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St. Michael BB 14006
Telephone: +(246) 227-4399
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(246) 227-4000
Fax: +(246) 431-0179
See the Department of State’s Fact Sheet on Dominica for information on U.S. – Dominica relations.
Passports and visa: U.S. citizens must have a valid U.S. passport to enter Dominica. No visa is required for stays less than 6 months if you have an onward or return ticket, confirmation of accommodation, and can produce evidence of your ability to maintain yourself. There is a departure tax of US $22 assessed when leaving Dominica. Children under twelve years of age are exempt from the departure tax.
Generally, all U.S. citizens are required to present a valid U.S. passport when traveling to Dominica, as well as proof of anticipated departure from Dominica. This includes travelers arriving by airplane and by private sea-going vessel. Those traveling to Dominica on a cruise may use another Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) compliant document. However, we strongly recommend visitors obtain a passport before travel in case of an unforeseen emergency that requires a cruise passenger to disembark and return by air.
The U.S. Department of State is unaware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for visitors to or foreign residents of Dominica.
Dominica continues to rebuild following Hurricane Maria in September 2017. Electricity is restored to the capital and other populated areas, but some rural areas remain without electricity. All main roads are clear and passable, though some rural secondary roads remain impassible. Hotel accommodations are limited. Many hotels have rebuilt, though some remain closed. Travelers should be aware that some rebuilt hotels might not have all previously-available comforts, and should verify whether their hotel has hot water, air conditioning, and or other amenities they consider necessary.
Crime: American citizens are not specifically targeted for crime in Dominica. However, crimes of opportunity such as petty larceny, burglary, automobile break-ins; as well as incidents of violent crime, such as murder, sexual assault, robbery, shootings, and drug related crimes do occasionally occur. As you would in any major metropolitan area of the U.S., use the below personal security measures while traveling:
*Abide by the above security measures at all times, be aware of your surroundings in all areas, and use added vigilance while in isolated areas where tourists do not normally frequent.
Victims of Crime: Report crimes to the local police at 999 and contact the U.S. Embassy at (246) 227-4000.
Remember that local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting the crime.
See our webpage on help for U.S. victims of crime overseas.
Domestic Violence: U.S. citizen victims of domestic violence may contact the U.S. Embassy for assistance at (246) 227-4000.
Watersports Advisory: Carefully assess the potential risks of recreational water activities and consider your physical capabilities and skills. Never venture out alone, particularly at isolated beaches or far out to sea. Avoid entering the water above your waist if you have been drinking and always be mindful of jet ski and boat traffic in the area.
For further information:
Criminal Penalties: You are subject to local laws. If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned. Penalties for possession, use, or trafficking in illegal drugs or firearms are severe, and convicted offenders can expect long jail sentences and heavy fines.
Furthermore, some laws are also prosecutable in the U.S., regardless of local law. For examples, see our website on crimes against minors abroad and the Department of Justice website.
Arrest Notification: If you are arrested or detained, ask police or prison officials to notify the U.S. Embassy immediately. See our webpage for further information.
Firearms: Do not enter Dominica with firearms or ammunition without prior express consent from the Dominican government.
Faith-Based Travelers: See the following webpages for details:
LGBTI Travelers: Consensual same-sex conduct is illegal, and no laws prohibit discrimination against a person on the basis of sexual orientation. There are no legal impediments to organizations for LGBTI persons.
See our LGBTI Travel Information page and section 6 of our Human Rights report for further details.
Travelers Who Require Accessibility Assistance: Access to buildings, pedestrian paths and transportation is extremely difficult for persons with mobility issues. Sidewalks (if they exist) are very uneven and will only occasionally have ramps at intersections. Pedestrian crossings are also very infrequent and can be poorly marked. Buses and taxis do not have special accommodations.
Medical facilities in Dominica do not meet U.S. standards. Dominica has an operational hyperbaric chamber. There is limited ambulance service on most of the island. Sea rescue service is available at the North end of the island. Doctors and hospitals often expect immediate cash payment for health services.
The U.S. government does not pay medical bills for overseas travelers. Be aware that U.S. Medicare and Medicaid programs do not apply overseas.
Medical Insurance: Make sure your health insurance plan provides coverage overseas
We strongly recommend supplemental insurance to cover medical evacuation.
If traveling with prescription medication, check with the government of Dominica to ensure the medication is legal in Dominica. Always carry your prescription medication in original packaging with your doctor’s prescription.
Dominica has reported past or current transmission of the following diseases:
Vaccinations: Be up-to-date on all vaccinations recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Further health information:
Road Conditions and Safety:
Please be aware that while much of the country’s road infrastructure has been restored since the 2017 hurricane season, some secondary roads remain in very rough condition. Public transportation and services may not be running at full capacity, and travel around parts of the island may be difficult.
Be careful when driving, riding in a vehicle, or crossing roads on foot. Major roads are in average to poor condition. You may encounter wandering animals and slow moving heavy equipment. Drivers often stop in the middle of the roadway without warning. Always maintain a safe distance from the vehicle in front of you and watch for signs of sudden braking. Automobiles may lack working safety and signaling devices.
Traffic Laws: Driving is on the left-hand side of the road. There is relatively little police enforcement of traffic regulations. A local temporary driver’s license is required and can be purchased at car rental offices or from the Traffic Department in Roseau.
Public Transportation: Public transportation consists of mini-buses and taxis.
See our Road Safety page for more information.
Aviation Safety Oversight: The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) assesses whether local civil aviation authorities are in compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards for oversight of air carrier operations. Further information may be found on the FAA’s safety assessment page.
Maritime Travel: Mariners planning travel to Dominica should also check for U.S. maritime advisories and alerts. Information may also be posted to the U.S. Coast Guard homeport website, and the NGA broadcast warnings