Delta Air Lines Is Allowing Changes to Dominican Republic Flights After Tourists’ Deaths

Jun 25, 2019

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Sudden deaths and unexplained sicknesses among tourists of the Dominican Republic have raised concerns surrounding the Caribbean nation among travelers and airlines alike. The New York Post reported that 70 tourists have fallen violently ill while visiting the country since March. Additionally, the US State Department issued a level 2 travel advisory, citing violent crime as a concern for American visitors.

As of June 21, Delta Air Lines has begun issuing travel waivers for Punta Cana due to “recent events” there. The waiver allows flexible travelers to rebook their flights or cancel their itineraries for credit with the airline.

Travel Advisory: Delta Air Lines

  • Travel dates: June 21-Aug 15
  • Airports covered: Punta Cana (PUJ)
  • Must have purchased your ticket by June 21
  • Rebook anytime before Nov 20
  • Changes to origins and destinations may result in an increase in fare. Any difference in fare between your original ticket and the new ticket will be collected at the time of booking.
  • When rescheduled travel occurs beyond Nov 20, the change fee will be waived. However, a difference in fare may apply.
  • Passengers cancelling their ticket will receive Delta credit expiring a year after their original issue date.

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