Dominica Risk Report
Security travel advice for Dominica
Threat level: Low-Medium
The travel safety advice for Dominica is to remain cautious and carry out general safety precautions due to the crime rate in the country and how this can impact visitors. There is a low threat from terrorism, however with all popular tourist destinations vigilance is advised and to report anything suspicious. There are health warnings in place, please see immunisations and health risks for further information.
Recent Security Risk Events
There have been previous threats against soft targets in the Caribbean, with the intelligence services being cautious of home grown militants leaving to fight in the Middle East and returning to destinations of which are popular with American tourists.
Dominica has a high crime rate ranging from bag snatching through to more violent attacks on tourists such as armed robbery. There has been an increase in the military and police presence in some areas to be used as a deterrent against this. Credit card fraud is common and it is advised that cash is used.
Women should take particular care and it is advisable not to travel alone, to be cautious of any new acquaintances met during your stay including resort staff and take sensible security precautions. This is due to the risk of rape and violent assault against women in the country.
It is advised you do not leave the hotel complex at night as there is an increased risk of violent crime and transport issues, however if you do it is advised limited cash is carried and no jewellery worn. If you are victimised, do not fight back, comply and go to the nearest police station.
Demonstrations do occur, but in general these happen away from main tourist destinations, in places such as Santiago, Salcedo, Bonao, and Santo Domingo. If one of these public gatherings do occur, please leave the area as violence can occur.
Dominica’s relations internationally have widened since the 1970s when it had joined the Commonwealth, United Nations and the International Monetary Fund (World Bank and Organization of American States.
Dominica’s relations with its neighbours is good, although it is not one without past conflict.
Please be aware of the weather conditions during your stay in Dominica, the main hurricane season is from June to the end of November. There is also a likelihood of mudslides and flooding in the country due to heavy rain, especially during hurricane season.
Lack of adequate road safety standards such as signs and lighting on roads during the evening can make travelling in the country dangerous.
It is advised that you should not use the route taxis (‘carros publicos’) as there is a higher chance of being robbed, a wise choice would be to use a fully licenced vehicle from the hotel.
Other languages: Kwéyòl and Island Carib
Currency: East Caribbean Dollar
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British and United States of America Passport holders do not need a travel visa to enter Dominica. If you are unsure whether or not you require a visa to enter Dominica, you should check with your nearest Embassy in advanced to travel to avoid any complications.
It is advised that visitors to Dominica are up-to-date with primary boosters such as MMR. You should ensure that you have been further vaccinated against diseases such as Tetanus which usually administered when you are a young baby.
Although there is no direct risk of Yellow Fever in Dominica, if you are coming from a country where there is a risk of the disease, or transiting for longer than 12 hours in an at risk country, you will be required to provide a vaccination certificate. Check with your local health professional prior to travel if you are unsure.
Other health risks
There have been confirmed cases of the Zika virus, Chikungunya fever and Dengue fever in Dominica and suitable precautions are advised. All three diseases are transmitted to humans by mosquito bites and although there is no vaccine at present, taking precautions against bites can prevent contraction in the first place.
Schistosomiasis (parasitic infection also known as bilharzia) is a low risk, so contact with fresh water including activities such as swimming, bathing or paddling in fresh water lakes and streams could put you at risk.
Personal hygiene must be paramount, the local water supply avoided at all costs and bottled water inspected prior to consumption. There have been a number of cases of bottled water being refilled with tap water and re-sold.
U.S. Embassy Barbados
Wildey Business Park
St. Michael BB 14006
Telephone: +1 246 227-4000
British High Commission Bridgetown
Lower Collymore Rock
PO Box 676
Telephone: +1 246 430 7800
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