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Duties and rights of Dominica citizens: passport renewal and other requirements for investors

Dominica citizens can travel visa-free worldwide and enjoy the benefits of a favourable tax system. However, they must obey the country’s laws and renew their passports regularly to keep their citizenship.

Learn more about the duties and rights a Dominica citizen has.

Dominica passport renewal and Dominica citizenship requirements for investors

Dominica passport renewal: terms and required documents

The Dominica passport is renewed every 5 years until a citizen turns 16. Dominica citizens over 16 years old renew their passports every 10 years.

10 years
The validity period of the Dominica passport

The use of an expired passport is punishable by up to imprisonment.

Citizens don't need to come to the country to renew their passports. They can apply to a Dominica consulate in their country of residence no later than two months before the passport expiration date. The renewal process takes two to four weeks.

An applicant prepares the following documents for the Dominica passport renewal: 

  • a completed application form
  • an old Dominica passport;
  • a copy or the original of the birth certificate or an extract from the birth record;
  • a certificate of naturalisation;
  • two photos sized 4.5 × 3.8 cm;
  • a confirmation of the fee payment from the treasury.

If the original documents are not in English, they must be translated. The translation must bear the translator’s signature, full name, and contact details.

Document copies are notarised — and then a notarised copy is translated into English.

The documents must be prepared not earlier than three months before submission.

The passport fee is $150 for adult applicants and $75 for children.

Dominica passport renewal: requirements for applicant
This is what a 10-year Dominica passport looks like. Еhe use of an expired passport can lead to citizenship revocation

Other duties and requirements for Dominica citizens

Obey the country’s laws. Dominica citizens must know and abide by the country’s laws, respect the rights and freedoms of other citizens, and take good care of the environment.

Pay taxes and fees. If a Dominica citizen purchases a car or registers a yacht, they must pay a fee or property tax. An owner of a personal vehicle annually pays road and license fees of $200. The annual yacht fee is $352.

An investor pays 25% of corporate tax and 10 to 15% of the VAT if they are not a tax resident of Dominica but own a company registered on the island. Non-residents pay income tax on any income received in the country: wages, rent out real estate, dividends, or self-employment.

If an investor spends in Dominica more than 183 days a year, they become a country's tax resident. Tax residents pay income tax from income earned in Dominica and other countries.

Rights and opportunities provided with the Dominica passport

Freedom of movement. A Dominica passport holder can visit 145 visa-free countries, including the UK, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Schengen.

A visa waiver agreement between Dominica and China came into force on November 22nd, 2021. Dominica became the second Caribbean country after Grenada, whose citizens were allowed to stay in China without a visa for up to 30 days a year.

Duration of visa-free stay with the Dominica passport

CountryVisa-free stay
UK180 days in a row
China30 days a year
Singapore30 days in a row
Hong Kong90 days in a row
Schengen area90 days out of 180

10-year visa to the USA. Dominica citizens get a B-1/B-2 tourist visa in two weeks. The visa is valid for up to ten years. It allows the holder to stay in the USA for 180 days a year. The B-1/B-2 visa is suitable for holidays, visiting relatives, medical treatment, travel to conferences and business meetings. 

Visiting the island at any time. The Dominica passport holder can enter the country at any time, even if the borders are closed. However, one does not need to live in the country to keep citizenship permanently.

Dominica passport requirements and rights for citizens
A Dominica citizen can come to the country at any time, even if the borders are closed

Tax optimisation. There are no taxes on capital gains, wages and inheritance in Dominica. Tax residents do not pay taxes on dividends and royalties received abroad.

There is no property tax in the country other than a municipal tax. The average municipal tax rate is 1.25% of the assessed property value in Canefield or Roseau.

Citizenship for family members. A Dominica citizen’s relative can also get a Caribbean passport.

Family members obtain citizenship by kinship or marriage:

  • 👨‍👩‍👦 If a parent or a grandparent is a Dominica citizen, an applicant provides the original copy of the birth certificate. At the same time, the applicant’s relative must submit a confirmation of Dominica citizenship.
  • 👰‍♀️ If a spouse has a Dominica passport, an applicant submits a marriage certificate.

If a foreigner obtains Dominica citizenship by investment, their family members can get passports too.

An investor makes a non-refundable contribution to the Economy Diversification Fund or buys real estate on the island. The minimum investment sum under the CBI program is $100,000. 

Family members can join the investor's application for citizenship or the CBI program after the investor gets the passport.

Family members that can get Dominica citizenship

With the investorMay join later
A spouse

Children under 30 and financially dependent on the parents

Spouses’ siblings under 25, unmarried and financially dependent on the investor

Spouses’ parents and grandparents of any age if they are financially dependent on the investor 
A spouse

Children born or adopted after the investor obtained citizenship

Spouses’ siblings aged 18 to 25, unmarried and financially dependent on the investor

The cost of including relatives in the application varies depending on the investment option chosen under the Dominica citizenship program.

Example of Dominica citizenship costs for one applicant and a family of four

Investment optionNumber of applicantsMain expensesAdditional expenses
Non-refundable contributionMain applicant
$100,000Processing fee — $1,000 

Due Diligence — $7,500 

Additional fees — $4,200
Main applicant 
2 kids
$175,000Processing fee — $1,000

Due Diligence:
• $7,500 for the investor,
• $4,000 for a spouse and each child over 16

Additional fees — $4,200
Purchase of real estateMain applicant$200,000Processing fee — $1,000

Government fee — $25,000

Due Diligence — $7,500 

Additional fees — $4,200
Main applicant 
2 kids
$200,000Processing fee — $1,000

Government fee — $35,000

Due Diligence:
• $7,500 for the investor,
• $4,000 for a spouse and each child over 16

Additional fees — $4,200

Keeping the first passport. When obtaining a Dominica passport, an applicant doesn't have to renounce other citizenship.

Name change. The Dominica government allows citizens to change their names.

The documents required for a name change:

  • the original copy of the certificate of naturalisation;
  • the original Deed Poll signed in the notary’s presence;
  • the Dominica passport; 
  • a completed form
  • a copy and the original of the birth certificate;
  • the original certificate of citizenship;
  • two photos sized 4.5 × 3.8 cm.

Grounds for Dominica citizenship revocation

An illegal obtaining of citizenship and the deliberate use of invalid or fake documents are the main reasons for citizenship revocation.

A citizen can be deprived of citizenship for committing grave crimes, high treason, or participation in extremist activities.

Suppose another country's court sentences a naturalised Dominica citizen to imprisonment for more than a year during the first five years after receiving a passport. In that case, the Dominica citizenship will be revoked.

There are additional grounds for citizenship revocation for investors:

  1. Falsifying or hiding important information during the citizenship application. For example, if an investor hid a criminal record, other sources of income, or previous visa denials.
  2. Non-fulfilment of investment conditions. For example, if the investor sold the property ahead of schedule.

Frequently asked questions

What duties arise with Dominica citizenship?

Dominica citizens renew their passports every 10 years. Children under 16 renew passports every 5 years. 

Other duties imply that citizens obey the national laws and don’t use expired passports.

What rights does a Dominica citizen have?

Dominica citizens visit 145 countries without visas, come to the island any time they want and enjoy the benefits of a favourable tax system.

How often must I renew my Dominica passport?

Adult Dominica citizens renew their passports every 10 years. Children who got their passports before they turned 16 renew their passports every 5 years.

Can I renew my Dominica passport online?

No, you can’t. But you don’t have to come to Dominica either. You can apply for passport renewal at the nearest Dominica consulate.

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Duties and rights of Dominica citizens: passport renewal and other requirements for investors