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For international travel to Puerto Plata, there are two major airports that are relatively close to the most popular destinations. The closer airport is the Gregorio Luperon International Airport (POP), known also as the Puerto Plata Airport, located just east of Puerto Plata city and just west of Sosua. This is the preferred point of entry for most tourists headed to such northern destinations as Cofresi, Luperon, Puerto Plata city, Playa Dorada, Sosua and Cabarete. This airport offers service to and from the U.S.A. (American Airlines Via JFK & Miami), Jet Blue (through New York JFK), United via Newark, Delta Airlines seasonally (through Atlanta), Ryan International in Minneapolis), Canada (Air Canada in Montreal and Toronto and Air Transat in Calgary, Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver), the Caribbean, SkyKing in Providenciales and Turks & Caicos) and Europe (Air Plus Comet in Madrid, Martinair in Amsterdam, Holland Exel in Brussels and Amsterdam, Condor in Frankfurt, LTU in Frankfurt, Düsseldorf and Munich, and Lauda Air in Vienna), as well as connecting flights through Mexico City and Caracas. In addition there are many charter flights available from Calgary, Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver; Brussels, Helsinki, Reykjavik, Birmingham, London, Manchester, Milan, Paris, Shannon, Stockholm and Zurich. Travelers wishing to fly to Puerto Plata through this airport should check their local airlines for availability, as the list of scheduled airlines is constantly changing.
Everyone visiting the Dominican Republic, except citizens of Argentina, Chile, South Korea, Ecuador, Israel, Japan, Peru and Uruguay, needs to obtain a tourist card. These can be purchased on arrival to the country and the current price is $10 per person (payable in U.S. Dollars). You can buy it online and save a lot of time on arrival - http://www.dgii.gov.do/tarjetaTuristi... (just make sure to bring printed copy with you). A departure tax is also required and this is currently $20 per person, but most commercial airlines have it included in the fare.
A second airport, located approximately an hour south of Puerto Plata city by car, is Cibao International Airport (STI) in Santiago. This airport mostly receives flights from the U.S. Scheduled airlines flying into STI include JetBlue, Delta and American Airlines (New York), American (Miami) and American Eagle (San Juan, Puerto Rico). Spirit airlines flys in from Fort Lauderdale.
The next closest airport is now El Catey (AZS) in Samana. Approximately 2.5 hours away from Puerto Plata AZS is served by Jet Blue from JFK and several Canadian and European carriers.
SDQ airport in Santo Domingo is 3-4 hours by road to Puerto Plata and offers flights from around the world.Flying into Punta Cana, which is located on the far east coast of the Island, when you are coming to the North Coast is not advisable. A bus trip could take about 7-8 hours if not more.