Preparing for Your Visit

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We understand that the process of traveling for medical care can feel overwhelming. As you prepare to come to Children’s National, please know our team will be by your side to support you and your family. 

What You Need to Bring for Your Visit

  • Passports and valid U.S.-issued visa
  • Medications, and other medical supplies for the patient and for each traveling family member
  • Any necessary medical equipment, such as braces, wheelchair, nebulizer machine, etc.
  • Patient’s medical records in English
  • Immunization records translated into English


  • Airline reservations

    When scheduling your flight, please plan to arrive at least one to two days prior to your child’s initial appointment.

  • Airports

    Washington, D.C., is served by the following three major airports:

    Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport is served by the Metrorail system, shuttles to downtown Washington, D.C., and taxis. Both Baltimore-Washington and Dulles airports have ground transportation services, taxis and shuttles to downtown Washington, D.C.

  • Accommodations

    Our most up-to-date recommendations for short- and long-term housing are provided here.
  • Transportation

    Our Global Services team can help you organize transportation to and from the airport on the days of your arrival and departure.

  • Weather

    As you pack, consider that the weather may vary from the weather in your home region. Check for the most up-to-date weather in Washington, D.C.
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Our Family-Centered Care Philosophy

Learn about our programs that focus on your child’s emotional and physical health while they stay at Children’s National.