The Caribbean island of Dominica will be reopening its borders for international tourism on August 7th.
Denise Charles, the Minister for Tourism, International Transport and Maritime Initiatives, made the announcement on Wednesday morning.
All travelers will be required to follow new health protocols for entry to the island.
- All travelers must obtain a negative COVID-19 test (PCR) result recorded 24 to 72 hours before arriving in Dominica.
- Travelers must complete an online questionnaire at least 24 hours in advance and show their clearance to travel.
- Upon arrival, travelers will undergo a series of checks, including a rapid test.
- If a traveler presents any signals deemed unsafe, such as a positive test result, they will be quarantined at a government facility or a certified hotel.
“The reopening of borders will be done in a phased manner, with nationals allowed to return home from July 15th in phase one for travel by air [via] Douglas Charles and Canefield Airport,” said Minister Charles in a press briefing. “all travellers, including non-nationals, can travel to the Nature Island from August 7th, 2020, as part of phase two of the reopening of borders – if all goes well,” she stressed.
Which countries can visit Dominica?
The Commonwealth of Dominica will be reopening to travelers from all countries under normal immigration policies. All travelers must follow the health and testing entry requirements to be granted access to the island.
Dominica has had no COVID-19 deaths and only 18 cases. It is one of the least affected countries in the world and features on the United Kingdom's quarantine-free list.
The government has been cautious about reopening borders, especially as the island specializes in ecotourism that promotes respiratory health and suits social distancing requirements.
“Health and safety guidelines have been carefully deliberated and formally announced to keep the probability that new cases of COVID-19 may be recorded once the borders are reopened as low as possible,” Minister Charles added.
As the Nature Isle of the Caribbean, Dominica attracts unconventional visitors seeking intimacy, adventures and eco-luxury experiences.