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.
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
Fly into and out of Santiago, Dominican Republic (Cibao International Airport, airport code: STI)
Please note: the Santiago Airport is 2.5 hours away from the home base.
Arrive between 12:00 (noon) and 19:00 (7pm) on the day your program begins
Depart between 10:00 (10am) and 18:00 (6pm) on the day your program ends
HELPFUL HINT: GLA urges families avoid to avoid booking separate tickets with separate airline carriers and to avoid flights on Spirit or Frontier Airlines. Theses bookings often cannot accommodate unaccompanied minors and may be more difficult to accommodate during weather events or exceptions.
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.
American Airlines - Miami (MIA) to Puerto Plata (POP)
American Airlines - Puerto Plata (POP) to Miami (MIA)
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.
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SERVICE FEES: Booking Fee $30 USD
Please do NOT book your flight until you've received the go-ahead! This will come either in the email titled, "Welcome Aboard! Save this Email!" or in a subsequent email.