Exercise Increased Caution in Dominica due to the aftermath of a natural disaster.
Dominica continues to rebuild following Hurricane Maria in September 2017. Electricity is restored to the capital and other populated areas, but many areas remain without electricity. Roads are clear with ongoing repairs. Hotel accommodations are limited and conditions at some hotels are below comfort level. Travelers should verify whether their hotel has hot water, air conditioning, and or other amenities they consider necessary.
Read the Safety and Security section on the Country information page.
If you decide to travel to Dominica:
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.
NOTE: Be aware that Caribbean cruises that begin and end in the United States (closed loop cruises) do not require that you travel with a valid passport. However, should you need to disembark due to an emergency and you do not have a valid passport, you may encounter difficulties entering or remaining in a foreign country. You may also have difficulty attempting to re-enter the United States by air because many airlines will require a valid passport before allowing you to board the aircraft. As such, we strongly recommend that you always travel abroad with your valid passport.
HIV/AIDS: Some HIV/AIDS entry restrictions may exist. Please contact the Embassy of Dominica before you travel at: Embassy of the Commonwealth of Dominica, 3216 New Mexico Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20016, telephone (202) 364-6781, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, or the Consulate General of Dominica in New York at (212) 768-2480.
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.
For further information:
Watersports Advisory: You should carefully assess the potential risks inherent in recreational water activities and measure your participation in them against 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 traffic in the area. When in doubt, stay out!
Criminal Penalties: Persons violating local laws, even unknowingly, 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, request that the police or prison officials to notify the U.S. Embassy immediately. See our webpage for further information.
Firearms: Firearms entry restrictions may exist. Please contact the Embassy of Dominica before you travel.
Faith-Based Travelers: See the Department of State’s International Religious Freedom Report.
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 disabilities. 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 for disabled persons.
We do not pay medical bills. Be aware that U.S. Medicare and Medicaid programs do not apply overseas and that doctors and hospital will expect immediate cash payment for health services.
Medical Insurance: Make sure your health insurance plan provides coverage overseas. We strongly recommend supplemental insurance to cover medical evacuation. See our webpage for more information on insurance providers for overseas coverage.
The principal medical facility is Princess Margaret Hospital (telephone (767) 448-2231/5720). This hospital 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.
Zika Virus: Zika virus is a mosquito-borne illness that can be spread from a pregnant woman to her unborn baby as well as through sexual contact. The CDC has concluded that the Zika virus is a cause of microcephaly and other severe fetal brain defects in some fetuses and babies born to infected mothers. For additional information about Zika, including travel advisories, visit the CDC website.
Chikungunya, dengue fever, and zika are present on the island. Travelers should carry and use CDC recommended insect repellents.
Carry prescription medication in original packaging, along with your doctor’s prescription.
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 much of the country’s infrastructure was impacted by the 2017 hurricane season. Public transportation and services may not be running at full capacity, and travel around the island may be difficult.
Visitors are warned to be extremely careful when driving, riding in a vehicle, or crossing roads on foot. Major roads are in average to poor condition, and drivers may encounter wandering animals and slow moving heavy equipment. Drivers often stop in the middle of the roadway without warning, so you should 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.
Please refer to our Road Safety page for more information.
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. These can be purchased at all car rental offices and from the Traffic Department in Roseau.
Public Transportation: Public transportation consists of mini-buses and taxis.
See our Road Safety page for more information. Visit the website of the country’s national tourist office and national authority responsible for road safety.
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.
DISCLAIMER: THE INFORMATION IS PROVIDED FOR GENERAL INFORMATION ONLY AND MAY NOT BE TOTALLY ACCURATE IN A SPECIFIC CASE. QUESTIONS INVOLVING INTERPRETATION OF SPECIFIC FOREIGN LAWS SHOULD BE ADDRESSED TO THE APPROPRIATE FOREIGN AUTHORITIES OR FOREIGN COUNSEL.
