Dominica

Dominica

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The Commonwealth of Dominica is an island nation located along the Eastern Caribbean archipelago southeast of Guadeloupe and about 58 miles northwest of Martinique. The population is about 74,000 people. Dominica is the only island in the eastern Caribbean with about 3,000 Carib Indians descended from the pre-Columbian population. The government is a parliamentary democracy with a president as chief of state and prime minister as head of government.

Dominica was a colony of Great Britain from 1805 until achieving independence in 1978. For a few years after independence, the country suffered with a corrupt and authoritarian government. In 19890, however, that government was replaced by a party led by the first woman prime minister in the Caribbean. The country has few natural resources and has relied on banana exports as the main revenue source. However, Dominica is striving to expand its economic base. There have been some difficulties in expansion due to lack of adequate infrastructure, for example, a larger airport, and concerns about the impact on the environment of large numbers of visitors to the island.

Dominica has potential for building the tourism sector. The island has few beaches, but there is potential for eco-tourism with mountainous and forested areas. Travellers can enjoy the Morne Trois Piton National Park, Boiling Lake, and Trafalgar Falls.

Currency XCD: East Caribbean dollar
Language English
Capital Roseau
Recent Alerts 1
Latest Alert March 21, 2017 - Zika virus in the Caribbean - update

Diseases To Be Aware Of

The diseases listed below are those which occur most often in Dominica. Other, less frequently encountered diseases might be displayed within the Travel Alerts section if they have occurred recently.

Hepatitis A

There is a significant risk for hepatitis A virus exposure in Dominica through contaminated food or water. Infection can still occur at tourist destinations and resorts.

Hepatitis B

There is a significant risk for acquiring hepatitis B in Dominica.

Typhoid Fever

There is some debate regarding the risk of exposure to typhoid fever in this country through consumption of unsafe food and water. Some authoritative sources (the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) recommend vaccination since exposure to unsafe sources may be variable within this country, especially when visiting smaller cities or rural areas, where food and water sources may be contaminated. Other sources (the UK National Travel Health Network and Centre) do not recommend vaccination.

Yellow Fever

There is no risk for yellow fever in this country. However, this country requires a yellow fever vaccination certificate for travellers over 1 year of age arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission and for travellers having transited more than 12 hours through an airport of a country with risk of yellow fever transmission.

Dengue Fever

Outbreaks of dengue fever occur often in all islands in the Caribbean.

Chikungunya Fever

Outbreaks of chikungunya fever may occur.

Rabies

Rabies may be present in bats.

Zika Fever

There is transmission of the Zika virus in this country.

Vaccinations to Consider

The following is a list of recommended vaccinations for travelling to Dominica.

Hepatitis A Vaccine

There is a significant risk of exposure to hepatitis A for this country, therefore, the vaccination is recommended.

Hepatitis B Vaccine

There is a significant risk of infection with hepatitis B for this country, therefore, the vaccination is recommended.

Typhoid Fever Vaccine

There is some debate regarding the risk of exposure to typhoid fever in this country through consumption of unsafe food and water. Some authoritative sources (the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) recommend vaccination since exposure to unsafe sources is variable within this country, especially when visiting smaller cities or rural areas, where food and water sources may be contaminated. Other sources (the UK National Travel Health Network and Centre) do not recommend vaccination.

Yellow Fever Vaccine

This country requires a yellow fever vaccination certificate for travellers over 1 year of age arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission and for travellers having transited more than 12 hours through an airport of a country with risk of yellow fever transmission.

Rabies Vaccine

Vaccination is recommended for those travellers whose activities may bring them into contact with bats (i.e. veterinarians, wildlife professionals, researchers).

Medications to Consider

The following is a list of recommended medications for travelling to Dominica.

None required.

Safety and Security in Dominica

Emergency Numbers

999
767-448-2222 Roseau police

Personal Safety

The crime rate is low in this country, and most travellers have no trouble. However, petty crime, such as pickpocketing, bag snatching, or other theft can occur in any crowded area or tourist destination. Always be alert to your personal safety. Keep valuables secured and out of sight. Safeguard your important documents, such as your passport. Avoid walking alone in isolated areas, including beaches, particularly after dark.

Traffic drives on the left.

Avoid driving on rural roads at night.

Exercise caution when driving on the main road from Melville Hall Airport. This road is known to have landslides in bad weather. There are a number of sheer drops if the road has fallen away. Avoid driving on this road at night.

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