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23 November, 2021

Dominica Citizens Granted Visa-Free Entry To China

The Dominica government has concluded an agreement on visa-free travel with China. Dominica's Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit and China's ambassador to Dominica, Ling Xianjiang, signed the agreement on 22 November 2021.

Citizenship of Dominica by investment for visa-free entry to China
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Dominica and China have more than 17 years of diplomatic relations. For example, the Chinese government helped the Caribbean country build a hospital in the capital, Roseau, called Dominica-China Friendship Hospital. In October 2021, Dominica also became the first Caribbean country whose public hospital has an MRI machine - the equipment was donated by China.

Until November 2021, only Grenada had a visa-free agreement with China among Caribbean countries. A Grenadian passport allows people to stay in China for up to 30 consecutive days. What the visa-free period of stay in China with a Dominica passport will be is not yet specified, but it is likely to be 30 days as well.

Where else can you go without a visa with a Dominica passport

Including China, since 2021, the Dominica passport allows free entry to 111 countries. A further 31 countries allow a visa on arrival. To visit Sri Lanka, an electronic entry permit will be required. Full list of visa-free destinations for Dominica nationals.

144 countries
Allow visa-free entry for Dominica nationals

In the Schengen countries, a Dominica passport may be used for up to three months in a six-month period: the "90 days out of 180" scheme applies, as for Schengen tourist visas.

The United Kingdom allows free entry with stays of up to 180 consecutive days. 

Asia. Citizens of Dominica have visa-free entry to the major business centres of the region - Singapore and Hong Kong. They can stay in Singapore for up to 30 days without a visa, and in Hong Kong for up to 90 days in a half year.

Second citizenship of Dominica to travel around the world without a visa

Pavel has always dreamed of travelling a lot. But when he was young, he lacked the financial means and then the time. He decided to make up for it in retirement. And to avoid having to think about visas, he obtained a Dominica passport for an investment.

Find out more about the investor's story

How to obtain citizenship in Dominica 

Dominica’s passport is obtained by birth or descent, by naturalisation after seven years of residence on the island, or by marriage to a Dominica citizen. But the fastest and most secure route to citizenship for the wealthy is through investment.

The government's citizenship for investment programme has been in place in Dominica since 1993. It is in demand among investors, with 4192 applicants receiving passports between 2017 and 2020 alone. However, Chinese nationals are the most numerous applicants for the programme.

A non-refundable contribution to the Dominica Economic Diversification Fund is an investment option under the citizenship programme. The amount of the contribution is from $100,000.

Contribution towards obtaining a passport for Dominica

The Dominica government is spending the fund's money on disaster relief, building earthquake-resistant houses, schools and hospitals. There are also plans to open a geothermal power plant and an international airport in the country.

The purchase of real estate is also available to investors wishing to obtain a Dominica passport. Investors buy shares, apartments and villas in government-approved properties. These are usually five-star hotels and resort complexes.

Minimum amount of a real estate transaction
Citizenship of Dominica by purchasing real estate: an example of a property by investment

Share in a hotel complex with eco-cottages next to the Mo e-Trois-Piton National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site Value of the share – $ 200,000

Citizenship of Dominica by investment in real estate: an example of a property by investment

Share in a resort complex managed by Hilton Value of share – $220,000

Citizenship of Dominica by purchasing real estate: an example of a property by investment

Villa duplex in a resort complex on the Caribbean coast Price – $255,000

Visa-free entry to China, Schengen countries and the UK also gives Grenada citizenship. The country’s passport can also be obtained by investment: a non-refundable fee or the purchase of real estate.

It is more expensive to participate in the Grenada citizenship investment programme than it is to participate in the Dominica programme. Below is a calculation of the cost of second citizenship for a family of four.

Comparison of second citizenship costs for a family of four - spouses and children aged 7 and 19

Costs Dominica Grenada
Investment: Contribution or purchase of real estate
$17, 000

real estate purchase

real estate purchase
State fee

real estate purchase

real estate purchase
Due diligence$15,500 $15,000 
Other fees and charges$4200 $12,080 

real estate purchase

real estate purchase

Programme comparison board: Grenada, Dominica, SCN

Immigrant Invest is a licensed agent of the Dominica citizenship programme by investment. If you want to get a second passport to travel freely around the world, seek advice from investment programme experts.

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Dominica Citizens Granted Visa-Free Entry To China