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Prospects for the Resumption of Global Travel and New Dominica Travel Protocols

29 June 2021 | Tags:
Prospects for the resumption of global travel and new Dominica travel protocols

Dominica’s Travel Protocols Effective May 18, 2021

For more than a year, the coronavirus pandemic has dominated every aspect of livelihood, setting new rules for mobility around the world: increased social distance, reduced direct communication, restricted movement, and negatively affecting social, business, and public health.

As of June 28, 2021, for foreign travellers:

  • The borders of 85 countries remain closed;
  • 127 more can be visited subject to the new rules (if there is a negative COVID-19 PCR test and compliance with quarantine upon arrival); and
  • Only 9 countries are open without any restrictions or requirements.

The governments of at least 196 countries have already started vaccination of the population. The World Health Organization began considering proposals to create global vaccination passport standards in December 2020. An initial draft of the recommendations was published in March 2021, but no specific standards were provided.

More than 200 governments independently decide which entry rules to set. It will take months or years for global travel to fully resume.

Opening borders in Dominica

From August 7, 2020, travellers were permitted entry into Dominica, subject to the rules of entry and quarantine. Thus far throughout this pandemic, 193 people infected with COVID-19 were registered on the island and 0 deaths.

In February 2021, vaccination of the population began. On June 28, 2021, 28% of the population of Dominica were vaccinated with the first dose, and 26% with the second.

Facilitated visiting rules

On May 18, 2021, Dominica eased the entry requirements for persons qualified as fully vaccinated against Covid-19:

  • Travellers are exempt from testing at the airport;
  • They are then transported to a state or certified facility for quarantine;
  • On the second day after arrival, a PCR test is carried out, and if the result is negative, the person is released from quarantine.

The status of a vaccinated person is recognized in the following cases:

  • The vaccine is approved by WHO and the Dominica Ministry of Health;
  • All required doses of vaccines were received at least two weeks before the trip.

Travellers need to:

  • Fill out the online application form 24 hours before the trip;
  • Upload negative PCR test results made 24 -72 hours prior to arrival;
  • Download supporting documents for those who had previously been infected with coronavirus;
  • Upon approval of vaccinated status, present health clearance to travel prior to boarding in Dominica.

For unvaccinated individuals, the protocols remain the same.

Travel for Dominica citizens

Dominica citizens can travel without a visa to more than 130 countries and territories. To travel to any country, you must contact its immigration department to clarify the current conditions of entry and protocols.

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