Global Health Initiative


Students aged 14 years or younger at the time of the GLA program will be required to travel as an unaccompanied minor.

Read about these specific airline policies here.

Flight Requirements:

    • Fly into and out of Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic (Gregorio Luperon International Airport, airport code: POP)

        • Please note: the Puerto Plata Airport is 55 minutes away from the home base.

    • Arrive between 05:00 (5am) and 23:00 (11pm) on the day your program begins

    • Depart between 05:00 (5am) and 23:00 (11pm) on the day your program ends

HELPFUL HINT: GLA recommends not booking a flight via Hong Kong or with Cathay Pacific Airways due to the recent city-wide strikes that have in the past, caused flights to be cancelled.

Suggested Route:

The suggested route - usually the most direct, least number of stops, and always leaving from a US gateway airport. Often times, multiple students from the same program will be on this flight, simply because it is a popular route to take. We cannot guarantee that other students will be on this flight, but very often, there are. You do not have to take the suggested route, it is just one option. You may take any flight you wish that falls within the flight parameters above.

Suggested Route

Option 1

    • American Airlines - Miami (MIA) to Puerto Plata (POP)

    • American Airlines - Puerto Plata (POP) to Miami (MIA)

Option 2

    • United Airlines - Newark (EWR) to Puerto Plata (POP)

    • United Airlines - Puerto Plata (POP) to Newark (EWR)

Suggested Route for Unaccompanied Minors

Recommended Travel Agency Partner

If you are looking for some guidance in booking flights, GLA has partnered with StudentUniverse in order to simplify the process. Regardless of how you plan on booking your flights, we recommend you speak with our travel agency partner first to ensure that you are getting the best deal and that you are booking the correct itinerary per GLA requirements and airline policy.


    • CALL: 888-963-7087


    • ONLINE: Click Here ** If you are interested in a Delta, KLM, Air France, AeroMexico, Alitalia, Korean Air or Virgin Atlantic flight, please call or email StudentUniverse.

    • HOURS: Monday to Friday 9:00 (9:00am) to 18:00 (6pm) EST **Closed on weekends.

    • SERVICE FEES: Online Bookings USD$7, Bookings made over the phone or via email USD$30