Traveling Abroad in Dominican Republic

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Applying for a U.S. Passport

A valid U.S. passport is required for American citizens to enter and leave the Dominican Republic. Only the U.S. Department of State has the authority to grant, issue, or verify U.S. passports. Getting or renewing a passport is easy. The Passport Application Wizard will help the applicant determine which passport form is needed, complete the form online, estimate the payment, and generate the form to print-all in one place.

Obtaining a Visa

In addition to a U.S. passport, the family will also need to obtain a visa. A visa is an official document issued by a foreign country that formally allows an individual to visit. Where required, visas are attached to the passport and allow entry into a foreign nation. To find information about obtaining a visa for the Dominican Republic, see the Department of State's Country Specific Information.

Staying Safe on Your Trip

Before traveling, it is always a good practice to investigate the local conditions, laws, political landscape, and culture of the country. The State Department is a good place to start. The Department of State provides Country Specific Information for every country of the world about various issues, including the health conditions, crime, unusual currency or entry requirements, and any areas of instability.

Staying in Touch on Your Trip

When traveling during the adoption process, we encourage United States Citizens to register their trip with the Department of State. Travel registration makes it possible to contact the individual if necessary. Whether there's a family emergency in the United States, or a crisis in the Dominican Republic, registration assists the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in reaching a United States Citizen.

Registration is free and can be done online.

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