All the ways to travel to Dominica
Getting to Dominica can take a little more effort than getting to your average destination, but it is well worth it!
Here is the information you need to make planning your trip to Dominica a little easier.
Distances across the world from Roseau, Dominica (km)
Travelling to Dominica
What documents do you need to enter?
- Valid Passport
- Return Ticket
- Local address where you will be staying
- Visa information visit here
Plan on bringing pets? For more information call the Ministry of Agriculture on 1 (767) 266-3271 or 1 (767) 266-3270.
How long can I stay? This all depends on your country of origin. For more information visit the Government website here
Plan on getting married? If you have already made arrangements with a hotel, this should already be covered. But for more information go here
Departure Taxes are as follows:
- Dominica Residents / CARICOM nationals: EC$45.00 / US$18.00
- Non-nationals / non-CARICOM Residents (e.g. US citizens): EC$59.00 / US$22.00
For more information visit the Government website.
Visitors in 2014
- North America 27.7%
- Caribbean 51.5%
- Europe 18%
Stayover Visitors 2014
Cruise Visitors 2014
source: Invest Dominica
Tips & Important Info for your arrival in Dominica
What should you bring with you?
Find a book about Dominica.
Douglas-Charles Airport (DOM), formerly Melville Hall
- Douglas-Charles Airport is Dominica’s main airport for commercial flights
- Code: DOM
- Has a 5,761 ft long runway
- Located in the north-east
- Approximately 38 miles / 60 minutes from Roseau
- Douglas-Charles Airport Tel. 1 (767) 455-7107.
- Mainly used for chartered and courier flights
- Code: DCF
- Has a runway of 3,130 ft
- Located on the west coast
- Approximately 15 minutes / 3 miles from Roseau
Flying over the village of Calibishie in the Northeast
Looking over the community of Canefield and Canefield Airport
To get the best view of the island as you fly in to Dominica:
- Flying north into Douglas-Charles (Melville Hall), from for example Barbados, sit on the left side of the aircraft; flying south, from for example Antigua, sit on the left side of the aircraft, although either side can offer a great view at landing with the new flight patterns.
- Flying north into Canefield Airport (from Barbados), sit on the right of the aircraft. Flying south (from Antigua) sit on the left.
This tip will give you superb views of the island!
Harbors & Ports of Entry
We have 3 Ports of entry with various berths: Roseau (3), Portsmouth (2) and Anse de Mai (1).
- Roseau Cruise ship berth: 263 ft / 80 m berth located in Roseau along the Roseau Bayfront (Dame Eugenia Blvd.)
- Roseau Ferry Terminal: 160 ft / 49 m berth located within walking distance of the Roseau Cruise Ship Berth along the Roseau Bayfront. Mainly used by Ferries and boats going on day cruises, whale watching trips and excursions.
- Woodbridge Bay Deepwater Harbor: 800 ft / 244 m berth, the largest of the ports, it is located just outside of Roseau in Fond Cole.
- Cabrits Cruise ship berth: 300 ft / 91 m berth located at the base of Cabrits National Park in Prince Rupert’s Bay, Portsmouth.
- Longhouse, Picard: Jetty located in the industrial part of Picard along Prince Rupert’s Bay.
- Anse de mai Port: Small village Port with a small jetty used mainly by fishing boats traveling across the channel to Guadeloupe, the Saintes and Marigalante.
- Marigot Fisheries
International flights from Europe and the US fly into the major hubs in the region, with connecting flights to Dominica.
Major hubs with flights to Dominica include:
- Antigua (ANU)
- San Juan (SJU)
- St. Lucia (SLU/UVF)
- St Martin (SXM)
- Tortola (EIS)
- Barbados (BGI)
- St Croix (STX) and
- St Thomas (STT)
The neighbouring French islands are also convenient hubs for flights from Europe to Dominica, they are best reached via ferry.
- Martinique (FDF)
- Guadeloupe (PTP)
Air Antilles now offers weekly flights between Fort-de-France (FDF), Martinique and Dominica (DOM).
For Information on Flight Status (arrivals & departures) visit the Dominica Air and Sea Port Authority (DASPA) website
From the US, JetBlue and American offer code-share agreements with Seaborne Airlines so you can book your flights all the way through to Dominica.
JetBlue and LIAT also have a code-share agreement.
L’Express Des Iles is a ferry service connecting Dominica to both the neighbouring French islands of Guadeloupe and Martinque, as well as St. Lucia. (Please note that the ferry service is suspended for maintenance for about one month every year).
Whitchurch Travel is the local agent for the ferry and is your best bet for getting up-to-date schedule and fare information. Schedule can vary according to season and holidays.
Effective August 2018: Val Ferry Service
The new catamaran is scheduled to traverse between Marie-Galante, Fort-de-France, Les Saintes and Dominica.
In Dominica, it docks at Longhouse, Portsmouth and will be operating flexible schedules to and from Dominica; one in the morning and the other in the afternoon.
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Information about Dominica’s Ferry Terminal click HERE
Cruise ships call to Dominica from about October to April.
There are three main berths on island – The Roseau Cruise ship Berth,Woodbridge Bay Deep Water Harbour on the outskirts of Roseau and Cabrits Cruise ship berth in Portsmouth.
Find out more about what to do in Dominica in a day, the Cruise Ship Schedule and other useful Cruise information – here.
Sailing & Yachting
There are three main ports of entry into Dominica.
Roseau – the Capital located on the west coast (Caribbean sea)
Portsmouth – located on the Northwest coast (Caribbean sea)
Anse de Mai – Located on the Northeast coast (Atlantic Ocean)
All yachts and sailboats must check in at one of the points on arrival. For more information visit the Customs and Excise Division Website here and Portsmouth Association of Yacht Security (PAYS) here, or for more information about Docking, Yacht clubs and general sailing to and around Dominica visit Dominica Ports here.
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