On Friday, the British government announced that, as of July 10th, those traveling from the Commonwealth of Dominica to England need not self-isolate for 14 days.
Dominica is one of the 59 countries and 14 British Overseas Territories forming a “travel corridor” with England. This means that those who have only been to Dominica or other quarantine-free countries for 14 days prior to arriving in England are exempt from the mandatory quarantine.
Dominica has had only 18 COVID-19 cases and no related deaths. The borders remain closed to inbound passenger travel. However, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit says that the government is considering reopening in August, guided by health advice. Dominica is known as the Nature Isle of the Caribbean and has been investing in establishing a luxury ecotourism sector. The island is “Carving a niche of its own,” according to the FT’s PWM Editor-in-Chief Yuri Bender.
“This will be the moment when Dominica’s focus on the quality, rather than quantity of tourists really pays off,” says Paul Singh, Director of London-headquartered government advisory CS Global Partners. “Because Dominica’s less crowded and more nature-immersed approach to tourism suits social distancing measures perfectly, making it one of the safest holiday destinations this year, it is understandable that Dominica is more cautious about border reopening.”
Dominica does not have an international airport yet, but British Airways normally operates direct flights from London to nearby Barbados and Antigua and Barbuda, both quarantine-free countries. From there, regional flights are usually available via LIAT and private charter planes may be more suitable for families. Visitors are advised to check the latest updates on border reopening, entry requirements, and air travel operations.
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