Dominica Passport Ranking
The Dominican passport currently ranks on the 35th place according to the Guide Passport Ranking Index. It provides visa-free access to 143 countries. This grants it an overall high mobility score and makes it a desirable passport. Dominican passport holders have visa-free access and visas on arrival to countries such as Singapore, United Kingdom, Russia, Israel and the entire European Union. This allows almost instant travel opportunities to worldwide prime destinations. Dominican passport holders do however require a visa to enter about 85 destinations. Some countries where a visa is required are China, the United States and Australia. Dominica offers a Citizenship by Investment program. After a due diligence process and the necessary economic contribution to the country, applicants can obtain a passport within 4 months.
The Commonwealth of Dominica is a former British colony consisting of ten parishes. The most important parishes are Saint George, Saint Paul and Saint Andrew. The island nation is situated in the Caribbean, about halfway between Trinidad and Tobago and Puerto Rico. It has a total surface of 750 square kilometers. The country’s terrain is defined by rugged volcanic mountains. Its climate is tropical with heavy rainfalls.
The overall population is approximately 71,625 people. The capital of the country is Roseau, which is also the most populous city. Other major towns are Portsmouth and Marigot. The country’s largest airport is Douglas-Charles Airport (DOM). It is named after the former Prime Ministers Rosie Douglas and Pierre Charles. The airport provides access to regional destinations only.
Dominican culture is a mix of its African, native and European origins. The majority of the population is Catholic. The official language is English. The Dominican legal system is based on the English common law. The government form is a parliamentary republic. The chief of state is the elect President Charles A. Savarin and the head of government is Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit.
The official currency is the Eastern Caribbean Dollar (XCD), it is pegged to the USD at a rate of XCD 2.7 since 1976. The country has an open economy, generating a GDP of approximately $688 million, placing it last in the Caribbean and Latin American countries. Its citizens have a per capita income of $9,726. The GDP is mostly made up of the services and agricultural sector. Tourism plays an increasingly important role as GDP contributor. The government is actively trying to sign new agreements with tourism operators for ecotourism and cruise ship development. Agricultural products such as citrus fruits and bananas remain very important for Dominican exports.
Dominica is growing in popularity as a tourism destination. The country is focusing on ecotourism and has signed an agreement with Green Globe in that regard. Main activities for tourists are market visits, hiking, trekking, diving and animal watching. There is one UNESCO world heritage site. Some of the main destinations include the Morne Trois Pitons National Park, the Boiling Lake, the Victoria Falls, the capital Roseau and the Champagne Reef. Dominica has a total of approximately 200,000 tourists visiting every year with the vast majority being day visitors from cruise ships.