Planning Your Visit

As you prepare to travel to the United States for your care, we hope to make your journey as easy and comfortable as possible. Our Global Services Clinical Support Team will work with you to plan your journey – from where you will stay to how you’ll get to the hospital to scheduling your appointments.

Helpful Tips for Your Treatment Journey

When to Arrive

Plan to arrive in the United States one to two days before your child’s scheduled appointment.

What to Bring

For your child to be treated at Children's National Health System, you will need to provide the following when you arrive:
  • 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

How to Travel to the Hospital

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 a wheelchair or stretcher.

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

Where You Will Stay

Our team has preferred pricing with several hotels in the area and will work with you to find the accommodation arrangement that works best for your preferences.

Staying Overnight

We encourage parents and legal guardians to stay with children as continuously as possible throughout their treatment experience. Discover more information about your stay at Children’s National.

Visiting Hours and Information

Parents, guardians and family friends are encouraged to visit children who are staying in the hospital. Learn more about what you can expect during your visit to Children’s National.

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.

Megan Bellagamba's Story

Megan Bellagamba

Megan Bellagamba was inspired to become a nurse after her twin nieces were born prematurely and she saw the great care they received during their early days in the NICU. She saves lives at the hospital and during her personal time as fellow patron at a restaurant in Virginia, Pam Weil, recounts.

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