Region: North & Central America & the Caribbean
Full Name: Commonwealth of Dominica
Capital City: Roseau
Language Spoken: English (official), French patois
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15 25 N, 61 20 W
lowest point: Caribbean Sea 0 m highest point: Morne Diablatins 1,447 m
flash floods are a constant threat; destructive hurricanes can be expected during the late summer months
timber, hydropower, arable land
arable land: 6.67% permanent crops: 21.33% other: 72% (2005)
Hot, subtropical climate throughout the year. The main rainy season is between June and October, when it is hottest. Required clothing Lightweight cottons and linens. Waterproofing is advisable throughout most of the year.
time difference: UTC-4
68,910 (July 2006 est.)
0-14 years: 26.1% (male 9,084/female 8,885) 15-64 years: 66% (male 23,419/female 22,079) 65 years and over: 7.9% (male 2,186/female 3,257) (2006 est.)
total: 30.1 years male: 29.8 years female: 30.4 years (2006 est.)
-0.08% (2006 est.)
15.27 births/1,000 population (2006 est.)
6.73 deaths/1,000 population (2006 est.)
-9.3 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2006 est.)
at birth: 1.05 male(s)/female under 15 years: 1.02 male(s)/female 15-64 years: 1.06 male(s)/female 65 years and over: 0.67 male(s)/female total population: 1.01 male(s)/female (2006 est.)
total population: 74.87 years male: 71.95 years female: 77.93 years (2006 est.)
1.94 children born/woman (2006 est.)
Business meetings are somewhat informal. Office hours are generally 0800-1300 and 1400-1700 Monday; 0800-1300 and 1400-1600 Tuesday to Friday.
Petty street crimes such as pick pocketing and purse-snatching are a problem for visitors and residents of Dominica, as is theft of unattended valuables from public areas (including beaches) and parked vehicles. Deposit valuables in the hotel safe, and avoid carrying large amounts of cash. Be especially vigilant during the local celebration of Carnival (in February) and the Creole music festival (in October). For trips into the mountains, hire a reliable guide. Avoid walking alone at night, or in isolated areas.
The number of hotels has expanded in recent years; most are small- to medium-sized, and well equipped; the largest has 98 rooms. There are three hotels at the fringe of an area designated as a National Park.
Telephone IDD services is available and the country code is 1 809. The outgoing international code is 1 for USA, Canada and most Caribbean islands and 011 for other countries. Fax Services are available through the Cable & Wireless Company. Telex Services are also available through Cable & Wireless.
is 220/240 volts AC, 50Hz. Electricity 220/240 volts AC, 50Hz. Three-pin European-style plugs are usual.
In general, it is wise to order the specialty of the house or of the day to ensure freshness. Island cooking includes Creole, Continental and American dishes. Food prices on Dominica are usually reasonable. Restaurants close at about midnight weekdays but are open later at weekends. Root vegetables, such as yams and turnips, are often referred to as ?provisions? on a menu. Local spirits, rum especially, are inexpensive. Wines (mainly French and Californian) are expensive. There is a wide choice of beers. There are no licensing hours.
? Tee-tee-ree (tiny freshly spawned fish).
? Lambi (conch).
? Agouti (a rodent).
? Manicou (small opossum).
? Crab backs (seasoned crab meat).
? Bello Hot Pepper Sauce is made locally and served everywhere with almost everything. National drinks:
? Island fruit juices are excellent.
? Rum punches, particularly coconut rum punch (made from fresh coconut milk, sugar, rum, bitters, vanilla and grenadine).
? Sea Moss is a non-alcoholic beverage made from sea moss or seaweed, with a slightly minty taste.
A 10 per cent service charge is added by most hotels and some restaurants. Other less tourist places do not add service to the bill and tipping is discretionary; 10 to 15 per cent of the bill is acceptable. Taxi rates are set by law and therefore taxi drivers do not expect tips.
Some hotel lounges stay open until 2300 and there is music at weekends at several hotels. A favorite haunt in Roseau, La Robe Creole, has dance music nightly with live bands at weekends. Popular local discos include The Warehouse, Scorpio and Doubles International. There are often folklore evenings with authentic costumes and music. Hotel staff will generally be able to advise visitors as to the best places.
Passport valid for at least six months required by all except the following:
(a) 1. nationals of Canada and the USA holding proof of citizenship bearing a photograph and return or onward tickets;
(b) 2. nationals of France holding National Identity Cards (Carte d?Identit?) for stays of up to two weeks.
Required by all except the following:
(a) 3. nationals of EU countries for stays of up to six months (except Austria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovak Republic and Slovenia for stays of up to 21 days);
(b) 4. nationals of Commonwealth countries for stays of up to six months;
(c) 5. nationals of Argentina, China (PR), Costa Rica, Israel, Japan, Korea (Rep), Malta, Mexico, Norway, Surinam, Taiwan (China), USA and Venezuela for stays of up to six months;
(d) nationals of all other countries for tourist stays of up to 21 days, provided they have a return ticket and satisfy the immigration officer that they do not wish to stay for longer. For an extension, visitors should apply to the Immigration Department at the Police Headquarters in Roseau, Dominica.
Consular section at High Commission or Embassy (see Passport/Visa Information).