For information concerning travel to Dominica, including information about the location of the U.S. Embassy, the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program, entry/exit requirements, safety and security, crime, medical facilities and health information, traffic safety, road conditions and aviation safety, please see country-specific information for Dominica.
The U.S. Department of State reports statistics and compliance information for individual countries in the Annual Report on International Parental Child Abduction (IPCA). The report is located here.
Dominica is not a signatory to the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction (Hague Abduction Convention), nor are there any bilateral agreements in force between Dominica and the United States concerning international parental child abduction.
Legal systems and laws pertaining to custody, divorce, and parental abduction vary widely from country to country. Parental abduction is a crime in Dominica. The Government of Dominica does not maintain a website specifically regarding custody, family law and visitation. Parents are encouraged to consult with an attorney who specializes in family law in Dominica and who can provide legal guidance that is specific to their circumstances.
The Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs, Directorate for Overseas Citizens Services, Office of Children's Issues provides assistance in cases of international parental child abduction. For U.S. citizen parents whose children have been wrongfully removed to or retained in countries that are not U.S. partners under the Hague Abduction Convention, the Office of Children's Issues can provide information and resources about country-specific options for pursuing the return of or access to an abducted child. The Office of Children's Issues may also coordinate with appropriate foreign and U.S. government authorities about the welfare of abducted U.S. citizen children. Parents are strongly encouraged to contact the Department of State for assistance.
United States Department of State
Bureau of Consular Affairs
Office of Children's Issues
SA-17, Floor 9
Washington, DC 20522-1709
Outside the United States or Canada: 1-202-501-4444
Legal systems and laws pertaining to custody, divorce, and parental abduction vary widely from country to country. Parents are encouraged to consult with an attorney who specializes in family law in Dominica and who can provide legal guidance that is specific to their circumstances.
The Office of Children's Issues may be able to assist parents seeking access to children who have been wrongfully removed from or retained outside the United States. Parents who are seeking access to children who were not wrongfully removed from or retained outside the United States should contact the U.S. Embassy in Bridgetown, Barbados for information and possible assistance.
Neither the Office of Children's Issues nor consular officials at the U.S. Embassy to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean in Bridgetown are authorized to provide legal advice.
The U.S. Embassy to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean in Bridgetown posts a list of attorneys who have identified themselves as willing to represent U.S. citizens.
This list is provided as a courtesy service only and does not constitute an endorsement of any individual attorney. The Department of State assumes no responsibility or liability for the professional ability or reputation of, or the quality of services provided by, the following persons or firms. Professional credentials and areas of expertise are provided directly by the lawyers.
In Dominica, informal mediation regarding family and child welfare is offered by the Social Welfare Division of the Ministry of Social Services, Community Development and Gender Affairs.
While travelling in a foreign country, you are subject to the laws of that country. It is important for parents to understand that, although a left-behind parent in the United States may have custody or visitation rights pursuant to a U.S. custody order, that order may not be valid and enforceable in the country in which the child is located. For this reason, we strongly encourage you to speak to a local attorney if planning to remove a child from a foreign country without the consent of the other parent. Attempts to remove your child to the United States may:
The U.S. government cannot interfere with another country’s court or law enforcement system.
To understand the legal effect of a U.S. order in a foreign country, a parent should consult with a local attorney in the country in which the child is located.
For information about hiring an attorney abroad, see our section on Retaining a Foreign Attorney.
Although we cannot recommend an attorney to you, most U.S. Embassies have lists of attorneys available online. Please visit the local U.S. Embassy or Consulate website for a full listing.
For more information on consular assistance for U.S. citizens arrested abroad, please see our website.
Country officers are available to speak with you Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. For assistance with an abduction in progress or any emergency situation that occurs after normal business hours, on weekends, or federal holidays, please call toll free at 1-888-407-4747. See all contact information.
DISCLAIMER: The information in this flyer is provided for general information only, is not intended to be legal advice, and may change without notice. Questions involving interpretation of law should be addressed to an attorney licensed in the relevant jurisdiction.
