Advisory due to COVID-19 and Important Updates for Citizens of the Commonwealth of Dominica
March 26, 2020
Dominica Embassy in the UAE Closed from March 24th
Citizens of Dominica living and working in the UAE are advised that the Embassy of Dominica in Abu Dhabi will regretfully be closed until further notice due to the evolving Covid-19 pandemic.
The Embassy urges all its citizens to stringently adhere to the advice and guidelines issued by the UAE health authorities and keep themselves, their families and communities safe.
Entry Visa to the UAE for Dominica Passport Holders
Dominican nationals holding Diplomatic and Official Passports which are valid for a period of not less than 6 months shall be exempted from entry visa requirements and be granted leave to stay in the UAE for a maximum period of 30 days.
Visa issuance procedures for nationals holding Ordinary Dominica Passports will be facilitated via UAE Embassies worldwide upon payment of the required visa fees or via the UAE’s official E-visa website https://www.evisa-uae.org/
*Dominica Citizens Including UAE Residents Currently Out of the Country Cannot Enter*
Please note however that the UAE has suspended the entry of all its valid visa holders (including holders of resident visas), who are currently out of the country, for a renewable period of two weeks effective 12.00 noon of March 19, due to the spread of Covid-19.
No flights carrying passengers will be permitted to enter the UAE from March 25th until further notice.
Any Dominica citizens (including those who hold valid UAE visas) are advised not to attempt to fly to or enter the UAE until restrictions are lifted. Please continue to monitor the news before making plans to travel to the UAE.
Entry Visas to Egypt for Dominica Passport Holders
With immediate effect, all Dominica citizens traveling to Egypt must apply for entry visas at the closest Egyptian Embassy or Consulate (Embassy of Egypt in Abu Dhabi for UAE residents). The Embassy discourages all Dominica citizens from seeking visa-on-arrival privileges at Egyptian ports of entry.
Nationals originally from other countries – especially those for which the Egyptian authorities have enhanced security reviews – can expect visa issuance to take a minimum of 2 weeks. Citizens are urged to allow sufficient time for visa application and unforeseen delays to avoid disruption of travel plans.
Please continue to monitor the most recent news before engaging in any travel plans to Egypt due to the rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on travel and ports of entry.
Update regarding new applicants for Dominican citizenship from Iran, Sudan and North Korea
The Dominica Citizenship by Investment Unit will only accept new applications from Iranian, Sudanese and North Korean nationals if:
- They have lived and resided outside of their jurisdiction of nationality for a period of 10 years.
- They have no substantial assets in the stated jurisdictions.
- They have not performed any business or similar activity in the stated jurisdictions.
Additionally, applicants of any nationality who have been denied a visa from jurisdictions with whom Dominica has a visa waiver agreement (such as the Schengen area, or the UK) should refrain from applying for the Dominica citizenship program.
These steps have been implemented since February 3rd 2020 with the aim of further strengthening the integrity of the Dominica Citizenship by Investment Program and ensuring adherence to the best industry practices.
Support for Urgent Queries and Requirements from PassPro Immigration Services
PassPro Immigration Services is a Government-Approved agent of the Citizenship by Investment Units of Dominica, Antigua and Barbuda, St Kitts and Nevis, Grenada and St Lucia. If you need advice on the evolving travel situation with reference to visa-free entry to countries you are planning to travel to or require urgent assistance with renewing your passport, obtaining NOCs or adding dependents, etc. our team we will be happy to guide you on next steps to ensure your consular, travel and visa requirements are speedily addressed.
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