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Dominica Travel Information

The Basics

Time

GMT -4.

Electricity

Electrical current is 230 volts, 50Hz. The United Kingdom style plug with three flat pins is used. Round three-pin plugs are also used.

Language

English is the official language, but the local people speak a Creole patois.

Travel Health

Hepatitis A and hepatitis B vaccinations are recommended for visitors to Dominica, and a yellow fever vaccination is compulsory for entry if visitors are coming from an infected area. For those travellers who will be eating and drinking outside of hotels and restaurants, a typhoid vaccination should be considered. Dengue fever is on the increase and visitors should take precautions against mosquito bites. Medical facilities on the island are limited, so health insurance with evacuation cover is recommended. It is advisable that visitors bring any personal medications they may need with them, and ensure they have all the necessary documents from their doctor to get the medication through customs. Food and drinks are safe to consume in hotels and restaurants, but it is preferable to drink bottled water.

Tipping

A 10 percent service charge is usually added by hotels and restaurants but, if it has not been added, a discretionary tip of between 10 to 15 percent is acceptable for good service. Taxi drivers do not expect tips.

Safety Information

Visits to Dominica are usually trouble-free, but visitors should be wary of petty theft and take sensible precautions with money and valuables.

Local Customs

Islanders tend to be friendly and appreciate having their smiles and greetings returned. It's also best that visitors only wear revealing outfits at the beach or poolside. Nudity on beaches is not acceptable, nor is haggling at the markets. Local attitudes towards the LGBT community are mostly conservative throughout the Caribbean.

Business

Business dress is smart, and meetings are formal. Office hours are Monday to Friday 8am to 4pm with a lunch break between 1pm and 2pm.

Communications

The international access code for Dominica is +1, in common with the US, Canada and most of the Caribbean, followed by 767. Telephone services are excellent and WiFi is available at some hotels. Travellers can purchase local SIM cards for unlocked phones.

Duty Free

Items that may be brought into Dominica without incurring customs duty are 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars, and 1 litre of alcohol. Any other goods or appliances for personal use are allowed.

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