DOMINICA

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Country Description: Dominica is a developing island nation. The tourist industry is not highly developed.

Passport and/or Visa Requirements: U.S. citizens may enter Dominica without a passport for tourist stays of up to three months, but must carry an original document proving U.S. citizenship (U.S. passport, Certificate of Naturalization, Certificate of Citizenship, or certified copy of a U.S. birth certificate), as well as photo identification and a return/onward ticket. For further information concerning entry requirements, travelers can contact the Embassy of the Commonwealth of Dominica at 3216 New Mexico Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20016, telephone (202) 364-6781; or the Consulate of the Commonwealth of Dominica in New York.

Medical Facilities: Medical care is limited. Doctors and hospitals often expect immediate cash payment for health services. U.S. medical insurance is not always valid outside the United States. In some instances, supplementary medical insurance with specific overseas coverage, including medical evacuation, has proved useful. For additional health information, travelers can contact the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's international travelers hotline at (404) 332-4559. Internet: http://www.cdc.gov.

Travel Warnings, Advisories and Areas of Instability: Petty street crime occurs. Valuables left unattended on beaches are subject to theft. The loss or theft of a U.S. passport overseas should be reported to the local police and the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate. A lost or stolen birth certificate and/or driver's license generally cannot be replaced outside the United States. U.S. citizens can refer to the Department of State's pamphlet, "A Safe Trip Abroad," which provides useful information on guarding valuables and protecting personal security while traveling abroad. Both this pamphlet and "Tips for Travelers to the Caribbean" are available from the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington D.C. 20402.

Drug Penalties: U.S. citizens are subject to the laws of the country in which they are traveling. Criminal penalties for possession, use, and dealing in illegal drugs are strict, and convicted offenders can expect lengthy jail sentences and heavy fines.

Traffic Safety/Road Conditions: Vehicles travel on the left; traffic approaches from the right. Roads are narrow, with steep inclines and declines throughout the island. Road conditions vary from fair to poor, with few guard rails in areas that have precipitous drop-offs from the road.

Aviation Oversight: As a result of an assessment conducted by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration in July 1996, the FAA has found the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), not to be in compliance with international aviation safety standards for oversight of member states air carrier operations. While consultations to correct the deficiencies are ongoing, member states air carriers are permitted to conduct limited operations to the U.S. subject to heightened FAA surveillance. For further information, travelers may contact the Department of Transportation at 1- 800- 322-7873.

Embassy Location/Registration: The United States does not maintain an embassy in Dominica. U.S. citizens requiring assistance may contact the U.S. Embassy in Bridgetown, Barbados; telephone (246) 436-4950. The Consular Section is located in the American Life Insurance Company (ALICO) Building, Cheapside, Bridgetown, telephone (246) 431-0225. Americans are encouraged to register in the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy at Bridgetown and to obtain updated information on travel and security in Dominica and the other areas that the U.S. Embassy covers.

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