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  • layover non US citizen - checked baggage
    Jan 10, 2015
    hello, i am due to fly from st lucia in the carribbean to miami airport before i fly onto chicago. i have one & half hour layover. i will have a checked bag. is this a realistic timeframe to go through customs and be able to get my connecting flight? im a non us citizen


    It'll be really difficult, immigration and customs in Miami is notoriously slow. However, if you are flying American they at least have lots of flights to Chicago that you can be rebooked on if you miss your connection.


  • Transit Miami 1,45 hours
    Jan 8, 2015
    Hi, I fly from SJO San José Costa Rica tomorrow and arrive in Miami at 7.20 pm. My flight to London Heathrow is at 09.05 pm. Do I have enough time? I contacted an AA representative in Costa Rica concerning this, he told me 1,30 hours would be sufficient but that sounds optimistic. Concerning luggage he could not answer if it could be sent directly to London but told me to ask in the airport in San José and Miami. He mentioned something called ICI? Do you have any advise in general when it comes to international transit in Miami?


    It's ITI, not ICI. And yes, the policy is that for passengers transiting Miami on an International to International connection should not have to claim their bags in Miami. However, ask the agents in San Jose and Miami to confirm. 1 hr 45 is possible, but it depends on everything going smoothly.


  • Connecting time international to domestic
    Dec 25, 2014
    I will be arriving MIA on a charter from Havana operated by American Airlines and arriving at 4:45PM. I will be connecting to an American Airlines flight that departs at 6:40 PM for San Francisco.(SFO) Is that enough time to make the connection?


    With checked bags it will be difficult to get them back to the aa check in counter on-time.


  • Lima to Miami to Seattle
    Jan 8, 2015
    Hello I am flying Avianca to Miami arriving 4:30pm and I have an American Airlines flight that leaves at 6:30pm. Is that time to go through immigration and get my luggage to switch terminals? Thanks!


    On paper it's enough time but realistically, especially because Miami is so crowded this time of year, it will be difficult.


    This would be in march and I have a business class ticket to Seattle so I have quicker security and check in. Does that help?


    You're on Two separate tickets? I think you'll have a very difficult time making this connection.


    What is the difference if I am on one or two tickets? I still regardless have to pick my luggage to recheck to the next flight either way.


    Yes, but if your bags are already tagged to their destination you can just drop at the re-check desk after customs and not have to worry about bag cutoffs. If you have to re-check at the check-in counter you have to wait in line and meet the check-in bag cutoff.


  • Re-checking bags
    Dec 22, 2014
    I am comming flying LHR - MIA - CUR, all with AA flights, with only a 2,5 hour Connection in Miami, but I still cannot find a traight answer if I need to recheck bags in Miami. On their own webpage Miami Airport it states that it depends on airline,, most internet pages I've visited say that I need to re-check my bags, even a traveller in december, posted in skytrax. Who has updated info, which I can trust, do I need to recheck bags in Miami or will they go all the way through. Cheers


    On AA, the policy is that on International to International connections through Miami you don't have to. However, be sure to check with the AA agents in Miami and London to make sure.


  • Flight Paris CDG - Miami MIA - Quito UIO
    Dec 13, 2014
    Hello I have my flight going from Paris to Quito through Miami and I was wondering if in Miami I had to collect my luggage and drop it again? Or will the luggage go straight to Quito (Ecuador)?


    Since you are on an International to International connection, AA policy at MIA is that you do not have to claim your bags to go through US Customs. However, confirm that with the AA agents in Paris and Miami.


  • SJO to EZE
    Dec 11, 2014
    Hi, I will be flying from SJO to MIA, and from MIA to Buenos Aires with American. I have a 2 hour stop in MIA, Is that enough time to go through inmigration, claim and drop bags and get the next plane?


    Yes, that should be enough time. Since you are on an International to International connection you will not have to claim your bags in Miami, just go through US Immigration and Customs.


  • Traveling to Peru from Spain
    Dec 10, 2014
    I'm traveling from Spain to Peru and my connection flight is in Miami. Would I be able to exit the international terminal while im waiting for my connecting flight and then come back in through security with my boarding pass to peru?


    Yes, you can. After you pass through US Immigration and Customs in Miami you will be outside security. You will be free to go where you want as long as you get back to the airport in time for your flight to Peru.


