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Dominica finally opens up

Regional 22 Jul, 2020 Follow News

Dominica’s main airport will soon reopen

Dominica has reopened its borders to citizen and is reopening its borders to foreign visitors starting from Aug. 7.

Denise Charles, the Minister for Tourism, International Transport and Maritime Initiatives, said tourists and nationals must obtain a negative COVID-19 test result recorded 24 to 72 hours before arriving in Dominica. Then, they complete an online questionnaire at least 24 hours in advance and show their clearance to travel. Upon arrival, they will undergo a series of checks, including a rapid test screening. Should the passenger present any signals deemed unsafe, such as a positive test result, they will be quarantined at a government facility or a certified hotel.

Dominica has had no COVID-19 deaths and only 18 cases. It is one of the least affected countries in the world and features on the United Kingdom's quarantine-free list. The government has been cautious about reopening borders, especially as the island specialises in ecotourism that promotes respiratory health and suits social distancing requirements.

As the Nature Isle of the Caribbean, Dominica attracts unconventional visitors seeking intimacy, adventures and eco-luxury experiences. Some even make it their home by obtaining its citizenship. This is possible through a special government initiative, established in 1993, called the Citizenship by Investment Programme.

There is a growing population of foreign investors who become citizens after contributing US$100,000 or more to a government fund or investing at least US$200,000 in prime hotels and resorts. The CBI Index, published by the Financial Times' PWM magazine, ranks Dominica as the best country for citizenship by investment.

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