Last updated: 6 Jan 2022

Dominica

About

The Caribbean island Dominica is a medley of brooding volcanic peaks, gushing mountain streams, dense forests, quiet lakes and spouting geysers; this is a diverse and beautiful land. Given its natural assets and warm and welcoming locals, Dominica should be a bustling tourism hotspot, and despite being one of the poorest in the region, crime is relatively low.

With February comes Carnival season (Mas Dominik): two weeks of celebrations culminating in a wild, colourful costumed parade. Revel in dazzling sequins, feather-topped masks and glitzy-ritzy skimpy dresses; watch street jugglers, prancing musicians and marching drummers amidst cheering crowds of merrymakers.

Trafalgar Falls is Dominica's most popular waterfalls are incredibly beautiful and many flock to see the waters tumbling down the rocks.

Explore Dominica's capital Roseau, boasting friendly locals and sea views. Join in the hubbub of downtown and then relax in the Botanical Gardens.
Capital:  Roseau (DCF)
Currency:  East Caribbean Dollar (XCD) (US Dollars and Pounds Sterling are also legal tender.)
Language:  English. Creole is also spoken. 
Dialling code from SA:  + 767
Time Zones: UTC / GMT -4 (6 hours behind South Africa)
Public Holidays 2022: 

Jan 1, 3; Feb 28; Mar 1; Apr 15, 18; May 2; Jun 6; Aug 1; Nov 3-4; Dec 25-27

Side of the Road: Left (International Driving Permit recommended. A valid foreign licence can be used to get a Temporary Visitor's Permit.)
Best Time to go: December – May (June – October is the rainy season)
Best For: Island relaxation
Plugs: 220/240 volts AC, 50Hz. Three-pin European-style plugs are usual. Many hotels have dual 220/110 voltage.
Drinking Water: Mains water in hotels and towns is safe to drink. Outside of the main towns, water may be contaminated. Bottled water is available and recommended. 
Health: Medical facilities are very limited and doctors require payment upfront. It is advisable to carry basic medical supplies.  Comprehensive health insurance is recommended and it should include emergency air evacuation coverage. If you require any medication on your travels it is best to bring it with you, in the original packaging, with a signed and dated letter from your doctor detailing exactly what it is and why you need it.
Customs: Normal social courtesies. Revealing clothing should be confined to the beach / poolside and dress in public should be more conservative. Nude sunbathing and haggling at the markets are not socially acceptable practices.
Duty Free: The following goods may be imported into Dominica without incurring customs duty by passengers aged 18 and above:
• 200 cigarettes, 50 cigars or 227g of tobacco
• 1L of wine or spirits
• Gifts and souvenirs to the value of EC$400 (this allowance can only be claimed once a year and does not apply to cigarettes and alcohol)
Travellers carrying prescription medication must bring it in the original labelled container.
Prohibited Imports: A permit is required to import animals, plants or seeds
Prohibited Exports: Wildlife (alive or dead)

Travel Alerts

Last updated: 15/09/2021

Dominica is open for travel from all countries. Passengers are subject to health screening and testing on arrival.

Specific regulations for vaccinated passengers

  • Fully vaccinated passengers will be subject to a Rapid Antigen test on arrival. If a negative result is received, the passenger will be deemed medically cleared at the discretion of medical officials and will not be required to quarantine. If a positive result is received, passengers will be subject to a PCR test and must quarantine in a government-operated facility or a Safe in Nature-certified property. If a positive result is received from the PCR test, the passenger will be transferred to a hospital Covid-19 isolation unit at their own expense until released by an authorised health professional. If a negative result is received from the PCR test, the passenger will be deemed medically cleared at the discretion of medical officials.
  • Passengers who are fully vaccinated must hold a vaccine certificate in English issued by a hospital, medical centre or a national public health organization as proof of documented evidence.
  • Passengers will be considered fully vaccinated if they have completed both doses of the approved Covid-19 two dose vaccines or have received the single dose Johnson and Johnson vaccine. The second dose of the vaccine must have been received more than 2 weeks prior to travel to Dominica. The vaccines must have been approved by the Dominican Ministry of Health as well as the World Health Organization (WHO). Further vaccines may be added by the Ministry of Health, as approved by the WHO. The current list of approved vaccines: Pfizer, AstraZeneca (India and South Korea), Moderna, Janssen and Sinopharm.

Form requirements

  • Passengers aged 1 year and older must submit a Health Questionnaire online here at least 24 hours prior to arrival.

Test and quarantine requirements

  • Passengers aged 2 years and older who have been in any of the countries listed below in the past 21 days must have a negative PCR test certificate obtained within 72 to 24 hours prior to arrival and present their notification of health clearance to travel prior to departure: Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Finland, Greenland, Grenada, Iceland, Montserrat, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Singapore, Sweden or Switzerland.
    • Unvaccinated passengers will be subject to a Rapid Antigen test on arrival. If a negative result is received, the passenger will be deemed medically cleared at the discretion of medical officials. If a positive result is received, the passenger will be subject to a PCR test and must quarantine until a result is received.
  • Passengers aged 2 years and older who have been in any of the countries listed below for the past 21 days must have a negative PCR test certificate obtained within 72 to 24 hours prior to arrival and present their notification of health clearance to travel prior to departure: Anguilla, Aruba, Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Curaçao, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, France, Germany, Guadeloupe, Guyana, Haiti, India, Iran, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Martinique, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Russian Federation, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sint Maarten, South Africa, Spain, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, the United Kingdom, or the United States.
    • Unvaccinated passengers will be transported to quarantine at either a government-operated quarantine facility or a managed experience at a Safe in Nature-certified property for a minimum of 5 to 7 days. Passengers will be subject to a PCR test on day 5 after arrival and must continue to quarantine up to 48 hours until a result is received. If a negative result is received, the passenger will be deemed medically cleared at the discretion of medical officials. If a positive result is received, the passenger will be admitted to a Covid isolation unit at their own expense until released by an authorised health professional.

This Information is intended as a Guideline.

Visa Requirements

Visas are not required by SA passport holders for a stay up to 6 months. The passport must have sufficient space for the endorsement. Passengers must be in possession of a valid return air ticket, proof of sufficient funds to maintain him/herself for the duration of stay and must be able to furnish proof of his/her visit.
Passport should be valid for more than 3 months from date of departure.

High Commission for the Commonwealth of Dominica
1 Collingham Gardens, Earls Court, London SW5 OHW
Tel: (020) 737-05194/5 Fax: (020) 7373 8743
E-mail: info@dominicahighcommission.co.uk

SA Representative

SA High Commission in Kingston, Jamaica.
E-mail: dhajm@cwjamaica.com

Travel Health

Compulsory:  Yellow Fever (Dependant on Country of Origin/Stopover)
Recommended Travel Vaccines:  Hepatitis B, Tetanus, Polio