The busiest airport in the Caribbean is about to get a high-tech makeover. Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ) will soon be equipped with an automated gate that can be utilized by passengers with biometric passports. The update will make it easy for passengers coming from destinations like the United States, Canada, France and the United Kingdom to move through passport control in seconds.
Anyone who has traveled to the Caribbean might know that clogged passport lines are pretty common due to the high amount of international visitors landing each day. The upgrades come just as Punta Cana's main airport expects to increase passenger volume from 8 million people per year to 10 million people per year.
The United States is taking an interest in helping to bring high-tech measures to Punta Cana. U.S. Customs and Immigration Preclearance has been introduced in Punta Cana to speed up inspections and screenings. That means that returning travelers won't necessarily need to go through customs upon arriving in the United States. Punta Cana isn't the only Caribbean hub to have Preclearance. The system is already in place at Nassau's Lynden Pindling International Airport and Aruba's Queen Beatrix International Airport.
The new automated gate is expected to be up and running in Punta Cana by some point before the end of 2020's first quarter. However, not every update coming to the airport will involve technology. One of the most exciting additions is a new peaceful nursing space for mothers. The airport also recently unveiled the only lounge in the Caribbean to have its own panoramic outdoor swimming pool.