The following airlines provide service from the United States (or connections through San Juan): American Airlines/American Eagle, Continental, Delta, United, and US Airways. Many visitors fly nonstop on charter flights to the Dominican Republic direct from the East Coast, the Midwest, and Canada—particularly into Punta Cana. These charters are part of a package, and can only be booked through a travel agent.
When you arrive at Punta Cana International Airport, greeters in traditional Dominican dress will welcome you and take your photograph for optional purchase as a souvenir when you depart. There is otherwise no charge for this service. Immediately behind the greeters is the Immigration Desk, where every visitor must purchase a "tourist card" for $10 (U.S. currency only). American citizens do not require a visa to enter the country, only a valid passport.
If you book a package through a travel agent, your airport transfers will almost certainly be included in the price you pay. Look for your company's sign as you exit baggage claim. If you book independently, you may have to take a taxi or rent a car.
When you leave the Dominican Republic, anticipate long, slow-moving lines, and be sure to give yourself a full two hours for international check-in.
Punta Cana International Airport (809/959-2376 or 809/686-8790. www.punta-cana-airport.com.)
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