Planning Your Visit

Traveling abroad for medical care brings many challenges for families. As you prepare to travel to the U.S., we hope that the following information is useful to you. 

Please read the complete international patient brochure, available in English or Arabic, before arriving. You may also find it helpful to review the hospital’s visitor policies. Parents or guardians should plan to stay overnight with their child when a stay is required. 

Arrival Date

Plan to arrive in the U.S. one or two days before your child’s scheduled appointment. 

Required Information

For your child to be treated at Children's National, when you arrive, you will need to provide: 

  • Your child’s complete medical record (including immunization records and any imaging) to give to your care team.
  • Valid photo identification for everyone who will be at the hospital: visa, passport, or international driver’s license are all accepted forms of identification.

Transportation

Children’s National provides international patients with complimentary transportation to and from the airport on the days of arrival and departure. After you make your travel arrangements, contact Global Services to arrange transportation and let us know if your child requires any special services, including wheelchair or stretcher. 

On the day of your arrival, if you travel is delayed for any reason, please contact the team through the emergency numbers: +1 (202) 734-8821 or +1 (202) 322-9509 so we may notify our driver. 

Read more about transportation options

Accommodations

The Global Services team can assist you with arrangements for accommodations according to your preferences. We have preferred pricing at several area hotels. To learn more, download a pdf of our information for international families in English or Arabic

Staying Overnight

At Children’s National Health System, our approach to caring for patients involves the entire family. As our partner in care, we work closely with you to ensure the best outcomes and a positive experience while your child is a patient with us.

Transportation & Parking

Children's National Health System's Main Campus is easily accessible if you are driving or taking public transportation. Our Main Campus also has onsite parking for families.

Visiting Guidelines & Hours

Parents, guardians, and family friends are encouraged to visit children who are staying in the hospital. Children’s National has guidelines for visitors that help us maintain a safe and calm environment for high-quality care.

Amenities

Frequent appointments or staying overnight at the hospital can be stressful for families. At Children’s National, we offer a variety of amenities to support you and your family during your stay.

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