Foreign travel advice

Dominica

Summary

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) is currently advising against all but essential travel to Dominica.

Hurricane Maria passed over Dominica on 19 September 2017, causing widespread damage to communications, buildings and infrastructure. Local communications and access are improving, and public and private sector businesses have re-opened. Most main roads in Dominica have been cleared and commercial flights (Liat) are now operating from the airport. Ferry options are also available. Further information can be found at the website L’Express des Iles or by calling +590 (0)590 91 95 20.

If you’re in Dominica, you should exercise caution and continue to follow the advice of the local authorities. While the security situation on Dominica has improved, particularly in the Roseau area, a daily curfew from 4pm to 8am remains in place. If you’re planning to travel to Dominica, you should consider your plans very carefully and have your own contingency plans in place. If you decide to travel, our ability to assist you is likely to be very limited, especially after UK consular staff depart on 6 October 2017 (see below).

There is no British High Commission in Dominica. However, UK consular staff are currently in Dominica, at Douglas Charles Airport, and at the port in Roseau on the days when the ferry sails, to help British nationals affected by Hurricane Maria. All UK consular staff will depart Dominica on 6 October 2017. If you need consular assistance, or are concerned about others affected by Hurricane Maria in Dominica you should call 001 246 430 7800 and selection option 2 for consular assistance. If you are in the UK and worried about friends/family in Dominica, please call the FCO on 020 7008 1500.

The Government of Dominica has also set up hotlines at the Emergency Operation Centre (EOC) for the general public to register their queries, concerns and seek clarification on all matters in regards to Post Hurricane Maria efforts.

Hotline Telephone Numbers: - 1-767-614-3000 - 1-767-277-8667 - 1-767-285-0989

You can also contact the EOC at the following email address: domeocmaria@gmail.com.

You can find further information on the impact of Hurricanes Irma, Jose and Maria, which passed through parts of the Caribbean in September 2017, on the website of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency.

The hurricane season in Dominica normally runs from June to November. See Natural disasters

UK health authorities have classified Dominica as having a risk of Zika virus transmission. For more information and advice, visit the website of the National Travel Health Network and Centre website.

Most visits to Dominica are trouble-free but incidents of crime do occur. See Crime

Although there’s no recent history of terrorism in Dominica, attacks can’t be ruled out. See Terrorism

If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.