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Moving to Dominica

The Commonwealth of Dominica is located midway on the Eastern Caribbean archipelago, closest to Martinique and Guadeloupe. It is a sparsely populated island that has about 70,000 inhabitants on less than 300 square miles. Its capital is Roseau, which contains much of this population, but most of the island is undeveloped and species-rich nature. Two thirds of the island are taken up by tropical forests, and it has the world’s second biggest boiling lake. French and English are the official languages, but Creole and Kokoy are also spoken. Most of the population is black or mixed. It is an independent country but still part of the British Commonwealth. It is one of the few republics of the Caribbean.


To apply for any sort of visa, everything must be done or translated into English. All of your documents are required to be notarized.

Work Permits

A work permit will entitle you residency in Dominica if your work contract is for over six months. Work permits last for one year and can be renewed.

To apply for a work permit, you are required to submit the following:

  1. Medical certificate
  2. Two testimonials
  3. Banker’s financial statement
  4. Police records
  5. Proof of return ticket
  6. Two passport size photos
  7. Letter stating type of employment
  8. Marriage certificate, if necessary
  9. Results from HIV/AIDS blood test

You must address your application to the Labor Division of the Government Headquarters.

Residence Permit:

A work permit entitles you to a residency permit, if you’re stationed for over half a year. You must submit the documents that you submitted for your work permit, along with:

  1. Letter from applicant’s friend, family or other contact accepting responsibility for applicant while in Dominica
  2. Payment of fees to treasury, proof of payment
  3. Extension of stay from Immigration Department during the period that the application is being processed

Click here to view the application.

Student Visa

To study in Dominica, you are required to obtain a student visa. You must be first accepted by an accredited educational institution. You must submit a visa application before arrival.

You must also submit the following documents:

  1. Valid passport, two passport photos
  2. Bank statement
  3. Invitation letter (from school)
  4. Recent police records
  5. Application fee
  6. Medical report, including results from an HIV/AIDS blood test

Visit the Ross University website for more details.

Moving Pets

In order to import your pet to Dominica, you are required to obtain an import permit from the Ministry of Agriculture, in the Livestock Development Unit.

Cats and dogs must be examined by an accredited or government veterinarian in the country of origin, and be issued a certificate on their health status. It must be free of parasites and heartworms, and also have immunity to appropriate diseases (which are different for cats and dogs). They also must be vaccinated against rabies if they come from rabies-infected nations. You must present results from a blood test to show the rabies vaccine is working.

Click here for more details.

Other Information

Click here for maps of Dominica.

Click here for photos of Dominica.

Click here for information on real estate in Dominica.


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