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All About the Visa for Dominica
The vast majority of nationalities don’t need a visa to visit this extraordinary island for tourism purposes.
In particular, Dominica is part of the Commonwealth of Nations, which means citizens of other Commonwealth countries such as the United Kingdom, Australia and Canada can visit Dominica without a visa. Equally, citizens of Dominica can visit other countries in the Commonwealth, enjoying the same freedom of movement.
That said, the length of stay you are granted depends on your passport and varies between 180-day and 21-day stays. Most of Europe, the UK, the USA and India can enjoy the golden beaches and tropical waters for up to 180 days. Meanwhile, most countries in Africa and Asia are granted a visa-free stay of 21 days.
Many Caribbean nations are part of a freedom of movement agreement which includes Dominica. However, it may come as a surprise that neighbouring Haiti and the Dominican Republic are the only 2 nationalities that must acquire a visa from the embassy before travelling to the island.
Read on to find out all about the entry policies for going on holiday to Dominica!
- 1 What Is the Difference Between a Dominica Visa Waiver vs a Travel Visa?
- 2 Dominica Visa Requirements and Eligibility
- 3 Dominica Visa Application Process
- 4 Visa Application Form and Documents
- 5 Dominica Visa Status Check
- 6 How Much Does a Dominica Visa Cost?
- 7 More Dominica Visa Questions and Information
What Is the Difference Between a Dominica Visa Waiver vs a Travel Visa?
To visit Dominica as a tourist, nearly all countries worldwide are eligible to enter without a visa for a period between 180 and 21 days depending on your nationality. This makes Dominica one of the easiest and most hassle-free countries to travel to, as all you need is your passport.
There are 2 exceptions to the free-entry policy, and these are the neighbouring countries of the Dominican Republic and Haiti. The citizens of these 2 countries are the only ones required to get pre-authorisation from an embassy or consulate before they can travel to the lush island of Dominica.
Dominica Visa Requirements and Eligibility
Now let’s look at which policies apply to each nationality, so you can see exactly what you need to get and how long you can stay. Find your nationality in the lists below to discover which category it falls under.
List of Visa-Free Countries for Unlimited Stays
Citizens of the following neighbouring islands don’t need a visa to visit Dominica, no matter how long you stay:
- Antigua and Barbuda
- Saint Kitts and Nevis
- Saint Lucia
- Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
List of Visa-Free Countries for up to 180 Days
|Kingdom of Eswatini
|Netherlands (including the Netherlands Antilles)
|Papua New Guinea
|Trinidad and Tobago
|United Republic of Tanzania
|United States of America
List of Visa-Free Countries for 90 Days
List of Visa-Free Countries for 21 Days
|Central African Republic (CAR)
|Congo, Democratic Republic of the
|Congo, Republic of the
|Sao Tome and Principe
|United Arab Emirates (UAE)
Exceptions to the rules above:
- Cuban citizens can visit Dominica for up to 28 days without needing a travel permit.
- Citizens of the Dominican Republic and Haiti are the only 2 countries who must obtain a visa before visiting.
- French nationals can also visit for 14 days with a national identity card (CNIS) instead of their passport.
Dominica Visa Application Process
If you are a passport holder of the Dominican Republic or Haiti, you will need to follow these steps to be able to visit Dominica.
- Make an appointment at your nearest embassy.
- Fill out the application form.
- Collect all the supporting documents required to apply.
- Attend your appointment and submit your application.
- Receive your passport back with your approved travel document inside it.
As you can see the process is a little more complicated than being visa-exempt, but don’t let it put you off from visiting this magical place.
Also, although the vast majority of nationalities can visit Dominica without requiring prior authorisation, there are some documents that everyone should have with them in order to be granted entry into this idyllic Caribbean island. We will discuss these in more detail in the following section.
You should also be aware that when you arrive, your fingerprints and photo will be taken by border officials, before you can rush to the nearest beach and order a beverage.
Visa Application Form and Documents
Now that you know which policies apply to you, let’s move on to what documents and forms you may need to provide.
Countries Under the Visa-Waiver Program
Before setting off, make sure you have the following information and documents:
- A valid passport.
- Confirmation of return flight tickets in compliance with the length of stay your nationality is granted (see section ‘Requirements and Eligibility’).
- Evidence that you have sufficient funds to cover the cost of your trip.
- A local address (this can be the hotel you have booked).
As you land on the spectacular tropical island, you will be asked to show these documents before being officially granted access.
Dominican Republic and Haiti
As we mentioned above, the Dominican Republic and Haiti are the only 2 countries that must acquire visas to travel to the island. In this case, you will need to provide the following documents and information as part of the application process:
- A valid passport.
- 2 recent passport-size photos with a blank background.
- A letter of invitation.
- A bank statement confirming you hold enough funds to cover the cost of your trip.
- Your employment contract or proof of self-employment.
In addition, it’s important to note that if any of these supporting documents isn’t in English, it must be translated by an official sworn translator.
In regard to the application form, you will be asked to provide the following personal details:
- Your passport number
- Place of issuance
- Your passport issue date
- Your passport expiry date
- Your full name
- Your gender
- Your nationality
- Your date of birth
- Your place of birth
- Your country of residence
- Your full home address
- Your occupation
- Your phone number
Additionally, in the same form you will be asked the following information about your trip:
- Your arrival date
- The purpose of your trip
- Intended length of stay
- Who will be paying for the trip
- Details of any previous trips to Dominica (if applicable)
- Details of relatives in the country (if applicable)
Once you have completed the form, be sure to date and sign it as well.
Dominica Visa Status Check
Yet another great advantage of travelling under a visa-waiver agreement is that you don’t need to sit around worrying about whether your application will be approved or rejected, making your holiday stress-free!
For citizens of Haiti and the Dominican Republic, if you have submitted a travel document application, and you haven’t received any news in the time expected, you should contact the embassy that processed the application and enquire as to its status.
Even though it’s rare for an application to be rejected, it’s essential you complete the form carefully with all the information required and make sure you have provided all the supporting documents requested to minimise the risk of it being denied.
How Much Does a Dominica Visa Cost?
The short answer is nothing! Technically you can visit Dominica for free, but all tourists are charged a departure tax of 33 USD. Most of the time, this tax is already included in your airfare, so you won’t even notice it. It’s a good idea to ask your airline if you would like to know for sure whether it is included. This way, you can find out in advance whether you will need to pay the fee when you leave.
As for the visas for the Dominican Republic and Haiti, there is a standard application fee of 82 USD. In addition, when an agency or third-party takes care of the process for you, you will likely incur an administration cost on top of the application fee.
More Dominica Visa Questions and Information
If you want to know more about how to process your travel document to this spectacular Caribbean island, below you can find out the answers to some of our most frequently asked questions.
For those getting an embassy travel permit to visit, these are generally for stays of up to 30 days.
On the other hand, Dominican Republic and Haitian citizens should aim to apply for their travel document around 1 month before their intended departure date.
If one of your passports is from the Dominican Republic or Haiti, we recommend you opt for your other nationality, so you can enjoy visa-free access.