(a) Valid passport. (b) Two passport-size photos. (c) Return ticket or receipt from travel agent. (d) Fee (plus extra ?5 if require return of passport by registered mail). (e) Letter explaining the length of stay required. (f) Suffiicient funds for travelers stay.
Those applying for temporary residence must obtain a work permit.
HIV testing is not required for standard entry; students, intending immigrants and anyone seeking employment
US$17 for Dominican residents and US$21 for non-residents. Transit passengers continuing their journey on the same day and children under 12 years of age are exempt.
1 Collingham Gardens, London SW5 0HW, UK
Tel: (020) 7370 5194/5.
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 0930-1730.
3216 New Mexico Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016, USA
Tel: (202) 364 6781.
Most visits to Dominica are trouble-free but you should be aware of the global risk of indiscriminate international terrorist attacks, which could be against civilian targets, including places frequented by foreigners.
Cases of robbery and crime do occur.
This advice is based on information provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK. It is correct at time of publishing. As the situation can change rapidly, visitors are advised to contact the following organizations for the latest travel advice:
British Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Tel: (0845) 850 2829.
East Caribbean Dollar (XCD; symbol EC$) = 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of EC$100, 50, 20, 10 and 5. Coins are in denominations of EC$1, and 50, 25, 10, 5, 2 and 1 cents. US Dollars and Pounds Sterling are also legal tender. Note The Eastern Caribbean Dollar is tied at a fixed rate to the US Dollar.
The import of local and foreign currency is unlimited, subject to declaration on arrival. The export of local and foreign currency is limited to the amount declared on arrival. If holding a credit card, export is limited to EC$2500 and any currency in excess of this will require proof of conversion.
Mon-Thurs 0800-1500, Fri 0800-1700.
Foreign currencies can be exchanged at banks and bureaux de change.
American Express, MasterCard (limited) and Visa are accepted. Check with your credit or debit card company for details of merchant acceptability and other services which may be available. ATMs are located around the island.
Accepted by most hotels. To avoid additional exchange rate charges, travelers are advised to take travelers cheques in US Dollars.
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Avoid dental care in Dominica
Reliable supplies of medication are not easily available in Dominica
Blood supplies should be considered as unsafe in Dominica
Medical care is limited.
Recent medical and dental exams should ensure that the traveler is in good health. Carry appropriate health and accident insurance documents and copies of any important medical records. Bring an adequate supply of all prescription and other medications as well as any necessary personal hygiene items, including a spare pair of eyeglasses or contact lenses if necessary. Take personal protective measures against insects. Drink only bottled beverages (including water) or beverages made with boiled water. Do not use ice cubes or eat raw seafood or rare meat. Eat well-cooked foods while they are still hot and fruits that can be peeled without contamination. Avoid roadside stands and street vendors. Only pasteurized dairy products should be consumed.
AIDS occurs. Blood supply may not be adequately screened and/or single-use, disposable needles and syringes may be unavailable. When possible, travelers should defer medical treatment until reaching a facility where safety can be assured. Coral and jellyfish may present problems.
Hepatitis A: Consider active immunization with hepatitis A vaccine or passive immunization with immune globulin (IG) for all susceptible travelers. Especially consider choosing active immunization for persons planning to reside for a long period or for persons who take frequent short-term trips to risk areas. The importance of protection against hepatitis A increases as length of stay increases. It is particularly important for persons who will be living in or visiting rural areas, eating or drinking in settings of poor or uncertain sanitation, or who will have close contact with local persons (especially young children) in settings with poor sanitary conditions. Hepatitis B: Vaccination is advised for health care workers, persons anticipating direct contact with blood from or sexual contact with inhabitants, and persons planning extended stays of 6 months or greater (especially those who anticipate using local health care facilities, staying in rural areas, or having intimate contact with the local population). Typhoid: Vaccination should be considered for persons staying longer than 3 weeks, adventurous eaters, and those who will venture off the usual tourist routes into small cities, villages and rural areas. Importance of vaccination increases as access to reasonable medical care becomes limited. Contraindications depend on vaccine type. Note: All routine vaccines (such as DTP or Td, Hib, MMR, polio, varicella, influenza and pneumococcal) should be kept up-to-date as a matter of good health practice unrelated to travel.
Insect-borne illness: outbreaks of dengue fever occur, and dengue hemorrhagic fever has also occurred. Food-borne and water-borne illness: these diseases, including bacillary and amoebic dysenteries, are common. Hepatitis - occurs Other hazards: High levels of immunization coverage have reduced the incidence of diseases such as measles and diphtheria. Influenza risk extends throughout the year.
Yellow fever: A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required from travelers over 1 year of age coming from infected areas.
No recent disease outbreaks
There are no daily newspapers in Dominica. There is no national television service, but a private cable TV network covers part of the island. There is a mix of public and private radio stations. All media are free from Government interference.
Press: Newspapers are in English. These include The Chronicle, The Sun and the The Tropical Star,
TV: Marpin Telecom and Broadcasting is a cable TV provider.
Radio: DBS Radio is operated by state broadcaster Dominica Broadcasting Corporation; Q95 FM is a commercial station; Kairi FM is operated by Island Communication Corporation; Voice of Life Radio-ZGBC is a religious station.
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