In order to allow easier travel for visitors to the island the government of Dominica has put measures in place to improve the Ferry Terminal in Roseau.
Tourism Minister, Robert Tonge told Parliament on Monday that improvements include separate lines for visitors and locals and a system upgrade to read French Identification Cards.
“I can say to you now the government of Dominica is proud to announce that changes have been made at the Ferry Terminal,” he said.
He explained that traditionally, “because Dominicans knew there was one line, they would line up at the front of the boat and as soon as the boat arrives they would rush and block all the visitors.”
However, Tonge stated that presently there are two lines, one for visitors and the other for locals.
“So the place has been reorganized to ensure that we are more specific,” he noted. “We also have separate lines for hucksters to ensure that the hucksters are dealt with properly and the necessary income from duty and taxes are collected.”
He also mentioned that construction work is currently being done on the top floor of the Ferry Terminal in order to ensure that travelers are comfortable.
“With regards to upstairs, when persons arrived there was not much space, so if you look right now currently there is construction happening at the top of the Ferry Terminal to ensure that persons are a lot more comfortable…,” he explained. “So the government of Dominica is listening and putting things in place very swiftly.”
Meantime, he revealed that another major bottleneck at the terminal was the length time it took French nationals to have their Identification Cards swiped.
“Most French people travel with their French Card Identity. So someone who swipe their passport would take one minute, however the French people it would take them five minutes,” Tonge explained. “Therefore, based on the information, that again slowed down the process, so imagine if we have two hundred French nationals how long it would take.”
He said necessary funds were put in place to ensure that the system was upgraded to read the respective cards.