April 26, 2012 - The Honourable Diane Ablonczy, Minister of State of Foreign Affairs (Americas and Consular Affairs), today reminded Canadians that, as of April 30, 2012, the Dominican Republic will require Canadians to present a passport on arrival in the country.
“Your passport is the only reliable and universally accepted identification document for the purpose of international travel. So it may come as a surprise to some Canadians that previously they did not need a passport to go to the Dominican Republic,” said Minister of State Ablonczy. “After April 30, be sure to bring your passport with you. You don’t want your holiday to end before it even begins.”
Nearly 800,000 Canadians travelled to the Dominican Republic in 2010. To avoid unnecessary problems, Canadians should ensure their passport is valid and will not expire while they are abroad.
“Informing yourself of the requirements of your destination country will better enable you to have a safe and enjoyable trip,” Minister Ablonczy noted. “Canadians should always consult our government’s Travel Reports at travel.gc.ca to find useful, up-to-date information on their destinations.”
A valid Canadian passport allows citizens to return to Canada. A valid permanent resident card serves the same purpose for non-citizens. When travelling anywhere around the world, Canadians should always bring the appropriate documentation.
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