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 Dominica - Formalities

Clearance

The SailClear advance web notification service for clearance is now operational in Dominica. This means you can electronically input all the necessary information from the boat by WiFi in advance.

Note however that officers get rotated every 6 months creating a slight lag in updating the officers with the new SailClear system. Computer terminals to check-in via SailClear will soon be installed at both main ports of entry (Roseau & Portsmouth).

If requested, you can get your passport stamped at the Immigration office at the police station in town.

On arrival, ask for a cruising permit to cover all the places the yacht plans to visit. A cruising permit is needed to go from Roseau to Portsmouth.

Clearing in and out can be done at the same time if not planning to stay for more than two weeks.

Working hours for the authorities are Monday-Friday, 8:00-16:00 hrs.

Last updated April 2016.

Immigration

All vistors require a valid passport.

Visa are not required for stays of up to 6 months by citizens of the following countries:- British Commonwealth countries, CARICOM member states, Austria,  Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, USA.

Visa are not required for stays of up to 3 months by citizens of the following countries:- Argentina, Belgium, Costa Rica, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, Netherlands (including Netherland Antilles), Norway, Portugal, Taiwan, South Korea, Spain, Suriname, Sweden,  Venezuela.

All other nationals require a visa.

Extensions are possible. Apply to the Immigration Department at the Police Headquarters in Roseau.

Last updated April 2016.

Immigration Department
Police Headquarters, Bath Road , Roseau
Tel:(767) 266 5159 Fax:(767) 448 6204

Customs

Firearms  and ammunition must be declared.

Knives and other deadly weapons and pornographic or offensive material are prohibited.

Last updated April 2016.

Customs Department
Customs House, Woodbridge Bay , Fond Colé, Dominica
Tel:+1 (767) 266 3717 Fax:+1 (767) 448 7950

Health

Mosquitos: Chikungunya disease in the Caribbean
The first case of the disease in the Caribbean was reported in the French island of St. Martin in 2013. Since then it has spread to several countries including Dominica and Saint Lucia. Symptoms include a sudden high fever, severe pain in the wrists, ankles or knuckles, muscle pain, headache, nausea, and rash. Joint pain and stiffness are more common with chikungunya than with dengue fever. The symptoms appear between four to seven days after the bite of an infected mosquito. The majority of clinical signs and symptoms last three to 10 days, but joint pain may persist longer. Severe cases requiring hospitalisation are rare.

ZIKA VIRUS ALERT: (September 2016) There have been recent safety alerts from the US State Department, UK Foreign Office, and Center for Disease Control (CDC) regarding travel to parts of Central and South America, Africa, southern Asia, the Caribbean, and the South Pacific islands. Dominica is an area of interest with reported cases and active virus transmission. There is growing concern about the rapid spread of the ZIKA Virus and the impact of the virus on pregnant women and babies. ZIKA is transmitted by mosquitos in tropical and sub-tropical climates, and there is currently no cure or vaccine. This situation is evolving rapidly, so please refer to the CDC’s dedicated website if you are intending to cruise in one of the effected areas.

Fees

Customs Clearance

EC$4 per person plus EC$1.50 per vessel cleared (Eastern Caribbean Dollars EC$ ONLY).

Customs Clearance Overtime Fees (Per Vessel Function)

Monday (5pm-7pm): EC$25
Tuesday - Friday (4pm-6.59pm): EC$25
Monday - Friday (7pm-7.59am): EC$30
Saturday – Monday (8am-7.59am): EC$30
Holidays: EC$30

Cruising Permit / Coast-wise Permit

Free during working hours (Monday-Friday) 8:00-16:00 hrs 
Weekends and after hours (Saturday) EC$75 per Clearing vessel 
(Sunday & Holidays) EC$90 per Clearing Vessel

Overtime is charged outside of office hours.

Other Fees

Environmental tax per person: EC$4

Documentation: EC$2

Arrival/Departure tax per person: EC$59 (note - this only applies if crew join or leave the yacht here).

Proposed New Fees
Fees for yachts are currently being reviewed and it's safe to say they will increase in the future but will remain competitive to neighbouring islands such at Saint Lucia and Antigua.

Last updated March 2015.

Restrictions

No anchoring is allowed in the Soufriere-Scotshead Marine reserve, which is a protected marine park.

A permit is required for fishing or trolling and also for scuba diving unless with a local company.

The moorings in the marine park are for offical dive boats only.

Anchoring on reefs, spear fishing, damaging coral or taking shells or coral is forbidden.

Pets

Pet Import Certificate to be sent at least 2 weeks prior to travel to Chief Veterinarian Officer, Ministry of Agriculture. The Import Permit will be returned at the time of entry and there will be a small examination fee.

Pets must be vaccinated for rabies and various other diseases at least 1 month but not more than 12 months prior to entry. Provide a certificate to show that pet is healthy and free of parasites and is on a flee and tick protection program.

Last updated March 2016.