Select a visa category below to find the visa issuance fee, number of entries, and validity period for visas issued to applicants from this country*/area of authority.
Visa Classification: The type of nonimmigrant visa you are applying for.
Fee: The reciprocity fee, also known as the visa issuance fee, you must pay. This fee is in addition to the nonimmigrant visa application fee (MRV fee).
Number of Entries: The number of times you may seek entry into the United States with that visa. "M" means multiple times. If there is a number, such as "One", you may apply for entry one time with that visa.
Validity Period: This generally means the visa is valid, or can be used, from the date it is issued until the date it expires, for travel with that visa. If your Validity Period is 60 months, your visa will be valid for 60 months from the date it is issued.
Official civil documents issued prior to 2014 are handwritten, with few security features. Beginning in 2014, the Dominica Registrar General began issuing official civil documents on multi-colored security paper. These documents are computer printed and feature security features such as raised intaglio printing and a watermark.
Fee: EC $5.00
Issuing Authority: Registrar, High Court, Bay Front, Roseau, Dominica.
Fee: EC $5.00
Document name: Certificate of Death
Issuing Authority: Registrar, High Court, Bay Front, Roseau, Dominica.
Fees: EC $5.00
Document Name: Marriage Register Book
Issuing Authority: Available from the Registrar, High Court, Bay Front, Roseau, Dominica
Fees: EC $5.00 Stamps
Issuing Authority: Available from the Registrar, High Court, Bay Front, Roseau, Dominica
Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Available in the form of a certified office copy
Unavailable, once a final adoption order has been entered by a court, adoptive parents may apply for a new birth certificate listing them as parents of the adopted child at the Registrar of the Supreme Court.
Comments: Driver’s License and social security cards are both considered reliable forms of identity on the island.
Fees: EC $10.00.
Document Name: Certificate of Character
Issuing Authority: Available from the Commissioner of Police, Police Headquarters, Roseau, Dominica.
Procedure for Obtaining: The application must be accompanied by two passport-size photographs.
Certified Copies: Available
Comments: Under Dominica law, convictions are automatically expunged from a person’s record after the passage of a number of years. The time from conviction to expungement varies depending on the severity of the offense.
Procedure for Obtaining: Must be obtained by the applicant
Issuing Authority: Can be obtained from Conviction Record at Criminal Records Office C.I.D Police Headquarters.
Types Available: (Regular, Diplomatic, Official, etc.)
Passports & Other Travel Documents:
Dominica is a member of the Caribbean Community and Common Market (CARICOM) and issues standard CARICOM passports, which are ICAO compliant.
Dominica operates a citizenship by investment program whereby foreigners may obtain Dominica citizenship and a full validity Dominica passport for an investment of $250,000. There is no residency requirement for foreigners who obtain citizenship through this program.
The Department has determined passports issued under the Dominica Citizenship by Investment Program are valid under INA 101(a)(30). Although a visa may be placed in such passports, applicants must still establish their identity to the satisfaction of a consular officer. Applicants may need to present other supporting documents (a passport issued by another foreign government, school ID, identity certificate) to establish both identity and nationality. During the course of the interview, officers should pay close attention to where the applicant was born and if the individual is potential dual national. Consular officers should contact the consular section in Embassy Bridgetown or the Visa Office with any questions regarding the Dominica Citizenship by Investment Program.
Issuing Authority: Available from the church where the baptism occurred.
Post Contact Information
Embassy of the United States Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean and the OECS
Wildey Business Park
St. Michael BB 14006
Main switchboard: (246) 227-4000
Consular Section (Questions): (246) 227-4399
Consular Section Fax: (246) 431-0179
Visa Appointment Hotline (Only): (246) 227-4227
Public Affairs Section Fax: (246) 429-5316
Nonimmigrant and immigrant visa applications for nationals of Antigua and Barbuda are processed by the U.S. Embassy in Bridgetown, Barbados.