    Do I need to have an american visa to enter the US?


    It depends on your citizenship. If you are a Spanish citizen you do not have to have a visa, but you must complete ESTA before your trip. https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/ If you are a Peruvian citizen, you will need a transit visa.


  • Miami to Freeport FPO
    Dec 7, 2014
    We are flying from Bangor (BGR)to Miami via Phl. Will we have to go through customs before we depart to Freeport or will we do it over there ? Flying with US. Airways and American Airlines, will our bags be booked right through?


    You will go through Bahamas Immigration and customs when you reach Freeport, on your return you will pre-clear US Immigration and customs in Freeport. You will not have to claim your bags at any of your intermediate connection points.


  • MIA Connection
    Dec 6, 2014
    My flight lands in MIA from PLS(Turks and Caicos) at 5:20PM. We depart at 7:30 on a US Airways operated flight out of terminal E. We are flying on Sunday November 30th, one of the busiest travel days of the year coming at the end of Thanksgiving Weekend. I also heard that this was one of the busiest times to go through immigration. is that correct? Will 2 hours 10 minutes suffice? Will we be in any kind of a rush, and will we have time to grab a bite to eat? Any info would be helpful.


    Hi, I am wondering how you made out with this? I have similar flight tomorrow..... thanks


    My apologies that I didn't get on sooner, but we did make the flight although it was a major rush. If custom lines were any longer, we would have missed it. Let me know if you made it!


  • MEX TO TXL trough MIA
    Nov 24, 2014
    I am arriving Miami in AA1498 flight from Mexico City at 12 pm. and the connection is with AirBerlin 7211 to TXL at 04:05 pm. I think is enough time but I don't know if I need to pick up my luggage from AA and then again check it with AirBerlin. It is a reward ticket I got at once with AA. How is the way from American Airlines Arrivals to AirBerlin departures??? Thanks in advance.


    Since you are on an International to International itinerary on American you shouldn't have to claim your bags in MIA, but check with the AA agent in Mexico City. AA and Air Berlin use the same terminal.


  • Grenada to London via Miami
    Nov 24, 2014
    Hi, I am travelling from Grenada to London via Miami on 6th Dec Both flights are American Airlines and layover is 5 hours 40 mins. Do I need to checkout and re-checkin my baggage? Do I need transit visa ? Any information will be helpful. Thanks


    Unless you are a citizen of a visa waiver country you need a transit visa. You will not have to claim your bags because you are on an international to international itinerary


    Thanks. Can I get transit visa on arrival at Miami airport? I am in Indian citizen


    The United States does not offer Visa On Arrival. You need to get one from a consulate or embassy.


  • International connections at Miami
    Nov 10, 2014
    Hello, I am flying from Manchester to Heathrow to Miami and finally onto The Bahamas. My main question is will I have to collect my luggage at Miami before customs or if I ask for it to be checked all the way to the Bahamas will it just go straight there? Thank you for your help.


    If you are flying American on both of your flights, AA has a process at MIA where bags of passengers on International to International connections do not have to be collected. Check with the agent in your origin for more details.


    Thank you for your reply. Oops I forgot to say that my first two flights are with British Airways and the flight to the Bahamas is with American Airlines. Do you think I might have to collect my bag then? Thanks again.


    In theory, no, you will not have to, British Airways flights are supposed to follow AA procedures in Miami.


  • Flight Connections at MIA
    Oct 30, 2014
    In March 2015 my family will be travelling from LHR to PLC via MIA. Our flight from LHR is scheduled to arrive at MIA at 17.15hrs. Our connecting flight to PLS (Turks&Caicos Islands) is scheduled to departs MIA at 18.55hrs. Both flights are booked with American Airlines. Will there be enough time to catch the flight to PLS?


    Yes, and while you will have to go through US Immigration and Customs, as an International to International connection, you will not have to collect your bags and re-check them.


  • Terminal 3
    Oct 27, 2014
    Where is terminal 3 if you look at the map?


    Miami does not have a Terminal 3. What airline or airlines are you flying?


    We comes with norwegian on sunday 2 nov at 8 pm


    No sorry, it is when we leaving on thusday 13 nov with norwegian, from terminal 3 says the ticket :-/


    Norwegian does not fly to Miami International Airport. They fly to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, about 30 km north.


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