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I am traveling from New Orleans to Port Au Prince, Haiti. I have a layover of 1 hour and 15 minutes in Miami. Is that enough time to claim baggage and get to my gait? I am traveling American Airlines.
Hi The flight changed this coming Sep 2018. arriving from DFW to MIA 2;17pm and Leaving to Quito 3;37pm. It's 1h 20min. We have check in bag. Is it enough time??
Yes, that's enough time. All you have to do is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate.
Thank you !!!
Hello, I am flying to St. Lucia from DFW through MIA. I have only an hour and a half layover in MIA from DFW. Is this enough time? I am a bit concerned. I have never flown through MIA so I do not know how smooth their international process is.
both flights are American Airlines by the way
Yes. that is plenty of time. There is no US Immigration when leaving the US, so all you have to do in Miami on your way to St. Lucia is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate.
Hi there, i was wondering if 2.5 hours is enough time to connect flight from PTY to Denver. Both reservations with AA. Thanks
Yes, that should be enough time.
I am flying on AA from LAX - SJO via MIA. is the transit time 1.5hrs sufficient? Do we need to change terminal flying out to SJO? How far are the gates for AA?
All you have to do is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate on the way to Costa Rica. You should have plenty of time.
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.