Travel Requirements

All United States citizens are required to have a valid passport to enter and/or re-enter the United States via air transportation. Vacation Express strongly suggests that you apply for your passport at your earliest possible convenience, so that when you make the decision to take advantage of one of our special vacation deals - you'll be ready to just "click and go"! The following information is provided in an effort to assist you in securing a passport for all members of your family. No one is exempt from the passport requirement - all members of the family, including infants, must have a valid passport to travel to/from the Caribbean, Mexico and Costa Rica as well as other international destinations. Please allow at least 6 weeks for standard passport processing.

The U.S. Departments of State and Homeland Security announced that after September 30, 2007, all airline passengers traveling by air to any international destination are required to have a valid U.S. passport, regardless of age. Passports are required for re-entry to the United States. Complete text available here.

Current Passport Costs

Standard Process

Allow at least 6 weeks to receive passport

**Note: All Minor applicants, including renewals, must apply in person at a Passport Agency, Acceptance Facility, U.S. Embassy or Consulate. All minors regardless of age, including newborns and infants, must have their own passport when traveling internationally by air.

Get It Faster

$60* government "Expedite" service fee (suggested for travel in 2-4 weeks)

The information found here describes how and where to obtain a passport in less than two weeks. Expediting fees will apply.

Get It Fastest

The following are independent passport services that can expedite your passport - Some offer OVERNIGHT service:

Abriggs
Travisa
Visa Lady

*Passport costs are provided for informational purposes only. Passport fees are the sole responsibility of the traveler.

General Information & Web Links:

Information on how to obtain a passport can be found here

If you need to locate a passport office near you, use the zip code search here

To find a post office near you click here. Many post offices offer Passport Application Services, which will be indicated in the search results when you search for nearby locations.

The passport requirement does NOT apply to U.S. citizens traveling to or returning directly from a U.S. territory. U.S. territories include the following: Guam, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Swains Island, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. Citizens will still need government issued photo ID to travel.

Parents & Minors

A single parent traveling with minor children or minor children traveling alone must have additional documentation on all international flights. A parent traveling with minors (under 18) or a minor traveling alone, must carry notarized permission from both parents including non-traveling parent(s), or notarized copy of deceased parent's death certificate, or "sole custody" or "Father Unknown" documents. At time of printing, Dominican Republic law requires that children under 18 on the day of departure traveling with an adult or guardian other than their parent, present a written, notarized authorization letter from the parent(s) giving consent for the minor to leave the country. In addition, a photo ID is required for anyone 14 years of age or older.

Non - U.S. Citizens

Non U.S. citizens, to include permanent resident card (U.S. Green Card) holders, must check with the consulate of their intended destination, U.S. authorities and the air carrier(s) to obtain information on required documentation for entry to the destination and re-entry to the U.S. Non U.S. citizens must consult with the appropriate consulate to determine if any visas are needed. Failure to comply with these requirements will result in denied boarding.

Subject to Change

The above information regarding documentation is subject to change. It is the participant's responsibility to obtain current requirements needed for your carrier and destination. Passengers denied boarding, entry or re-entry due to lack of proper documentation will not be entitled to a refund.

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