SAFETY TIPS

SAFETY AND SECURITY

CRIME

Petty crime, including theft from vehicles, occurs. Robberies and violent assaults have occurred near tourist facilities. Crime typically increases during annual celebrations such as Carnival in February/March and the World Creole Music Festival in October.

  • Avoid carrying large amounts of cash or wearing jewellery.
  • Avoid unpatrolled beaches and unpopulated areas, especially after dark.
  • Check with local authorities to determine safety of beaches.
  • Carry a photocopy of your passport’s identification page with you.
  • Ensure that your personal belongings, including your passport and other travel documents, are secure at all times.
  • Use your hotel safe to store your valuables and passport and other travel documents.

DEMONSTRATIONS

Demonstrations occur. Even peaceful demonstrations can turn violent at any time. They can also lead to disruptions to traffic and public transportation.

  • Avoid areas where demonstrations and large gatherings are taking place
  • Follow the instructions of local authorities
  • Monitor local media for information on ongoing demonstrations

More about mass gatherings (large-scale events)

WOMEN’S SAFETY

Women travelling alone may be subject to some forms of harassment and verbal abuse. Incidents of sexual assault occur.

Safe-travel guide for women

ROAD SAFETY

Road conditions and road safety can vary greatly throughout the country. Roads can be narrow, steep and winding. They may have limited guardrails, traffic signs, lane markings and hazard warnings. Most roads outside the capital city, Roseau, are unlit. Road conditions can deteriorate significantly during and after heavy rains. Roadside assistance is not widely available.

  • Avoid driving at night
  • Bring a GPS with you
  • Ensure you have sufficient vehicle insurance coverage
  • If you plan to travel off-road, such as to Batibou Bay, rent a four-wheel-drive vehicle.
  • In the event of an accident, call the police and don’t move your vehicle.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

Minibuses and taxis are available. Only use licensed taxis. Agree on the fare in local currency with the driver before you depart, as taxis are not metered.

AIR TRAVEL

We do not make assessments on the compliance of foreign domestic airlines with international safety standards.

General information about foreign domestic airlines

TREKKING AND HIKING

If you intend to hike:

  • never do so alone and always hire an experienced guide from a reputable company
  • buy travel insurance that includes helicopter rescue and medical evacuation
  • ensure that your physical condition is good enough to meet the challenges of your activity
  • ensure that you’re properly equipped and well informed about weather and other conditions that may pose a hazard
  • inform a family member or friend of your itinerary, including when you expect to be back to camp
  • know the symptoms of acute altitude sickness, which can be fatal
  • obtain detailed information on trekking routes or ski slopes before setting out and do not venture off marked trails or slopes

BOILING LAKE

Boiling Lake is a volcanic hydrothermal phenomenon located in Morne Trois Pitons National Park. Tourists should only visit with an experienced guide. Swimming is not allowed in the lake, as the water can return to its original boiling state with little or no warning. Small steam explosions may occur.

The Boiling Lake – A Virtual Dominica, tourist information site

WATER ACTIVITIES AND SWIMMING

Coastal waters can be dangerous. Lifeguards do not supervise some beaches.

  • Exercise caution when swimming
  • Seek information about water conditions such as strong currents, riptides and undertows
  • Take posted warnings about swimming conditions seriously
  • Familiarize yourself with the beach flagging system
  • If you plan to scuba dive, ensure that any aquatic equipment is safe and in good condition
  • Ensure that helmets and life jackets are available
  • Only use reputable and professional guides or tour operators