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Cancun was the #2 most visited city in the world all through the pandemic. Regardless of the remainder of the world shutting down, not solely has Cancun airport stayed vast open your complete time, however they’ve really surpassed passenger numbers from 2019, breaking arrival records for incoming tourists. To place it plainly, Cancun airport is a busy gong-show.
Whereas the Cancun airport has among the greatest direct flight connectivity on this planet, there’s a value to pay for such quick access to paradise. All through 2022 all vacationers flying to Cancun airport ought to concentrate on delays, crowds, and an inventory of ‘covid-era’ journey necessities. This text breaks down merely what you’ll have to find out about arriving on the Cancun Worldwide Airport in 2022, irrespective of when you’re a first-time customer or a seasoned professional.
No unfavourable take a look at or proof of vaccination required
Vacationers arriving at Cancun airport by no means have to indicate any proof of unfavourable assessments or vaccination, just because Mexico does not have any entry requirements. All through your complete pandemic, Mexico has at all times remained vast open with no testing, no quarantines, and no proof of vaccination necessities.
The one factor ‘covid associated’ is a digital type, known as the Vuela Seguro form, which must be crammed out by any arriving or departing passenger. Many individuals have stated “Nicely they don’t even verify this!” however as a frequent flier in Mexico I can guarantee you they verify it, and also you don’t wish to be put in the back of a line when you don’t have it crammed out.
The web type takes 2 minutes to fill out and produces a QR code that you could be be requested to indicate all through your journey, together with: On the departing airport earlier than your flight to Cancun, upon arrival within the customs lineup in Cancun, and once more in your departure dwelling (a brand new one will have to be crammed out in your departure).
The stream of arrivals
Whenever you land, you’ll disembark the aircraft, undergo the customs lineup, then the bags carousel, then out to the transportation pickup space.
Have your paperwork and passport in hand as you disembark the aircraft so you may get into the customs lineup ready. Should you don’t have all the pieces prepared, you’ll should step apart to fill out papers and the road will refill very quick forward of you.
Put together for customs to be swamped
Since Cancun has smashed their arrivals information in 2021, customs is experiencing some severe backups. Relying on what number of flights are touchdown without delay, you may be by means of customs in as little as 10 minutes, however we’ve seen lineups of over 3 hours. Be ready for the worst and hope for one of the best.
To expedite your time by means of customs and to make sure you don’t have to depart the road and re-enter, there are two belongings you’re going to wish to have ALREADY crammed out by the point you attain the road.
The primary is your FMM paper/card, both the paper copy handed out to you on the aircraft, or a digital copy you probably did beforehand on the pc and printed out your self.
The second is the Vuela Seguro QR code I discussed above. They might not verify this at customs, but when they determine to and also you don’t have it, you possibly can get pulled out of line to fill it out and have to start out once more.
Cancun airport has 4 terminals
The Cancun Airport has 4 completely different terminals, however you’ll probably be flying into both 2, 3, or 4. That is helpful to know when reserving your airport switch, however most of the firms will simply ask you in your flight quantity, as they’re professionals at realizing what terminal to choose you up from.
Terminal 2 providers many home low-cost Mexican airways like VivaAerobus and Volaris, however additionally they have worldwide flights coming in from Latin America on airways like Avianca and Copa and LATAM, together with USA’s Alaska Airways and Canada’s Swoop and Sunwing.
Terminal 3 is the busiest terminal for welcoming flights from the U.S., as American, Delta, JetBlue, and United all arrive right here. Canada’s Air Canada and Europe’s British Airways and Iberia additionally land at Terminal 3.
Terminal 4 is a mixture of home and worldwide, being the hub for Mexico’s Aeromexico flights together with many from the U.S., Canada, and Europe. From the States, Solar Nation, Southwest, and Frontier come into Terminal 4. Canada’s WestJet and Air Transat flights additionally arrive right here, with European carriers like Air France, Eurowings, and Lufthansa.
The terminals that the flights come into will not be set in stone and might change, so remember to verify your boarding go or your airline’s app to make sure essentially the most up-to-date info.
Please, pre-book your transportation
Regardless if that is your first go to to the Cancun Airport otherwise you’ve come many instances earlier than, you’re going to wish to pre-book your transportation from the airport to the resort earlier than your arrival.
Whenever you clear customs, you’re going to wish to have your driver ready within the pick-up space along with your identify on a signboard, belief me on this. After a protracted flight and lengthy lineups within the airport, the very last thing you’re going to really feel like doing is negotiating with a cab driver who’s going to attempt to both quote you an inflated value or goes to attempt to promote you a timeshare presentation in trade for a trip. It’s anxious and can find yourself costing you extra time or cash. Simply pre-book a trip.
I personally fly into Cancun airport 2x’s a month and I nonetheless pre-book each single time. The corporate I exploit is Van Travel and I’m so extremely proud of their service. They’ve funds and luxurious choices, from personal shuttle vans to Escalades. 3 passengers in a van prices $55 USD roundtrip, which is a superb value for the extent of service and professionalism they supply.
