Dominican passport holders now need a visa to travel to and transit the United Kingdom. On 19 July 2023, UK Home Secretary Suella Bravermen announced visa restrictions for nationals of Dominica, Honduras, Namibia, Timor-Leste and Vanuatu.
Suella Braverman announced this decision as follows: “The decision to impose these visa requirements has been taken solely for migration and border security reasons and is not a sign of poor relations with these countries. Any decision to change a visa regime is not taken lightly and we keep our border and immigration system under regular review to ensure it continues to work in the UK national interest.”
In a written statement to MPs on 19 July, she said Dominica and Vanuatu’s “operation of a citizenship by investment scheme has shown clear and evident abuse”.
She announced that arrangements have been made for nationals from these countries to apply for visas. Braverman also said an exception is being make for nationals of these countries, who have confirmed bookings, the travel visa free to the UK no later than 16 August 2023.
The change has been introduced with immediate effect, from 3pm 19 July 2023 After this decision Dominica joins Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Jamaica as the Caribbean countries whose passport holders need a visa to enter the UK. Dominicans can still travel to 144 countries visa-free and this making their passport the 34th most powerful globally.