UK Embassy rejects bogus travel warning letter to Dominica

Statement issued by the UK Embassy in Bridgetown, Barbados regarding a bogus warning letter to Dominica.


The UK Embassy in Bridgetown, Barbados has rejected a bogus travel warning letter circulated in Dominica. The document began circulating on Friday morning, after which the statement was released.

“It has come to our attention that a document purporting to be UK travel advice has been circulating in Dominica. This document is fake,” the UK embassy in Bridgetown, Barbados said, while saying its citizens are not at risk when traveling to Dominica.

The embassy said traveling to Dominica is safe: “Most visits to Dominica go smoothly; there is no recent history of terrorism in Dominica”. He advised citizens to stay alert and follow weather advice during hurricane season.

Statement issued by the UK Embassy in Bridgetown, Barbados regarding a bogus warning letter to Dominica.
Statement issued by the UK Embassy in Bridgetown, Barbados regarding a bogus warning letter to Dominica.

Dominica’s Prime Minister Dr. Roosevelt Skerrit also advised people to be guided and to protect themselves from misinformation.

The letter, meant to be advice to travelers to the UK, was so intense that it was directly created to tarnish Dominica’s image ahead of the cruise season. The fake letter referred to the island as a crime-rich and dangerous area for outsiders. Some media houses also disseminated false information without carrying out any verification of the facts.

fake letter
fake letter

Many locals have criticized political parties for running dirty campaigns that can affect locals associated with the tourism and hospitality industry. The letter was part of the opposition’s campaign of fear as it tried to find new ways to spoil the country’s image.

“This is wrong; this is not fair play; why does the United Workers Party want to do something that will affect our lives? If you scare strangers with such fake letters, then it will be our loss, the loss of locals who earn money by providing services to tourists,” said Miriam Josephs.

Another local named John Fontaine also expressed his anguish over the fake news, citing that these people need to be prosecuted for their actions: “Opposition people need to calm down and stay back; why they want to kill the reputation of our island? Dominica is safe; there are no such things happening or ever happening as they mentioned in the fake letter. For the love of God, stop it now”.

The fake letter comes as the country prepares for a snap general election on December 6, 2022. It is also a symbol of desperation, showing how opposing forces from within the island are trying to tarnish its international reputation.

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