US and Canadian citizens will need a valid passport or an original birth certificate along with a valid photo-bearing official document (driver’s license or voter’s registration). Minors may enter with their passport or an original birth certificate. A tourist card ($10.00 U.S.) must be purchased prior to arrival to the country at select Dominican consulates, at airline counters abroad, or at the airport upon arrival. Citizens of other countries should contact their closest Dominican Consulate.

The U.S. Embassy recommends – but does not require – any child under 18 traveling without one or both parents, to have a notarized document from the non-traveling parent(s) stating the reason for travel. This notarized letter will be a good ‘back up’ upon leaving the island too. Minors under 18 years of age of any nationality, who are RESIDENTS of the Dominican Republic MUST present written authorization from a parent or legal guardian in Spanish notarized by a Dominican consulate in the U.S., or notarized & then certified at the at the Dominican Attorney General’s office on-island (locally known as the Procuraduria de la Republica).

Traveling with Pets: The Department of Animal Health requires the following documentation:Cats and Dogs

a. Health certificate issued no more than 15 days prior the arrival date.

b. Anti-rabies vaccine, triple vaccine (distemper, lectopirosis, hepatitis) and Parvo-virus vaccine certificates showing inoculations 15 days prior to arrival date.

For more information please call the Department of Animal Health at (809)549-1302.

Dominican Republic has many international airports all through out the island. In the north, Cibao International is located in Santiago de los Caballeros and Puerto Plata is home to Gregorio Luperón International Airport. In the south, Las Americas International and La Isabela International are located in the capital city of Santo Domingo. Barahona is home to Maria Montez International. In the east, Punta Cana International and La Romana International are located in Punta Cana and La Romana. In the northeast, Samana is home to a new airport, El Catey International.

Here are some links to airlines who have direct flights into the Puerto Plata airport (POP).

Flying from:



  • Toronto, ON (YYZ) to Puerto Plata (POP) WestJet
  • Toronto, ON (YYZ) to Puerto Plata (POP) Air transat
  • Vancouver, BC (YVR) to Puerto Plata (POP) Air transa


  • London Gatwick (LGW) to Puerto Plata (POP) www.charterflights.co.uk
  • Manchester (MAN) to Puerto Plata (POP) www.charterflights.co.uk
  • London Heathrow (LHR) via Miami (MIA) to Puerto Plata (POP) British Airways

United Kingdom

  • Toronto, ON (YYZ) to Puerto Plata (POP) WestJet
  • Toronto, ON (YYZ) to Puerto Plata (POP) Air transat
  • Vancouver, BC (YVR) to Puerto Plata (POP) Air transa
Languages Spanish
Airports Gregorio Lupern Int’l Airport (POP) (cab ride of between 20 minutes and 1 hour)
time zone Atlantic Standard
View Current Time
Peak June 15-Aug. 15; Dec. 15-April 15
Off-Peak April 15-June 15; Aug. 15-Dec. 15
Visa No; $10 tourist card must be purchased at airport on arrival and $20 U.S. Departure Tax applies
Vaccines No
Currency Dominican Peso
Electricity 110 V, 60 Hz (U.S. compatible)
Tipping 10% is customary and usually included in the bill at hotels and restaurants


  • Check these airlines for flights from Europe to Puerto Plata: Air Berlin, Air France, Balair, Condor, Spanair, Air Portugal, Iberia, Lauda Air, LTU Britania, Finnair, Leisure Air, Malev Air, and Sobelair.