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passport?

hamilton
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passport?

Hi i wasa wondering if you a passport to DR or the birth certifcate and drivers licence is still allowed?

Belleville, Canada
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1. Re: passport?

For Canadians...birthcertificate & drivers' license is still acceptable. But if you are a frequent traveller to the D.R., why not get a passport?...at least you'll have it for 5 years!

Edmonton, Canada
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I would check your ticket... our tour operator (Transat) specified you had to have a valid Canadian passport, may have been their rule only but it was in writing.

Gatineau, Canada
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As mra1 says, birth certificate and driver's license are still allowed but here is what is stated on Foreign Affairs Canada's website.

voyage.gc.ca/abroad_a-letranger/…1

"A Certificate of Canadian Citizenship is not a travel document. A Canadian passport is the only reliable and universally accepted travel and identification document available to Canadians for the purpose of international travel. Canadian citizens returning to Canada who present other documents, such as a Certificate of Canadian Citizenship, birth certificate, provincial driver’s license, or foreign passport, instead of a Canadian passport, may face delays or be denied boarding by transport companies"

Passport Canada website:

http://www.ppt.gc.ca/index.aspx?lang=eng

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I wouldn't even ATTEMPT to go out of Canada to anywhere without a valid passport. Yes they're fairly expensive to purchase; yes you need to get a new one every five years; yes they're a pain in the butt to fill out the form, get the photos done, and mail it away or go wait in line to process it; but do you really want the hassle of trying to travel without it? You can't even enter the States without a passport and they are right next door. Why even try to enter the DR or re-enter Canada and be denied or detained?

To quote Air Canada Vacations: "NO matter your destination, a valid passport is the best form of identification, and some destinations require a passport valid for six months beyond the date of our expected return to Canada."

Quoting the Canadian government travel website,

voyage.gc.ca/countries_pays/…

"It is strongly recommended that all Canadians be in possession of a valid Canadian passport while abroad. A Canadian passport is the only reliable and universally accepted travel and identification document available to Canadians for the purpose of international travel. Canadians entering the Dominican Republic by direct air travel are only required to be in possession of valid official photo identification (such as a driver's licence) and proof of citizenship (such as a birth certificate). Canadian tourists must also be in possession of a return airline ticket.

However, Canadian citizens returning to Canada who present other documents, such as a Certificate of Canadian Citizenship, birth certificate, provincial driver’s licence, or foreign passport, instead of a Canadian passport, may face delays or be denied boarding by transport companies."

The "however" paragraph is a bit scary, in my opinion . My 2 cents (Canadian) get a passport.

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