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Flying into Beautiful Punta Cana

Punta Cana is known for its stunning beaches, luxury hotels, and amazing golf courses. The east coast beaches of the Dominican Republic's Altagracia Province have consistently been ranked as some of the world's best by those who have visited them. From family vacations to championship golf courses and from romance to relaxation, this resort destination has everything you could want.
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You can find deals on flights to Punta Cana, typically during the slow season between August and September.

Are you excited about taking the vacation of your dreams but don't know how to get around Punta Cana's airport? Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions to help you navigate your next trip into Punta Cana International Airport. 

What can I expect when I get off the plane in Punta Cana?

When you arrive at Punta Cana International Airport, expect to find an open-air structure with a thatched roof, a laid-back vibe, and live music. You can also find restaurants, bars, and a craft shop. The airport currently hosts direct flights from more than 28 countries and 96 cities around the world, with more than 5.9 million international passengers arriving each year. Dress comfortably, or bring a change of clothes in your carry-on, as you will be without the benefit of air conditioning while you wait for your luggage or transportation. 

Do I need anything besides a passport to get through security?

Every tourist must buy a tourist card at the customs and immigration desk. A $10 cash fee gets you a 30-day tourist card. If you decide to stay longer, you can buy a $22 tourist card at the airport to extend your stay for up to 90 days. Citizens from Argentina, Chile, Corea del Sur, Ecuador, Israel, Japan, Peru, and Uruguay do not need to buy tourist cards. If you plan to drive, your driver's license is valid, but only for a period of 90 days.

How do I get to my hotel from the airport?

If you haven't arranged transportation beforehand or don't have a transfer included in your vacation package, then you can easily grab a waiting taxi to go to your resort. The rates are set and range from $12 to $70 per carload depending on how far away your destination is. Taxis take you directly to your resort. You can do the same for your reverse trip, and ask your resort to call you a taxi to return to the airport. Near the airport exit there are transfer companies that offer private and shared transportation as well.

If you have not booked a hotel yet, some affordable options near the airport include the Four Points by Sheraton Puntacana Village and the all-inclusive Barceló Bávaro Beach.

What do I need to know about my departure?

After you check in, you will go through a security screening and then through immigration before you enter the departure "lounge" area. Make sure to grab an immigration form before entering the security line and fill it out there. There’s also a $20 departure tax due with your immigration form. Some airlines now include this in your airfare, so make sure you check with your carrier. You can enjoy live music and photo opportunities throughout the departure terminal while you wait for your flight. 

What can I buy in the airport? 

There are two separate duty-free areas, one as you walk into the departure area to your right and another in the air-conditioned departure area to your left and down a flight of steps. The duty-free stores do not carry many Dominican rums and liquors, and beware: Dominican alcohol prices are outrageous at the airport, so consider purchasing your Dominican brands before you get there. Medications are also very expensive, so make sure to pack anything you might need beforehand. 

There is a food court with familiar establishments inside the terminals, including Wendy’s, Sbarro, Nathan’s, Cinnabon, Segafredo’s, and Baskin-Robbins, or you can have a drink at the Skybar. The ITBIS tax on the transfer of industrialized goods and services is 16 percent and is applied to all the purchases you make. Restaurants, bars, and hotels add another 10 percent for service.

Punta Cana a great destination for people looking for a bit of luxury at a great price. Dance to the infectious Merengue beats at a night club, or relax and unwind at a luxurious spa. Whatever you are looking for, Punta Cana has it. From romantic getaways to family vacations, Punta Cana is a great choice.