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Dominica is open for travelers — but you'll need to start planning your paperwork well in advance

July 28, 2020
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Dominica is open for travelers — but you'll need to start planning your paperwork well in advance
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As the travel industry reopens following COVID-19 shutdowns, TPG suggests that you talk to your doctor, follow health officials' guidance and research local travel restrictions before booking that next trip. We will be here to help you prepare, whether it is next month or next year.

The small island nation of Dominica opens for travelers on Aug. 7. Here's what we know so far, and what you should prepare if you decide to visit.

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What to expect

Before arrival

All eligible travelers arriving in Dominica must follow the procedures below in order to enter the country:

  • Submit a health questionnaire online at least 24 hours prior to arrival which asks for contact and travel information, as well as recent travel history. You'll also be asked to share detailed medical information including current and recent health, as well as smoking and drinking habits.
  • Present notification of clearance to travel in the form of a doctor's note or similar document
  • Submit a negative PCR test result recorded within 24-72 hours prior to arrival

Upon arrival

As with many other countries accepting U.S. tourists, visitors must also adhere to stringent on-site policies around social distancing and safe hygiene, including:

  • Wearing face masks at all times during the arrival process, up to and including departure from the airport
  • Observing physical distancing guidelines
  • Following all instructions from local health care staff and officials
  • Undergoing a health assessment upon arrival, including a temperature check
  • Providing confirmation of the health questionnaire and negative PCR test results
  • Undergoing rapid COVID-19 test screening with a negative test result (children under five are exempt).

Any traveler with a high temperature, high risk alert from their questionnaire or positive rapid test will be given a PCR test, and be taken into mandatory quarantine at a government-approved facility or hotel at their expense until results are available. If the follow-up test result is positive, the traveler may be quarantined until released by an authorized health professional.

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How to get there and where to stay

Airlines

Unfortunately, Dominica may be opening for tourism — but routes are few and far between, often with long layovers and extravagant prices, even in economy.

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The cheapest flights we found originate out of New York (JFK) and stop in San Juan (SJU) en route to Dominica (DOM) for $492 round trip in economy in September on JetBlue.

Screenshot courtesy JetBlue.

American Airlines has flights from Miami via Charlotte for $657 roundtrip in main cabin. Or you could fly from New York-JFK via Miami and San Juan for $556. I didn't have much luck looking for award space in late summer or fall, and in fact I couldn't get it to price in miles for any period I searched. Inventory for the resumed flights may still be loading.

Screenshot courtesy American Airlines.
Screenshots courtesy American Airlines.

Hotels

The Dominica Environmental Health Department (EHD) has implemented stringent safety measures for hotels interested in hosting visiting tourists. Approved hotels receive a certificate of approval and to date, six Dominica hoteliers have reached compliance with the EHD. They are:

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The Oceanfront Honeymoon Suite at the Rosalie Bay Resort costs just $225 per night.

Meantime, a standard room at the Cabrits Resort & Spa Kempinski begins at $255 for non-Caribbean natives.

Screenshot courtesy Kempinski.
Screenshot courtesy Kempinski.

Don't forget: You can use points on a fixed-value credit card to "erase" statement charges for cash-based expenses.

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  • Unlimited 3x points on the broad category of travel and dining
  • 50% more value when you redeem your points for travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • Broad definitions for travel and dining bonus categories

Cons

  • Steep $550 annual fee
  • May not make sense for people that don't travel frequently
  • You must spend the $300 travel credit before earning 3x points for travel and dining
  • No automatic hotel elite status
  • Earn 80,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $1,200 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • $300 Annual Travel Credit as reimbursement for travel purchases charged to your card each account anniversary year.
  • Earn 5x total points on flights and 10x total points on hotels and car rentals when you purchase travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards® immediately after the first $300 is spent on travel purchases annually. Earn 3x points on other travel and dining & 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Get 50% more value when you redeem your points for travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards®. For example, 80,000 points are worth $1,200 toward travel
  • 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
  • Access to 1,300+ airport lounges worldwide after an easy, one-time enrollment in Priority Pass™ Select and up to $100 application fee credit every four years for Global Entry, NEXUS, or TSA PreCheck®
  • Count on Trip Cancellation/Interruption Insurance, Auto Rental Collision Damage Waiver, Lost Luggage Insurance and more