No mandatory quarantine for fully vaccinated travellers visiting Dominica

Minister for Health, Wellness and New Health Investment - Irving McIntyre, during his address in the press brief, highlighted the new adjustments made in the COVID-19 travel protocols for the fully vaccinated travellers. 

Dominica: The Health Ministry of the Commonwealth of Dominica held a press briefing on 7 July 2021 regarding the COVID-19 update and to provide information. 

Minister for Health, Wellness and New Health Investment – Irving McIntyre, during his address in the press brief, highlighted the new adjustments made in the COVID-19 travel protocols for the fully vaccinated travellers. 

The Minister noted that the Dominica government is trying every possible aspect to improve the travelling for vaccinated travellers. 

Following are the new adjustments for pre-arrival (fully vaccinated travellers)- 

  1. All the travellers must submit a health questionnaire via online before 20 hours of their travel to Dominica. 
  2. Upload a negative RT-PCR test on the official website of the health ministry before 24-72 hours of travelling –https://domcovid19.dominica.gov.dm/.
  3. Upload COVID-19 vaccination certificate at  https://domcovid19.dominica.gov.dm/
  4. Travellers would have to pay for the Rapid Antigen test, EC $100. 

The Minister stated that the travellers have to present health clearance notification to Dominica, negative RT-PCR tests, vaccination certificate, and receipt of payment of Antigen Test before boarding the plane. 

He further informed that a Rapid Antigen test would be administered on arriving at the Dominica Airport and if the travellers result positive for the COVID-19 virus a quick RT-PCR test. If RT-PCR results positive, the traveller would be admitted to the COVID-19 isolation unit of Dominica( hospital fees would apply). 

If the travellers resulted negative for the Rapid Antigen test, then they are deemed medically cleared. 

Following the statement, the Minister informed that a person is considered to be fully vaccinated only if they have taken both doses of WHO approved, following COVID-19 vaccines – 

  • Moderna 
  • Oxford AstraZeneca 
  • Pfizer
  • Sinopharm
  • Johnson &Johnson (one dose is considered to be fully vaccinated). 

He further informed that the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine must be taken before arrival to Dominica. In the case of Johnson and Johnson, travellers can visit the Caribbean island after two weeks of taking their dose of the vaccine. 

Following are the Low-risk Caribbean nations listed by the Dominica government amid the COVID-19 pandemic are –

  • Antigua & Barbuda 
  • Barbados 
  • and Grenada. 

Following are the High-risk Caribbean nations listed by the Dominica government amid the COVID-19 pandemic- 

  • Anguilla
  • The British Virgin islands
  • Haiti 
  • Jamaica
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis 
  • Saint Lucia 
  • Saint Vincent and Grenadines 
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Guyana

All the travellers from the low-risk nations do not require mandatory quarantine, but they must have a negative RT-PCR test. 

The Minister has further urged the citizens to take their doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to tackle the deadly pandemic. He also asked the travellers to stick by the COVID-19 protocols. 

Despite this, the National Epidemiologist of the commonwealth of Dominica, Dr Shalauddin Ahmed, provided the update regarding the COVID-19 cases and vaccination statistics. 

He informed that so far, a total of 19,138 individuals (27%) have been fully vaccinated, while 1300 people have received their first dose of the novel coronavirus vaccine. 

Dr Ahmed also noted that there are only five active cases in Dominica, while so far, 192 individuals recovered from the deadly mutant. At the same time, the nation has not reported any death due to the contagious virus till now.