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Transitting In MEX (int'l To Domestic)

Wed Jul 04, 2007 11:29 pm

Will be flying through MEX soon from LAX to ACA, but I can't seem to find any terminal information on what an int'l to domestic connection is like in MEX and if i will have to reclaim and recheck luggage upon clearing immigration. Anyone shed any light on this? Believe I will be on MX or AM

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RE: Transitting In MEX (int'l To Domestic)

Wed Jul 04, 2007 11:59 pm

Try the interactive map of the airport. Hope it helps.
http://www.aicm.com.mx/home_en.php
 
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RE: Transitting In MEX (int'l To Domestic)

Thu Jul 05, 2007 12:43 am

You have to go to imigration but don't have to reclaime baggage, when you finish with imigration you have to go to the domestic side of the terminal and find you gate.

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RE: Transitting In MEX (int'l To Domestic)

Thu Jul 05, 2007 12:49 am

As Juanchito said, I travel NYC-MEX-ZIH a lot and historically (based on my experience), you will go through immigration at MEX and then enter the terminal again. Once there, simply go to your new gate (which most likely won't be posted, so you'll go to Salon B and wait).

You'll clear customs at ACA.
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RE: Transitting In MEX (int'l To Domestic)

Thu Jul 05, 2007 1:41 am

Technically, you don't have to go through immigration if you have only hand luggage.

This is the 'legal' process:
You arrive from an international flight.
You walk toward Migra 1 or 2
You happen to walk by your connecting flight gate. (open gate)
Continue to the Migra 1 or 2
Stand in line for a long time
Passport is stamped
You follow signs for connecting flights
And you're back where you started standing in line

And you think to yourself, "might as well skip immigration next time and just go to my connecting gate"

So, if you do not have time for immigration, don't go through it. Just be prepared to pay 200 pesos for not having a stamped entry form when leaving Mexico. (This is not suspicious since most tourists lose them)

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RE: Transitting In MEX (int'l To Domestic)

Thu Jul 05, 2007 7:08 am

Quoting MeridianBUF (Reply 4):
And you think to yourself, "might as well skip immigration next time and just go to my connecting gate"

So, if you do not have time for immigration, don't go through it. Just be prepared to pay 200 pesos for not having a stamped entry form when leaving Mexico. (This is not suspicious since most tourists lose them)

I recommend you go through immigration and get your tourist form in case something happens in Acapulco. I'm not saying something will happen, but if you end up in the police station for any reason and you are illegal in Mexico you will be in a lot of trouble. Additionally, MEX Terminal 1 is split in two halls: domestic and international (partition around Gate 19) so if your flight leaves from Gates 1 to 18 (which most probably will), you will have to present your tourist card to the security officers.

Last week I flew EZE-MEX-JFK (international to international) with a late arrival into MEX. I only had 40 minutes to connect in Mexico and the immigration line was too long. I decided to skip immigration to make my connecting flight (I had a meeting in NY that I needed to attend), but the AM agent boarding the JFK flight wanted my tourist form to let me board my flight (I travel under my Spanish passport to the US). I gave her my Mexican passport, had to fill a "Forma Migratoria" and was allowed to board, but I will not recommend you skip immigration unless you are a Mexican citizen, since we don't need a tourist form to leave this country, but foreign nationals need one and immigration officers can give you a hard time and not let you pay the MXN$200... remember that many of our officers are corrupt and you don't know the laws!!
 
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RE: Transitting In MEX (int'l To Domestic)

Thu Jul 05, 2007 8:59 am

Quoting MeridianBUF (Reply 4):
So, if you do not have time for immigration, don't go through it. Just be prepared to pay 200 pesos for not having a stamped entry form when leaving Mexico. (This is not suspicious since most tourists lose them)

The cost is 450 pesos now.
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RE: Transitting In MEX (int'l To Domestic)

Thu Jul 05, 2007 12:59 pm

I travel to Mexico quite often for work and transit from Intl to domestic flights at MEX on a regular basis. You will have to clear passport control at MEX (all transit passengers regardless of where they arrive should proceed to the immigration hall across from gate 19) and then, once your passport is stamped, immediately proceed to the domestic side of the terminal. No need to claim your bags at MEX as your luggage will be checked all the way to ACA where you will clear customs. You will need to check the monitors for the gate where your connecting flight will be departing from as in MEX gates are most often not assigned until the last minute. If you're flying AM or MX, ground personnel that greet the incoming aircraft (in your case, from LAX) often have connecting gate information so you can ask them upon disembarking. Also, make sure you hang on to the bottom half of the immigration card that they'll stamp and give back to you upon entering Mexico as you will need to hand that back as you leave the country. As Rojo mentioned, you can come across some nasty immigration officer that can give you a hard time if you don't follow the rules and you don't want to mess around with immigration officers not just in Mexico, but I've witnessed really nasty officers in the US, Argentina, Brazil, etc. It's just better to follow the local regulations. I'm sure you'll have a fantastic time in Mexico.
 
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RE: Transitting In MEX (int'l To Domestic)

Thu Jul 05, 2007 8:15 pm

Everyone, thank you very much for the pointers.

I get the sense it's like "ehhh, you want to go through immigration you can, but you don't have to, itsa entirely up to you!"

Sounds confusing, but if it is just making sure I go through immigration and i don't have to worry about finding my bag, then that will be fine.

This, will get very interesting i think.

Thanks again for the tips...always the best place to get info for airports is on a*net  Smile
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