With the aim of reassuring tourists, residents and potential citizens as to Caribbean island Dominica’s safety, the Discover Dominica Authority has unveiled a Safe in Nature campaign, providing managed experiences within a travel bubble that comprises everything from accommodation and transport to spas, restaurants and activities.
Having been largely unaffected by the pandemic (39 reported Covid cases and no deaths) and having reopened its borders to tourists in August following protocols that, according to the President of the Dominica Hotels and Tourism Association, Hans Schilders, work perfectly, the nature-rich Caribbean island is keen to encourage both tourists and potential citizens to Dominica.
Tapping into its reputation as the Nature Isle, the brand-new ‘Safe in Nature’ campaign, which was launched on October 2, is essentially a “tourism bubble within which specific activities can take place in accordance with action plans submitted by the properties”, explains the Discover Dominica Authority.
These action plans, which come courtesy of the participating hotels, resorts and tourism service providers, and which have been approved by the Ministry of Health, Wellness and New Health Investment “detail activities to be undertaken, transportation procedures, select locations, protocols to be adhered to and personnel assigned”. This creates an exclusive tourism bubble.
All certified tourism service providers feature on the Discover Dominica Authority website, and includes some 50 properties, including three five-star resorts that are have been approved by government for investment in Dominica’s Citizenship by Investment Programme.
These include the award-winning Jungle Bay Eco Villas and the multi award-winning Secret Bay Resort, as well as Cabrits Resort and Spa Kempinski Dominica, all of which have continued development at pace throughout the pandemic.
This campaign comes as the country continues to build its luxury hotel eco-tourism sector, prioritises the building of its international airport, much of this funded by its CBI Programme, and introduces regular flights for the first time between Barbados and Dominica (via Caribbean Airlines).
Dominica’s world-leading Citizenship by Investment programme
Ranked the world’s best CBI Programme for the fourth consecutive year, according to the latest CBI Index 2020, Dominica’s longstanding Citizenship by Investment programme, at 27 years old, is widely considered to be one of the world’s most efficient and transparent CIPs, combining extensive due diligence with efficiency, speed, affordability and reliability.
Offering rapid relocation, with just 45-60 days application processing times, and the cheapest CBI cost at US$100,000 (along with Saint Lucia and Antigua & Barbuda), Dominica’s CBI programme is not just competitive, it’s winning.
Recently, Dominica extended its ‘dependent’ clause in its CBI Programme to include a wider range of family members, including grandparents and adopted siblings. Dominica furthermore reduced the qualifying fund contribution for a family of four from US$200,000 to US$175,000, comprising the main applicant, their spouse and two dependants other than a sibling.
In terms of citizenship by investment options, investors can either make a non-refundable donation of US$100,000 if single and US$200,000 for a family of four to Dominica’s Economic Diversification Fund (EDF), or make a real estate investment in a government-approved property, like Secret Resort, of minimum US$200,000 and can re-sell after three to five years of receiving citizenship, dependent upon purchase and re-sell.
A Dominican passport gives citizens visa-free access to 141 countries, slightly less than other Caribbean countries, though Dominica has seen the greatest increase in visa-free offerings since 2019 compared to the other CBI countries, and is set to add China to its list. And, as per the just-released Henley & Partners Passport Index 2020 for Q4, Dominica has moved up two places in the passport power ranks from its position in Q1, to 33rd in the world.
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