Dominica updates entry protocols, now allowing rapid antigen pre-testing
Roseau, Dominica

Dominica updates entry protocols, now allowing rapid antigen pre-testing

ROSEAU, DOMINICA — The island of Dominica has updated its COVID-19 pre-arrival and entry protocols for travellers.

Effective immediately are the following amendments:

  • Complete a health questionnaire online before arrival in Dominica, available at Travellers can complete the questionnaire upon arrival if they experience problems completing it prior to boarding.
  • Upload a negative PCR test result from a swab taken within 72 hours prior to arrival, or upload a pre-arrival negative rapid antigen test result from a swab taken within 48 hours prior to expected arrival time into Dominica.
  • Prior to boarding airlines or other travel carriers, travellers must also present a negative PCR test result of a negative rapid antigen test result.
  • Upon arrival in Dominica, fully vaccinated travellers shall be medically cleared after documents have been validated. For unvaccinated travellers, the protocols for disembarkation remain unchanged. Therefore, unvaccinated travellers must take a rapid antigen test and proceed to a Safe in Nature-certified property for at least five days.

These revised protocols are to be applied to travellers to Dominica by air and sea. All other protocols for unvaccinated protocols remain unchanged.

Additionally, the capacity limitations on ferry operations and number of calls per week have been lifted.

According to Director of Tourism Colin Piper, the change in protocols allowing for pre-arrival antigen testing was requested from potential visitors from the U.S. and the French West Indies who have had difficulties procuring PCR test results within the testing window.

Denise Charles, Minister for Tourism, International Transport and Maritime Initiatives also indicated that the new updates will help manage the safety of travellers while allowing greater convenience in their travel journey.

“We are optimistic that the tourism stakeholders will profit from greater arrivals as a result of the relaxation of these protocols, as we have harmonized the protocols for both air and sea travel, allowing visitors to choose their preferred method of transportation to visit Dominica,” said Minister Charles.

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