I believe they are called "immigration" and not "emigration" officials, but I could be wrong. I know that each word describes a different part of the process.
Here is the deal at LIM
, the airport I know best. I always do this on AA
, although everyone must do the same. First, AA
checks your passport and verifies that you have the proper paperwork for the country you are traveling to. Often, they have passengers traveling to a country other than the US but changing planes in either DFW
. These people often have to travel with a pouch around their neck that reads TWOV (traveling without visa) and they are immediately met at the door and escorted to a transit lounge. AA
also used to make copies of every passport they checked. As they are doing this, your luggage is put through AA
's X-ray machine. Once you are checked into the flight at the counter, you proceed through the immigration maze. You first pay your departure tax (around $28.35 now, up from $25, per person - I always have my family with me and that's 4 people total) at a local bank that has a branch right by the entrance to immigration. There they place the sticker on your boarding pass, which you really don't want to lose! Then this is immediately scanned as you enter the departure area of immigration. Here, you turn in the copy of the form that they had you keep upon arrival to surrender to the authorities. They also ALWAYS stamp your passport. An arrival stamp is one shape and a departure stamp is another shape. If ever they don't stamp your passport you can be in serious trouble because it could mean (in their minds) that you never left the country. After they stamp the passport, you then go through the airport's X-ray machine. Then you enter the duty free area and proceed to the gates. When you arrive to AA
's gate, you ONCE AGAIN go through their X-ray machine. Yep, that's 3 times in one evening, the last two are inside the secure area, although you are never too "secure" at LIM
. When you finally settle into your seat to await the plane's departure, it's about 30 minutes after you started the process. That is, if you are lucky enough to cut through the first class line because you have some sort of elite status. Otherwise, it could be an extra hour because of the long lines at the departure counter.
Faucett. La primera linea aerea del Peru.