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Travel Alert: Increased Passport Processing Times (March 30, 2023)
March 30, 2023

The Department of State is committed to providing the best possible service for our passport customers.  U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo encourages all U.S. citizens to check their passport expiration date before making any definitive plans for international travel, and to take action to renew their passport well in advance of international travel this year.  This is especially important as we approach what is expected to be our busiest summer travel season on record.

Routine passport applications currently take 9 to 13 weeks to complete.  These processing times directly impact how quickly the embassy can process applications filed from the Dominican Republic.  Processing times fluctuate throughout the year depending on demand and we anticipate that they will rise, especially as we approach the busier travel season.

Applying for a Passport:

For a list of different passport services and the associated requirements, please visit our Passport Services website.  Fillable .pdf versions of all passport forms are available for download here.

Applying for STEP:

We also encourage all U.S. citizens living or traveling overseas to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP.state.gov) so they can receive important messages about their destinations directly, including timely Alerts and updates to Travel Advisories, and to enable us to assist in an emergency.


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