This is an overview of most island airports, but specifically Punta Cana, Dominican Republic (PUJ)… You may be wondering what to expect when you arrive, so hopefully this will help to make your trip as stress free as possible.
Upon landing in Punta Cana, you are first met with what is arguably the cutest thatched roof airport around. Once inside here are a few stations that you must proceed through in order to gain entry into the Dominican Republic. The first station is where you purchase a “tourist card”. These are $10 (cash only, US dollars are accepted) per visitor, and are given to an attendant at the next station to validate your purchase. Now proceed to the customs line, here your passport will be stamped and the customs documents (blue page given by flight attendants) that you filled out on the plane will be validated by the customs officer.
Be sure to grab any luggage that you may have checked and the head towards the exit where another airport attendant will be collecting the information card (white page) that was also filled out aboard the airplane.
Provided you aren’t a drug mule or international criminal that just slipped up…welcome to the Dominican Republic!
Transportation is waiting just outside the airport…
- A valid passport is a must.
-Don’t forget cash for the tourist card!
-Travel at your own risk, I suggest not taking anything you don’t want stolen or misplaced.
Checking your flight status 24 hours in advance for changes and completing the online check in (if available) is always a good idea. It helps save time and lowers the risk of surprise at the airport.
Once you return to the airport, there are two terminals (A and B ). Check out the airlines at the terminal you were dropped off at. If you don’t see your airline check-in area, then it is located in the next terminal on the other side of the airport. There are very long security lines for both terminals, so be sure that you have checked in with your airline before waiting through it.
After the security lines, you will do your business with customs. Then follow the signs to your flight’s gate and relax. You are heading home!
If you do an online check-in with Spirit Airlines and choose to print boarding passes, these are NOT your airline tickets! Make sure to have your passport scanned and proper tickets printed prior to proceeding through security. Your new tickets will have “DOCS OK” printed on them validating your check-in.
Clearing US Customs upon Return
You will head through Customs once again upon returning to the US. Once your passport and paperwork are validated, a security check is again required. Any “Duty Free” liquor or perfume that has not been checked (over 3oz. and not in your quart sized plastic bag) that you have purchased will be confiscated and not allowed back into the country. Basically making most “duty free” shopping a complete waste of time and money.
After you clear customs, welcome back to the US! Have a safe connection as you continue home!
“No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow” ~Lin Yutan
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