Division of Agriculture Veterinary Unit
Gov. HQ, Kennedy Avenue , Roseau, Dominica
Tel:+1 (767)266 3271 / +1 767 448 2401 Ex 3427 Fax:+1 (767) 448 7999
Contact for more information.
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Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Oct 10, 2017 11:34 AM

LIAT RESTARTS LIMITED COMMERCIAL SERVICE TO DOMINICA
Following the opening announcement by Prime Minister of Dominica, Hon. Roosevelt Skerritt, LIAT will resume a limited commercial service to Douglas Charles Airport as we begin to normalize operations following Hurricane Maria.
The service will operate daily alternating between the hubs of Antigua and Barbados. Interim Chief Commercial Officer Audra Walker stated that this frequency is done as the airline has to work with several challenges as well as concern for its staff. “We were the first airline back into Dominica and our staff has worked tirelessly from the first flight two days after Hurricane Maria as well as when we did our relief flights even with their own difficulties. We are assisting them with getting back to a sense of normalcy.” She further stated that there were still challenges with connectivity from Dominica which would mean the use of a manual system for operations.
The re-introduction of the commercial service will also see the lifting of restrictions on who can travel into the Commonwealth of Dominica. Any person can now book via the website or Call Centre under the normal travel requirements.
The new schedule will see LIAT operating a return flight from Antigua to Dominica on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday while the daily return flight to Barbados will operate on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. This schedule will run until November 7th when the airline will review and update its schedule into affected territories for the winter season.

holrobert
holrobert says:
Mar 15, 2017 02:18 AM

During our stay on March 10 2017 an old neglected coaster sank in Prince Rupert Bay. It is just under the surface. Coordinates 15 34 66N, 61 27 75W. We left Rupert Bay on the 11th, the danger was not yet marked by then.

Knuth
Knuth says:
Feb 24, 2017 12:47 AM

we had so huge expectations in Dominica, BUT...
1. no more a 'secret island' - it is very, very touristic!!
2. too much boats at Portsmouth/Prince Rupert bay! Minimum > 70 Y's creating lots of traffic and, and, and...
3. horrible night, since the disco music nera PAYS started at 09:00 pm and did not stop before 04:30am !!!!! And it was so noisy, no chance to sleep!
4. very choppy and swelly, every day, independent there was no wind at all.
5. you pay for everything, also for every waste bin you want to get rid of ...

rochero
rochero says:
Jun 09, 2016 10:05 PM

We stay in Dominica in May 2016, half of the time in Portsmouth, half of it in Roseau. We loved it: Very respectful boat boys, very helpful and kind,especially with the kids. The same applies to the local population in Portsmouth and surrounding villages:Always a smile and a few nice words. People are generous, we recived a lot of fruits or veggies when hiking. We always felt safe, even in Roseau, despite there are a few beggers. The island is very clean, no litter (there has been a lot of education made on that matter lately). Overall, we found people very nice and respectful, probably due to the influence of the rastafarism culture, very present over there.

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Jan 18, 2016 12:43 PM

DOMINICA'S FIRST YACHTIE APPRECIATION WEEK
February 14 to 21, 2016
Organised to celebrate the installation of a new mooring field in Prince Rupert's Bay. All visiting yachts will receive free moorings, discounted island tours, and nightly socials. As a bonus, St. Maarten Yacht Club will help organize a Rally/Race to get boats from the island of Dominica to St. Maarten in time for the St. Maarten Heineken regatta.

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Oct 14, 2015 09:39 PM

The Islanders still need help following tropical storm Erika that devastated the island in 2015. If planning on visiting Dominica, read the news item adjacent re. items that are still urgently needed (including diapers/nappies for children, school items, Christmas toys, female products/pads, and other basics.

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Apr 09, 2015 12:29 PM

Posted by Chris Doyle on the Dominica Cruisers (PAYS) Facebook Page
Indian River

It does not matter how many times I go up the Indian river, it is still as magical as ever. The addition of the Calypso's hut which grows organically out of the mangroves is a lovely addition. It is is a crying shame that the land surrounding the river has is privately owned and has no protective ordinance. Some of this land is now being sold off and some of the drainage swamp for the area is being filled. When it rains this means more water will pour down the river changing its ecology. This could end up being a tragedy for a site that is unique in the eastern Caribbean. Go enjoy it while you can!
www.doyleguides.com

DominicaMarine
DominicaMarine says:
Mar 18, 2015 09:16 PM

No one likes to hear arguments but arguments are what they are until being resolved. I believe Roseau is not immune from arguments such as any capital city or country side in the World. Why is someone posting on Noonsite about two guys arguing is beyond me. Litter is an issue for me because I love a clean place . We are resolving it till there are no paper or plastics on our beaches and road drains. Still not worthy for Noonsite as we are not immune to litter.

DRoss
DRoss says:
Mar 15, 2015 04:34 PM

I have to post that we find the exact opposite. We were in Portsmouth for 2 weeks and now in Roseau for 10 days. The PAYS guys are wonderful in Portsmouth and, while not so organised, we're happy with what we have found in Roseau. In addition we're traveling with other boats (5 in Portsmouth, 3 in Roseau) and we are all quite happy here. Go figure!

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Feb 16, 2015 07:06 PM

Posted on behalf of Vivianne Perazelli (Canada)
Hi, I finally decided to send you an update on this paradise island, as they like to call it here. We arrived here 6 weeks ago and due to our broke down engine, we are here for a while. On a morring in Roseau ( Newtown), we just about had anough witnessing to constant battles between the "canoe boys". It is not fun to hear ...I will shoot you you f..... For us it's the last time we come here. The streets are filthy, garbage everywhere, taxi drivers that never leave you alone. Not fun !!!

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