Dominican Republic rolls out red carpet for U.S. pilots

The Dominican Republic (DR) is rolling out the red carpet for U.S. private pilots who want to explore the Caribbean island, which is located 650 miles south of Miami.

“With 13 airports that do not charge any fees, it’s easy for private pilots from America to come and explore Dominican scenery and culture, including our spectacular beaches, mountains, waterfalls, and exciting music and dance,” says Magaly Toribio, vice minister of international promotion for the DR Ministry of Tourism. “We want the DR to be the destination of choice for U.S. pilots.”

“It’s safe to fly to the DR,” adds Fernandez Zucco, DR’s minister of airport authority. “Within the 620 miles distance between Florida and DR, you’ll find 56 airfields under FAA regulations, with the path closely patrolled by the U.S. Coast Guard. The longest leg over the sea is about 120 miles.”

All government user fees for general aviation have been eliminated by Presidential Decree for all private aircraft that weigh less than 30,000 lbs. or have a maximum capacity of 12 passengers, he adds.

In order to enter the DR, visitors from the U.S., Canada and Europe don’t need a visa. They just need to pay $10 at the airport for a tourist card.

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