Dominica Coast

Welcome to Dominica

Where is Dominica?

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Sitting halfway along the Eastern Caribbean archipelago, Dominica is located just a few miles from Martinique to the south and Guadeloupe to the North. Stretching 751 km² (290 square miles), our island boasts 148 km (91 miles) of coastal line. Dominica’s official name is the ‘Commonwealth of Dominica,’ which is mostly referenced in official communications and to further distinguish the island from the Dominican Republic, its northerly Caribbean sister.

Being Dominican

We want all our economic citizenship applicants to gain an understanding of what it means to be Dominican and to espouse our way of life. The Commonwealth of Dominica is founded upon a belief in fundamental human rights and freedoms.

Dignity and equality are paramount, and our institutions, including our courts and other legal bodies, strive to always be just and impartial. We also value the role of the family in our society, and many of us acknowledge the supremacy of God.

The fundamental human rights and freedoms we believe in are enshrined in our Constitution. All our citizens are entitled to the following rights and freedoms whatever their race, place of origin, political opinion, colour, creed, or gender, subject to the respect for the rights and freedoms of others and to the public interest:

  • Life, liberty, security of the person and the protection of the law;
  • Freedom of conscience, of expression, and of assembly and association; and
  • Protection for the privacy of the home and other property, and from deprivation of property without compensation.

Our society is also based on the following shared beliefs and values:

  • Respect for the principles of social justice;
  • Belief that the operation of the economic system should result in the distribution of material resources in such a way as to serve the common good, that there should be adequate means of livelihood for all, that labour should not be exploited or forced by economic necessity, that no one should be compelled to operate in inhumane conditions, and that there should be opportunity for advancement based on recognition of merit, ability, and integrity;
  • Belief in a democratic society in which persons may, to the extent of their capacity, play some part in our institutions and in national life, and thus develop and maintain due respect for lawfully-constituted authority; and
  • Recognition that people and institutions remain free only when freedom is founded upon respect for moral and spiritual values and the rule of law.
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Population

Dominica has two airports: Melville Hall (DOM) and Canefield (DCF) Airports.
Melville Hall is the larger of the two, and most visitors to Dominica arrive through this airport, which accommodates commercial airlines. Located 15 minutes from our capital city of Roseau, Canefield Airport has a landing strip that is only 3,100 ft long and that is suitable for chartered flights and private jets. Melville Hall, which is in the north-eastern side of our island, is approximately one hour from Roseau.

International flights from the United States and Europe are connected to Dominica through hubs in Antigua (ANU), Barbados (BGI), St Maarten (SXM), Puerto Rico (SJU), Guadeloupe (PTP), and Martinique (FDF). The Government is determined to build an international airport to accommodate international arrivals from beyond the Caribbean.

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Economy

Dominica has two airports: Melville Hall (DOM) and Canefield (DCF) Airports.
Melville Hall is the larger of the two, and most visitors to Dominica arrive through this airport, which accommodates commercial airlines. Located 15 minutes from our capital city of Roseau, Canefield Airport has a landing strip that is only 3,100 ft long and that is suitable for chartered flights and private jets. Melville Hall, which is in the north-eastern side of our island, is approximately one hour from Roseau.

International flights from the United States and Europe are connected to Dominica through hubs in Antigua (ANU), Barbados (BGI), St Maarten (SXM), Puerto Rico (SJU), Guadeloupe (PTP), and Martinique (FDF). The Government is determined to build an international airport to accommodate international arrivals from beyond the Caribbean.

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Land and Climate

Dominica has two airports: Melville Hall (DOM) and Canefield (DCF) Airports.
Melville Hall is the larger of the two, and most visitors to Dominica arrive through this airport, which accommodates commercial airlines. Located 15 minutes from our capital city of Roseau, Canefield Airport has a landing strip that is only 3,100 ft long and that is suitable for chartered flights and private jets. Melville Hall, which is in the north-eastern side of our island, is approximately one hour from Roseau.

International flights from the United States and Europe are connected to Dominica through hubs in Antigua (ANU), Barbados (BGI), St Maarten (SXM), Puerto Rico (SJU), Guadeloupe (PTP), and Martinique (FDF). The Government is determined to build an international airport to accommodate international arrivals from beyond the Caribbean.

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Travel by Air

Dominica has two airports: Melville Hall (DOM) and Canefield (DCF) Airports.
Melville Hall is the larger of the two, and most visitors to Dominica arrive through this airport, which accommodates commercial airlines. Located 15 minutes from our capital city of Roseau, Canefield Airport has a landing strip that is only 3,100 ft long and that is suitable for chartered flights and private jets. Melville Hall, which is in the north-eastern side of our island, is approximately one hour from Roseau.

International flights from the United States and Europe are connected to Dominica through hubs in Antigua (ANU), Barbados (BGI), St Maarten (SXM), Puerto Rico (SJU), Guadeloupe (PTP), and Martinique (FDF). The Government is determined to build an international airport to accommodate international arrivals from beyond the Caribbean.

CARICOM and Other International Memberships

Dominica is a member of Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and of the Commonwealth of Nations.

CARICOM is an international organisation consisting of 15 member-states, all of whom are in the Caribbean. CARICOM works to promote economic cooperation and integration in the region. Its secretariat headquarters are based in Georgetown, Guyana.

The Commonwealth of Nations is a voluntary organisation of 53 countries that share no legal commitment to each other but have a common goal of enhancing the “development of free and democratic societies” and “promoting peace and prosperity to improve the lives of all peoples of the Commonwealth” (see more at the Commonwealth’s official website). There are many benefits to Commonwealth members, such as easier travel between member states, protection of all members by other embassies and commissions around the world, and eligibility for certain cultural or sporting activities, including the Commonwealth Games.

Dominica is also a member of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, and the Organisation of American States (OAS). We maintain missions in Washington D.C., New York, London, and Brussels, and we are represented jointly with other OECS members in Canada.