The Commonwealth of Dominica

Finding a Visa

It is useful to know the location of the closest Dominican embassy or consulate because it may be necessary to seek advice both initially and later in the application process. It should be noted that the British High Commission for Dominica is in Bridgetown, Barbados. This British diplomatic mission serves an number of Caribbean countries. Dominica maintains only a handful of offices of diplomatic representation abroad. The country’s official site allows searches for overseas Dominican diplomatic missions and for foreign missions within the country. Also available is a site which provides more comprehensive information on many other aspects of external and internal affairs of many countries including specific addresses of local embassies.

Visitors from most countries can enter Dominica as a tourist without a visa. A return ticket must be held. Passengers of cruise ships do not need a visa for a stay of less than 24 hours. The usual length of stay allowed is six months although residents or citizens of some countries are restricted to three months. The “Discover Dominica Authority” provides a web site which details the tourist visa regulations and it also provides a great deal of other useful information. There will be no difficulty in making a "Golden Rule" - visit before settling or making any irrevocable decisions - trip and stay in the Commonwealth of Dominica.

The official Dominican government site provides information on residency and permanent residency. There is no provision for a visa specifically for retirees. However, the application for residency and permanent residency seems to be relatively simple. There are visas available for economic residency and citizenship and there are both local and overseas organizations which assist in such applications. Economic arrangements are typically not low cost opportunities.

For those whose natural language is English and whose personal documents originate in English-speaking countries the problem of translation to the local language does not arise as it does in so many of the Caribbean, Latin and South American countries. For others documents need to be translated into English but there is no mention in the official web sites of the need for apostillization of documents. The usual documents are necessary and additionally personal testimonials including one from the immediately previous employer, a return ticket or proof of a deposit to cover such a cost, copy of a receipt for the application fee, a letter from friends or family accepting responsibility for the applicant whilst in Dominica, an extension of stay from the Immigration Department and a letter of application. Application is usually made from within the Commonwealth of Dominica.

The links at the "Resources" tab on this site and the book "How to Retire in the Commonwealth of Dominica" by Les Johns, available from this site, will provide additional information.

Getting Help

Not a great deal of help will be need by those fluent in the English language to apply for a residence permit. The site mentioned above, the Government site, and the two sites which provide information on citizenship generally and for visiting U.S. Citizens in particular are all very comprehensive. It should be remembered that that the latter two organizations are professionals and will charge for their services. Legal representation can also be found in the country at the Martindale.com site. At this site it will be necessary to enter “Commonwealth of Dominica” in the search bar. There will then be a need to select “Dominica” from the menu on the left side of the page. Immigration law is not an area of expertise for the firms mentioned but all would be competent in general legal matters as well as the specific areas mentioned. Again it should be noted that lawyers rarely work without a fee.

This site includes many links at the "Resources" tab which will add to the information given here as will the book "How to Retire in the Commonwealth of Dominica" by Les Johns which can be purchased from this site.