Dominica is working to expand the list of countries which its citizens and passport holders can enjoy visa-free travel to.
Negotiations are currently ongoing to facilitate additional visa-free travel access of Dominican passport holders to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Russia, China and South Africa.
“We’re expanding the list of countries which we have visa free access to,” Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit announced during a meet and greet with citizenship by investment investors in the United Arab Emirates in April 2018.
“We are in advanced stages of negotiations with the authority of the UAE; we had been given the approval in principle, which is now with the Ministry of the Interior here. Once it is cleared we will move to sign the agreement,” he added.
Visa exemption makes it much easier for people to plan trips and reduces the costs of travelling.
“We have also gotten approval for Russia, we are now waiting for the Russian authorities to sign off on it,” Mr. Skerrit informed.
Dominican passport holders currently enjoy visa-free travel to Schengen countries, the European Union, Bulgaria, Cyprus and Romania.
The EU member countries belonging to the Schengen area are: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, and Sweden.
Additionally, Prime Minister Skerrit said an application for visa-free travel was made to the People’s Republic of China and South Africa.
“As you know China is a very bureaucratic country and has to go through several stages in the Chinese system before any approval is given, so we are continuing negotiations with them,” he stated.