So what when you completely forgot to pre-arrange a trip? Nicely, you CAN get one on the airport however don’t say I didn’t warn you. 1,000,000 folks will pounce on you as soon as they understand you haven’t pre-arranged and it may be fairly overwhelming. Get able to barter and don’t decide to any conferences or stops alongside the way in which.
The ‘Shark Tank’ or ‘Operating the Gauntlet’
Since we’re on the subject of transportation, that is actually key info to know, particularly for first-timers. After you clear customs, and earlier than you’re outdoors to fulfill your driver on the pickup location, you’re first going to should stroll by means of the ‘Shark Tank’ or ‘Gauntlet’ because it’s generally known as.
That is an space with taxi stands and counters, particularly time-share counters underneath the guise of transportation suppliers, full of folks in uniforms who will shout, stand in your approach, and attempt to get your consideration. They are going to say issues like “Sir! I’m your shuttle driver! Please include me!”, however he isn’t your shuttle driver. He doesn’t even know who you might be. He’s simply making an attempt to get you to come back over and join a timeshare presentation during which he’ll give you a free or discounted trip.
One of the best factor to do when strolling by means of the Shark Tank is simply to maintain your head ahead and NOT have interaction with anybody who’s yelling, snapping their fingers, or making an attempt to get your consideration. Hold strolling till you see an enormous crimson signal on the ceiling that factors to the ‘exit to all floor transportation providers and taxis’, which is the place the trip that you just pre-arranged will likely be ready for you.
Vacationers could not robotically obtain 180 Days on their visa
Nomads and long-stay vacationers have to hear up: You may not get the usual 180-day vacationer visa you have been anticipating.
For a few years coming into Mexico and robotically receiving 180 days on a vacationer visa was extraordinarily commonplace apply. Earlier than I turned a resident of Mexico, I in all probability got here in additional than 50+ instances over 20 years and at all times obtained 180 days with out blinking an eye fixed. Nevertheless, a report variety of studies have been popping out of Mexico all through 2021 that Mexican Immigration Authorities are no longer handing out 180 days like sweet and they’re cracking down on vacationers abusing longer stays. We’ve seen this first-hand all through our circle of mates, readers, and friends who’ve despatched of their FMM playing cards to us displaying as little as 7 days obtained.
The explanation behind this crackdown is Mexico needs long-stay vacationers to correctly apply for momentary residency as a substitute of continually renewing their vacationer visa, and it is smart for individuals who have been doing border runs for years, however the difficulty is it’s additionally affecting first-time vacationers. We’ve had first-time European readers fly into Cancun, anticipating to remain 2 months, however solely receiving 21 days on their FMM card.
In case you are coming for a 1 or 2-week trip at an all-inclusive in Cancun, you probably gained’t have a difficulty in any respect – even when they issued you a couple of weeks vacationer visa you’ll be again dwelling by the point it expires anyway. Nevertheless, when you’re planning to remain for 2-6 months, you’re going to wish to sluggish the agent down on the immigration counter and clarify your journey. Any longer-stay vacationer ought to have proof of trip rental bookings, proof of onward journey as soon as their journey is over, and the rest to indicate you really want the 180 days with the receipts to again it up.
What you must find out about departing from the Cancun airport
As soon as your trip is completed and it’s time to return dwelling, here’s what that you must find out about departing the Cancun Airport
Test your terminal
Guarantee you recognize the place your flight is departing from so your transportation or taxi takes you to the right terminal.
Fill out and pay Visitax
A really new, and fairly frankly odd, strategy of paying a tourism tax is now in impact for all departing vacationers. All worldwide vacationers are supposed to go to the Visitax website previous to arriving on the airport and pay the 224 pesos tax per particular person on-line. As soon as paid, it can generate a QR code and proof of fee which you’ll present brokers simply earlier than you undergo safety.
As soon as once more, MANY folks have stated issues like “They by no means checked, so I by no means do it” however we will guarantee you they’re stopping folks and forcing them to do it on the spot earlier than getting into the safety lineup, which may be tremendous anxious when you’re already late in your flight. If you wish to gamble, be my visitor, however if you need a clean departure, simply fill it out and pay it on-line earlier than you get to the airport.
One other phrase of warning, there are numerous rip-off websites on the market pretending to be the government’s official Visitax website, so please watch out and make sure you’re solely utilizing the right hyperlink. In 2022 airport authorities are working to permit funds to be made in particular person with money, however for now, the positioning is the one methodology.
Fill out Vuela Seguro
You crammed out this well being type earlier than arriving into Cancun, and also you’ll have to do it once more earlier than you allow. Many instances, there are brokers checking this earlier than you enter the safety lineup.
Give your self additional time
Since your airline on the Cancun airport is liable for checking your unfavourable covid take a look at to return dwelling, the lineups are taking for much longer than regular. In case you are not flying enterprise class, give your self no less than 3 whole hours out of your flight’s departure time, as even when you’re not checking a bag you’ll nonetheless should lineup within the normal check-in line to confirm your take a look at outcomes and/or vaccination standing.
Should you’re flying enterprise class you may give your self much less time as a result of you’ve got a shorter line on the check-in gate to confirm paperwork.
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