Dominica

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Location : Caribbean, island between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, about halfway between Puerto Rico and Trinidad and Tobago

Capital : Roseau

Total Area : 751 sq km

Population : 73,757 (July 2016 est.)

Population distribution: population is mosly clustered along the coast, with roughly a third living in the parish of St. George, in or around the capital of Roseau; the volcanic interior is sparsely populated

Languages : English (official), French patois

Religion : Roman Catholic 61.4%, Protestant 28.6% (includes Evangelical 6.7%, Seventh Day Adventist 6.1%, Pentecostal 5.6%, Baptist 4.1%, Methodist 3.7%, Church of God 1.2%, other 1.2%), Rastafarian 1.3%, Jehovah’s Witness 1.2%, other 0.3%, none 6.1%, unspecified 1.1% (2001 est.)

Ethnic groups : black 86.6%, mixed 9.1%, indigenous 2.9%, other 1.3%, unspecified 0.2% (2001 est.)

Government type : parliamentary republic

GDP – per capita : $11,400 (2016 est.)

Climate : tropical; moderated by northeast trade winds; heavy rainfall

Legal system : common law based on the English model

Unemployment rate : 23% (2000 est.)

Visa free countries : 119 (2016)

Overview of the country – geographical Situation, accessibility

Flag of Dominica

The island of Dominica is located between Guadeloupe and Martinique, all 2 French territories. With the largest bubbling lake in the world, its seabed, its abundant waterfalls, its national parks and its 365 rivers, the island of Dominica is a land of incomparable beauty.

Located in the center of the Caribbean archipelago, the island has 2 non-international airports. It is therefore necessary to transit through Guadeloupe, Martinique or Saint-Martin. It is possible to cover by sea the distance between Guadeloupe and the island, about 40km, which is done on motor-catamarans in approximately ninety minutes.

Rates on individual tax residents

The rules of territoriality are inspired by the British rules. They refer to three criteria: ordinary residence, simple residence and domicile. The ordinary residence presupposes a regular stay and a continuous physical presence of more than 183 days on the island of Dominica. The simple residence corresponds to a stay of less than six months over a year, without character of regularity or durability.

A person domiciled and ordinarily resident in Dominica is taxable on the basis of his or her worldwide income. A single resident but non-resident ordinary person in Dominica is taxable on account of his island income and foreign income when they are transferred to Dominica.

Taxable income consists of wages, industrial and commercial profits, agricultural profits, non-commercial profits, income from property taxes, movable capital income (dividends, interest and royalties).

Capital gains on the sale of transferable securities or real estate are exempt from income tax.

Physical and legal Security of the country

Dominica is a multiparty parliamentary republic, where the prime minister is the head of government. The executive power is exercised by the government while the legislative power is shared between the government and the parliament. The judiciary is independent of the first two. Dominica is considered a stable country politically and economically.

If the island is full of paradisiacal tourist places, it is recommended to be vigilant during swimming, on the beaches bordering the East coast, where the sea has strong currents. It is advisable to take a guide during the excursions.

Programs of economic investments set up by the government of the country host, with new residents

Dominica economic citizenshipDominica offers a citizenship program to both families and businessmen for investment. A program was put in place in 1993, in accordance with the law and can only be approved by representatives of the government.

To be eligible for citizenship of the Commonwealth of Dominica under its Citizenship by Investment Program, the Government requires either:

  • A contribution made into the Government Fundamounting to USD 100,000 depending on the number of dependents included in the application
  • An investment in designated real Estatewith a value of at least USD 200,000

The main reason for the implementation of this program is to galvanize the country’s economy. It is part of a development plan of Dominica. The benefits of this program help to channel local projects and to combat the stagnation of other projects.

Quality of Life

The inhabitants of the island are particularly welcoming and the wonders of the island are numerous, making this place a very popular destination.

The drive is on the left. Although English is the official language, a large number of inhabitants of the island speak Dominican Creole.

Countries for which visas are not necessary any more

With a Dominican passport, you will be able to travel to more than 100 countries without a visa and you will be able to obtain a visa during the day for the countries for which it is necessary to have one.

Hong Kong, Great Britain, Ireland, Switzerland, South Korea and Liechtenstein are among the countries where you can travel freely.