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  • Transit in Miami
    Mar 14, 2017
    I am a Colombian passport holder based in Cali. I am looking to go to the Bahamas next month, and the flights with American are a small percentage of what the Copa flights are. Am I allowed to transit through Miami on to the Bahamas? The layover is only 2 hours. Any help and guidance appreciated


    You will need a US Transit Visa in order to transit the US. 2 hours is doable but slightly risky.


  • dc to miami to panama city, panama
    Jan 12, 2017
    I am flying AA from DC to Miami and then have an hour layover in Miami before I carry on to Panama City. I am worried about having to clear customs in that time. Will I go through customs in Miami and will it be enough time? or do I just go through customs once in Panama. Thanks


    There is no US Customs when leaving the US. All you have to do in Miami is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate.


  • immigration and customs
    Sep 29, 2016
    Where does a passenger end up after exiting immigration and customs? Where shall I tell my people to meet me?


    That depends what terminal they are arriving in.


    ALL international passengers are sent through the same immigration and customs area upon arrival and then, if not connecting to another flight, exit. I want to know where these passengers exit ...


    That is completely incorrect. The North Terminal Complex and South Terminal Complex each have their own immigration halls.


    thanks, zap. Think I have it figured out. I'll be arriving Terminal D ...


  • Going through immigration
    Aug 12, 2016
    I am picking up some friends who coming from Brazil. There flight gets in at 5:50pm, they have to go through immigration/customs. How long does that take and what time should I leave to pick them up? I am coming from Deerfield Beach.


    They likely won't be out any earlier than 6:45


  • Term J TSA Pre?
    Aug 8, 2016
    I have a flight in H but want to visit the Lounge in J. Does the J TSA lines have TSAPre Check or is it better to go through H and walk to the J terminal?


    There is no Pre-Check line for J because none of the airlines in J are Pre-Check participants.


  • Orlando to Cozumel
    Aug 8, 2016
    Hi, I am travelling from Orlando to Cozumel with a 59 minute connection time in Miami. Will this be enough time? do I need to collect bags & go through security again? Flying with AA. Thanks


    You just have to walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate. You have enough time.


  • Should we reschedule?
    Jul 13, 2016
    I booked a round trip flight from LAX to Miami (for a mid July cruise) back in early February. I hadn't flown since the TSA checkpoints were implemented so I didn't really take into account how long it would take to actually board the plane and whether we would have time to disembark from the ship, take a shuttle, check in and still make our flight. I've heard horror stories about how long the checks can take, but it took us less than 30 minutes to get through the checkpoints at LAX last week and we ended up just sitting and waiting for hours. This Friday we will disembark from the ship at 7:30 am. The port where we will be docking is about 15-20 minutes from Miami international airport. My mom, who entrusted me with the duty of handling the minor details of travel (such as flight reservations) pointed out to me earlier today that our flight may be scheduled too early for us to make in time. I've toyed with the idea of rescheduling our flight, but given the short notice, I'm sure the fees will be exorbitant. Will we have enough time to jump through all the hoops and board our flight successfully? Also, will checking in online the previous day influence how quickly it takes to get through? We only have carry-on luggage. TL;DR I goofed on scheduling our return flight and wonder if ~1.5 hours (leave cruise ship at 7:30-ish, take a 20 minute shuttle back to airport and go through checkpoints) is enough time to board our flight or if I should just reschedule the flight for a later time?


    So you're going to get to the terminal 1.5 hours before your flight? That should be just enough time.


    So you're going to get to the terminal 1.5 hours before your flight? That should be just enough time.


  • Connection TAP to AA
    Jul 7, 2016
    Hi. I want to make two separate bookings - but checking first if feasible. Arriving from Lisbon via TAP Portugal at 3:10pm. Can I make an AA connection to POS, Trinidad for a 6pm flight? I will be travelling with checked luggage.


    That's only barely possible if everything goes perfectly.


  • timing
    Apr 28, 2016
    Hi, I'm arriving to MIA from Caracas at 5:50pm with American Airlines, and my connecting flight to D.C. is at 8:18pm also with American Airlines. Will I have enough time to make it to my connecting flight on time. Thank you!


    That should be just enough time if everything goes smoothly.


  • Transit horrors
    Mar 15, 2016
    In transit from London to Managua. This is the worst airport I have ever experienced in 50 years of flying through over 25 countries. It is worse than third world airports. Be warned two and a half hours may not be long enough to transit. On the day I travelled two weeks ago a large number of people missed their connections. The fast track proved slower than the standard queue. There were insufficient numbers of staff and no-one cared a damn. Although my bag was in transit it was broken opened and ruined by Immigration/customs officials. Apparentl;y this is commonplace. I will never transit through USA again and advise everyone else to do the same. Transit on return throuigh Madrid was swift and smooth as I have previously experienced in Europe.The ESTA automated Visa system is a complete waste of time as everything is duplicated later by an immigration officer.


  • Mobile Passport app
    Feb 3, 2016
    Just curious if anyone out there has used the mobile passport app for immigration/ customs in Miami?


    You need to present an actual passport, or if you're coming from Canada, a NEXUS card to enter the US.


    Mobile passport is a new app used by a few major airports, Miami included. You enter your customs declaration info and take a picture of yourself, submit it. You get a confirmation sent to you. There are suppose to be lines for just mobile app people to help expedite you through. I know you still need your passport in hand. So I was just wondering if anyone has used it in Miami yet? Maybe I'm posting in the wrong discussion.


  • International Flight from Peru
    Jan 8, 2016
    Landing in Miami from Lima at 3P on a Sunday, connecting to Atlanta from there. Assuming we'll go through Immig/Customs when we land in Miami? And if so, will there be time to get to a 5P flight?


    Yes, in Miami you will go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, re-check your bags at the re-check desk and go through security. 2 hours should be just about enough time.


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