.
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.
Travelers from the CARICOM Travel Bubble (as of now, just Barbados) do not need to take a PCR test before they enter Dominica. However, travelers from all countries will be subject to a Rapid COVID test upon arrival.
Additionally, all 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.
Mandatory quarantine upon arrival in Dominica
There is no mandatory quarantine upon arrival in Dominica for travelers from the CARICOM Travel Bubble, Low-Risk countries, and Medium-Risk countries.
CARICOM Travel Bubble travelers may be subject to scheduled and unscheduled checks from medical professionals after arrival. For more information on CARICOM travelers, see here.
Travelers from Low-Risk countries will be monitored for 7 days after arrival at their place of residence, 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 residence, 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 no longer have to be monitored. These travelers may also experience scheduled and unscheduled checks from medical professionals. More information can be found here.
For travelers from High-Risk countries, even if their Rapid COVID test upon arrival is negative, they must either:
- Quarantine for at least 5 days in a government quarantine facility.
- 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. Those travelers from High-Risk countries that don’t want to quarantine for 5 days in a government facility upon arrival, must stay (and kind of 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 the place they are staying, 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 no longer have to remain within the bubble. They must also report their temperature daily.
If you want to stay in a “Safe in Nature” accommodation for the first fifth days of your trip instead of quarantine in a government facility (see price here), you will need to provide a confirmed booking in a “Safe in Nature” accommodation at the port of entry.
Is travel insurance with COVID-19 coverage mandatory to enter Dominica?
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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 keeping a vaccination record or certificate 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 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 fifth 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.
If you are traveling from the CARICOM Travel Bubble, a Low-Risk country, or a Medium-Risk country, you can only stay at a COVID-19 Certified property or at a friend’s residence, since properties that are not COVID-19 Certified are not currently allowed to accept guests.
As we have seen, if you are visiting from a High-Risk country, you must stay at a “Safe in Nature” property for the first five days, or else you will have to stay at a government quarantine facility.
All “Safe in Nature” properties are COVID-19 Certifies properties at the same time, 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
Visitors that are medically cleared (that is visitors from the CARICOM Travel Bubble, Low-Risk countries, Medium-Risk countries or High-risk countries after being tested negative 5 days after arrival) are free to explore Dominica and visit any attractions they want to. However, Emerald Pool, Trafalgar Falls, Middleham Falls, Cabrits National Park, and parts of the Waitukubuli National Trail are closed until further notice.
If these travelers wish to visit a national park or go hiking, they 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 the 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 fifth days of their trip, except for the approved taxi drivers and tour operators. More information on “Safe in Nature” regulations can be found here.
A list of COVID-19 Certified tour operators can be found here.
Transportation operating in Dominica
Visitors that are medically cleared (that is visitors from the CARICOM Travel Bubble, Low-Risk countries, Medium-Risk countries or High-risk countries after being tested negative 5 days after arrival) can rent a car from a certified car rental company and explore the island by their own.
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.
Guests from high-risk countries that hasn’t been medical cleared up yet (they need to take a PCR test at the fifth day to be cleared up) and that 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.
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.
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 17 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 CARICOM Travel Bubble, 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 from Low-Risk, Medium-Risk, and High-Risk countries 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 the CARICOM Travel Bubble, Low-Risk countries, and Medium-Risk countries are encouraged to stay at a COVID-19 Certified 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 and a PCR test before arrival.
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 CARICOM Travel Bubble Travelers
- Information for Low-Risk Countries
- Information for Medium-Risk Countries
- Information for High-Risk Countries
- “Safe in Nature” Experience
- Health Questionnaire
- COVID-19 Certified Accommodations
- “Safe in Nature” Accommodations
- COVID-19 Certified Tour Operators