Foreign travel advice

Dominica

Summary

Hurricane Maria passed over Dominica on 19 September 2017, causing widespread damage to communications, buildings and infrastructure. There is still no electricity or mains water supply outside of the capital Roseau, and even there consistency of supply cannot be guaranteed. However, local communications and access are improving, and public and private sector businesses have reopened. Most main roads in Dominica have been cleared, although extreme and heightened care is needed when navigating some roads affected by the hurricane.

Commercial flights are now operating from the airport and ferry options are also available. Hotels have reopened, but accommodation options remain limited. If you’re considering travelling to Dominica, you should make sure you’ve made arrangements for accommodation and checked that it is still available.

If you’re in Dominica, you should continue to exercise caution and follow the advice of the local authorities. While the security situation on Dominica has improved, particularly in the Roseau area, a daily curfew from 10pm to 6am remains in place.

There is no British High Commission in Dominica. If you need consular assistance, contact the British High Commission in Barbados.

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.

The hotline telephone numbers are:

  • 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.

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.