Some mosquitoes on Dominica are infected with the Zika virus and are spreading it to people. Protect yourself with a good insect repellent containing at least 25% DEET at all times. Pregnant women should not travel to Dominica because of the risk of Zika-related birth defects.
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Before You Go
If your health insurance does not cover you for medical expenses while in Dominica, it's recommended that you take out supplemental insurance. Be sure to get a policy that also covers emergency repatriation.
Hospital and clinics may not accept medical travel insurance as payment for treatment. In that case, you need to foot the bill upfront and get reimbursed by your insurer later on.
Note that some policies specifically exclude dangerous activities, such as scuba diving, trekking and mountain biking. If you plan on engaging in any of those, make sure you're covered.
Aside from routine vaccinations – measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis, chickenpox, polio – the US-based Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends vaccinations against hepatitis A and typhoid for most travelers to Dominica.
The Dominican government requires proof of yellow fever vaccination if you are arriving from a country with risk of yellow fever.
Availability & Cost of Health Care
The standard of the medical care and equipment on Dominica are likely not as high, modern or comprehensive as you may be used to. Sophisticated diagnostic tests such as CT and MRI scans, anything but minor surgeries and other treatments must be performed outside Dominica. Make sure your insurance policy covers medical transport and emergency repatriation.
Princess Margaret Hospital Located in Roseau, Dominica's main facility has a hyperbaric chamber and a small intensive-care unit.
The US Center for Disease Control (CDC) does not recommend drinking tap water on Dominica but many people do it without incident. Bottled water, though, is cheap and widely available.