Connecting Flight in Cancun - Question abt Airport & Customs
The cheapest airfare I've found (by about $200) connects in Cancun, Mex with a 1 hour layover. However, I'd rather pay more for a different flight with a longer connecting time if I'm likely not to make my connecting flight. So, a couple of questions...
Since I will be coming from the US, will I need to go through customs in Cancun, even though my final destination is Guatemala City? I believe in the US, you have to go through customs at the point of entry, not your final destination. Not sure if this is the same elsewhere in the world. (Also, for any seasoned travellers, how much time would you allow to get through customs? I know it probably varies greatly depending on day, time, airport, etc... but as a minimum, how much time would you allot?)
Also, for anyone that has ever been to the Cancun Aiport before (I have not), is it fairly easy to navigate without knowing Spanish? (I assume the signs are only in Spanish, right?)
Thanks in advance for any information you can provide!
At any rate, don't worry too much about it. If you get stuck overnight, walk toward the terminal exit, buy a Riviera bus ticket to Playa del Carmen (45-60 minutes), and enjoy a night out there.
I think you will be fine in terms of navigating. It's a small terminal, the signs are bi-lingual, and the staff is accustomed to armies of spring breakers coming through. If you have checked luggage you might want to check with the airline whether you'll be required to claim it, run it through customs, and then re-check it for the connecting flight. That could take some time, maybe an hour or two, if you are flying on the weekend with hoards of vacationers. If you are doing carry-on only you'll have no issues.
You only go through customs and Immigration if you want to leave the terminal.
That's not to say there is no security check. Brazilian security searched my carry on bags and took a quite nice blowpipe souvenir, saying it was a weapon. Peruvian security didn't think so, so be careful about your carry on. Different countries have different ideas about permissible items, and you won't have time to go through the process again before the flight arrives to check that item.
oh, one more thing. I could have stayed, lost my flight home, checked it on another plane, and probably PAID for that plane, but decided not to... oh, couldn't have checked it either. Didn't have a Brazilian visa...
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