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  • 60 Min. Layover
    Sep 2, 2015
    Hi, I am a Canadian holding Canadian passport. I am looking into a flight from Port-au-Prince to Miami, then New York with one hour layover in Miami. How much time do I need to go through custom and security?


    2 hours minimum assuming both tickets are on the same reservation.


  • Leaving the airport
    Sep 2, 2015
    Hi, I am a Filipino with a Philippine passport and holding a US Transit VISA. I'll have a 12 hour layover in Miami airport from Bolivia. Just want to know if I can leave the airport.Who should we talk to in the airport regarding this. Thank you.Hope someone can help.


    Once you clear customs after arriving from Bolivia you will be outside security and there will be nobody stopping you from leaving the airport. You aren't supposed to do anything in the US not related to your transit, but there's no barriers physically stopping you from doing so, as long as you show up to your flight out of the US.


    Thank you ZAP for the quick reply.My worry is that I may not be able to see at least a couple of places in Miami especially South Beach because I'm just holding a transit VISA.Do you think I'll have time to go to a mall/restaurants in South Beach?Arriving Miami at 5pm and leaving 5am the following day.


    Oh, since you have an overnight transfer feel free to go where you want. Yeah, you could go to South Beach. There's not really a "mall" there though.


    For a first timer in Miami and given the limited amount of time,what are the must see places,restos to eat and maybe outlet stores to visit?


    Miami beach is a very upscale area. There are no outlet stores.


  • Quito, Ecuador-MIA-LGA
    Jul 13, 2015
    My girlfriend is flying home from Quito, Ecuador into MIA on American Airlines arriving at approximately 4:00 AM EST. She then has a flight on American Airlines from MIA to LGA that departs at 7:00 AM EST. I live near MIA and I have not seen her in too long, and will not for a while again. The question is, does she clear customs after landing in MIA? If so, can she leave the airport at all before her flight to LGA departs? I appreciate any and all help!


    Yes, in Miami she will go through US Immigration and Customs. However, she will not have much time to spare after she gets out of customs before she has to get in line to go through security for her flight to New York.


    Thank you for the quick reply ZAP! I'll be close to the airport so she just wants to pop out of the airport and say hi. She is traveling with family who can watch her bags, but my only other question is about the checked bags. Will she have to get the bags, have them clear customs, then check them again for the next flight? Thanks again!


    She can re-check them at a desk right after she clears customs, so she doesn't have to take them to the main check-in counters.


    Much appreciated ZAP, you certainly know your stuff!


  • connecting time international to international
    Jul 13, 2015
    Im non US and non Uk citizen with transit visa and I will be arriving in Miami from LHR on Friday 21 August at 7.35pm , connecting to Cancun at 9.50pm, all with American Airlane. Is 2.15 hour enough time to go thru customs, immagration etc. I don't know if i will have to recheck my luggage as I've been given different informations every time i call AA


    Yes, that should be enough time. People on International to International connections on AA at MIA do not have to claim and re-check their bags in Miami. You will go through US Immigration, customs, and security.


    thank you, do you know if it will be the same with my bags on the way back but in Philadelphia airport? i only have 1.50 hour stopover, and tickets is with AA but operated from cancun by US Airway and from Philadelphia by british airways


    No, PHL does not have the same procedure. in PHL you will go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, re-check your bags at the re-check desk immediately after, go through security and to your departure gate which will be in the same terminal.


    so in that case will 1.50 h be enough time? or will i miss my flight? how they can sell ticket with not enough time for stopover??


  • MIA to TLH
    Jun 9, 2015
    Hi, I am a non US resident and will be travelling to TLH from MIA. I am travelling on student visa and got 2.5 hrs layopver at MIA. Is this sufficient for clearing immigration process and catch connecting flight for TLH ?


    Yes, that should be enough time for an international to domestic connection. Where are you flying to Miami from?


    I am flying from London,Heathrow to Miami


  • Laguardia to miami to kingston jamaica
    Jun 3, 2015
    is 1hr 16min layover enough time landing at laguardia AA to connect to AA miami to kingston


    Yes, it should be. All you have to do is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate in Miami.


  • immigration help at us border
    Apr 20, 2015
    Hi I'm not sure that can I ask this question? My question is that can my mother go with my friend to immigration counter together?


    No, she cannot.


  • 1h 15 min Layover
    Jun 3, 2015
    Hello, I'm going to be going to Canada with American Airlines from CUR. Now my connecting flight from miami to canada is 1h15 mins. Is that enough time. And since its an International Flight to an International Location, I do not need to recheck my bags right? Is the customs and stuff enough for 1h15 mins? THanks


    You do not have to claim your bags in Miami since it;s international to International, however, you will still have to go through US Immigration, Customs, and Security. It will be very difficult to do that in 75 minutes. Hope that your flight from Curucao is arriving early.


    Thank you for the reply, My flight from Curacao leaves at about 3 pm, and arrives there at 6:30pm. Then I have a 1h 15min laoyver to Montreal. Either that, or I have another option that leaves at 8 am, and arrives at 11:30 am, however the layover is still 1:15h. Which is better, and so in conclusion, the layover won't be enough? Thank you


    At least with the 8 AM flight they could probably re-book you to Montreal connecting in Chicago, Philadelphia, or New York if you miss your connection in Miami. With the later connection, it's more likely you'd be stuck in Miami overnight.


    Thank you so much for the information. I changed my flights to the 8 AM one, and got a 3h3o min layover with that. However, my returning flight from Montreal to Miami, I only have 1h 40 min layover to curaƧao. Better than the 1h 15 mins. But now that's the only connection I have to worry about. Will I be fine there? Thank you so much again.


    Yes, that should be fine.


  • South Beach
    Mar 14, 2015
    There are 6 adults in our group with a 7 hour layover. Heading to Aruba . Is it wise to go to South Beach


    You would have about 2 hours to spend there before having to go back to the airport. Traffic in Miami is pretty bad.


  • Connection time on Rome - Miami - Cancun route
    Mar 2, 2015
    We are European citizens. At the end of July we will arrive from Rome to Miami with the Alitalia and go further with another airlines (separate ticket) to Cancun. Should we go through the immigration, pick up the luggages and check-in again? What time should we keep between the two flights to be sure to reach the flight to Cancun?


    Yes, upon arrival in Miami you will have to go through US Immigration, claim your bags, and go through US Customs. Then you will need to take your bags to your second airline and re-check them and go through security. You will need at least 3 hours for your transfer. You will also have to complete ESTA prior to your trip.


  • long layover
    Feb 11, 2015
    I have a 13 h waiting time in Miami, from 9 pm to 10am.... what can one do during such long time? Are there restaurants and services open during night?


    This link has all the info you need - http://www.sleepinginairports.net/usa/miami.htm


  • Three and a half hour layover in Miami
    Aug 20, 2015
    Hi. We are traveling to costa rica this Sat and have a three and a half hour layover in MIA. Both flights are american so I assume we will not have to do anything with our bags. Is this enough time to leave for a little while or do we need to remain in the airport the full time?


    It's not really enough time to see anything. Sure you could leave, the the Miami airport isn't really close to anything and there is very bad traffic around it.


    I am a Filipino with Philippine passport and holding a US Transit VISA.Will I be allowed to leave Miami Airport during my layover flight from Bolivia?I have a 12hour layover.Who should we approach in the airport regarding this.Thank you so much.


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