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I have two separate tickets one from Caribbean to MIA arriving at 7pm then the other from MIA to Vancouver via Las Vegas leaving at 9:35pm, both on AA. Do I have to claim my baggage at MIA and check in my luggage again? Would there be enough time for me or is it better if I have carry-on luggage only? thanks in advance.
I will be arriving on Qatar airways, with an overnight layover of 18 hours. I will be catching my connecting flight on Copa Airlines to Panama next morning. Do I have to collect my checked in baggage upon arrival and recheck it the next day? I will be staying overnight at the Miami Intl Airport Hotel, is it far from the Concourse where Qatar Airways arrives? Thanks!
Hi, I am EU-Citizen travelling from KIN to BAQ with 19-hour-layover in MIA. Will I need to go through Immigration in MIA? If yes, will I need to apply for ESTA beforehand, even though I do not intend to stay in the US? Am I to leave the airport at all? Thanks for your help.
Yes, you will have to go through US Immigration and Customs in Miami. Yes, you will need to apply for ESTA beforehand if your citizenship is a Visa Waiver country. You can leave the airport if you want. Once you clear US Customs you will be in the US and free to go where you want.
Hie am to fly from Qatar Doha to Freeport Bahamas in October. I have an overnight layover in Miami i have an in transtit visa.
My question is in 3 parts

1- Will I recheck my lagguage after clearing customs and Immigration or the following day before my flight?

2- Which hotel would u recommend were i can book a room for the night that is close to the airport and hassle free to and from.

3- What activites can i probably do before my afternoon flight
You will re-check your bags the morning of your flight. There are lots of good hotels near the airport. I would recommend the Hyatt Place or the EB. There isn't much to do near the airport. You would have to take a taxi to either Downtown Miami or Miami Beach for anything to do.
I'm flying from Quito to HK with 2 transits in Miami and Dallas.
Is it in Miami I have to go through the US Custom and check out and check in with the Cabin luggage to the internal flight? Will 2.5hr transit time sufficient?
Do I need to do the same in Dallas to Hong Kong? will 1 hr transit time sufficient at this point?
Yes in Miami you have to do all that and you have enough time. In Dallas all you have to do is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate. You should have enough time for that too.
I am flying in from St. Lucia arriving in Miami at 736pm. My connecting flight to Pensacola departs at 935. Do we have enough time in between to make it through customs and immigration? I am a little concerned.
Yes, that should be just enough time if everything goes smoothly.
I am arriving to Miami international from the Caribbean at 11am Saturday at terminal D. I have a connecting flight to Europe at 3pm the same day at terminal E or F.
Is 4hrs transit time enough to pass through immigration, customs, check in againa nd pass through security? I cannot miss my flight as the airline does not have another till 4 days later.
Yes, that is enough time if the first flight is on-time.
Hi I would like to ask I am flying from Dublin to Miami through Douglas with AA there is 1hour 20mins between flights in Douglas.I will have one checked luggage plus I need to go through immigration.Is that enough time?on the way back I fly from Miami through New York to Dublin with 2hours layover.Is that enough?
Thank You!
You will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Dublin. All you have to do in Charlotte is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate. Again on your way back, all you have to do in New York is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate. Both connection times are sufficient.
does that mean that I don't need to recheck my checked luggage again in USA connection? Also how about immigration I don't need to go through it in Charlotte or New York?
Thank You!
Correct, all you have to do in Charlotte and New York is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate.
i am intending to fly san franciso to miami via AA landing at 940pm and then miami to havana at 9am via delta. i dont want to stay in a hotel for the night, do you think i can sleep over at the departure gate, clear immigration, and then check in at 6am? travelling with only carry on, non-us citizen.
There is no US Immigration when leaving the US. You will have to leave the secure area overnight and spend the night in the check-in or baggage claim area of Terminal H/J and then go through security in the morning.
We are flying AA and will arrive MIA at 5.10 am and leave at 7:00 am. We only have carry on baggage. Is it enough time for us to catch the next flight at 7:00am?
Yes, that is enough time if everything goes smoothly.
Considering we are not us citizens, will it be possible for us to go through US Immigration, customs, and security? ThX :))))
Yes, that is a very early arrival, it shouldn't be crowded then.