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  • Arriving with 10 pieces of luggage
    Aug 15, 2015
    Hi! I am arriving with 10 pieces of luggage, plus a cat and two small kids. Is there any service to hire for helping us with all these bags? Thanks!


    If it is a domestic flight there are skycaps. If it is an international flight there are carts in the immigration hall.


  • Sarah Bennett
    Aug 13, 2015
    i am flying with my two children 8 and 6 to Miami on the 26th September and they both have Autism spectrum disorders and get very upset with the immigration queues is there anything you can do to help us?


    This is not the Miami Airport or any airline's website. We cannot do anything to help you. If you request handicap assistance from the airline they may be able to help you.


  • MIA to RDU
    Aug 4, 2015
    I am coming into MIA via AA from POS and then have a connecting flight to RDU via AA. I have never been to MIA before. How do I get to terminal for RDU


    Both flights are in the same terminal. You will arrive, go through US Immigration, claim your baggage, go through US Customs, then re-check your baggage at the re-check desk, then go through security and to your departure gate.


  • Recheck Bags at MIA after arrival from Ecuador?
    Jul 8, 2015
    Flying American Airlines from Ecuador to SFO, connecting in MIA. After clearing Customs at MIA, can I recheck my bag right there? If so, am I still in a Secure Area, or do I have to go through TSA security before going to my connection gate?


    Yes, you can re-check your bag right after US Customs at the re-check desk. Yes, you will have to go through TSA security to access your departure gate to SFO.


  • Can they Connect?
    Jun 24, 2015
    I have a married couple from Colombia that have passports only, if we are all going to the Bahamas can they fly through Miami without a visa? I think they can as they are NOT leaving the airport but I am not sure.


    NO! They need a US Transit Visa! They will have to go through US Immigration and Customs in Miami.


  • Rome-Miami-Port of Spain
    May 26, 2015
    I am a non US citizen travelling from Rome to Miami by Alitalia landing at 1545. My nect connection is on a different flight at 1710 Caribbean airlines. Is there enough time according to you


    85 minutes is not a realistic transfer time between two international flights on two unrelated foreign airlines at Miami.


  • Re-checking luggage or not?
    May 25, 2015
    Hi. I'm not a US Citizen, I'm flying from Curacao to Miami then to Atlanta (both flights with American Airlines). Do I need to claim my luggage and then re-check it, or is this not necessary? Thanks!


    Yes, in Miami you will go through US Immigration, claim your baggage, go through US Customs, Re-check your bags at the transfer desk, then go through security and to your departure gate.


  • Going through customs
    May 4, 2015
    I am travelling to Miami next week, I would like to know if I arrive at the airport at 4:30 AM, approximately how much time it will take to be ready with my luggage to take a cab.


    You will probably be out by 5:15-5:30 AM.


  • Connecting from LHR -MIA to Curqao
    Apr 27, 2015
    I am traveling AA from London to Curaqao with 15hours layover in Miami.Have purchased tickets with AA to final destination.Is there possible to stay over at the hotell at the airport.I asume that il have to clare customs/security to do so.Is it possible to check lugage direct to Curaqao when the layover is so long between flights? Or do i need to collect them and recheck the bags again after clair bordercontroll/customs ?


    You will have to go through US Immigration and customs whether you plan to stay in a hotel or not - there are no "sterile" International connections at US Airports. Since it sounds like your connection is overnight, you will have to claim your bags in Miami and then re-check them in the morning.


  • GUA - MIA - MCO
    Apr 20, 2015
    Hi, I´m flying from Guatemala to Orlando with a 2 hour layover in Miami with AA. Do I have to check out my bags? Will the 2 hours be enough time to catch my next flight? Thanks!


    Yes, you will arrive in Miami, go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, then re-check your bags at the transfer desk, then go through security and to your departure gate. That should be barely enough time.


  • 1 hour and 50 min layover enough time ?
    Mar 3, 2015
    Im Canadian flying from st lucia to toronto with a one hour and 50 min layover. once i land in miami will i need to go through customs and will i need to re check my bag or will it be brought to the next plane ? im flying with american airlines the entire time. Will I have enough time im kind of stressing out about this. if someone could enlighten me on this or answer the questions i would be grateful !


    Upon arrival in Miami you will go through US Immigration and Customs. however, since you are on an International to International itinerary you should not have to claim your bags, but confirm that with the AA agents in St. Lucia and Miami. Then you will go through security and to your departure gate. Miami is a very busy international airport. 1 hr 50 minutes is barely enough if everything goes smoothly.


    Thanks for the info, if I miss the connecting flight what will happen?


  • CUN - MIA - LIR
    Feb 27, 2015
    My daughter is a US citizen currently living in Mexico for a study abroad program. In June, she will be flying from Cancun to Liberia, Costa Rica with 1 stop in Miami - 1 hour/16 min. Will she need to go through US Customs and, if so, is that enough time for her to catch her connecting flight to Costa Rica?


    Yes, she has to go through US Customs and that is not enough time for her to make that transfer.


    Thank you for the information!


  • Group of 20 pax through MIA to SJO, Costa Rica
    Feb 26, 2015
    Hello I will be responsible for getting a group of 20 pax through MIA on AA. Departing LHR on March 9th, arriving MIA at 3:35pm Continuing to SJO, departing at 18:25 For international arrivals/departures it looks as though both are from Terminal D with AA. Is 2 hours and 40 minutes enough time to get a group through Passport Control, collect cases and Customs and bag recheck? AA has told me we do need to collect our cases and recheck. For our return, we have even less time - only 1 hour and 45 min! Do we have to collect our cases again and pass through Customs and recheck cases or just do Passport control. I couldn't get an answer from AA for our return flight. Also, will there be additional security checks after customs coming/going. I need to be able to inform pax if they can purchase Dutyfree or not! Grateful for any information on arrival/departure terminals, procedure and walking distances. Many thanks.


    Since you are on an international to International connection you should not have to claim and re-check your bags. On the return you might have some difficulty with that short of a connection. You go through the standard security check after clearing customs. If you will not be claiming your bags in MIA, then they cannot purchase duty free except in MIA (not in LHR or SJO).


    Hello ZAP - I thought we wouldn't have to re-check bags as well, but AA keeps insisting that we do. One last question, I see that AA has departures from Terminals D and E - if we arrive to D and depart from E, is that walkable or must we get some sort of tram or skytrain? Many thanks for your help - great information.


    D and E are connected. Often call-center employees aren't very well informed.


  • International connections
    Dec 14, 2014
    Hello, I will arrive to MIA by a US Airways flight from London Heathrow at 8.09 pm and I will have to take an AA plane to Nassau by 9.30 pm. Not having to claim baggage, will I have enough time to catch the plane?


    That should barely be enough time. Note that your flight to Miami will also be operated by American.


  • Customs
    Oct 16, 2014
    Now that the new Immigration/Customs facility is open in Terminal D, how long does it typically take to get through and get to the gate in D, with no checked bags, only carry ons?


    It really depends on the time of day. In early Morning and Mid-Afternoon it's probably the longest. Probably 40ish minutes.


    Will be arriving around 11 am on a Monday. I have 1 hr 45 min layover. Think it's possible?? American airlines all the way. And will be one of the first off the plane.


    Yes, that should be enough time.


    Thank you so much for all your help !


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