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This exotic country is not widely known. Meanwhile, here for the investment “give” a passport, business opportunities and freedom of movement. We’ll talk about how to live on a tropical island and how to get a second citizenship.
Dominica on the world map
The state of Dominica (Commonwealth of Dominica) is located on the eponymous island of the Lesser Antilles archipelago. The territory is covered with tropical forests and is replete with hot springs, beaches and bays surrounded by the azure waters of the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean.

The island has summer all year round: the average air temperature is 26 ° C, and below 20 ° C the thermometer does not fall even at night. The dry season is from December to June, but in a tropical climate “dry” is a relative concept: short-term precipitation is always possible. From August to November there are frequent storms and hurricanes – the most powerful pass over Dominica every four years.
Flight and visas
The flight to Dominica and back from Moscow, Minsk or Astana will cost an average of 80-100 thousand rubles.

On one way, taking into account transfers, you will have to spend 18-20 hours. The first transplants are most often in Paris and London, the second – in Pointe-a-Pitre (Guadeloupe) or Sint Maarten (Caribbean Islands).

Princess Juliana Airport on St. Maarten Island is among the ten most dangerous airports in the world with high landing difficulty. Therefore, we warn: flight through Sint Maarten is not for the faint of heart.
For Russians and Belarusians, staying on the island for up to 21 days is possible in a visa-free regime, but a transit visa to Schengen or the UK will still be required for transfers. Citizens of Ukraine can apply for a Dominica visa at the airport upon arrival.

Owners of valid visas of the United Kingdom, Canada, USA, Schengen countries can remain on the island without issuing a national visa for up to six months.

At the entrance to the country, the tourist must present:

passport valid at the time of entry;
return ticket;
hotel reservation for the entire period of rest;
confirmation of solvency (at least $ 50 per day per person), for example, cash, credit cards, traveler’s checks, bank statement;
a yellow fever vaccination mark (except for transit passengers);
visa, if the period of stay exceeds 21 days.
Landmarks and infrastructure
On the island you can find everything that can only please the tourist’s eye: waterfalls, tropical forests, beaches, mountains and even a boiling lake with a field of frozen lava.

Sari-Sari waterfall and the road to it through tropical forests and banana plantations will remain a vivid memory. According to the locals, swimming in its waters rejuvenates body and soul.

Imperial Amazon (Cisser’s parrot)
Imperial Amazon (Cisser’s parrot)
Kabrits National Park includes beaches, rainforests and swamps with rich flora and fauna surrounded by coffee, papaya, mango and banana plantations. Colonial buildings have been preserved in the park – Fort Shirley, for example. And in the park “Northern Forest” you can watch the giant butterflies and the imperial Amazon – a parrot – a symbol of the state.

The boiling waters of the Boiling Lake in the Morne-Trois-Pitons Park are dangerous: the surroundings are shrouded in steam, and the water temperature at the coast reaches 82-92 ° C, so it’s better to admire the boiling waters from a safe distance. Diving and snorkeling is very popular on the Champagne reef. By the way, Dominica is the Caribbean capital of whale watching, as sperm whales live in the coastal area all year round. Some divers kindly allow them to scratch their belly.

Among the sights of the capital stands out the Gothic bulk of the Cathedral of Roseau, rising on the background of streets and squares. This church of the 18th century was destroyed by a hurricane; therefore, the construction experienced more than once restoration and restoration work.
Learn more about the history of the state, about colonization, wars and the slave trade can be in the National Museum of Dominica.

National Museum of Dominica
National Museum of Dominica
Two international airports of the country are located near the capital. Douglas Charles is an hour’s drive from Roseau, Kanefield is 15 minutes away. Both have only one terminal, and the second runway is about a kilometer. Therefore, small planes land there: up to 19 passengers on board.

The main cities of the island – Rose and Portsmouth, the entire infrastructure is concentrated around them. Roads often suffer from storms, but for the Caribbean, their condition is good. The main highways were reconstructed with the support of China and the European Union. Most of the island remains inaccessible for road transport, and on rural dirt roads during the rainy season, traffic is almost impossible.

There are no railway tracks in a dwarf state, and the main public transport is a minibus.

The state is civilized: the crime rate decreases. Now, an average of 22 crimes per 10 thousand people are registered here (five times less than, for example, in Colombia). Literacy of the population – 94%, everyone speaks English.

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