Dominica Tourism Board provides new regulations to curb COVID-19

Saturday, April 4, 2020


Discover Dominica Authority recently informed its regional and international audience or guests about the current status of the Dominica tourism industry in light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The announcement comes following the State of Emergency & Curfew effective from April 1 established by the Dominica President, His Excellency Charles Savarin.



According to the latest set of the announcement by Dominica Tourism Board all ports of entry are closed to passenger traffic until notified further. All airline and ferry operations have been restricted to enter Dominica with passengers.



Air cargo and sea cargo are exempted from the ban. Dominican citizens, medical personnel or healthcare workers, resident diplomats or any other person authorized in writing by the Minister with responsibility for National Security will also be allowed to enter. No official yacht entry and offshore mooring are permitted at the moment.



All ecotourism sites managed by the Government of Dominica through the Division of Forestry or Ministry of Tourism are closed until further notice. The move is undertaken to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease at tourism destinations where hikers may use washroom and interpretation facilities.



All hotel and accommodation properties will also undergo closure or have already been closed following guest departure. Earlier last month, all educational institutions including daycare centers and preschools were also declared closed.



However, essential services like medical facilities, pharmacies, banks, supermarkets and gas stations will remain open for limited hours on weekdays. The Dominica Hotel and Tourism Association has also appealed for fiscal and other support from local banks and the government for the tourism industry. The tourism sector of Dominica will face adverse economic effects due to the COVID-19 crisis similar to the rest of the world.



The Ministry of Tourism, International Transport and Maritime Initiatives is also working with stakeholders within its portfolio to collect data to stimulate assistance for the tourism sector.



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