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As a Dual National, can I travel to the Dominican Republic with my Dominican Passport, Naturalization Certificate or other document?

December 28, 2009

All Americans traveling outside of the United States by air or sea (except certain closed-loop cruises) are required to present a passport or other valid travel document to enter or re-enter the United States.  For more information about specific requirements for entry into the Dominican Republic, please consult the State Department’s Country Specific Information on the Dominican Republic at:

http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1103.html.

Dominican citizens, including children, who are also U.S. citizens are dual nationals.  Dual nationals should ensure they have a valid U.S. passport prior to traveling to the United States. as it is necessary for lawful admission..  Dominican dual nationals in the United States should secure a U.S. passport before departing the country.  This will facilitate an easy return.  The process of applying for a first-time passport overseas can often require extensive documentation of your citizenship and identity.  This process can lead to expensive delays in travel, especially when the documentation needed is in the United States. The burden of proof is always on the applicant to provide satisfactory documentation.  Basic requirements for a first-time U.S. passport include original proof of citizenship and government-issued photo identification.  In addition, it is often necessary to provide other evidence of birth and/or life in the United States.  These documents can be more difficult to obtain once you are outside of the United States.Avoid problems and get your U.S. passport before you travel.  Fulfilling your responsibility to secure a U.S. passport before travel will facilitate your visits home and ensure that you spend time visiting your family rather than us!