Dominica Basics

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The Basics


Time: GMT -4.

Electricity: Electrical current is 230 volts, 50Hz. The United Kingdom style plug with three flat pins is used. Round three-pin plugs are also used.

Money: The official currency of Dominica is the East Caribbean Dollar (XCD), which is fixed to the US Dollar. US Dollars, the Euro and the British Pound are also commonly accepted on the island, but change is usually given in EC Dollars. Money can be exchanged at major hotels and banks. Banks open from 8am to 2pm Monday to Thursday, and 8am to 4pm on Friday. Major credit cards are accepted by most businesses, except small vendors. There are several ATMs attached to banks in the capital, Roseau, which dispense EC Dollars.

Currency Exchange Rates

XCD1.00 = USD 0.37GBP 0.30CAD 0.49AUD 0.55ZAR 5.61EUR 0.34NZD 0.59
Note: These rates are not updated daily and should be used as a guideline only.

Language: English is the official language. The local people speak a Creole patois.

Entry requirements for Americans: US citizens require a passport valid upon arrival in Dominica. No visa is required for a USA tourists for up to six months.

Entry requirements for UK nationals: British citizens require a passport valid upon arrival in Dominica. No visa is required for a stay of up to six months for British passport holders.

Entry requirements for Canadians: Canadian citizens require a passport valid upon arrival in Dominica. No visa is required for up to six months.

Entry requirements for Australians: Australian citizens require a passport valid upon arrival in Dominica. No visa is required for up to six months.

Entry requirements for South Africans: South African citizens require a passport valid upon arrival in Dominica. No visa is required for stays of up to six months.

Entry requirements for New Zealanders: New Zealand citizens require a passport valid upon arrival in Dominica. No visa is required for a stay of up to six months.

Entry requirements for Irish nationals: Irish citizens require a passport valid upon arrival in Dominica. No visa is required for a stay of up to six months.

Passport/Visa Note: All visitors require a return or onward ticket, entry documents for their next destination, and sufficient funds to cover their stay in Dominica. As part of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI), all travellers going between the United States and Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, and the Caribbean region are required to present a passport or other valid travel document to enter or re-enter the United States. If departing from the USA, a valid passport will be required by immigration authorities. A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required, if arriving in Dominica within six days of leaving or transiting through an infected area. It is highly recommended that your passport has at least six months validity remaining after your intended date of departure from your travel destination. Immigration officials often apply different rules to those stated by travel agents and official sources.

Travel Health: Hepatitis A and hepatitis B vaccinations are recommended for visitors to Dominica, and a yellow fever vaccination is compulsory for entry if visitors are coming from an infected area. For those travellers who will be eating and drinking outside of hotels and restaurants, a typhoid vaccination should be considered. Dengue fever is on the increase and visitors should take precautions against mosquito bites. There is a high prevalence of HIV/AIDS. Medical facilities on the island are limited, so health insurance with evacuation cover is recommended. There is no decompression chamber in Dominica, meaning that scuba divers with decompression illness will need to be treated elsewhere. It is advisable to bring any personal medications you may need with you; make sure you have all the necessary documents from your doctor to get the medication through customs. Food and drinks are safe to consume in hotels and restaurants, but it is preferable to drink bottled water.

Tipping: A 10 percent service charge is usually added by hotels and restaurants but, if it has not been added, a discretionary tip of between 10 to 15 percent is acceptable for good service. Taxi drivers do not expect tips.

Safety Information: Visits to Dominica are usually trouble-free. There are some instances of petty theft, so it is wise to take sensible precautions with money and valuables.

Local Customs: The friendly islanders appreciate having their smiles and greetings returned, and prefer to have revealing outfits confined to the beach or poolside. Nudity on beaches is not acceptable, and nor is haggling at the markets. It is an offence to wear camouflage clothing.

Business: Business dress is smart, and meetings are formal. Office hours are Monday to Friday 8am to 4pm with a lunch break between 1pm and 2pm.

Communications: The international access code for Dominica is +1, in common with the US, Canada and most of the Caribbean, followed by 767. Telephone services are excellent and Wifi is available at some hotels. The main post office is in Roseau.

Duty Free: Items that may be brought into Dominica without incurring customs duty are 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars, and 2 litres of alcohol. Any other goods or appliances for personal use are allowed.